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Let's Get Ready for Summer!


If you think you missed the Museum of International Folk Art’s big Folk Art Flea in May (the unofficial beginning of the summer season in Santa Fe), fear not! You got a breather this year because of the truly outstanding Alexander Girard exhibition’s opening weekend, which bumped the Flea to June 8. Celebrating its 10th year, the Flea is also moving outdoors under a big tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill. One of Santa Fe’s most anticipated special events, the Flea tempts collectors of all ages and interests with a wide array of well-priced folk art treasures from across the globe. Everything from toys to textiles, jewelry to masks, to wood carvings, yard art and more, with a special “Collectors’ Corner” of rare and unique items. This year’s Flea treasures await new homes in your casa. 

Look to the heavens but keep your feet on the ground for this year’s InterPlanetary Festival (June 14-16).  The annual free and open to the public festival offers a weekend of complex science and technological innovation, along with music, film, art, food, drinks, and more. It’s okay to be geeky at this festival, so let the fun begin!

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And it wouldn’t be summer without the Rodeo de Santa Fe. This year’s 70th edition rides into town June 19-22. Last year’s event drew nearly 500 contestants, including many World Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls, a roster we can expect to see again this year with more up and coming champions. Rodeo de Santa Fe is fun for the entire family, with many events for the little ones, like mutton bustin’ and youth barrel racing, not to mention the carnival midway, concessions, vendors and adult beverages available in all seating areas. For those more interested in shopping, discover and peruse western antiques, artwork and memorabilia, the 30th annual Cody Old West Show & Auction means excellent browsing and buying at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (June 22-23.)

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If you’re planning a visit to Pride Santa Fe’s weeklong events (June 22-29) in this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots, book early! La Fonda’s got the perfect package deal that includes a 3-night stay, welcome drinks, breakfast at La Plazuela and discounts for the rodeo and rodeo school. Don’t forget that La Fonda is the best place to see the Pride Parade, too – it passes right by our doors June 29 with activities and entertainment on the Plaza until the evening. 

And we can’t forget the Santa Fe Opera. Their world-class 2019 season begins this month (June 28-Aug. 24), featuring five stellar operas. There’s still time to attend their excellent Spotlight Series of talks with conductor Oliver Prezant at Collected Works Bookstore, just blocks from La Fonda. The discussions are a great way to learn about the operas in a comfortable setting with coffee from Iconik’s downtown location. The last two talks, Jenůfa (June 7) and The Thirteenth Child (June 14), are free, but seating is limited, so get there early.

See you ‘round town,


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Detours at La Fonda + Los Poblanos In-Store Event, June 15th

Our friends from Los Poblanos will be here on Saturday, June 15th sampling farm foods, including Green Chile Jam and sharing stories about their lavender farm and artisan lavender collection.  Come on by to enjoy a taste of Rio Grande Valley cuisine and learn more about the historic, Los Poblanos Farm.

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Detours at La Fonda gift shop

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Recipe for Adventure


Chef Lane Warner prepares the perfect backyard gatherings. This delightful fruit salsa adds the perfect dash of summer to anything you toss on the grill!


  • 1 C papaya, small diced
  • 1/2 C red onion, small diced
  • 1/2 habanero, minced
  • 1/4 C red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 C avocado, small diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, rough chopped
  • 2 limes, juice
  • TT kosher salt


Combine all ingredients add lime juice and add salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, on quesadillas, grilled fish or meats.

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Live at La Fonda

The Crawfish Boyz

The Crawfish Boyz quartet are a New Orleans flavored gumbo performing jazz and vocals in a warm, infectious and familiar style perfect for listening or dancing. They play a little bit of everything – from Elvis to the Neville Brothers – with their own unique je ne sais quoi. And despite their name, only one member actually hails from Louisiana.

That’s Dave Waldrop, whose drum style harks back to New Orleans, where he’s from. Locals may also recognize him from his job as IT director at the Lensic – so he knows performance. His bandmates include Westin McDowell on vocals, guitar and banjo, a Colorado boy with soulful southern vocals, Dave Moir, a retired scientist, who also writes original music with the final fourth of the group, Chiefo Sanchez. Sanchez himself is a native Santa Fean who spent years playing trumpet under the neon glare of Las Vegas before returning to his home town.

The Crawfish Boyz let the good times roll at La Fiesta, where the locals gather, June 6th.

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Get interdisciplinary with music, food, art and fashion!

Currents New Media Festival (June 7-23) lights up El Museo Cultural in the Railyard for two weeks of cutting-edge art installations from national and international emerging and established video and new media artists. Let the weirdness and wonder abound!

New Mexico Performing Arts incorporates several art forms and, wait for it, astrophysics with vocals and instruments for Music of the Spheres (June 15) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center the same weekend as the InterPlanetary Festival. Patricia Henning, a UNM astrophysicist and member of the NM Bach Chorale, explores our place in the universe in a slide show that includes galaxies that she and her students have recently discovered! Artist Tina Mion (owner of our Harvey Partner hotels – Castañeda in Las Vegas, NM and La Posada in Winslow, AZ) exhibits her latest work, including an image of the blood moon. NMPA’s Artistic Director Franz Vote leads a vocal quartet and an ensemble of 9 instruments and keyboards in music from Bach’s Art of the Fugue and a series of arias about the moon, astronomers, the evening star, and a total eclipse. Readings from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice by the founder of the International Shakespeare Guild, Santa Fe’s own John Andrews, round out the program, which closes with Joseph Strauss’s amazing waltz, Sphären-Klänge (Music of the Spheres).

Santa Fe Fashion Week (June 28-29) is a can’t miss for fashionistas and design mavens with runway shows, mix and mingles with Project Runway designers, including Amy Bond and Richard Hallmarq, and other industry pros.

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The Shops at La Fonda

Señor Murphy Candymaker

A New Mexican favorite, Twin Peaks candies are one of the specialties of Señor Murphy Candymaker. Savor the heavenly combination of two roasted almonds snuggled together in a bed of creamy caramel, blanketed halfway with rich dark chocolate—all made by hand, the old-fashioned way, right here in Santa Fe. Share our yummy confections with someone special, and you’ll taste why Twin Peaks are considered the pinnacle of perfection!

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Cutlery of Santa Fe

Cutlery of Santa Fe

Luxury knives are the specialty at Cutlery of Santa Fe, some of them nearly too beautiful to use, including the custom button lock knife, Tesoro II.  The wave Damascus steel blades are crafted by a secret process to create the distinct patterns. Each handcrafted knife handle is unique, inlaid with fossilized materials as well as gemstones. Come see knives from simple to extravagant at a one-of-a-kind shop.

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Photogenesis Gallery has carried the work of famous French photographers for over 20 years. Sadly most of them have now passed away, but for many years it was essential to travel to Paris yearly to obtain the signed photographs by some of the most famous photographers in the world.

During those trips photographer,  Nicholas Trofimuk was able to capture many scenes of “the city of light” and understandably the famous icon of Notre Dame Cathedral was a central subject matter. Now, with the devastating destruction of the spire and ceiling of this ancient church, Photogenesis is able to show how it once looked in several of their images and are happy to share them with you!

Film & Performance 

Part of the Interplanetary Festival includes a free public screening of 1968’s sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes (June 14), introduced by Jonathan Rinzler, a prolific writer whose The Making of Planet of the Apes was released last fall. Plus, there’ll be a free screening of the original Alien, with special introduction by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the creators of The Expanse series written under the pen name, James S.A. Corey. Space is limited for these screenings (and no one can hear you scream if you miss out!).

Free movies in the Railyard kicked off May 31 with Finding Dory, and continues in June with Bohemian Rhapsody (June 28), Isle of Dogs (July 12), Mary Poppins Returns (July 27), Wall-E (Aug. 9), and ends with Incredibles 2 (Aug. 23). Bring the whole family for food, fun and film in the Railyard this summer!

The Lensic’s Great Art on Screen invites us into the impressionistic world of Claude Monet with Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light (June 3). And mark your calendars for Dinner at the Moulin Rouge, the Lensic’s annual on-stage benefit gala (June 15). The National Theatre Live in HD series continues at the Lensic with Small Island (July 16), Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel brought to life in an epic new theater adaptation.

Then, Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her, also at the Cocteau. The film makers are taking a “Joyful Vampire Tour of America” this summer and bringing the film to theaters across the country. Join writer and lead actress Naomi McDougall Jones for a screening of the film and Q&A, plus a Joyful Vampire Ball post screening (June 7).

The NM Film Foundation and the Cocteau present a screening of recent New Mexico filmmakers’ shorts and trailers (June 11). This program allows the public to see the creative projects our local NM filmmakers are producing, and for the filmmakers, gives an opportunity to see their work on a big screen in front of an audience. Then celebrate Bloomsday in Santa Fe with an evening of live readings of the literature of Irish author James Joyce, with music, cocktails and more (June 16). Yes, yes, yes!

The Screen presents Before Stonewall: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, combining remembrances from Santa Fe community members of what their lives were like in 1969, a showing of the newly restored classic Before Stonewall: The Making Of A Gay And Lesbian Community, a film that reveals the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by LGBT Americans since the early 1900s (June 19).

Turning to the stage, Santa Fe Classic Theater, in association with The Shakespeare Guild and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, proudly present the Shakespeare in the Garden production of Romeo and Juliet. Performed in the beautiful Ojos y Manos Amphitheater in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (May 31-June 9). Then enter No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter and staged by New Mexico Actors Lab, for laughs with this mysterious, bleakly beautiful and very funny play (June 6-23).

Santa Fe Playhouse wants us to spend the night at Fun Home, a musical by Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, and Alison Bechdel. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep to tell the story of the one-of-a-kind man who defined her family and her life. Fun Home won the 2015 Tony for Best Musical with its honest, wholly original take on seeing your parents through grown-up eyes (June 13-30).

More laughs are promised with comedian Zack Lyman, named as Blacklisted Radio’s “Top Comedians to Watch” and creator of the Zack Lyman Podcast. He’s mostly known for his viral 10 second jokes on Instagram and as a recurring actor on FunnyOrDie. Zack will be joined by the incredibly funny Chris Armi and Lou Moon at the Jean Cocteau (June 19). Then come back for Carlos Medina’s All Fierce Comedy Show, hosted with live music by Carlos Medina (June 27).

Out & About

La Fonda's Chairman of the Board and owner, Jenny Kimball and Ivan Barnett, Director of Patina Gallery have joined forces to celebrate the Downtown District of Santa Fe by launching a recurring First Friday celebration in heart of city. Stop by La Fonda this Friday, June 7th between 5 & 7 pm for Detour's inaugural First Friday celebration! Then make your way to the other participating businesses:  Patina Gallery, Shelby House/Spirited Goods Shop, True West, Niman Gallery, Faust Gallery, Antieau Gallery and Zephyr Clothing.

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El Rancho de los Golondrinas kicks off summer with the Spring & Fiber Fest (June 1-2). Experience traditional ranch activities like sheep shearing, wool dyeing, spinning and weaving. Hit the fiber arts marketplace, bread baking and crafts for kids, too! Then make a date for the Herb & Lavender Festival (June 15-16) celebrating lavender and herb products along with lectures and hands-on activities with all things fragrant.

ARTsmart New Mexico’s incredibly popular Edible Art Tour is a two-night fest of great art and gastronomical delights. This year La Fonda partners with Photogenesis Gallery, specializing in fine art black and white photography right inside the hotel.  Purchase your wearable ticket that benefits art in Santa Fe schools and walk and eat your way from gallery to gallery tasting food from Santa Fe’s best restaurants and caterers (June 14-15). There are pre and post tour events, too!

Photogenesis Gallery at La Fonda

Can you believe that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is 80 years old? Yep, so head to the School for Advanced Research (June 15) for the party, with refreshments, self-guided tours of the grounds and gardens, including SAR’s canine-related highlights like the original kennels, a dog cemetery, and artwork of the White sisters’ beloved pets. Visit an exhibit of historic photographs documenting the White sisters’ commitment to animal welfare, hear from a Vietnam War dog handler, and about how the White sisters recruited and trained dogs for defense during WWII. Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Team will be on hand with lots of pets looking for new homes. You can also learn about the Shelter’s Pet Outreach initiatives like their dog therapy program that visits schools, hospitals, and other communities of need across the area.

The 2019 Santa Fe Studio Tour is your opportunity to engage local artists as they create fine art in their open studios on the last two weekends in June (June 22-23, June 29-30). Many artists will be demonstrating their techniques and all will have art for sale. This free event is a unique occasion for the public to see the artists’ latest work and their working environments.

Everybody should get up early on July 4 for the 44th annual Pancakes on the Plaza, the most fun you can have eating carbs surrounded by thousands of your closest friends and neighbors right on La Fonda’s doorstep! Wander the vintage and classic car show, listen to Santa Fe Performance Band, Manzanares, and Max and the Maxpack, support the arts and crafts vendors, or simply soak in the local color.

Music & Dance 

The Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series returns for the third year to the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza with a line up of exciting, eclectic and best of all, free outdoor concerts (June 21-Aug. 31). June’s line up includes Grammy-winning Americana artist John Paul White (June 8), Brookyn-based funk group Turkuaz (June 21) and Latin Grammy-nominated Novalima (June 29).

This year’s Santa Fe Bandstand season – just steps from La Fonda’s door – begins June 19 and runs most Tuesdays through Saturdays through August 9 with free music, dancing and summer fun.

And don’t forget the 14th annual season of Music on the Hill, free Wednesday night performances starting this month on the St. John's College Athletic Field. New Mexican jazz artist Christine Fawson kicks off the music season (June 12) with her stunning vocals and trumpet playing; Jono Manson, a veteran of rootsy rock (June 19) and Magela Herrera, a latin jazz flutist/vocalist from Miami (June 26). Bring your picnic, your friends and family, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the hill, which continues through July!

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AMP Concerts’ June roster in Santa Fe starts with The Felice Brothers (June 14) with guest Johnathan Rice at Tumbleroot Brewery. Then the intimate San Miguel Chapel hosts Kim Richey (June 26) touring with her new album, Edgeland. Plus, multi-Grammy winner Sting is slated play a sold-out show in Taos (Sept. 2).

Meow Wolf’s eclectic line up continues in June with Dessa (June 4), Derick Carter (June 8), Weyes Blood, (June 11), Gregory Alan Isakov (June 18 & 19), Tacocat (June 21), Wild Child (June 24), and American Football (June 25). Plus they are celebrating Pride with the official after party and a line up of music you won’t want to miss (June 29).

Over at the Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company, try a Sol Foam party with David Lee Rodriguez, Chromeo, Jono Manson & Friends (June 23), and X (July 3).

At the Museums

The spectacular new exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art: Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe (through Oct. 27) is a must-see this summer. Girard was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Girard’s work, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. It opens a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before.

Paul Pletka: Converging Faiths in the New World at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (through Oct. 20, 2019) brings together approximately fifteen paintings that focus on Christian saints and the indigenous depictions of gods of North and South America. Paired with historical material, Pletka’s paintings conjure scenes from the cultures, history, and religions of the American Southwest and the Pre-Hispanic cultures of the New World.

Join local geologist Kirt Kempter for a day of exploring the vistas and canyons that fascinated Georgia O’Keeffe with Geology of Abiquiú and Ghost Ranch, an event that starts at the O’Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiú (June 16). Included is an easy one-mile hike through Plaza Blanca, inspiration for several of O’Keeffe’s paintings, followed by stops along the Rio Chama to discuss the history of the river and landscape.


The Women’s International Study Center Fellow-in-Residence Dr. Jennifer Denetdale, in collaboration with UNM’s Feminist Research Institute, presents a conversation on The Photographs of Milton Snow and the Making of the Modern Navajo Nation 1937-1959, at the Jean Cocteau (June 5). In 1937 Milton Snow was hired by the Navajo Service to photograph the environmental devastation to Navajo land in the aftermath of Indian Commissioner John Collier’s draconian livestock reduction order.

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The 2018–2019 Creative Thought Forum at School for Advanced Research presents Aging in Place: Challenges and Prospects with Jessica Robbins, Annette Leibing, Aaron Seaman, and Agnes Vallejos (June 6). From home modifications to remote care-giving technologies, what is the future of aging in place? Defined by a desire to live independently in a home or community, aging in place has historic roots across cultures, but changing practices and varying economic circumstances, both in the US and abroad, have given rise to a new world of aging in the 21st century.

Then SAR brings author Frank Graziano for Historic Churches as Symbols and the Meanings of Restoration (June 26). He shares research on the world of New Mexico’s historic stone and adobe churches and the role these structures play in communities today. Based on interpretive ethnographic fieldwork, his work demonstrates how a few committed mayordomos (caretakers) or entire communities rallying around restoration efforts can influence the future of culturally relevant historic locations.

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