Annual Santa Fe Events & Festivals

The Best of 2021

A city ripe with tradition, Santa Fe is home to some of the most treasured events and activities in the Southwest. From markets showcasing local artists to festivals featuring authentic cuisine, these annual happenings appeal to both residents and visitors alike. Join us at La Fonda on the Plaza and enjoy access to some of the best things to do in Santa Fe.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 2-10, 2021

For nine days in October the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumnal mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®.

Take advantage of the new, Balloon Fiesta Shuttle with service to and from the Balloon Fiesta from numerous locations in Santa Fe. Book your ticket here.

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Fred Harvey History Weekend

Nov 12-13, 2021

The Fred Harvey History Weekend is now in its 12th year! Enjoy a dynamic series of lectures, panels, events, demonstrations, museum talks and the Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner at La Fonda, all benefiting the New Mexico History Museum.

Here's the talks scheduled this year:

Friday | New Mexico History Museum

11:30, check-in begins for auditorium

12:45 welcome by Billy Garrett

12:55: Stephen Fried, state of the FredHead nation, intro to weekend

1:30 “Deep Inside the Alvarado” with our newest young FredHead research whiz, architect and rail historian Matt Kluge (includes everything from new research on Mary Colter’s role in the Indian Room to the architectural life of what was then the most important hotel and station in the Harvey System); followed by Q&A

2:30 15-minute break

2:45: Q&A with the fabulous Jean Harvey Vanderbilt on her life in two of the nation's most important railroad families, moderated by Stephen Fried

3:45: A Memorial Session for Steve Wimmer (various speakers, contact us if you’d like to speak, or share photos; also discussion of new Steve Wimmer SW History Research Fund)

At La Fonda

6:00 Doors open and cocktails begin for Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner

Chefs include: Lane Warner, La Fonda, TK

7:30 pm during dessert service, in-person auction begins

Saturday | Lamy, New Mexico

9:00 optional breakfast at Legal Tender Saloon in Lamy (RSVP info TK)

Saturday | New Mexico History Museum

1:00 welcome

1:10: “How the West Was Won by the AT&SF and Fred Harvey—Inside the Colorado Railroad Wars” with best-selling author John Sedgwick discussing his new book “From the River to the Sea”

2:00 Book signing, NMHM lobby, for John Sedgwick (as well as Richard Luckin, as his classic book on Mimbreno has been republished)

2:30 "Fred Harvey, Reinvented 1948-1968" a personal/professional journey with Daggett Harvey, Jr.

3:34 FH Collector’s Series: Richard Luckin on Railroad China world expert on US rail china (and producer of many films on RR history) teaches novices and experts about collecting rail and FH/ATSF china, including Mary Colter’s Mimbreno

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New Year's Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza

Say Goodbye to 2021

New Year’s Eve on the Plaza! It’s Santa Fe’s brightest winter tradition, and this year’s celebration includes a live broadcast/webcast by KOB 4 and www.kob.com from the Plaza. Wherever you are, we invite you to watch on December 31, 2021, starting at 11:30 pm, when La Fonda takes a starring role with fireworks launched from our rooftop as we welcome our Centennial Year!

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SOVEREIGN SANTA FE

August 16-21, 2021

Sovereign Santa Fe features talented Native American artists whose work highlights NewSchool Native American Art and its elusive relationship between traditional and contemporary.  Organized by FaraHNHeight Fine Art, Tony Abeyta, Randy L. Barton, Keith Grosbeck and Gregory Farah, the exhibit will take place in La Plazuela and showcase a range of forward-thinking artists committed to challenging the status quo.  

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Santa Fe Indian Market 

August 21 & 22, 2021

Attracting over 200,000 visitors from around the world, the Santa Fe Indian Market is recognized as the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world.

The International Folk Art Market

July 7-18, 2021

The world’s largest folk art festival is the only place to meet 160 master artists from 53 countries and shop for the finest handmade folk art. As the market enters its fifteenth year, 20,000 visitors are expected to marvel at the gallery, and we have a front row seat.

For more information, visit their website.

Traditional Spanish Market

July 24-25, 2021

Held on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, this festival brings woodcarving, tin work, hide painting, and more to downtown Santa Fe. The market also features artist demonstrations, interactive exhibitions, and other activities.

Santa Fe Farmers' Market

Saturdays - Open All Year Long

Voted one of the “Top Ten Farmers’ Markets” by Sunset Magazine, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful growers’ markets in the country. Serving more than 150 farmers and producers in 15 Northern New Mexico counties, the Market brings fresh food, education, and fun to our community and promotes small farms and sustainable agriculture in Northern New Mexico.

Every Saturday, Year-Round

  • June - September: 7am - 1pm
  • October - May: 8am - 1pm

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Burning of Zozobra

September 2021

The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day at Fort Marcy Park as an exciting and fiery kick-off to the historic Fiestas de Santa. 

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Santa Fe Restaurant Week

2021 Dates TBD

Feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost. Restaurants will be offering prix-fixe meals for $15, $25, $35, or $45 per person, depending upon the restaurant. Many will offer value-priced lunches as well.

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Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

2021 TBD

This festive event highlights the unique culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, complemented by wine from around the country. This year's series of food and wine events will feature 75 local restaurants and 90 national wineries. The highlight of the event is the Grand Tasting, held at the Santa Fe Opera House.  

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SWAIA Winter Market

2021 Dates TBD

SWAIA's Winter Indian Market offers a unique opportunity to purchase meaningful holiday gifts from the comfort of Santa Fe's landmark hotel.  Discover over 150 artists featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more.  Celebrate the season with unique shopping, live music and dancing!

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Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

December 24, 2021

One of Santa Fe's most beloved holiday traditions is the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk, which lights up the hearts and souls of thousands who promenade the famous path on Christmas Eve. The event is from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the historic neighborhood of Canyon Road and Acequia Madre. Full day and half day trips are available. 

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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS


Take advantage of the fun Santa Fe activities near La Fonda perfect for any season, from skiing at Ski Santa Fe to fishing in the Upper Mountains or music performances in town. Learn more below to start your adventure.