Annual Santa Fe Events & Festivals

The Best of 2020

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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New Year's Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza

Say Goodbye to 2020

New Year’s Eve on the Plaza! It’s Santa Fe’s brightest winter tradition, and this year’s celebration has a new twist –– a live broadcast/webcast by KOB 4 and www.kob.com from the Plaza rather than live attendance. Wherever you are, we invite you to watch on Thursday, December 31, 2020, starting at 11:30 pm, when La Fonda takes a starring role with fireworks launched from our roof!

KOB 4, New Mexico’s NBC affiliate, will broadcast the event live from the Plaza beginning at 11:30 PM MT, and we’re delighted that La Fonda guests near and far can also watch the event in real time at https://www.kob.com. No worries if you’re early to bed and early to rise –– the celebration will remain on the KOB website after the event.

Our New Year’s Eve host, the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club, is already known for organizing one of New Mexico’s most cherished traditions, the Burning of Zozobra. La Fonda is happy to be partnering once again with Kiwanis to present a sparkling New Year’s Eve event, including a colorful display of fireworks launched from the roof of La Fonda to welcome 2021.

Santa Fe’s nickname –– The City Different –– inspired our city’s unique tradition when New Year’s Eve on the Plaza made its December 2015 debut. Zia Pueblo authorizes the use of the Zia symbol seen on our state flag, and in a City Different stroke of genius, we raise our spirits by raising the Zia instead of dropping it!

A circle with four sets of lines radiating from the center, the Zia represents the Circle of Life: four directions (north, south, east, west); four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter); four times of day (morning, noon, evening, night); four stages of life (childhood, youth, middle age, elderhood); and four sacred aspects (strong body, clear mind, pure spirit, devotion to the well-being of others).

Although we can’t celebrate together in person, you’ll see the Plaza decorated in its winter holiday best for the midnight countdown when the brightly lit Zia rises over La Fonda with fireworks coloring the sky above. And we promise you’ll have a chance to sing “Auld Lang Syne” with your loved ones, wherever you are.

SOVEREIGN SANTA FE

August 10 - 16, 2020

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.  

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

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.

The International Folk Art Market

2020 - Cancelled

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

2020 - Cancelled

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 Indian Market 

2020 - Virtual Market

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. Check out the 99th annual market where you can buy art directly from roughly 900 Native artists.

Burning of Zozobra

September 4, 2020 - Virtual Event

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. 

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

2020 - Canceled

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.  

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

2020 Event Cancelled

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.

Fred Harvey History Weekend

Nov 12-14, 2020

For the first time, the Fred Harvey History Weekend talks from the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe will be online LIVE! Sign up for individual talks or all seven for a suggested donation. All sessions will last an hour, including questions, but we will leave extra time at the end of each for dialogue to continue, so the zooms are scheduled for 90 minutes.

It's About Time

NOV 21, 2020
7PM MST

Silver Bullet Productions hosts an online panel of prominent Native American actors who will discuss the challenges and progress they have experienced during their tenure in the entertainment industry.

Join the conversation with moderator, Chris Eyre as he engages with esteemed artists, Wes Studi, Tantoo Cardinal and Delanna Studi.

For tickets visit:  www.silverbulletproductions.com

SWAIA Winter Market

2020 Dates TBA

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!

Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

December 24, 2020 (TBD due to COVID-19 restrictions)

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.