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2014 Marks the fourteenth year for Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair, held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, a fifteen-minute walk from La Casa Santa Fe.    This year's Art Fair is July 10-13.   Click on this link for information about the lectures and other events planned for 2014.

Here's a link to an alphabetical list of most all the museums and art galleries in Santa Fe  Alphabetical_List


An online calendar for all sorts of events can be found at


Art Workshops and Classes -- how would you like to have a hands-on experience with art?   You can learn new procedures or improve skills you already have in photography, ceramics, weaving, quilt making, painting, spiritual pursuits, guided tours to explore the rich art history of Santa Fe and surrounds -- just about anything you can think of.   Go to the DIY Santa Fe website to pick your activity, and then come to La Casa Santa Fe to have a cozy "home base."  


New Mexico Artisans' Market happens every Sunday at the site of the Santa Fe Farmers' Market, five blocks from La Casa Santa Fe.  Santa Fe Farmer's Market


The Santa Fe Society of Artists' juried outdoor fine art shows afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy fine painting, print making, photography, and sculpture.  Visitors can take home with them wonderful artwork and the memorable experience of their interaction with its creator.  Their outdoor shows are held between La Casa Santa Fe and the Plaza most weekends from April through October.   Visit for show dates and a listing of current members.


Tickets for a wide variety of cultural and arts events can be found at


My Culturenet Calendar lists music, art, and other upcoming events. You can sign up for a free monthly email to get information on the activities of your choice. Go to


First Friday Art Walk -- the West Palace Arts District is between La Casa Santa Fe and the Plaza, about a ten-minute walk away.  The galleries support a variety of openings and special events on the first Friday of every month, usually from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  There are also more than 40 restaurants in the general area.


Spanish Market -- featuring traditional Spanish Colonial arts, including weaving, straw applique, pierced tin, concha embroidery, carving and painting of saints, and more.   The market falls on July 26 - 27, 2014, but see information about preceding evaents at  Traditional Spanish Market


Contemporary Hispanic Market -- Falling on the same weekend as the traditional Spanish Market , this market showcases a modern take on the traditional arts.   See more at Contemporary Hispanic Market


Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a yearly event, falling on July 11, 12, and 13, 2014.  It is the largest international folk art market in the world, and hundreds of craftspeople from around the world bring their wares and demonstrate their crafts.  Visit the website for particulars


Indigenous Fine Art Market in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District, a five block stroll from La Casa Santa Fe.    August 21 through August 23, 2014


Santa Fe Indian Market -- August 23-24, 2014 -- brings what is probably the largest influx of national and international visitors to attend the Indian Market, presented by the Southwest Association for Indian Arts.  With an influx of approximately 100,000 visitors, housing reservations begin to fill up by early spring.  See what awaits you at


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The Lensic Performing Arts Center, an easy walk from La Casa Santa Fe, has theatermusic, dance, film, lectures and family programs, all in a beautifully restored early 1900’s building with excellent seating:



The Santa Fe Opera
This year's season runs June 27- August 23, 2014.  The wonderful, open-air Santa Fe Opera has been bringing world-class artists to northern New Mexico since 1957. Besides the music, the opera house itself is an attraction. Our mild summer nights make it possible to have a physical plant that is open air, with cantilevered roofs covering the stage and a part of the audience area. Panels at the back of the stage slide open so that, when the story line permits, views of the Jemez mountains and the setting sun become a part of the performance. Because it does sometimes rain in the evening, you may be treated to the sight of people in fancy dress enjoying the opera while wearing raincoats. The backs of the comfortable seats have video screens which provide translations of the libretto in English or in Spanish, as you prefer.


The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
The chamber music ensemble tours nationally, but maintains a six-week summer season in Santa Fe, July20 - July 31 in 2014. Internationally renowned guest artists, along with resident musicians, present classic and commissioned works.


The Santa Fe Desert Chorale
New Mexico musicians and performers from across the nation combine to present a wide variety of choral music, ranging from Gregorian chants, to folk songs, to classical composers, to Broadway show tunes. The Summer Festival features music of America, England, Scandinavia, and Spain.  Ticket sales can be found at


Sangre de Cristo Chorale
A self-governing, volunteer organization, the Sangre de Cristo Chorale draws its members from Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque. The Chorale presents a wide repertoire in six to nine concerts over a nine-month season.


Santa Fe Pro Musica
Fall through Spring is enlivened with the nine-month season of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, enriched with visiting artists. Their December concerts in the Loretto Chapel are a treasured Santa Fe tradition.


Santa Fe Womens Ensemble

The Santa Fe Womens Ensemble presents chorale musice written for women's voices throughout the ages, and encourages new compositions designed to be sung by women.  



The Institute for Spanish Arts
Flamenco dance, song, and guitar are the heart and soul of the Institute for Spanish Arts. A combination of performance and multi-media presentations traces the career of Maria Benitez, inspiration to two generations of artists who aspire to keep alive the rich cultural traditions of Spain and Hispanic New Mexico. Besides performances by world renowned artists, the Institute provides training and performance opportunities for young dancers, singers, and musicians.


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company tours nationally, with a performance schedule which includes classical and contemporary offerings. The Santa Fe performances are usually scheduled in mid-summer. 


Moving People Dance Theatre

Performances by this contemporary dance company have been called “riveting”, “dazzling,” and a host of other adjectives expressing amazement and delight at the athletic, creative choreography . . . “performances are a fusion of classical and contemporary styles ranging from ballet to hip hop with Indigenous and Hispanic traditional movement and mythology". This local, non-profit company takes a cross-cultural approach in its repertoire, and reaches out to youth who otherwise might dismiss dance as irrelevant.



The theatre on Rufina Circle creates an intimate arena for contemporary and classical productions. Theatrework folks focus on character – not only on the characters portrayed, but on connection with community and values. They have an impassioned commitment to bringing themselves to the joy of providing thought-provoking entertainment.


Santa Fe Playhouse
You won’t find this anywhere else: the oldest continually running local theatre west of the Mississippi (85 seasons and counting) in Barrio de Analco, one of the oldest neighborhoods of the United States. Here you will find first-time productions of comedies, dramas and musicals. Every fall they produce “The Fiesta Melodrama,” where the storyline and characters poke fun at “The City Different” sparing neither long-time residents and traditions nor newcomers. While enjoyable for anyone, the Melodrama is particularly relished by residents for its insider humor. Anonymous authorship may be all that deters libel suits!



Of course, we have our share of motion picture theatres, showing both main-line and independent films. Selections from the Banff Mountain Film Festival  mountaincultureare brought to town in the spring, sponsored by local sporting goods stores and conservation groups. The Banff films show in the Lensic Theatre, which is an easy walk from La Casa Santa Fe, and has wonderful seating . . . it’s easy to feel you are in the scene itself.  The 2014 World Tour came to Santa Fe March 10-11.  The sponsoring organizations also hold a drawing to match your admission ticket with a wide range of outdoor clothing, gear, and experiences.  


Santa Fe Film Festival
The Santa Fe Film Festival is your first opportunity to see a variety of new American and foreign film, including local New Mexican film. They also present retrospectives and revivals of important prior releases. The 2014 festival ran from May 1-4.  Visit their site in late summer for the particulars and the line-up of films.


Northern New Mexico Art Tours

Northern New Mexico abounds with fine artists and fine crafts people. Various geographically-based arts tours take place throughout the year, but you can visit most of the studios year-long.

The El Dorado Studio Tour -- El Dorado is a nearby community to the East of Santa Fe.  To check on the coming event, visit their webpage


The Pojoaque River Art Tour is held annually, the third weekend in September, and is the only tri-cultural art tour, including two Pueblos and the Anglo and Hispanic artists of the Pojoaque Valley. Just 20 minutes north of Santa Fe, it is doable in a day! See for artists' work and map.


The "High Road Art Tour" connects Santa Fe with Taos, travelling through mountain villages where artists invite you into their studios. Although the"high Road Art Tour" is a specific event, falling on September 20-21 and 27-28, 2014, you can visit the studios throughout the year. See more about the artists and connect to a map at


The Abiquiu Studio Tour takes the "low road to Taos," following the Chama and the Rio Grande rivers. See the 30+ artists you can visit at  The Tour generally takes place in October over Columbus' Day weekend.


The El Rito Studio Tour features work by several dozen artists and craftspeople, some showing in their studios and some in group sites.   Many work in media that are particular to northern New Mexico, such as micaceous pottery, Spanish Colonial furniture and religious figures, and tin work.   The 2014 Tour takaes place October 4-5



                                    We look forward to meeting you in Santa Fe!

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