Santa Fe is proud of the blend of cultures that have made their home here and there is a strong Spanish heritage that has survived for several centuries. This can be seen every year in the Traditional Spanish Market. This year the market will be held on July 26th & 27th and this historic event attracts thousands of people, both local and tourists. The market is not simply a place to shop but an opportunity to experience all aspects of Spanish culture.
The market features the work of local Hispanic artists showcasing all types of handmade crafts and artwork. In addition, live music and dance performances will be held, as well as demonstrations and art workshops, and of course there will be a great selection of delicious regional foods.
This will be the 63rd year for this particular event and it is one of the largest Spanish Markets held within the United States. It is estimated that 70,000 make the trip to the Santa Fe Plaza each year to experience the atmosphere of the event and to learn more about the culture of the Hispanic people in the region. The Plaza is the focus of the event every year and the location is just as important as the artists that take part. The plaza is surrounded by the shops and museums that reflect the Spanish influences in the region and these are not to be missed either.
Meeting the artists is all part of the experience of the Spanish Market. Many bring their families with them and are happy to chat with those who take an interest in their work. Organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, there are also several days of events prior to the market which are just as popular and are well worth a visit. These events include live performances as well as exhibitions. Tickets to some events may need to be booked in advance and we recommend making reservations at our bed & breakfast in advance as well. July is peak tourist season and our rooms sell out quickly as we are within walking distance to the Plaza.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is also responsible for managing the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art where visitors can see a variety of exhibitions and take part in workshops and educations programs. As the museum is located within downtown Santa Fe there is no reason not to pay a visit during your stay, although you may find that there is so much to do at the market that there is little time for anything else!
For more information regarding this incredible event visit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s website.