Winter Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The winter months in Santa Fe are just as lively and colorful as the summer months so if you want to visit at this time of the year you will still find plenty to keep you occupied. December is filled, as you might expect, with the usual events leading up to Christmas and you can find out more about these on the official events calendar. However, after Christmas, Santa Fe does not slow down at all, so no matter what you are interested in, there is something for you.

New Year’s Eve

If you happen to be in the city at New Year then you should not miss the annual celebrations that will ring in the start of the new year. Known as ‘A City Different New Year’s Eve’, this takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza. The festivities start at 9pm and go on past midnight. Don’t worry about the cold – stationary heaters are dotted around the Plaza to keep the chill away and there are also bonfires for warmth. Local bands will be providing the music at the bandstand and you can also warm up with a traditional hot chocolate or enjoy a snack from one of the food trucks. The celebrations pick up at 11:45pm when the mayor officially welcomes the crowd and at midnight don’t be waiting for something to drop – as the name of the event signifies, it is very different from celebrations elsewhere. Here, something is raised! A Zia symbol created by a local artisan is lifted to mark the start of the New Year. Add to this the usual firework display and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. And all you have to do is go along to the Plaza on New Year’s Eve.

Restaurant Week

For a great dining out deal, head to Santa Fe in February. Restaurant week takes place from 23 February to 1 March and it is a great way of testing the finest cuisine that the city has to offer at a lower price. To find out which restaurants are taking part in this annual event check out the official website. Three course dinners start at just $15 dollars, so browse the menus and plan your culinary journey around the city.

Art Exhibitions

The Museum of International Folk Art is a great place to enjoy the works of both established and new artists and in 2020 There are several exhibitions that you should visit if you are in the city. The first is an exhibition that starts in October 2019 but runs until 7 March 2021. This is called ‘Musica Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico’ and you can see it in the museum’s Hispanic Heritage Wing. It covers the history of the music from the time that the Spanish first arrived in the region. On December 8 2019 a new exhibition starts named ‘Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan’ and this will be on until January 10 2021, looking at the role of ghosts, demons and other supernatural beings in Japanese art. Why not visit the official website to find out more?

Just remember that even in winter the welcome is warm at the Inn on the Paseo but make sure you book your room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast in advance if you want to visit for one of these popular events.

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Off the beaten path events in Santa Fe Fall 2019

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When Fall arrives in Santa Fe, there is still so much going on in and around the city that it still attracts thousands of visitors each week. So, what is there to do once summer comes to an end?

Fall Fishing

The Pecos River is located inside the National Historical Park and the fall fishing season starts on September 12 this year, running through to November 4. Those who want to give the fishing a try here will need to make a reservation and this can be done up to 30 days in advance of your visit. The park has three beats and you can reserve places for up to three people. Just keep in mind that there is no fishing here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and don’t forget that you need to have a permit too. You can pick up the permit when you arrive. Reserving a place does not automatically give you a permit, you have to physically collect it at the visitor center. Make sure you have a valid NM fishing license, proof of your reservation and your driver’s license.

One stretch of the river is definitely for those who have a great deal of experience with fishing and access is limited so you need to be prepared for a walk, but the other stretches are easy to access and only need a moderate effort for fishing. For more information including the opening times check out the national park’s website

Origami in the Garden

This is an unusual exhibition which features a number of origami sculptures created by Jennifer and Kevin Box. The sculptures are actually made from metal but are designed to resemble delicate paper. The artists have also collaborated with a number of other world class artists on several of the pieces. This exhibition comes in two sizes. There is the larger show – the ‘Monumental’ show – and the small show, known as the ‘Fundamental’ show. There are 20 large pieces in the Monumental show while the smaller show features 15 sculptures. To find out more about the precise locations and opening hours the official website has all the information that you need. 

Historic Route 66

Route 66 is one of the most famous routes in the US, and between 1926 and 1937, it actually ran through Santa Fe. There are tours that you can take that will show you the exact route and point out to you some of the major landmarks of the city and surrounding area. The route takes you from the heart of the city out towards La Bajada Hill. Some of the original sections of the road are still in place but are unpaved, just as they were back then. The road down La Bajada Hill, however, is not suitable for vehicles of any description. It is steep and features some challenging hairpin bends. Those who take the tour will get the opportunity to tackle it on foot though. The tour can take up to three hours and you can book for as few as two people. The tours take place on weekdays between 1 and 3pm and run from September 16 to the end of December. Book a place and find out more at the official website.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to book your accommodation. You can be sure of a warm welcome at our Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast where you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

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Summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The months of June, July and August in Santa Fe are extremely busy when it comes to the events calendar. With so much to choose from, you will need to plan your visit carefully. You also need to make sure that you book your accommodations in advance to avoid disappointment, so make sure you reserve your room at the Inn on the Paseo early.

Currents New Media Festival

This event runs from June 7 to 23 and features multimedia exhibitions, performances and documentaries which take place right across the city. Most of these events are free to attend and you can find out more about the schedule by visiting the official website. There are exhibits that will appeal to visitors of all ages.  

Santa Fe Bandstand

From June 18 to August 24, the outdoor music festival ‘Santa Fe Bandstand’ takes place. Whether you prefer rock, country, jazz, mariachi or Native American music there will be something here for you. This is another event that is free to attend and the performances are staged all over the city, with many of them in the historic downtown Plaza. This is a popular event both with locals and visitors, so make sure you check ahead for the schedule so you don’t miss anything. More information can be found on the official website.

Rodeo de Santa Fe

One of the most popular events in the social calendar in Santa Fe, the Rodeo de Santa Fe starts in June 19 and lasts for four days. All the main rodeo events are included, from barrel racing to bull riding and this annual event has been held since 1949, making 2019 its 70th anniversary. There are plenty of attractions at the rodeo from vendor stalls to a carnival so it is a great day out for the whole family. To purchase tickets and find out more about the event, visit the official website.

Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

Music and performance are very important in Santa Fe and for those who enjoy classical music, the Santa Fe Opera Festival Season is a must. The event starts on June 28 and runs to August 24 this year and has been an annual event since 1957. This year the operas include Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, Ruders’ ‘The Thirteenth Child’ and ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’ by Bizet. There will be a total of 36 performances over the three months and tickets are in high demand so we recommend that you book these as far in advance as you can to avoid disappointment. You can find out more about the schedule of performances and book the tickets via the official website.

Inn on the Paseo specializes in relaxing, home away from home accommodations where you are sure to receive a warm welcome. Call us today to find out more about our Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast and to book your accommodation.

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Santa Fe Events in May

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As Santa Fe heads into summer the list of things to see and do suddenly starts to get bigger.

During the month of May there are a couple of big events that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Hosted by the Santa Fe Watershed Association, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival will take place on May 18.

This is a festival dedicated to environmental issues and you can pick up a ticket for just $15 to view the films at The Screen at Midtown Campus. This is an event that goes on tour all over the world and features at 250 different events, to encourage people globally to take action on a local level.

There are around 150 environmental films featured in this event, which aims to educate people in environmental protection.

To find out more and to book your tickets check out the official website.

Performance Santa Fe

This is an event that started in August last year and runs until May 2019. This is not just one type of performance, but includes drama, comedy, dance and music – all world-class productions run by an organization established around 80 years ago.

This is the longest-running arts organization in the state and the dedication to fine quality productions is clear. Each season runs for 10 months and includes educational programs as well as the artistic productions.

Why not take a look at the official website to find out more and book your tickets?

Santa Fe Century

The Santa Fe Century attracts cycling enthusiasts from all over the world and this year it includes a new pick up location and an all dirt route as well as bringing back the original routes that previous participants have enjoyed.

The vintage bike celebration is a popular part of the event and will be back this year and there is also the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause.

The amazing scenery and camaraderie make this an event that should not be missed and for those who are thinking about doing more cycling but aren’t sure, this is a great place to start.

Find out more at the official website.

Santa Fe Margarita Trail

Those who love a cocktail or two will not want to miss out on the Margarita Trail.

This takes you around the city, giving you the opportunity to see some of the amazing architecture and cultural attractions as you sample the uniquely-crafted margaritas.

There is a total of 45 margaritas to be tried and tested and for further details on the trail and different locations you can check out the official website or download the app.

The question of lodging in Santa Fe is easily answered – all you have to do is give us a call at Inn on the Paseo and book one of our cozy rooms so you can enjoy your visit to the city while staying in a home away from home environment.

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April Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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April is a great month in Santa Fe with plenty to see and do. From arts to sports, there really is something for people of all ages.

Ski Season

The ski season actually comes to an end on April 7 in 2019 so if you want to strap on those skis you are going to have to move quickly. However, you could take advantage of a good offer that will give you a few discounts for the next ski season too. If you take any lesson package you will be given a Snow Sports Passport and this will give you savings for the rest of this season as well as next winter. There are lesson packages aimed at people of all ages and abilities. To find out more about this and view the web cams that show the slopes take a look at the official Ski Santa Fe website.

Baroque Holy Week

Easter takes place in April this year and one of the main events celebrating this religious festival is the Baroque Holy Week, where you can enjoy some of the most wonderful music. Held in the Loretto Chapel, there are three performances on April 18, 19, and 20. The musicians include Stephen Redfield and Meg Bragle, part of the Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. This will take you back in time and give you the opportunity to experience some amazing chamber music. To find out more and book your tickets go to the official website.

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Towards the end of April there is the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. It is actually held in Albuquerque at the Tingley Coliseum Fair Grounds, this is an annual event that always takes place during the last weekend of the month. It is when the Indian Traders Market happens, which showcases the work of more than 800 traders and artists. There is plenty of entertainment and music and the event brings together more than 3000 indigenous and Native American singers and dancers from across the United States and Canada, representing around 500 different tribes. If you want to attend it is a good idea to arrive early and you can order your tickets from the official website.  

Throughout April there are also plenty of other performances, markets and exhibitions that you can go along to. The region is also known for wine-making and there are plenty of tours and tastings that you can take part in. Why not take a trip to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and enjoy the work of this renowned artist? Or relax in one of the city’s spas?

No matter what you want to do while you are in the city, you are guaranteed amazing accommodation if you book in at the Inn on the Paseo. Our family-friendly surroundings are cozy and welcoming. Call us today to find out more about our Santa Fe bed & breakfast and book your accommodation.


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Meow Wolf – Immersive Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Anyone who has ever been to Santa Fe, even on a flying visit, will understand just how important the arts scene is here and there are events that take place throughout the year that celebrate and showcase the work of local artists.

This year is no different and one of the main events is Meow Wolf. Established back in 2008 as an art collective, Meow Wolf is a group dedicated to arts and entertainment.

There are more than 300 people working to support and promote local artists who work in a variety of genres.

Participants of Meow Wolf work in media such as:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Writing
  • Performance
  • Music and many others

This wonderful event helps to create interactive experiences that are designed to appeal to people of all ages.

They will be immersed in different worlds thanks to the magic of imaginative art installations, extended reality and video production.

One of the most popular features of Meow Wolf is the event’s first permanent installation which first appeared in 2016.

With endorsement from the author of Game of Thrones, George R R Martin, the ‘House of Eternal Return’ has won awards and visitors who venture inside are transported to a whole other world.

The house comes complete with gateways to other worlds, secret passages and plenty of unique art exhibits.

You will also find a café, a wonderful music venue and a learning center aimed at children.

Every member of the family will find something here that they are sure to love.

The whole event encourages artists to push the boundaries of art, no matter what media they work in and helps those who are struggling to make their mark in the art world.

Meow Wolf can help participants with financial support, advice and a variety of other types of support.

Community art projects are a real favorite with the Meow Wolf organizers as well as social projects.

Santa Fe is not the only location for Meow Wolf – there are other Meow Wolf events taking place across the US including in the cities of Denver, Las Vegas, Washington D.C and Phoenix – and artists from all over the world have been able to benefit from their expertise and support.

With so much going on in Santa Fe throughout the year it is difficult to know when best to visit, but right now you as a special promotion at Inn on the Paseo, you can book two nights at the Inn on the Paseo and get free tickets to the Meow Wolf event, giving you the opportunity to spend time at this wonderful celebration of art without additional costs.

Inn on the Paseo is a home away from home environment, where you are guaranteed wonderfully comfortable family-friendly accommodation and a very warm welcome.

Call us now to find out more about this special offer and to book your stay.

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Celebrate the Holidays in Santa Fe!

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December in Santa Fe is always very special. While you would expect there to be Christmas lights everywhere, Santa Fe seems to likes to bring the season to a whole new level, adding a series of events to its calendar that ensure that anyone in the city for the holidays is going to have an amazing time that they will not soon forget.

Visit the ballet

Every year the Santa Fe ballet takes one weekend in December to put on special performances of the Nutcracker, a ballet very closely associated with Christmas. This year there are four performances of the ballet spread over December 15 and 16. See the official website for tickets and more details.

Midnight Mass

As a special part of the religious celebrations of Christmas, anyone can attend Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. The cathedral is a beautiful building and it is recommended that if you want to attend the mass that you get there early as it is a very popular part of the church’s calendar. The official website of the cathedral will give you more details.

Winter holiday lights

If you visit the botanical gardens during the latter half of December you will be able to see the winter holidays lights event. The lights give the gardens a very festive look with thousands of different lights all around the park. Enjoy live music, a visit from Santa and warming drinks as you explore the park and if you get there early enough you get to enjoy the sunset too. To find out more check out the official website.

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is one of the most popular Christmas events in Santa Fe. This is a candlelit procession and takes place in the middle of December every year. This procession is a re-enactment of the Bible story of Mary and Joseph’s search for somewhere to stay in Bethlehem. This year it will take place on December 9. It will start at the Palace of the Governors and finish back in the Palace courtyard where hot drinks and cookies are served.

Christmas Eve

There is no doubt that this is a special day no matter where you are in the world, but here in Santa Fe, Christmas Eve is a real event. The Canyon Road Farolito Walk is a real festive event with candles and small bonfires used to light the night as you take a guided walk and learn about the traditions of the area from local experts. Some of the houses have opted for small electrical versions of the traditional farolito candles. Enjoy a hot chocolate or even a hot cider as you enjoy the festivities and sing carols into the night. Find out more at the official website.

December in Santa Fe is filled with Christmas-themed events so why not visit us here at the Inn on the Paseo and enjoy everything that this wonderful city has to offer during the festive season? If you need a place to stay, please come join us at our Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast. We have an array of beautiful Santa Fe New Mexico Rooms.

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Santa Fe Events in November

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Those who are going to be visiting Santa Fe in November should not worry that they have picked the wrong time of the year to do it. Apart from the usual Thanksgiving celebrations, there is plenty to see and do in this wonderful city and here are just a few of the events that are in store this month…

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

2018 just happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival which starts on November 30 and finishes on December 2 and will be held at the Community Convention Center. Anyone can take part in the event, creating works of art from anything and everything that can be recycled. They can be entered for the adult juried art exhibit, the student juried art exhibit or the Trash Fashion contest. To take part you need to fill out an application. It is the oldest recycled art event in the US and even if you don’t want to enter your work, you can still take part in some of the recycled art activities. Some of the art works are for sale, so you could find yourself taking home a unique and eco-friendly piece of art. Every piece sold and exhibited at the event is made up of at least 75% recycled materials. To find out more about this take a look at the official website.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Okay, so it is not quite December but that does not mean that we should forget that the holidays are coming. In Santa Fe the lighting of the tree in the plaza is a real event and this year it will be held on November 24. For a night out that really gets you into the Christmas spirit, head to the historic downtown plaza and watch the lighting of the tree. The festivities begin at 3pm and you can enjoy hot chocolate while you listen to the carolers singing all of your festive favorites. Santa is sure to make an appearance and it is a fun evening for all the family.

Winter Sports

Winter sports are popular in the area around Santa Fe and the ski season starts here in November. Just outside the city is the Ski Santa Fe resort and it is one of the most popular in the country. There are slopes that are ideal for beginners as well as those that are perfect for the more experienced skier. At a height of more than 12,000 feet, the resort consists of nearly 80 trails and there is an average annual snowfall of around 225 inches. Check out the Ski Santa Fe resort website to find out more.

This is just a few examples from the busy Santa Fe calendar and if you want to be here for any of this, remember that you need to book your Santa Fe bed & breakfast accommodation in advance because the city is always busy.

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October Events in Santa Fe

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Never make the mistake of thinking that just because the summer has come to an end that Santa Fe has nothing to offer. We have major events happening all year round and if you want to visit the city in October you will not be disappointed.

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

From October 6-8 you can take part in this colorful celebration of the variety of cultures in the Santa Fe region. The second Monday in October is used to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day each year and Santa Fe will be hosting a variety of different events to honor the people of the 23 different indigenous tribes that have a home in New Mexico. Head to the Santa Fe Plaza to be right in the heart of the music, dancing and performances.

 Studio Tours

 Also taking place in October, the Studio Tours have become a real favorite with visitors to the city. Try the Abiquiu Studio Tour, which takes you through the village of the same name and where you can hunt for unique items to take home. This tour takes place from October 6-8 but if you want to visit the region later in the month you will not be missing out. The Galisteo Tour is held on October 13 and 14th and you can find arts and crafts of all styles, all created by local artists.

International Balloon Fiesta

 This is actually held in Albuquerque but it is close enough for visitors to Santa Fe to enjoy. This starts on October 6th and continues until October 14th. The balloonists start the day early and you can see them fill the sky at dawn. If you prefer to have a later start to the day you will not miss out as they also fly at dusk and even into the night. Watch some of the races take place and marvel at the spectacular sight of hundreds of hot air balloons slowly moving across the sky.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Starting on October 17th and finishing on October 21st, the Santa Fe International Film Festival is one of the most popular events of its type in the region. Promoting independent and innovative movie-making, a number of top stars have made an appearance here over the years and 2018 will not be any different.

Review Santa Fe International Photography Festival

 Photography enthusiasts of all ages will be heading for Santa Fe to visit the photography festival which starts on October 18th. This event lasts for four days and professional photographers from all over the world will be taking part. On the Friday evening there is a portfolio viewing of images taken by no less than 100 photographers and visitors will get the opportunity to speak with them and learn more about their work.

This is just a few of the events taking place here in October. Why not book one of the comfortable rooms at your home-away-from-home Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast Inn on the Paseo and make the most of your time in Santa Fe?

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August Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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The month of August is a great time to visit the New Mexico city of Santa Fe. With so much to see and do at this time of the year, you will definitely be busy for the whole of your stay. Consider adding one or two of these events to your itinerary.

Santa Fe Music Week

This starts on August 24th and runs until September 2nd and there will be music performances throughout the week at various locations in the city. Look out for events that will be held at the Lensic, the Bandstand, and the Santa Fe Opera. While some might be free to attend there are others that require tickets, so make sure you book in advance for any performances that you want to see. For more details of the acts that are taking part and when they are appearing click here.

Santa Fe Summer Indian Market

This is one of the longest-running events in Santa Fe. This year it will be the 97th year for the Summer Indian Market and it takes place on August 18th & 19th. The event focuses on the arts and crafts of Native Americans and around 1000 artists will be taking part, from more than 200 different tribes across the USA and Canada. You get to meet the artists and find out more about the traditions of arts and crafts. The event is organized by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and you can find out more by visiting the official website.

Zozobra – Burn Him!

This is one of the more unique events in the Santa Fe calendar. It takes place on August 31st each year and is held in Fort Marcy Park. This event involves the burning of an effigy that is 50 feet high called Zozobra. This tradition started in 1924 and the aim is to burn away all doom and gloom to welcome in the new season. The event starts at 7 pm, when there is a pre-show, with music and dancing. The fire is lit at 9.30 pm and runs until the effigy has been completely burned. You can get tickets from July 4th onwards but kids under the age of 10 can go free of charge. Hundreds of people attend this event each year. This is a family-friendly event and it is held close to the city’s historic plaza.

As well as the events mentioned here there are a number of ongoing events that you should consider such as the weekly farmer’s market. If you want to visit Santa Fe in August remember that you can enjoy comfortable and family-friendly accommodations at Santa Fe B&B Inn on the Paseo. Why not call us today to reserve your room and make sure that you do not miss out on any of the exciting events held here in August.

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