For travelers who love the music and arts scene, Santa Fe has endless options to choose from. Even if it’s not your first reason for visiting the area, it is definitely encouraged by residents and past tourists alike to fit in some aspect of the thriving artistic offerings in Santa Fe to your itinerary.
From the Santa Fe Opera to the many art markets, you’ll be able to experience many different genres of music and arts that are just as dramatic as the local sunsets!
Santa Fe Opera
A niche music genre to be sure, but one that should be experienced at least once in your life! If you’ve never seen a live opera before, the Santa Fe Opera is a fantastic place to experience thrilling performances. Having quickly recovered from a year off the stage, the Santa Fe Opera continues to impress with a stunning lineup of performances, including The Marriage of Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more.
For those who are into classical music and want more exposure to that particular genre, check out the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival!
To liven up your evening, we suggest reserving a delicious Opera Picnic Basket to dine on prior to the show!
Free Music Concerts
You don’t always have to open your wallet to experience the beautiful music of Santa Fe. Local restaurants and bars will oftentimes feature live performances from local or traveling musicians at their venue to liven up your meal.
Be sure to visit the Plaza all summer long to hear music from Santa Fe Bandstand, and to check out year-long performances at the Loretto Chapel and St. Francis Cathedral for classical music aficionados.
Santa Fe Indian Market
One of the biggest events of the year, the Santa Fe Indian Market can be attended twice per year – once in the summer, and again in the winter. The hosts of the markets, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) are dedicated to
“bringing Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.”SWAIA
Not only are these two of the most anticipated events of the year in Santa Fe, but it is also the most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world! People flock to the area from around the globe to purchase stunning artworks directly from Native artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about contemporary Indian arts and the cultures surrounding it.
Native arts aficionados will love our Indian Market Room to complete their stay!
Santa Fe Museums
For year-round access to art from local Santa Fe artists and beyond, there are many museums in the immediate area for you to visit! Ranging from local to global artist exhibits, there is something for everyone in Santa Fe. Check out a few of the many museums in the area to help plan out your upcoming trip:
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – One of the most well-known artists of our time, Santa Fe has a dedicated museum filled with her floral wonders. Additionally, you can also make reservations to tour her local home nearby.
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts – Much like its name implies, this particular museum focuses on modern Native artists – so if you aren’t in town for the Indian Market, this would be a great substitute!
Museum of International Folk Art – An incredibly impressive collection of global folk art, and a must-see for the Santa Fe tourist. As the museum’s founder best put it:
“The art of the craftsman [person] is a bond between the peoples of the world.”
Meow Wolf – This fantastical and whimsical museum features over 70 rooms of interactive art that is appropriate for all ages (& ADA accessible!). This is a truly one-of-a-kind museum experience you have to try.
Santa Fe Music Week
August is a great time to visit Santa Fe if you’re a music fan – but be sure to stay in town for at least a couple of days to get the full effect of the festival! Running from August 23-30 this year, the Santa Fe Music Week is sure to give you your fill of all types of music you could ask for.
Featuring both national artists as well as musicians local to the Santa Fe area, you’ll be able to enjoy every genre of music under the sun at the Plaza every afternoon and evening. Almost all performances are family-friendly (with the exceptions usually taking place in a bar that is restricted to those under 21), and featured in venues all across town and the Plaza.
One of the best parts of Santa Fe Music Week is that all performances on the Plaza are free! This is a great time to visit Santa Fe because you have plenty of opportunities to hear live music during Music Week in between other activities.
Railyard Arts District
Hailed as the most artistic street in Santa Fe, the Railyard Arts District (found along Guadalupe Street) is home to seven art galleries that are filled with exhilarating exhibits. Also along this street are the weekly Farmer’s Markets and monthly Art Walks!
All of the galleries are within walking distance of one another, so it’s a great opportunity to plan a day trip to visit these great contemporary art sites. If you’re looking for even more galleries in the area, be sure to check out Canyon Road and downtown Lincoln Ave.!
We suggest ordering a Picnic Basket to take with you to complete your artsy outing! There’s no better way to complete a gallery tour than to discuss your favorite pieces over wine and cheese!
“The City Different”
Truly living up to its tagline – “The City Different” – Santa Fe is filled with unending options for those interested in the music and arts scene. Whether you’re traveling alone, with a partner, or your entire family, there are events and galleries for everyone.
Need to tack on a few extra days to make time for more outings?
Want to know the best time to visit Santa Fe to be able to experience as much music & arts as possible?
Reach out to the Inn on the Paseo to make reservations and ask questions!