Photo by Gabriella Marks
Santa Fe boasts one of the top art scenes in the country year-round, and a string of art markets brings global creators and collectors to the City Different each summer for a cascade of culture.
The International Folk Art Market's motto — bringing the world to Santa Fe — is quite literal. The nonprofit organization attracts master artists from around 70 countries to Museum Hill; many support their families, communities, and villages with their market revenues. Voted Best Art Festival by USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, the 2019 market will be held July 12–14, 2019 (folkartmarket.org).
On the heels of that comes another acclaimed festival: Traditional Spanish Market, held July 27–28, 2019. The market is the only one of its kind in the country, exclusively devoted to artists carrying on traditional Spanish Colonial art forms including bultos, retablos, punched tin, and straw applique, to name a few (spanishcolonial.org).
Although it's officially only two days long — August 17–18, 2019 — Santa Fe Indian Market packs its calendar with a juried world-class art market featuring tribal artists from across the United States, haute couture fashion shows, emerging artist exhibitions, and a Native cinema showcase (swaia.org).