With a new literary festival kicking off an already vibrant summer of multicultural markets, powerhouse operas and more laid-back entertainment, perfect for soaking up the idyllic northern New Mexico evenings, There’s never been a better time to spend a few days in Santa Fe. Here are 10 ideas for learning about the place nicknamed the “City of Difference.”

Santa Fe . Literary Festival

Santa Fe . Literary Festival

(Santa Fe Literary Festival)

This four-day inaugural event taking place May 20-23 boasts a schedule of talks, guided tours around town, a strong performance from the city’s delicious food and a great lineup of performers. famous authors, including keynote speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Colson Whitehead and Miss Poet Joy Harjo. Other renowned authors, such as Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, Asma Khan and Jonn Krakauer, have added considerable depth and breadth to the transformative lineup.

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Hop exhibition hall

Santa Fe is a popular arts hub, with more than 80 art galleries clustered along Canyon Road, the city’s historic arts district just a few kilometers away. Expect to find genre-defying artwork from newcomers, individual performances from contemporary icons, evocative works in new media, and suggestions for new trends. Western archetypes – all housed in traditional adobe structures interspersed with gardens and sculptures almost dot the streets. Instructions for the DIY approach can be downloaded at canyonroadarts.com/maps.

Still overwhelmed by options? Book a two-hour tour, which usually means chatting with the artist or gallery owner (they can also be combined with chocolate tasting or yoga), through activities prefer Art tour in Santa Fe.

Go to the historic central square


Santa Fe Plaza is located in the heart of the old city, built on top of a centuries-old Tewa Pueblo village (seriously – the city’s architects complain every underground renovation, as it almost always requires an archaeological excavation). The Palace of the Governors, built in 1610 and now one of the most continuously used European settlement structures (Taos Pueblo, about two hours north, ranked as one of the longest inhabited structures in the nation) introduces the Spanish-Pueblo Revival style of architecture. Existing building New Mexico Museum, and the portal, the shady walkway out front, is regularly lined up by indigenous artisans selling jewelry and other crafts. That’s just the beginning of the shopping options that stretch around downtown, interspersed with quick stops for burrito or patios to linger longer with margarine.

Your leisure outdoors

The square is crowded with dancers in the summer


The beauty of New Mexico summer is that as soon as the sun begins to set, any angle radiates heat and wind blows through. Spend those summer evenings outdoors but be entertained with a multitude of options. Plaza Bandstand is set almost non-stop with music – expect classical genres like mariachi and flamenco along with local, blues, country and Americana artists – while the square is packed with dancers. At the Railyard, a pop-up stage hosts more modern bands, as well as “cycling” movies. Elsewhere, Motorama at Downs Santa Fe, a now-closed racecourse, recently revived the cinema driving classic Americana; Throw a blanket on the lawn, and check to see if the food truck is parked near the screen.

Explosions in the past

From downtown, walk along East Palace Avenue to 109, the storefront that was once the office for check-in workers for the then top secret Manhattan Project, the mission to create the atomic bombs. first in nearby Los Alamos. The New Mexico History Museum sometimes include exhibits about New Mexico’s role in this arms race (and a few hours’ drive south, Trinity Site is open twice a year to curious visitors scouring the desert. to find the glass remnants of the first atomic bomb explosion, a material known today as trinitite).

Spend the night

Half the magic in Santa Fe Opera From sitting in captivity to sunsets over the Jemez Mountains, the sprawling pinks, lavenders and blues set the stage for plots and arias. As an outdoor venue, the opera house only operates during the summer months, with the curtain closing time just before sunset. Go early, and you’ll find repeat visitors enjoying pre-order picnic dinners at their car restaurant, followed by a season of world-class operas packed with productions. Classics and spice with a contemporary debut.

Climb on board

The Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe, New Mexico


Departing from the Railyard district of downtown Santa Fe, The elevated railway runs on a railroad about 20 miles from Santa Fe, traversing red-earth hills and forests of conifers and junipers in hand-drawn trains. Cocktails and snacks await passengers, while entertainers lead a range of experiences: listen to local history, take in the views, immerse in an impromptu theater, or simply immerse himself in the starry desert night sky.

Get some context

History still lives and breathes in New Mexico, where the culture, practices, and arts of some of the region’s earliest residents continue to blend into modern life – and it’s not hard to see the historic homes The history is manicured and the jewels of turquoise and giant coral and it feels like you’re living in a work of art. The The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian conduct a study on wearable art, which is the centerpiece of a focus on silver jewelry, historic and contemporary jewelry of the Southwest, along with one of the largest jewelry collections in the world. The most comprehensive Navajo and Pueblo power in the world. It is one of a cluster of museums on Museum Hill, each narrowly focused on a particular historical era or population.

Browse stalls

Browse downtown gifts

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The International Folk Art Market attracts artisans from all over the world. At the Traditional Spanish Market, check out the art forms that have been practiced for 16 generations that some Hispanic families count on in the region, such as weaving, straw and tin work, and listen to flamenco music. Downtown Santa Fe has surrendered, with the streets closed to cars and stalls lining the sidewalks instead, in the Santa Fe Indian Market, where artists compete for prizes and endorsements. the opinion of more than 120,000 people (above the entire population of the city). Hungry with all that browsing? Pop-up food vendors serve traditional dishes like Navajo tacos and donuts.


The hottest new place in town is Mille, a French-influenced breakfast and lunch spot, a few minutes’ walk from the square with to-die crepes – but this new hotspot also offers an endorsement of the multicultural influences in the cities. The city’s extensive dining options. Yes, New Mexican dishes are excellent at local establishments Storehouse, Coyote Cantinaand Plaza Cafe. But you’ll also find a beautiful Japanese menu at Izanamiwhile characteristic local influences appear in surprising places, as Latin promotes the Paper Dosaand green chili as a topping on the standard pizza at Premium Pizza.


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