How To Experience Spanish Culture In Santa Fe, NM

A large number of Santa Fe residents are of Spanish origin, continue to stay very proud of their heritage, and celebrate their culture at every possible opportunity. Santa Fe is not only the oldest capital city in our nation but is also more than 400 years old. It was settled by Spanish explorers and later also by Anglos who joined the Native Americans who early named the city the “Dancing Ground of the Sun.”

The arts of the Spanish have ranged from carved images of saints, making furniture, using textiles, to pieces in silver, tin, iron and straw. More modern media includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, and more. Traditional art pieces are on display in galleries, museums, and shops throughout the city. You can even stay at a bed and breakfast adorned with traditional Spanish pieces, like Four Kachinas Inn. Spanish culture also means upcoming festivals of celebration, take a look at some of the best Santa Fe cultural events.

Knighting of Don Diego de Vargas, Coronation, and Procession of La Conquistadora
June 25, 3 – 5 p.m.

This FREE event has “the faithful” gathering at a traditional knighting and coronation mass. Hundreds of people then retrace the footsteps of their ancestors as the La Conquistadora, the oldest Marian statue in the United States is carried among rose petals as she makes her pilgrimage to the Rosario Chapel.

66th Annual Traditional Spanish Market and Viva La Cultura
Historic Downtown Plaza in Santa Fe
July 28-30

Arts and crafts made by more than 250 Spanish Colonial artists and craftspeople from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will include weaving, hide painting, straw applique, jewelry, pottery, ironwork, tinwork, wood carving, and furniture. The Market culminates Viva La Cultura, a weekend of experiences with activities, tours, culinary events, music, artist demonstrations, movies, books about Hispanic culture, and a special Market Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. A Market Preview at Museo Cultural on July 28 will give a chance to view the award-winning 2017 artwork and meet the exceptional artists.

10th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults: $11 in advance, $12 on the day of fair
Seniors and Teens: $10, ages 12 and under FREE. Parking is also FREE.

Learn about Renaissance arts and sciences and go back in time to meet Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand as well as knights and jousters. See incredible performers and musicians, arts and crafts that vendors have to offer, and eat delicious food. Kids can ride in a Spanish Galleon and pet a unicorn in the Fairy Village.

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