A crossroads for culture, Santa Fe NM comes alive each summer with three major markets – International Folk Art Market, Traditional Spanish Market and Santa Fe Indian Market.

These markets are the best way for visitors to immerse themselves in the essence of Santa Fe, and fully experience its art, music, and cultural confluence. The cross-pollination of artists from near and far putting their art on display in the span of just one summer is unparalleled. Each market is also one of the largest in its respective niche, and represents a historic tie to the region. The markets bring an intimate and interactive experience for both consumers and artists. 

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, July 11-14 | Santa Fe Railyard Park– Celebrating its 20th year, this market is one of the only places to shop a global gallery of the finest handmade folk-art traditions. This year, it will feature more than 150 artists from 52 countries. To be selected to attend, folk artists from around the world undergo a rigorous application and selection process. The Market Artists Selection Committee—composed of folk art curators, collectors and experts—make their evaluation and selection based on standards of authenticity, quality and marketability. This year, visitors can expect to discover hand-woven Moroccan carpets, smoked-kissed ceramics crafted according to tradition by Colombian artisans, and traditional, durable, Hungarian leather, plus much more. Tickets are available now through folkartmarket.org. Please note this year’s festival will be cashless. 

Santa Fe Traditional Spanish Market, July 27 & 28th, 2024 | Santa Fe Plaza — Now in its 72nd year, this market is the oldest and largest Spanish market in the United States. The Traditional Spanish Market celebrates the rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico and features handmade traditional art from hundreds of local Hispanic artists. Visitors will meet world-renowned artists and can shop their hide paintings, retablos, straw appliques, tinwork, colcha embroidery, furniture, weaving, and woodworking. Maintaining its focus on authenticity, featured art is created using traditional methods and materials. In addition to the art, the market also provides visitors with on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations, encounters with historical reenactors, and local food throughout each day. This event is free and open to the public.

Santa Fe Indian Market, August 17 & 18, 2024 | Santa Fe Plaza — The largest and most prestigious juried Native Art Market in the world, this century-old festival brings together more than 1,000 native artists from 100 tribal communities to share their art on Santa Fe’s central plaza. Visitors can expect to experience and shop the finest Native-made jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, photography, carvings, textiles, beadwork, and basketry. These works of art will be submitted to competition, with prizes awarded to stand-out pieces in a Best of Show ceremony. In addition, an incredible food scene will offer a vast selection of traditional and contemporary Native foods with a focus on locally and family owned businesses vendors from all over the southwest. This market is free and open to the public. Learn more at swaia.org.