All the FAQs You Need About the Santa Fe Indian Market

Couple on bicycles in downtown Santa Fe during Indian Market

Sometimes you’re looking for an in-depth, deep-dive look at an upcoming market, festival, or event in Santa Fe. But sometimes you just want the critical data. Here’s everything you need to know about the Santa Fe Indian Market at a glance.


If you need more information, check the Santa Fe Indian Market website for additional details as well as info on an app you can download. For ticketed events, check out the official schedule summarized below.


Q: When and Where Does the Market Happen?

The Santa Fe Indian Market opens on the Santa Fe Plaza on August 18  at 7 AM. The day comes to a close at 5 PM. The final day is on August 19, with the same opening and closing hours. The Market itself is free and open to the public. Nearly 1,000 of the continent’s finest Native American artists will show their work in booths filling the Plaza and surrounding streets.


Q: What, When, and Where Are The Key Events?

Native Cinema Showcase A near-weeklong film festival exploring Native American cinema.


  • Free
  • Where: New Mexico History Museum
  • When: August 14 to 19. Check here for the screening program.


Indian Market Kick-Off Party Deejayed by LightningCloud with a preview of the IM: EDGE Contemporary Show.


  • Free, all-ages
  • Where: Santa Fe Community Convention Center at 201 W Marcy Street in Downtown
  • When: 7 to 10 PM, August 16


Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon An event celebrating the best work of the Indian Market.


  • Members only ticketed event
  • Where: Santa Fe Community Convention Center at 201 W Marcy Street in Downtown
  • When: 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, August 17


Sneak Preview of Award-Winning Art Sponsored by the Cherokee Art Market, an early look at award-winning artwork before the official opening of the Market the next day.


  • Ticketed event
  • Where: Santa Fe Community Convention  Center at 201 West Marcy Street in Downtown
  • When: 2 to 4 PM, August 17


Two children wearing traditional Native American clothing at the Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Santa Fe Indian Market

Native American Clothing Contest” by Larry Lamsa is licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Book Signings Ana Pacheco will be here signing her new book, Pueblos of New Mexico (beautiful and highly recommended), and the Navajo sisters Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete will be signing Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weaving Today, which won’t see official release until September.


  • Where: SWAIA Merchandise Booth at the Plaza
  • When: 11 AM to 12 PM for the Teller sisters, 1 to 2 PM for Ana Pacheco, August 18


Market Stage Music and Dance Performances A performance showcase running all afternoon.


  • Free, open to public
  • Where: Santa Fe Plaza
  • When: 9 AM to 4 PM, August 18


Indian Market Gala A new feature of the Market. Gala fashion show with Native jewelry and clothing, with Native American dining featuring a bison entree. Hosted by La Fonda.


  • Ticketed event
  • Where: La Fonda on the Plaza at 100 East San Francisco Street in Downtown
  • When: 6 PM, August 18
  • Call 505-983-5220 for more info


Native American Clothing Contest One of the most popular events at the Santa Fe Indian Market and a cherished Santa Fe tradition. The event includes categories for for traditional and contemporary Native fashions worn by children and adult participants.


  • Free
  • Where: Main Stage on the Plaza
  • When: 9 AM to 12 PM, August 19
  • Location: Main Stage on the Plaza


Q: What Should I Bring?


  • Lots of water
  • Lots of sunscreen
  • A budget for art shopping, and . . .
  • A light coat or overshirt for later. Santa Fe nights can get chilly even in August.


“Sante Fe Indian Market Shoppers and Vendors” by Larry Lamsa is licensed under CC-BY-2.0