Three Can’t-Miss Santa Fe Summer Festivals

Contemporary Hispanic Market logo with crafts and a sugarskull doll in the background

(Note: This is an update of a previous post with all new dates and information for 2022. Check links to events for more detailed information.)


One of the fastest ways to burn out: Try to attend every festival and market hitting Santa Fe in the summertime. There’s simply too much going on to keep up with all of it.


Rather, you’ve got to pick the events that most appeal to you and plan your summer accordingly, because sometimes you need a break even when all you’re doing is having fun. So with that in mind, here are some of the cornerstone markets and festivals Santa Feans enjoy in July and August.



A female equestrian jumping over a gate at HIPICO Santa Fe

HIPICO Santa Fe Summer in Santa Fe Series

If you’re into horses, and a lot of New Mexicans are, keep an eye on the HIPICO Santa Fe calendar between August 10 and August 28 for the 2022 Collman Equestrian Productions Summer In Santa Fe Series. New Mexico’s premier venue for equestrian events, HIPICO Santa Fe will serve as host for an action-packed, three-week equestrian competition featuring jumper and hunter events.


There’s something happening almost every single day of the summer at HIPICO, so it’s not a bad idea to drop in whenever is most convenient for you.  Head to 100 South Polo Drive to join in on the action.



A view of the Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe, NM, sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society

Traditional Spanish Market and ¡Viva La Cultura!

Running from July 25 to 31, the Traditional Spanish Market and ¡Viva La Cultura! draws more than 200 artists in the Spanish Colonial tradition from New Mexico, as well as southern Colorado. The festival showcases everything from tinwork and hide painting to woodcarving and weaving. The event will include a lecture series, music, food and movies, and documentaries.


The festival kicks off proper on July 25 with the market opening on July 30. You can check out the preview night on July 29. The preview will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The market will be hosted at the Santa Fe Plaza.



A street view of the Contemporary Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM, with artists' booth lining both sides of the street and attendees walking and shopping

Contemporary Hispanic Market

The Contemporary Hispanic Market starts on July 30, running into the next day, from 8 AM to 5 PM on the Santa Fe Plaza. Entry is free. The event features artist interviews and a wide variety of traditional and cutting-edge Hispanic artwork, folk and otherwise. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the Hispanic cultural heritage of the area at the world’s largest contemporary Hispanic market.