Santa Fe Fall Getaways

Santa Fe Fall Getaways

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Trip Advisor reports that close to 30% of Americans will be enjoying Fall Getaways. So count yourself in and make plans now to head to Santa Fe!

Getting Here

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FLY – You can fly non-stop to Santa Fe Airport from Los Angeles or Dallas on American Eagle. Other airlines serving Albuquerque are: Southwest, Delta, Continental, United, US Airways and Frontier Airlines. Many are boasting last minute Labor Day specials! And in just a 1 hour picturesque drive north you’ll find yourself in the heart of Santa Fe.

DRIVE – There’s nothing like driving into Santa Fe whether you come in on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail or drive down from the north through the renowned Raton Pass. Look for our landmark Sangre de Cristo mountains and find our city nestled in the colorful foothills.

As an option, you can purchase a New Mexico Culture Pass and visit monuments and museums throughout the state on your way here and back home.

TRAIN – Hop on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. You’ll weave through the backs of ancient pueblo lands and arrive in the Santa Fe Railyard District where you can dine, shop & catch a shuttle or take a brief walk to the Historic Downtown Plaza. Coming from California, the Mid-west or Southwest? The Lamy Shuttle Service meets the Amtrak Southwest Chief trains daily for an easy ride to Santa Fe hotels.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be offering expanded service for the Labor Day Weekend – September 4th, 5th and 6th.

Just Get Here!

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Some of our Annual Fall Events include:

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Whether you’re planning a Romantic Getaway, Reunion, Girlfriends Weekend or just up for an individual Exploration and discovery, we’ll satisfy your needs and your budget.

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Things To Do

Explore the Things To Do section of our website and you’ll understand why this is the most extensive & popular section of our Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau Website. Here are a few popular options and visit the website for a full list of Things To Do.

Check our Santa Fe Calendar for a full list of events including Gallery Openings, Art Related Events, Concerts & Performances.

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Indian Market News and Event Schedule – 2010

89th Annual SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market 2010 – News & Events

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Santa Fe Indian Market Week – August 13th through August 23rd


89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Plaza (downtown)
Saturday & Sunday – August 21 & 22, 2010
7am – 5pm

More than 600 Native American artists will gather on the Santa Fe Plaza for the 89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market. Visitors will find an amazing selection of art and craft by artists from tribes across the US.

Numerous events, exhibitions, concerts, symposiums, lectures, film screenings, auctions, awards ceremonies and presentations accompany the festivities throughout the week & weekend. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) sponsors the event, which is estimated to bring more than 80,000 people and over $100 million in revenues to the state and region.

This is the largest Indigenous art market in the hemisphere, so please come and join us!

Find all the events associated with Santa Fe Indian Market:
SWAIA Official Website


Monday, August 16th
6:30 PM
Santa Fe Indian Market Classification X Award Winners – Film Screening
The Allan Houser Compound, 26 Haozous Rd, Santa Fe, NM
Free Admission. A sneak preview of the winners in the four categories – documentary, narrative, experimental and animation — from the Santa Fe Indian Market’s new film and video classification. Class X is not a new film festival, but a platform to support and acknowledge Native filmmakers.


Tuesday, August 17th
8:00 AM
Breakfast with the Curators
Museum Hill Cafe
$25 per person, or $20 per person for MNMF members. Museum Admission Included.
Breakfast with Executive Director of SWAIA, Bruce Bernstein, PhD, followed by a talk on the 89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market.


Tuesday, August 17th
6:00 PM
A Special Evening with Award-Winning Author Sherman Alexie at The Lensic.
Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” Men’s Journal has called him “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.” Sponsored in part by The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
Tickets are $20/30 (call to ask for student discounts) and are available at The Lensic or by calling The Lensic Box Office (505) 988-1234


Thursday, August 19th – Sunday, August 22nd
The 10th Annual Native Cinema Showcase
Cathedral Park, Downtown Santa Fe
SWAIA, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (CCA) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), present the 10th Annual Native Cinema Showcase, a four-day celebration of films and videos by and about indigenous peoples in connection with the Santa Fe Indian Market. The showcase, that features 16 programs of film and video from seven countries, will take place in two central venues: the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts and Cathedral Park, located in downtown Santa Fe, which is free and open to Indian Market attendees.
Free Admission.


Thursday, August 19th
6:00 PM
Native Music Rocks the Plaza – Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand
Musicians Keith Secola, Micki Free & American Horse with Special Guest Shea and Casper and the Mighty 602 Band take the stage on the final day of the Santa Fe Bandstand Series. Native Music Rocks, a program developed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, supports and fosters Native musicians through nationwide tours and recording projects.
Free Admission.


Thursday, August 19th
6:00 PM
An Evening of Native Literary Arts: N. Scott Momaday and Luci Tapahonso/ Moderated by James Thomas S
Collected Works Bookstore: 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM
Free Admission. N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa Indian, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1934, and grew up in close contact with the Navajo and San Carlos Apache communities. He received his B.A. in political science in 1958 from the University of New Mexico. At Stanford University he received his M.A. and Ph.D in English, in 1960 and 1963, respectively. His books of poetry include In the Bear’s House (St. Martin’s Press, 1999), In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991 (1992), and The Gourd Dancer (1976). His first novel, House Made of Dawn (1969) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is author of several other novels, prose collections, the children’s book Circle of Wonder (1994), and the play The Indolent Boys. He is also the editor of various anthologies and collections.


Friday, August 20th
11:30 AM
Indian Market – Best of Show Luncheon and Preview
Santa Fe Convention Center – 201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe, 87501

SWAIA presents the 2010 Artist Award winners at the Best of Show Ceremony. This exclusive event is central to the identity of the Santa Fe Indian Market, as it notes the acknowledgments of Native artists, who often work for years to create the stunning artwork entered for judging and a chance to be named Best of Show. The ceremony will take place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, and is the only time in the entire weekend where the best artists and best art of Indian Market are together in one place. Tickets are $200 for SWAIA members and $250 for non-members. Call Linda Off at 505.983.5220 for more information or to purchase tickets.


Friday, August 20th
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Native Music Rocks Concert
Hilton Hotel 100 Sandoval Street, Santa Fe, NM
Free Admission. Two nights of great music led by Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, musician and mixed blood (Cherokee & Comanche) Native American Micki Free, this summer’s native music rocks tour will feature Native American artists performing rock, country, roots rock, native folk, gospel, blues and reggae on a major cross-country trek.


Saturday, August 21st
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SWAIA and Apache Skateboards Presents: Skateploitation!
Cathedral Park, Downtown Santa Fe
In keeping with their tradition of promoting and supporting young Native artists, SWAIA is partnering once again with Indian Market Artist Douglas Miles and Apache Skateboards. The event will feature a skateboarding competition for best skateboarding trick, skate demonstrations, product tosses, prizes and more.
Free Admission.


Sunday, August 22nd
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Native American Clothing Contest
Santa Fe Plaza, Downtown Santa Fe
Among the many cherished traditions at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Native American Clothing Contest (NACC) is one of the most beloved and anticipated events. For over twenty years, the NACC has been the most photographed event at the Santa Fe Indian Market. The contest includes categories for traditional and contemporary Native American fashions, features children and adult participants, and awards prizes in over 20 categories.
Free Admission.

For complete listing of Indian Market events visit the SWAIA Official Website



Friday & Saturday, August 13 & 14
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Ethnographic Art Show – presented by Whitehawk Antique Shows
Over 150 dealers featuring Oceanic, Pre-columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental, Indonesian and other ethnographic art from around the world. An amazing selection of jewelry, divotional pieces, furniture, rugs, baskets, pottery, textiles, paintings and much, much more.

Monday & Tuesday, August 16 & 17
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Antique Indian Art Show – presented by Whitehawk Antique Shows
Whitehawk’s original show celebrates its 31st year and features one of the nations largest selections of antique Indian art objects ranging from Northwest Coast masks to antique Southwestern pottery, jewelry, textiles, California baskets, Plains beadwork of all types and artifacts from the Western, Great Lakes and Woodland tribes. This is the largest and longest running show for historic antique Indian Art. Join fellow collectors and museum curators as they search through our nation’s greatest indigenous art treasure.

Find out all you need to know on the Whitehawk Antique Shows website

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501 –


A center of the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is the only museum in the world to focus solely on contemporary Native art and is home to the largest collection of contemporary Native art in the world. A premier shopping destination, the Museum’s store features the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery and offers the finest selection of contemporary Native arts and gifts from both emerging and established artists.


Wednesday, August 18
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Artists Reception for PostCommodity Collective, an interdisciplinary American Indian arts cooperative comprised of Raven Chacon, Kade L. Twist, Steven Yazzie and Nathan Young. It Wasn’t a Dream of Golden Cities is a commissioned response to Santa Fe’s 400th celebration and utilizes elements of sound, video, performance, installation and sculpture to recount histories stimulated from the commoditization of cultural values. Please join us for this free reception where the artists will be present to discuss their work one-on-one with guests.

Thursday, August 19
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Public Opening Reception for new exhibits. Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape; Oblique Drift: Nicholas Galanin; Round-UP: Video Work by Torry Mendoza; the It Wasnít a Dream of Golden Cities: PostCommodity Collective; Matterings: Rose Simpson; and Apaches and Angels: Douglas Miles.

Find up-to-date Museum events calendar visit the MoCNA website


Peyote Bird Jewelry Annual Sample Sale
If you love jewelry, you’ll want to make it over to this twice-a-year sale located just two blocks from downtown.
August 21 & 22, 2010
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
414 Old Taos Highway
Santa Fe, NM

Visit their website for map & directions.

Traveler’s Market – Tribal Art & Jewelry Show
30 Galleries of Tribal & Folk Art, Textiles, Antiques, Books, Clothing & Jewelry
August 6 – 22, 2010
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm
DeVargas Center, 153B Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 – 505-989-7667
Annual Tribal Pot Luck & BBQ – Monday August 16 at 5 pm

Visit their website for details.

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