Santa Fe in the fall is one of the best times of the year. The weather cools down and the town becomes a little less busy, but there is so much to do. Late August, September and October bring a variety of upscale events for the local community and visitors alike. From the opera to art, specialized markets and festivals, autumn in Santa Fe just can’t be beat.
Here are some exclusive events you will not want to miss happening in and around Santa Fe, NM from August through October 2016.
Santa Fe Events in Late August
The end of August marks the closing of the 2016 opera season in Santa Fe, so it’s your last chance to catch a performance this year. If high-end markets are more your cup of tea, those are happening as well.
Operas in Santa Fe
All opera performances will be held at the Santa Fe Opera House, 301 Opera Dr., in Santa Fe. Tickets for these shows can be purchased through the Santa Fe Opera website
Don Giovani – Saturday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
This old tale of Don Juan, set to the music of Mozart, is both funny and dramatic. The story follows Don Giovani, played by Daniel Okulitch, as he abuses and offends everyone else in his life through his arrogance and sexual promiscuity until he reaches his tragic end. The opera is directed by Ron Daniels and conducted by John Nelson. Supporting cast members include Leah Crocetto as Donna Anna, and Keri Alkema as Donna Elvira.
Tickets for this highly acclaimed show run from $43 to $307, depending on seat location.
Romeo et Juliette – Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.
One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies will be lighting up the Santa Fe stage Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 25. This tale explores the story of star-crossed lovers from feuding families who ultimately meet their demise because of their overwhelming love for each other. The top roles are a couple of debuts and a rising star, with Ailyn Perez playing Juliette, Stephen Costello singing the part of Romeo, and Elliot Madore debuting as Mercutio.
Tickets for Romeo and Juliet run from $37 to $271, depending on location of the seat.
Capriccio – Friday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.
Late August brings one last performance of Capriccio, Friday, Aug. 19. The show follows the story of a countess who is torn between two men – one is a poet and the other a composer. This story of a complicated love triangle first premiered in the United State at The Santa Fe Opera in 1958. Now, 58 years later, you can experience somewhat of a Santa Fe tradition by attending. The cost is $41 to $286, depending on where you sit.
The cast is made up of highly acclaimed opera stars, including Amanda Majeski as the Countess and Santa Fe native Susan Graham as Clairon, as well as Joshua Hopkins as Olivier and newcomer Ben Bliss as Flamand.
La Fanciulla del West – Wednesday, Aug. 17; Tuesday, Aug. 23; and Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
Critically acclaimed as having a “perfectly crafted score,” La Fanciulla del West shows the troubling, yet honest realities of the California Gold Rush in the 1800s. It follows Minnie, a matron of a saloon, on her journey to falling in love with a bandit, Ramerrez, and trying to help him escape public execution.
The cost for tickets ranges from $37 to $246.
Vanessa – Thursday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.
Vanessa is a story about deep, complicated love and deception. After being abandoned by her love, Anatol, Vanessa covers her face to hide her aging until his return. When Anatol returns 20 years later, he is actually the son of the Anatol who left. The son quickly falls in love with Vanessa’s niece, Erika, but through a series of events, Vanessa ends up running away with the young Anatol. This leaves Erika to hide her own face until the young Anatol returns to her.
Ticket prices for Vanessa range from $31 to $183.
Santa Fe Indian Market – Saturday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 21
The 95th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market takes place the second to last weekend in August and features almost 900 Native American artists showing their work near the Santa Fe Plaza. With several events to go to and sites to see throughout each day, this gathering is not to be missed. The schedule includes artist showcases, music and dance performances, a fashion show, traders market, fashion contest and a live auction and gala. Many of the events are free to the public, but some require tickets, which range in price from $50 to $150. The live auction and gala costs $225 per ticket, or you can buy a table for $2,500 or $5,000.
All events take place at spots in the heart of Santa Fe, including the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, The Plaza, the First National Bank parking lot and Cathedral Park.
September Santa Fe Events
The first month of fall brings a new variety of exciting events to Santa Fe. Enjoy art, wine and parties in September of 2016.
Pecos Studio Tour – Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you enjoy fine art, the Pecos Studio Tour 2016 is a must-join free event this September. Taking place in Pecos, which is about 20 minutes north of Santa Fe, this tour stops along about 20 artist galleries and studios to showcase original and cultural artwork. Items you will see include jewelry, tinwork, paintings and ceramics. As you move around the city, enjoy the picturesque beauty of Pecos and the views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
High Road to Taos Art Tour – Saturday, Sept. 17; Sunday, Sept. 18; Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25
After doing the Pecos tour the weekend or day before, take the scenic High Road from Chimayo to Vadito to get an extra dose of gorgeous local artistry on more than 60 tour stops. The unique winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains offers amazing views of small Spanish and Pueblo villages, snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows. This is the 19th annual High Road to Taos Art Tour and is presented by the artisans themselves.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta – Wednesday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 25
If good food and drink are your cup of tea, attend the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta this September. Being held at The Santa Fe Opera, this event brings tastes from 80 of the city’s finest restaurants and wine tastings from more than 100 wineries. There are also a variety of events to attend, including wine seminars, tastings, a film fiesta and cooking demos. Ticket prices for these events range from $30 to $150.
October Events in Santa Fe
October 2016 in Santa Fe brings a mix of art and unique market events. Whatever high-end events you are interested in, one of these will surely meet your taste.
Santa Fe Artist Market – Now through December 2016
Take a trip to the Santa Fe Railyard next to the Farmers Market any Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. from now until December for an outdoor art exhibit. You will see fine art and crafts from more than 100 of the top local artists. Artistry you will get to enjoy includes photography, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, furniture, woodworking and pottery. Attendees can meet the artists and purchase the works they fall in love with. The Santa Fe Artist Market is open to all guests and residents in the area.
Outdoor Fine Art Shows – The First Three Weekends of October 2016
The Santa Fe Society of Artists hosts outdoor art shows from April through October. This year, visit Oct. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 any time during the day to see fine photography, painting, printmaking and sculpture, as well as meet the artists who created them. Visitors are welcome to purchase any artwork that interests them. The shows are held under the white tents at 122 W. Palace Ave., near the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
Railyard Artisan Market – Every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Held at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion at 1607 Paseo de Peralta, the Railyard Artisan Market showcases the talent of New Mexico’s artisans, craftspeople and musicians. Artwork shared at the market includes artisanal teas, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, painting, photography, hand-blown glass and herbal body products. Items are available for purchase and make great gifts and personal mementos.
Whether you fancy art, fine food, the opera or just want to do something that allows you to enjoy the beauty of Santa Fe, the fall of 2016 has an event to satisfy. Come on out and enjoy the best time of year with these upscale, extremely entertaining, activities.