As the capital city of New Mexico and the fourth largest city in the state, Santa Fe never comes up short when it comes to planning things to do. Playing host to numerous festivals and functions, the city of Santa Fe is always alive with activity. Whatever your interest, the historic city of Santa Fe is sure to deliver. Whether you’re planning a short visit, or searching for an apartment in Santa Fe for an extended stay, this enchanting city will have you mesmerized.
Festivals and Entertainment
Home to a host of fiestas and festivals, Santa Fe certainly knows how to throw a party. Out of all the festivals hosted in Santa Fe, perhaps one of the most famous is Fiestas de Santa Fe. Celebrated since 1712 to commemorate the re-conquest of the city by Spanish colonists, this festival is famous for its many longtime traditions. Some of these traditions include a knighting and coronation of Don Diego de Vargas and La Reina de Santa Fe, the burning of Zozobra (a 50 ft. marionette symbolizing hardships of the past year) and a ball to conclude the celebration. Throughout all of these historical reenactments, you can enjoy local craft booths, regional foods, and mariachi bands as you wander throughout the festivities.
If you’re a foodie on the hunt for a taste of the best, check out the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta hosted every September. This five-day fiesta features local culinary artists from 75 of the city’s best restaurants. Incorporating wine from over 90 of the nation’s wineries, the goal of this party is “to keep Santa Fe on the map as a world class culinary destination.”
If you’ve ever heard the official state question of New Mexico (“Red or green?”) then you know that its capital city is sure to have plenty of both… chili peppers that is! The southwestern style of food that the state is famous for is very prominent in Santa Fe. If you have a love affair with chilies, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to stop by the Santa Fe Bite for a famous green chili burger or check out Tomisita’s restaurant, a local favorite that boasts traditional chili-based recipes that come straight from the hatch valley.
Looking for a different southwest-inspired dish? Stop by The Shed for their famous blue corn enchiladas, or try a taste of BBQ that rivals Texas at Cowgirl BBQ. Need something in a hurry? Flag down the El Molero fajita truck on the Plaza downtown for a fresh taco, burrito, or fajita that won’t break the bank. The fajitas with fresh guacamole will have your mouth watering without your wallet wavering.
The Art Scene
Santa Fe is known for being the oldest city in all of New Mexico and is still alive with the culture that has set it apart. From music and architecture to literature and paintings, there are many aspects of the Santa Fe culture that you won’t want to miss.
Looking for a lesson in aboriginal art? Check out a few of the many museums dedicated to sharing the vibrant history of the native people of Santa Fe. There’s the Museum of International Folk Art, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture—just to name a few.
Modern Art Museums
If something more modern is what you’re searching for there’s always the New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the Center for Contemporary Art.
Need a place to have fun with the kids? The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has you covered. Based on the element of discovery, this hands-on museum offers a rich variety of activities. From face painting to rock climbing, you’ll have the whole gang entertained.
The Georgia O’Keeffe museum
Santa Fe was once home to one of the most famous artists of all time. See how the Santa Fe landscape inspired the works of Georgia O’Keefe in the museum dedicated to her.
The Famous Opera House
Among one of Santa Fe’s most lauded attractions is the Santa Fe Opera. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Santa Fe Opera hosts many shows and performances ranging from comedic to contemplative. Not only is the Santa Fe Opera pleasing to the ears, but to the eyes as well. Their campus totals 155 acres, with several beautifully architected orchestra halls and theaters.
Scenic Landscapes and Artful Architecture
If the food, festivals, and rich history don’t have you falling in love with the city, the scenic landscapes certainly will. Take a drive around Enchanted Circle, one of the most famous drives on the outskirts of Santa Fe, or take a hike on a local trail. Enjoy the architectural beauty of sites such as the state capitol, the Loretto Chapel, the Palace of the Governors, and the San Miguel Mission.
After experiencing the scenic desert beauty, delicious southwestern food, and many museums dedicated to local artists, you’ll understand why this city has been the muse for many famous works of art and literature. Whether you’re visiting for a few days, or plan to make Santa Fe your permanent home, the sights, sounds, and tastes of this city will leave you inspired.