Folk Art has become a tradition passed down through the generations. With the world changing every day, it can be challenging to preserve these important cultural aspects like traditional folk art. In Santa Fe, we keep these traditions alive at the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. For over fifteen years, this market has provided these artists with the venue to display and sell their art. Rest assured, these aren’t gimmicky tourist knickknacks. These are one-of-a-kind pieces, made by hand and from decades of tradition. If you’re interested in visiting the Santa Fe Folk Art Market yourself, here’s what you should know.
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Santa Fe Folk Art Market History
The Santa Fe Folk Art Market began in 2004. Originally, about 60 artists from 26 different countries were featured. The first festival was a huge success, and in the many years that have since passed, the market has grown in reputation. Now, the Santa Fe Folk Art Market showcases more than 150 different artists from more than 50 countries. In total, the market has shown the work of more than 1000 traditional folk artists and generated over 28 million dollars in sales!
It has become an important venue for those that have difficult times getting displayed and showcased in contemporary art shows. Not only does it provide a potential profit for those that practice this medium, it’s also an important event in the ongoing struggle to preserve global histories and cultures. The popularity and excellence of this festival is evident: it was voted as the Best Art Festival by readers of USA Today!
Attending the Santa Fe Folk Art Market
The Santa Fe Folk Art Market usually takes place mid-summer, particularly in July. You can purchase tickets online, but be aware that this is a very popular event so tickets get sold out quickly. There is no onsite parking for the market, but the city has set up multiple ways of traveling there. There are two ongoing shuttle buses traveling between the market and two different lots. You can also ride a bike to the event, and there is a bike valet that will store it safely for you on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Plus, when you stay at El Farolito, you will already be located in the heart of downtown!
Stay at El Farolito to Relax After Visiting the Market
If you’re going to be in Santa Fe for the weekend to visit the Folk Art Market, stay with us at El Farolito! During your stay, you’ll be fully immersed in our unique culture. Our rooms feature authentic decor from the area such as Kiva fireplaces, adobe walls, and more! Start your planning by browsing through our cozy accommodations. We look forward to hosting you in the gorgeous city of Santa Fe!