Memorial Day in Santa Fe

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Memorial Day in Santa Fe

It’s an Arts and Culture filled Weekend

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 This Memorial Day Weekend is going to be an historical 4 days to visit Santa Fe this year, particularly for Arts & Culture Lovers. In addition to all the annual and special events scheduled during the holiday weekend, the New Mexico History Museum opens for the first time to the public, and the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival debuts at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

There are also other special events scheduled to take place this time of year, which means if you visit during this special “Museum Weekend,” you’ll find plenty of exciting things to see and do. Visit “What’s Happening” and “Santa Fe Specials” for additional information.

Here’s a brief schedule of the Museum and surrounding events:

Friday, May 22

View Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous “Jimson Weed” painting, which returns from the White House after eight years in a new exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Beyond Our Shores. >From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the pleasures of preparing Santa Fe style barbecue by taking a Southwest Barbecue Cooking Class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

Enjoy the rare opportunity of a curator-led guided tour of the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum’s National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art, with more than 700 works by contemporary Native American artists. Starts at 11 a.m.

Visit the beautiful Allan Houser Sculpture Garden, 15 miles south of Santa Fe, and you’ll get a chance to see the impressive sculptures of an American master in a lovely setting.

Explore Delgado Street‘s art galleries and studios, where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists and see one-of-a-kind works during the Discover Delgado Street Gallery Walk. From 5 to 8 p.m.

Preview the works of the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival during the Benefit Reception and Pre-sale. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

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 Saturday, May 23

The Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival showcases classic and contemporary museum-quality work by more than 170 Native American artists. This two-day event kicks off with an earlybird sale from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the Indian Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION: Take advantage of a free weekend at the International Folk Art Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Palace of the Governors, all in celebration of the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You’ll find jewelry, paintings, ceramic pieces and so much more at the juried Arts and Crafts Show in Cathedral Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wines of New Mexico class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking offers a fun way to learn all about the wine produced in the state. From 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy a workshop at High Desert Angler that combines the basics of Tai Chi with the art of Fly Fishing and take your fishing experience to a whole new level. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 24

The Arts & Crafts juried show continues in Cathedral Park, with a wide offering of unique, handmade items. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival continues today with an impressive collection of Native American art, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

The public opening of the New Mexico History Museum is one of the most anticipated events of the year. There’s a lot planned for this celebration, including Native American drumming, dancing and a low rider gathering. The big event is the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. The museum is open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. with free admission. You’ll become a part of history when you attend this important opening. 

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  Monday, May 25 

The juried Arts & Crafts show has its final day in Cathedral Park. You’ll find plenty of unique items to take home as souvenirs of your trip.

FREE ADMISSION to The Museums of New Mexico today, in honor of the opening of the New Mexico History Museum.

See paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by Native American artist Fritz Scholder at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum.

And remember, Memorial Day is just the beginning of a colorful Cultural Summer. Visit SantaFe.org to check out the year round Calendar and use our Travel Planner to create your custom, shareable itinerary now!