The rich Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico is celebrated at Santa Fe's Annual Spanish Market. The event was sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society (SCAS) from from 1926 through the mid-1930's, after which it was became a combined event with the Santa Fe Indian Market. In 1965 the SCAS once again sponsored the event, renewing their commitment to support the artistic growth of Hispanic artists native to New Mexico and southern Colorado however it was not until 1972 that the Spanish Market once again became it's own separate event. The once-intimate Spanish Market has now become the largest exhibition and sale of traditional Spanish Colonial Art forms and Hispanic Arts in the United States with over 250 native New Mexican artists – many of them nationally recognized – exhibiting and selling their handmade artwork. (A smaller Winter Market, held each December, was started by the SCAS in 1989.)
Spanish Market attracts both the local community and serious collectors from around the world. It is a colorful festival, featuring traditional art, music, dance performances, demonstrations, pageantry and regional food. The SCAS honors artistic excellence by purchasing outstanding works of art for its collection and by awarding prizes. Its grand prize, first prize and other special awards recognize distinctive skill and innovation in various media. These awards, funded by the SCAS and private contributions, are determined each year by a private panel of judges.
It is a once a year opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of New Mexico’s vibrant Spanish culture, both past and present.
We highly recommend making hotel reservations far in advance during Indian Market Week as many hotels are booked in advance!