Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.
Recently named one of the top three things to do in Santa Fe by TripAdvisor, the Santa Fe School of Cooking serves up internationally acclaimed culinary instruction with a specialty in Southwestern cuisine. Chef-led demonstration classes pack expert cooking techniques, take-home recipes, and full, freshly prepared meals into lively 2.5- to 3-hour food frenzies. Guests can choose from nearly 30 menu offerings, such as the Native American demonstration, boasting lamb-stuffed rellenos, blue-corn gnocchi arrowheads with guajillo chili sauce, and sweet fry bread with prickly-pear syrup ($80, plus tax). The Contemporary Southwest Light menu satiates health-conscious bean counters with savory turkey fillets topped with roasted-pineapple salsa, lemon-infused southwest rice, and delicate mexican chocolate cake ($74, plus tax). Beef-carnitas-stuffed gorditas take center stage in the Traditional New Mexican IV class, alongside pickled jalapeño cabbage slaw and a fiery green chili soup packed with dry-roasted corn ($70, plus tax). Check the schedule for a full listing of current offerings, all of which can save you from embarrassing Thanksgivings, disastrous dinners with in-laws, and foolhardy tamale-making face-offs.
Lauded for its inimitable art scene set against a stunning desert-dotted backdrop, Santa Fe might be the the ideal place to hold an art fair. Peppered with works from some of its 240 city galleries and pieces from international exhibitors, Art Santa Fe—now in its 13th year—expands on the city's proud tradition to showcase some of its most striking opuses alongside works by exhibitors from such far-flung locales as Madison, Wisconsin and Osaka, Japan. Visitors mingle with artists and art dealers while perusing gallery exhibits and art installations, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of the perfectly parallel yellow lines painted masterfully on many of America's highways. All tickets include admission to demonstrations of hanji papermaking by a Korean expert and monotype printing by a graphic artist.
For the fourth year in a row, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has gathered filmmakers and performers to celebrate the independent film movement. The organizers continue to hold the event in an effort to boost economic development while also providing opportunities for educational, cultural, and artistic growth for the community. In doing so, they host panels with authors and decorated directors and question-and-answer sessions after screenings. Sponsors such as Cowgirl BBQ, KUNM 89.9 FM, and Garrett's Desert Inn serve swag and grub respectively, and every night of the festival sees its visitors feting films at bars around Santa Fe. The screenings, many of which are New Mexico premieres, take place at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, and the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Nambé has been a family owned company since 1951. The company uses its own unique metal alloy and a 15-step casting process to produce high-end tabletop, gift and home décor items. Nambé maintains the resultant metal designs have the beauty and luster of silver and the strength of iron, yet will not crack, peel or tarnish.