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.
The sagacious instructors at Dahn Yoga New Mexico facilitate the betterment of flexibility, strength, and the elusive mind-body connection during morning and evening classes. Dahn-style yoga melds the ancient wisdom of ki-energy training with modern breathing postures to unlock inner peace and sweep up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that calibrates mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality, and a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
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.
A cinematheque, gallery, and educational center all in one, the Center for Contemporary Arts champions a diverse range of art forms, from digital media and performance art to independent and animated films, as well as Oscar-nominated documentaries. Culled from various artistic backgrounds, the art center's staff gained experience in various aesthetics by studying fine art, producing films for Sundance, and trying to calm down the guy from Edvard Munch's The Scream. Using their acquired knowledge, staff members educate guests during art exhibitions, movie screenings, and lectures.