What are the best Santa Fe events?

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Steve Larese

Almost every month, Santa Fe has a unique cultural or artistic festival happening. Five favorites from the calendar are:

1. Rodeo de Santa Fe. Each June, the cowboy-filled event opens with a parade downtown and then several nights of professional rodeo.

2. Santa Fe Spanish Market and Traditional Spanish Market. These July events feature classic Spanish artwork created by some of the best traditional Hispanic artists in the nation. July also sees the International Folk Art Market that brings artisans from around the world to Museum Hill to share their handcrafted goods.

3. Santa Fe Indian Market. Every August since the 1920s, the Santa Fe Indian Market has attracted art lovers from all over the world to the Santa Fe Plaza to shop for the best in Native America art. Hundreds of artists sell their work.

4. Zozobra. Early September sees the burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot-tall marionette that represents Old Man Gloom, followed that Friday by Fiestas de Santa Fe, which honors the Spanish entry into Santa Fe in 1692, complete with reenactments, pageantry, parades, music and dancing.

5. Farolito Walk. On December 24, farolitos — paper sacks filled with sand and candles — light the Plaza and Canyon Road. Small bonfires and carolers complete the scene.

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