July 13 – 15, the largest global pop up market comes to town. Part shopping fest, global eatery, and cultural + world music extravaganza, The International Folk Art Market captures large interest (last year 20,000 people descended on Museum Hill just for this event). To promote some continuity, the city of Santa Fe hosts an entire week dedicated to International Folk Art. Of the many related activities and events, here are some highlights:
- Breakfast with Curator Tour from 8:30 – 10am, and Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Artist Demonstrations from 1 – 4pm, runs each weekday with paid museum admission.
-An Evening at the Lensic Theater, July 11th, with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, NYT bestselling author of “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana”. Lemmon will be joined by International Folk Art Market participant and entrepreneur Rangina Hamidi, along with host Gene Grant (of PBS New Mexico in Focus). Tickets range from $35 – $15.
- Community Celebration, Thursday July 12th, 5 – 9pm at the Railyard. This is where the annual market artists procession takes place, along with a free concert.
- Market Opening Party, Friday July 13th, 6:30 – 9pm. Shopping begins with food, dancing, music and a serious price: $125 per person ($75 is tax deductible).
- Saturday Market, July 14th, 9am – 5pm. $15 advance ticket sales, $20 day of the event (children 16 and under are free). Here’s where the recessionista can do some good, have fun and keep her dollars from getting too lonely.
- Family Day, i.e. Sunday Market, July 15th. $5 advance sale tickets, $10 day of the event (children 16 and under are free). As part of family day, there is an uber cute Children’s Passport Program whereby the little darlings collect stickers from the various artist vendors who represent the cultures in our wide wondrous world.
Unless you are physically out of town, it would be hard to miss one of the many international offerings happening the second week in July.