One weekend every July Santa Fe’s Museum Hill turns into a colorful international bazaar. The market, started in 2004 and the largest of its kind in the world, is a major player on the Santa Fe summer art scene bringing collectors and dealers from throughout the country and even the world. The 2016 International Folk Art Market officially opens with a Preview Party on Friday, July 8th from 6:30 to 9pm on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill where the weekend event is held.
Folk Art Market 2016 offers Early Bird shopping on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 9am (a special ticket is required) and opens to the public at 9am. Market hours on both Saturday and Sunday are from 9am to 5pm. Tickets for Saturday are $20; Sunday admission is $15. Advance tickets can be purchased on the 2016 Folk Art Market website. It’s easier than buying them at the gate and you’re guaranteed admission if they sell out before you arrive. Children 16 and under are free. Artists receive 90 per cent of the money their goods sell for at the non-profit market. This money goes a long way to help bettering life for artists, their families and sometimes their communities.
What’s new at the 2016 Folk Art Market?
The 2016 International Folk Art Market has some exciting new changes. One of the most exciting things for shoppers is the addition of 25 additional vendor spaces. Over has 180 artists hailing from 62 countries will be selling their wares at the 2016 International Folk Art Market. Fifty-seven artists are exhibiting at the market for the first time. The new exhibit area, Plaza Nueva, located on the lower Plaza behind Milner Plaza, will house the most popular artists from previous years.
The food court is relocated to the parking lot across Camino Lejo from the market just north of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. You don’t have to shop ‘til you drop. Head across the road, grab a bite to eat. Sixteen vendors will offer a range of foods including African, Ethiopian, Mexican, New Mexican and Cambodian cuisine. Rested and refueled get back to the business of the day: shopping.
A new Express Pay option has been introduced. Shoppers can pre-register their credit cards, get a personal PIN and use it at the check-out booths to speed the transaction. Information is on the Folk Art Market 2016 website.
Preview party and Early Bird Shopping
If you don’t like shopping in crowds, splurge with a ticket to the 2016 Folk Art Market Preview Party on Friday. The event, held from 6:30 to 9, is a chance to get the first peak at the wonderful array of art at the market, shop and enjoy the festive occasion that includes hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails, wine and music. Tickets, ($225) sell out early; get yours now!
If tickets to the Preview Party are not in your budget but you want to shop when it’s less crowded, spring for an Early Bird ticket ($75). This will get you an hour and a half of shopping before the gates officially open and you can shop all day Saturday. Tip: make sure to get on the first bus at 7am and get in line to be among the first shoppers into the market.
Getting to the 2016 Folk Art Market 2016 is more fun
The only way to get to Museum Hill for the 2016 International Folk Art Market is via free shuttle buses. They leave and return continuously throughout the day. The two boarding areas are the PERA parking lot on Old Santa Fe Trail just north of Paseo de Peralta or at the South Capital Railrunner station. On Friday evening shuttles run from 6 on. On Saturday, people with Early Bird tickets can board shuttles starting at 7am. On both Saturday and Sundays regular shuttle service runs from 8am to market closing at 5pm. This year, something new for the shuttles; each one will be equipped with a volunteer guide. Guides will give passengers an orientation to the 2016 International Folk Art Market as well as answer any questions.
Volunteers needed for the 2016 International Folk Art Market
Because the 2016 International Folk Art Market will be bigger more volunteers are still needed. They need artists’ assistants to work with the vendors and write up their sales. It’s a great way to get to know the artisans, give time to a good cause and help visitors to have a better experience.
With additional artist booths and a larger space, we need more volunteers than ever! The success of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe depends on our global community of volunteers. By volunteering, you will ensure that visitors have an extraordinary Market experience and assist artists in having successful sales. If you’re interested, register here. And, you get to keep your volunteer tee-shirt!
Folk Art Market at the Santa Fe Bandstand
On Thursday, July 7th, the 2016 International Folk Art Market kicks-off with an artists procession followed by a concert, both at the Santa Fe Plaza. The procession, from 6 to 7pm, features the market’s artisans in the colorful traditional attire of their home countries. The procession will be followed by a concert presented by Santa Fe Bandstand and ¡Globalquerque! Dance to the sounds of Mamadou Kelly, who hails from Goundam and Niafunke in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. Acording to the market, he is part of the next generation of Malian artists who are creating new and unique variations on the traditional music of the country.
The International Folk Art Market is a not-to-be-missed event for folk art lovers. It garnered the number one spot in USA Today’s 2015 Readers Choice Award for Best Art Festival.
If you can’t make it to the 2016 International Folk Art Market, don’t fret. It will be back same time next year. On the second weekend of July each year, the world comes to Santa Fe.
Author’s note: The Folk Art Market provides us with two all-access press passes each year so we can experience the event to share with our readers. This is one of our favorite events of the year — if we didn’t enjoy it, we wouldn’t go back every year. The event falls just before my birthday and every year I buy myself a birthday gift. Shopping for it is a pleasure.