2017 International Folk Art Market

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 2017 International Folk Art Market officially opens with a Preview Party on Friday, July 14th  from 6:30 to 9pm on Museum Hill’s Milner Plaza.

2016 International Folk Art Market- South African baskets on display photo Billie Frank

South African baskets on display photo/Billie Frank

2017 Folk Art Market offers Early Bird shopping on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 9am (a special ticket, $75) 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 (ages 16 and under are free during regular market hours on Saturday and Sunday). Advance tickets can be purchased on the 2017 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.

Buying stuff and want to expedite your check-out? Register for the Express Pay option. 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 2017 website.

Hungry? Hit the food court

The food court in the parking lot down the hill at the back of the market. You don’t have to shop ‘til you drop. Head across the road, grab a bite to eat. Fourteen vendors will offer a range of foods including African, Mexican, New Mexican, Mediterranean and Cambodian fusion. Rested and refueled get back to the business of the day: shopping.

Preview party and Early Bird Shopping

2016 International Folk Art Market - African musicians at the Preview Party photo Steve Colllins

African musicians at the Preview Party photo/Steve Collins

If you don’t like shopping in crowds, splurge with a ticket to the 2017 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 2017 Folk Art Market

2016 International Folk Art Market -The shuttle back to the PERA parking lot after the Preview Party photo Steve Collins

The shuttle back to the PERA parking lot after the Preview Party photo/Steve Collins

The only way to get to Museum Hill for the 2017 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.

Folk Art Market at the Santa Fe Bandstand

2016 International Folk Art Market - Taken on at the Artists' Procession photo/David Evans, courtesy International Folk Art Market - Taken on at the Artists' Procession photo/David Evans, courtesy International Folk Art Market

Taken on at the Artists’ Procession photo/David Evans, courtesy International Folk Art Market

On Thursday, July 12th, the 2017 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 by Cuban group, TradiSon, which will take place at the bandstand. They’ll be performing music from the Cuban genre known as “son,” combining Afro-Cuban rhythms with Spanish melodies.

2017 International Folk Art Market - TradiSon will play at the free bandstand concert on Thursday, July 13th. photo courtesy International Folk Art Market

TradiSon will play at the free bandstand concert on Thursday, July 13th. photo/courtesy International Folk Art Market

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 2017 International Folk Art Market, don’t fret. It will be back same time next year. On the second weekend after the first Friday in July, the world comes to Santa Fe.

I’ve been shopping at Folk Art Market since the first year and have developed some strategies. They may help you as well.

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.

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16 Responses to “2017 International Folk Art Market”

  1. Andi Wahyudi
    June 24, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    It sounds very interesting and pleasant to come and shopping at Folk at Market. Unfortunately I’m in Indonesia, it is so far.

  2. Michele Peterson
    June 27, 2016 at 3:33 am #

    The Santa Fe Folk Art Market sounds like a fascinating spot to spend a weekend and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures in art, cuisine and music. It’s a rare treat to be able to sample Cambodian cuisine so close to home.

    • Billie Frank
      June 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      It is a treat. The Cambodian food vendor is new this year (I think) – if he was there last year I missed him. He’s going to be my first stop as I’ve never eaten Cambodian food before and I’m a big fan of most Asian cuisines that I’ve tasted.

  3. noel
    June 27, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    I love festivals and art markets like this, definitely something I would be doing if I visited the area – hopefully next year?
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    • Billie Frank
      June 28, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      You should come for it! If you’re in Hawaii it’s a bit of a haul but if you’re in the other SF- doable.

  4. Grey World Nomads
    June 28, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    I like markets like Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. Only problem – I’ve no home as a Grey World Nomad so no space to put it 😉

    • Billie Frank
      June 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      You could buy one of the wearables- clothing, jewelry, accessories. It’s a great experience even if you don’t shop. I usually treat myself one thing a year.

  5. The GypsyNesters
    June 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow, so much colorful culture in one place. It’s like a trip around the world in one day!

  6. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    June 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    I’d love to attend this International Folk Art Market. It sounds so exciting, and to imagine it is the biggest such event in the world! Hope to get there one day.

    • Billie Frank
      July 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

      I hope you get here to. If you are a fan of international folk art it’s a must- though more fun to travel to where it’s made and bring it home!

  7. jane canapini
    June 29, 2016 at 6:11 am #

    I love art fairs! And I love Santa Fe. What a perfect combination. I’ll have to plan my next visit there around this time of year.

  8. Katy
    June 30, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    Wish there was a map of festival area to see where exhibits are.

    • Billie Frank
      July 1, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      There is a booth map in the book that they give to attendees. It’s also usually included as an insert in Santa Fe’s daily newspaper, The New Mexican’s Wednesday edition just before the market.

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