Updated November 19, 2010Santa Fe, the City Different, is a wonderful place to explore. Many places are free to visitors.
Museum Admission: Every Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM admission is free to the Museum of Fine Arts, Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. All are within easy walking distance of one another downtown.
Free Art Festivals: Two of the biggest art shows of their kind are free: Spanish Market held annually on the last weekend of July and Indian Market held the 3rd weekend in August. Spanish Market features two to three hundred artists selling Spanish Colonial period art and is the largest show of its kind in the country. Indian Market features the work of 1,200 artists and is the largest show and sale of Native American artwork in the world.
Visit the Galleries: Santa Fe has more than 240 galleries, many of which hold exhibition openings and artists receptions each Friday and Saturday of the year. These are always free.
On the Plaza: All summer there is a program of free music on the Plaza at various times each week.
Outdoor Art Shows: There are also free art shows throughout the summer on weekends.
Peruse the Farmer's Market: The Santa Fe Farmers Market is free every Tuesday and Saturday, April through October.
Get a Free Visitor's Guide: The Official Santa Fe Visitors Guide is free for the asking either off the web site, www.santafe.org, or through the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-777-2489.
Hike and Explore: One million acres of public land surrounds Santa Fe in the National Forests and on Bureau of Land Management property. All access is free.
Park Free: Meter parking is free on Sundays.
VIVA! Santa Fe: Held in early September, VIVA! Santa Fe is a cultural festival of music, art, food, and fun. All free.
Santa Fe Fiesta: is the oldest community event in the U.S. It takes place over the week following Labor Day and features, parades, music, specialty shows, processions, and many more activities. Most are free. More on Santa Fe Fiesta