The Best Summer Festivals: International Folk Art Market

Santa Fe, New Mexico; July 13-15

Santa Fe International Folk Art

Live music at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market     Photo: Bob Smith

This pop-up global village in Santa Fe is the next best thing to buying a round-the-world airline ticket. For three days, more than 150 master artists from every corner of the globe show off and sell their intricately handmade beadwork, pottery, paintings, baskets, scarves, jewelry, and textiles. Sales from the Folk Art Market radically improve most artists’ lives—many of them earn less than $3 per day back home. Watch for the hand-strung beaded jewelry of Rebecca Lolosoli. From Northern Kenya, Lolosoli founded an entire village for abused and homeless women. Bring your plastic and be prepared to spend.

Where to Stay: The enclosed garden courtyard of the Don Gaspar Inn, which sits on a quiet residential street near the Plaza, is the best secret spot to eat breakfast in Santa Fe. Rooms from $189.

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