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Santa Fe events and packages: Spring 2014

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Spring is Santa Fe’s most undiscovered season. It is an ideal time to visit before the summer rush and visitors can have the city to themselves. Besides, the lilacs are blooming.

During March, visitors can do more than appreciate Santa Fe’s world famous art scene—they can join in. DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey is an annual event that gives visitors the unique opportunity to work with top notch local artists and artisans in their own studios. There are hundreds of workshops from painting, pottery, and photography to egg decorating, tin smithing, silk painting, jewelry making, dance, and more. Some workshops last just an hour or two while others are multiple days. Participants sign up for the experiences they choose and then book discounted hotel rates at www.santafecreativetourism.org.

It may be sunny and warm in town but it’s still cold enough for winter sports high in the nearby Rocky Mountains. The slopes at Ski Santa Fe, just thirty minutes from downtown, are open into early April. With 77 trails and nine lifts, there’s skiing and snowboarding for all ages and abilities. Chipmunk Corner, a special center for kids, caters to their needs from daycare to lessons. Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sage Inn, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, Inn on the Paseo, and Las Palomas all offer lodging packages that include lift tickets. For additional details, visit www.santafe.org.

There are also plenty of performances, art and special events in spring. Here’s a sampling of events that can add a special highlight to a trip to Santa Fe:

SPRING EVENTS

March, all month: DIY Santa Fe, A creative Tourism Journey. Visitors can choose from hundreds of classes and a number of lodging deals for a hands-on art experience steeped in Santa Fe’s art culture.

Feb 1-May 18: SITE Santa Fe presents “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium.

Feb 1-end of 2014: Art Matters Santa Fe is a fascinating program of events, exhibitions, artists presentations and discussions on all matters of art organized throughout the year by the Santa Fe Gallery Association.

Feb 23-March 2: Santa Fe Restaurant Week. An opportunity for travelers to sample a different restaurant for every meal at special prices. Restaurants offer fixed-price special menus all over town. March 10-11: Banff Mountain Film Festival. Thrill seekers love this annual compilation of films celebrating extreme outdoor adventure. Festival will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

March 21-22: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. This exciting small company is known for its technical flair and innovative choreography. A new work by Nicolo Fonte will be featured in this performance. Ballet will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

March 31: An Evening with Joyce DiDonato from the Santa Fe Concert Association. The acclaimed mezzo-soprano is known both for her dazzling voice and her performances. Event will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

April 13: The opening of “Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and its Meaning” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. This exhibition traces the allure and mystery of turquoise in all its forms. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes, and other objects illustrate how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. Exhibit will remain open through March 2016.

April 25-26: Ballet Next. Soloists of American Ballet Theater and other major companies in two exciting performances. Ballet will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

May 9-11: Passport to the Arts. An annual weekend of exhibition openings, artist’s receptions, and street events like the Artist’s Quick Draw, music and other entertainment throughout the heart of Santa Fe’s art district, Canyon Road.

May 16-18: Santa Fe Bike ‘n Brew. A bike centric celebration including mountain bike events, road bike events and the 29th Annual Santa Fe Century, May 18, 2014.

May 24-25: Fiber Arts Festival. Visitors can see how artistic New Mexico textiles are made from the sheep to the finished product. Fiber arts and supplies, as well as finished textiles are for sale and the weavers are some of the state’s best. Event will take place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial living history museum.

To find additional details and information on more events, as well as spring hotel packages and deals, visit www.santafe.org.

Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB

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