Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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FAQs

When is the International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe?

The International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe is held annually during the second full weekend of July. In 2014, the Market itself will take place Friday, July 11 (evening only), Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13.

There are other events affiliated with the Market, too! Please visit our full schedule, here.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets may be purchased starting May1 each year. Visit our ticket information page to learn more.

Are tickets refundable?

No.

How do I get to the International Folk Art Market?

We transport visitors to the International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe for free via bus. Learn where to park and catch a bus, here.

Is there parking on “Museum Hill” where the Market is held?

No. Visit our “How to Get Here” page to learn how to park and take a bus to the Market for free since there is no parking on site for the general public.

There will be several road closures during the Market that prohibit traffic from entering the site. Help us keep the Market experience pleasant for all and keep all personal vehicles away from the Museum Hill area on Market weekend.

What about handicapped accessibility?

Every effort has been made to make your Market site visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

While there are a very limited number of parking spaces for people with official handicap placards available on Museum Hill, the most reliable option is to park at one of our lots and take a free bus. Handicapped parking spots are available in near the Lamy Building (where the buses will both pick up and return to the PERA lot) as well as near the railroad tracks across from the bus platform at the South Capitol Rail Runner Station lot (where buses also both pick up and return visitors).

All Santa Fe Trails buses (used to shuttle visitors from our pick up lots to the Market) are handicapped accessible and equipped with wheelchair lifts. If you have specific questions regarding those buses, please contact Santa Fe Trails Transit toll free at (866) 551-7433.

All three areas of the Market site, as well as the museums on Milner Plaza, are handicapped accessible. An elevator is available to access both the lower and upper levels of the Market. The food bazaar is accessible as well, though there is a short incline that you must travel up and down to get to the dining area. If this incline is too difficult to navigate, dining is available at the Museum Hill Café on the upper level of the Market.

Wheelchairs are not provided by the Market, so please bring one if you need one while visiting the Market. The museums on Milner Plaza do provide wheelchairs for museum visits, only, but they may not be taken outside where the International Folk Art Market takes place.

Can I ride my bicycle to the Market?

Yes. We provide a bike “valet” service for those of you who wish to pedal your way to the market. The bike valet will be available starting at 8 am on Saturday and 9 am on Sunday. Bikes MUST enter Camino Lejo from Camino Corrales for safety reasons. Camino Lejo is one-way (north) during the Market.

The valet service is free but donations are accepted by our partner Bike Santa Fe.

Will there be food at the International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe?

Yes. While the vendors may change each year, visitors can expect anything from Cameroonian and Indian to Mediterranean and New Mexican foods at our International Food Bazaar. The Museum Hill Café is also open during the Market.

What about water and other beverages?

We provide FREE, cold, filtered water at several locations on site. Bring a refillable water bottle and you may fill it up at any time for free! If you forget a water bottle, we provide free disposable cups at each water station, or you may elect to purchase one of our refillable water bottles for a small fee.

A variety of other drinks, from carbonated soda to aguas frescas are also sold on site.

How do I pay for my folk art purchases?

The Market provides three payment areas where purchasers may pay with cash, check or credit card.

90% of all sales income goes home with the artists (the Folk Art Market retains 10% to offset the costs to produce the Market).

Please remember all sales are final.

Is there an ATM on site?

Yes. On Milner Plaza next to the elevator.

Are there any special requirements for wholesale buyers?

Yes, download: 2013 Wholesale Procedures (.pdf)

For Out-of-State businesses, also download: Multijurisdictional Uniform Sales & Use Tax Certificate

What if a buy an item that is particularly large and fragile at the Market?

Most items at the Market are easily transportable on the buses. Feel free to take up more than one seat; the buses run constantly and there’s room for all!

Visitors may also use the services of PakMail, a packing and shipping company, that is on site all weekend. They will wrap any purchase in bubble wrap for free, box it up professionally (though there is a fee for this), and even deliver it to your home (again for a fee). They can deliver items locally and internationally.

If you do end up purchasing something that you physically cannot get on the bus without great risk to you and/or the item, and you don’t want to ship it, we can help. Stop by the information booth on the upper level of the Market for more information.

Are there any events for children?

Yes. The countless sites and sounds experienced at the Market, from the international performers to folk artists and art from approximately 50 countries, thrill people of all ages. In addition, there are workshops and demonstrations held each day (check the program schedule as it changes each year).

The Children’s Passport Program, held on Sunday during the Market, is a fun way to awaken a child’s awareness about the many countries and cultures represented at the Market. After receiving a “passport,” children collect flag stickers from each “country” (artist booths) they visit to put in their passports.

Children 16 and under are admitted for free on both Saturday and Sunday during the Market.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

The International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe is a rain or shine event. Most activities take place under cover, in beautiful tents.

Remember, the Market admission includes entry to two fabulous museums on the site, the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, as well!

What should I bring to the Market?

We suggest bringing a refillable water bottle (as we provide free, filtered water through Good Water “water buffalo” kiosks), sunscreen and/or a hat and comfortable shoes.

Small umbrellas, strollers (there is no stroller parking area, however), purses, sunscreen, small personal Items, and blankets are also ok. Please note that all bags, purses, backpacks and persons are subject to screening by security personnel.

May I bring my pet to the Market?

No. Pets are not allowed on site due to a state ordinance. Properly identified assistance animals are allowed, however.

Is there anything else that is not allowed at the Market?

This may seem obvious, but yes. The following are not allowed: coolers, glass bottles, alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, flammable Items, fireworks, explosives or incendiary devices, pepper spray or mace, knives, animals (with the exception of service animals), skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, items that may be deemed a safety hazard or annoyance to participants or guests (balls, Frisbees, balloons, projectiles, horns, radios, bells, whistles, musical instruments, laser pointers, etc.), large golf-type umbrellas, chairs.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes. During the hours of the Market our lost and found is located in our Information Booth located on the upper level of the Market (to the left, just after the stairs). After the Market, the Museum of International Folk Art admissions desk kindly houses leftover lost items (they can be reached at (505) 476-1200).

What are the Market dates for the next few years?

The Market is always held the second FULL weekend in July -

2014
: July 11-12-13

2015
: July 10-11-12

2016
: July 8-9-10

 

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.