Sunday morning at Santa Fe’s Spanish Market

Procession of the Spanish Market Artists from the Cathedral/Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe

Procession of the Spanish Market Artists from the Cathedral/Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe

Saturday at Spanish Market can be crowded with collectors and people who always do things with their family and friends on Saturdays. Saturday is opening day and can get very crowded. Unless you are a collector and want to get first choice of the traditional and contemporary art pieces, consider going to Spanish Market on a Sunday morning. It’s a whole new experience.

Visiting Spanish Market
The market is open Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and 9:30 am to 4 pm on Sunday. At 8 am on Sunday there is a special Mass and procession for the artists with the market opening shortly therafter.  The Spanish Market  is free to the public. Parking is minimal and so a shuttle service is offered.

Spanish Market Mass and Procession
Early Sunday morning at 8am we heard the bells of the Cathedral Basilica St. Francis, a key Santa Fe landmark located downtown a block from the Plaza. All the market booths were closed and I headed for the church. Inside were gathered Spanish Market artisans, each holding a piece of their treasured work. They were at Mass to have their

Procession of the Spanish Market Artists from the Cathedral/Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe

Painter and Tin Artist in the Procession of the Spanish Market Artists from the Cathedral/Basilica St. Francis in Santa Fe

 pieces blessed.

By 9 am people were gathering in front of the church to watch the procession. About 9:20, the beautiful cathedral doors opened and, preceeded by the clergy, were artists all carrying retablos, bultos, paintings and wood carvings. What a way to see the art! It was being paraded right before us.

The procession walked a block to the Plaza where the Spanish Market is being held and gathered at the bandstand where Mariachis began to play. It was a festive atmosphere with fewer tourists than on Saturday. It was a time for the artists to celebrate and be with family and friends.

Shopping and Photographing

Santa Fe Spanish Market Children's Art

I purchased a wood carving from this 10 year old girl on Saturday but it was only on Sunday that the crowds thinned out so I could get her to pose for me with her work.

Sunday morning is a more laid back time. While many artists were selling quite a bit on Saturday, Sunday there were still colorful pieces of art left to consider buying and for photographing. Artists were very amenable to having their work photographed, especially since their tables were not yet crowded with buyers.

At the food court, people were buying ears of roasted corn, burritos and refrescos. And, since it was still early, they had room to be seated. With a low cloud cover, the sun was kept at bay and the festival-goers enjoyed the cooler morning weather.

Sunday morning at the Santa Fe Spanish Market? I’ll certainly plan to do it again next July!

More Information
2011 Spanish Market Photo Album
Traditional Spanish Art Styles
Best things to See and Do in Santa Fe
Places to Stay in Santa Fe

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

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