1 Go global.
A United Nations of arts and crafts descends upon Santa Fe’s Museum Hill Thursday through Sunday for the always fabulous International Folk Art Market. The 2022 roster features 164 artists (including 38 first-timers) representing 48 countries. You’ll see jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, tons of textiles, apparel, baskets, and much more. Purchases made by the more than 16,000 people who attend the annual event support communities where job options are often scarce. Heads up: You must buy a ticket with a timed entry that will last two hours. Designated parking lots help you avoid the driving hassle; shuttle rides carry you to the event. Masks are encouraged, and there will be hand-sanitizing stations throughout the market.
2 Cowboy up.
Every July, Gallup’s Red Rock Park hosts the WildThing Bullriding Championship, featuring the baddest bulls, the bravest cowboys, and a massive fireworks show. It happens Friday and Saturday, and proceeds support the Manuelito Children’s Home. Tickets are not available online, so get there with plenty of time to snag yours in person.
3 Get jazzed.
Head to the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday to catch a sweet summer evening with live music at the outdoor amphitheater during the Music Under the Stars series, presented by New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Micky Cruz takes the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. Born in Nicaragua, Cruz has Filipino and Maya ancestry. A self-taught musician and composer, he writes all of his own songs, combining styles from genres like cumbia and reggae to create a unique sound all his own. Get your tickets here.
4 Hear healing music.
Delbert Anderson (Diné), a lauded jazz trumpeter, is wrapping up his Painted Mountain Tour this weekend with a final performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School, in Las Cruces. Anderson visited five national monuments as a Bureau of Land Management artist in residence. He spent three days at each spot collaborating with Indigenous people. “Every tribe expressed the importance and concern of preserving and sustaining their culture with their youth,” Anderson says. “All tribes were very different, but their common goal was to pass down their ancestors’ information. I felt it my role in life to connect the youth back to their cultures.” He prepped his Saturday performance at the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument and plans to release a land-healing album with songs from the tour in 2023.
5 Relive history.
Learn about the decisive 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass during an interactive program Saturday and Sunday at Pecos National Historic Park visitor center. Living historians will show soldiers’ tools, firearms, and personal effects as they describe a local turning point in the Civil War. Presentations happen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Get directions from staff on how to access the off-site interpretive trail that winds through the battleground.