1 Sit under the stars.
See the stars close up at the Starry Nights event at the Pecos National Historical Park on Saturday at 8 p.m. Santa Fe Stargazers will be there with telescopes and lots of knowledge about planets, constellations, and the night skies. The gates to the monument open at 7:30 p.m. for the event, and close at 8:30 p.m. So, make sure you’re there on time. The stunning park, which includes the historic adobe walls and mission church, will be even more spectacular under the night skies. Bring a jacket, it may be chilly. Reservations are required, call 505-757-7214.
2 Hunt for folk art.
The 12th annual Folk Art Flea sets up at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds on Saturday, when shoppers can peruse a trove of gently used folk art treasure—like textiles, artwork, ceramics, masks, sculpture and jewelry—donated from the collections of patrons of the Museum of International Folk Art. Sale proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programs and exhibits. “The Folk Art Flea is such a fun shopping experience,” says Linda Duritz, co-chair of the market in a press release. “People come back year after year. You’re sure to find a wonderful addition to your collection, your wardrobe, or your home.” Early bird hours for Friends of Folk Art members start at 9 a.m. with public shopping from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3 Tour Magdalena’s art scene.
The creative spirit in Magdalena paints the town during the tenth annual Art Magdalena Gallery and Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday. More than 50 artists show their work at open studios, an art market, and gallery exhibits. “We have a diverse group of artists here,” says Catherine DeMaria, director at Warehouse 1-10, a gallery in Magdalena. “Many have moved from urban areas, bringing a great scope of work here. It's always a fun event.”
Visit artists in their studios or galleries and watch them demonstrate their bookbinding, printmaking, painting, weaving, and blacksmithing process. Arrive early on Saturday for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Magdalena Chamber of Commerce from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Find a list of participating galleries, studios, and artists online.
4 Ride through wine country.
Hop on the bike and take a scenic tour through Corrales, where you can visit three wineries during the eighth annual Corrales Wine & Bike Tour on Saturday and Sunday. The Río Grande Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in the country, where the terroir can produce excellent wine grapes. Acequia Winery, Corrales Winery, and Pasando Tiempo Winery participate in the ticketed event, offering local varieties to sip and sample. If you want to buy a bottle, a delivery service will take it to your car at the end of the event. Buy your ticket ahead of time, there is limited capacity.
5 Join the pack.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, runners and their burros take to the quaint streets in Cerrillos for the second annual Turquoise Trail Burro Pack Race. One of 14 races that happen as part of the Western Burro Pack Association’s events, the burro and human pairs can choose from two courses, a 6-mile route or a 3-mile route. See the runners compete and then visit a pop-up art market featuring handmade items including watercolor paintings, antique treasures, aprons, and donkey-themed tees at Cerrillos Hills State Park. The art market is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.