FAQs – Know Before You Go!


When is the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe?
The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is held annually beginning the second full weekend of July on Museum Hill.

In 2021 the Market is:

  • Wednesday July 7, 2021
  • Thursday July 8, 2021
  • Friday July 9, 2021
  • Saturday July 10, 2021
  • Sunday July 11, 2021
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021
  • Thursday July 15, 2021
  • Friday July 16, 2021
  • Saturday July 17, 2021
  • Sunday July 18, 2021

Click here for session listings.

How do I buy tickets?
Tickets for the 2021 Market will go on sale May 15, 2021 at 10AM Mountain Time. Check back at our home page, folkartmarket.org on May 15, 2021 for purchasing options. Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay in touch with the latest announcements about tickets.
Tickets are limited and events may sell out. Purchase in advance to secure yours!

When you retain your ticket and present it at the Botanical Garden Welcome Center you’ll get $5 admission!

All Children will need to be ticketed for every session of Market  during the Market.

How do I get to the International Folk Art Market?

Visitors use a free park-and-ride service provided by the International Folk Art Market in partnership with Santa Fe Valet.

Is there parking on “Museum Hill” where the Market is held?
No guaranteed public parking is available on Museum Hill as the museums will remain open and operational.
What about visitors with mobility issues and/or disabilities?
Every effort has been made to make your Market site visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Parking and Transportation
ADA and Wheelchair Accessible transport services are available for attendees with disabilities or mobility issues, as well as for their families and caregivers.

For guests in need of ADA or wheelchair accessible transportation, please contact Santa Fe Valet directly at (505) 424-2171

Event Site
All areas of the Market site and the museums on Milner Plaza are accessible for those with mobility issues. Keep in mind this is an outdoor event, with multiple levels, and uneven walking surfaces. An elevator is available to access both the lower and upper levels of the Market.

Wheelchairs are not provided by the Market, so please bring your own if you need one while visiting. The museums on Milner Plaza provide wheelchairs for museum visits, only.

Can I ride my bicycle to the Market?
Yes. A bike valet is available Wednesday through Sunday.

The valet service is free.

Will there be food at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe?
No, unfortunately with COVID restrictions, eating and drinking with the exception of water are prohibited within the Market Boundaries. The Museum Hill Café will remain open during the Market, in case you want to plan for a snack before or after your shopping experience.
Is there bag screening at the event?
Due to heightened security measures across our nation, the International Folk Art Alliance is supplementing its security procedures by adding bag screenings to the entry process at the 2021the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe for all patrons, sponsors, volunteers, media and vendors attending or working the event.

The International Folk Art Alliance would like to remind its visitors that IFAM | Santa Fe takes place on state property, and as such, weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited.  All bags and purses are subject to inspection upon entry and re-entry. IFAA will reserve the right not to allow any bag, parcel, or other item to be brought into the Market.

As we implement this security enhancement, we are making every effort to ensure our entry process remains as efficient as possible. We appreciate your patience as we work to keep the lines friendly and efficient.

Other Useful Information

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session
  • Have your ticket ready to be scanned once you reach the entry to Market
  • Ask one of our amazing volunteers or staff if you have any questions
  • Bring less and save more time
  • Follow posted signage and directions given by IFAM personnel

Thank you for keeping IFAM | Santa Fe a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all.

What about water and other beverages?
We provide free, cold, filtered water at two locations on site. Bring a refillable water bottle and you may fill it up at any time for free!
How do I pay for my folk art purchases?
2021 IFAM is a cashless event. There will be one cashier assigned to every two booths. You will pay for each item and then carry it with you.
What if I buy an item that is particularly large and fragile at the Market?
Most items at the Market are easily transported on the visitor shuttles. Feel free to take up more than one seat; they run constantly and there’s room for all!

Visitors may also use the services of the Art Valet on site all weekend. They can wrap any purchase in bubble wrap for free, box it up professionally for a fee, and even deliver it to your home (also for a fee). They can deliver items locally and internationally.

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

Are there any events for children?
This year, there is no children’s programming planned.

All children must be ticketed.

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.

What should I bring to the Market?
We suggest bringing a refillable water bottle (we provide free, filtered water), sunscreen and/or a hat, and comfortable walking shoes.

Small umbrellas, strollers (note: there is no stroller parking area), purses, sunscreen, small personal Items, and blankets are also fine. Please note that all bags, purses, backpacks and persons may be 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 of New Mexico ordinance. Properly identified assistance animals are allowed.
Is there anything else that is not allowed at the Market?
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.