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Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Festival is almost here

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By Tris DeRoma

It’s coming up on that time of year again, when artists from all over the world will descend on Museum Hill in Santa Fe for the annual International Folk Art Festival.

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This year promises to be the biggest festival yet. Set for July 13-15, 150 artists from all over the world are scheduled to participate. Visitors who pay the $15 to $20 admission will have access to the artists who will sell many items, including jewelry, rugs, fiber art, pottery, sculpture, paintings and clothing.

Tickets are also available for $150 for Thursday night’s One World Awards Dinner at the Lumpkins Ball Room at La Fonda on the Plaza at 7 p.m.  Ticket holders will be able to socialize with the participating artists and Nobel Prize winner Dr.

Muhammad Yunus, chairman of the festival this year. The evening will feature awards for those who’ve made the festival and its mission of supporting artists from all over the world a success and an opera performance from Monica Yunus.

Festivalgoers can also purchase tickets to the actual festival at the site.

For festival visitors, Saturday and Sunday admission is reasonable. Tickets are $20 for Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children under 16 are free Saturday and Sunday. 

The festival will have an opening party Friday night. Those who pay the $225 ticket will have first dibs on the artists’ wares. There will also be food and music by singer songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca and her band Fauna, who will be performing music rooted in South American influences.

To help first-timers and veteran festival goers alike, organizers are seeking to make the three-day experience more enjoyable for all through their website at folkartmarket.org. There visitors can pay for tickets, plan their shopping route and even set up a concierge service so they won’t have to carry their purchases around while enjoying the festival.

The website features a page of artists biographies, where people can get an idea on what they specialize in, the story behind their craft and who they are as a person.

How the concierge program works is if one signs up for the program will be assigned a number and a badge. All one has to do is show their badge and number and make their selections. When shoppers are ready to leave the market all they have to do is head to a central check out area where they can make their purchases.

The festival has significantly grown since its beginnings in 2004, when it first welcomed 36 international artists to the hill. Now in its 5th year, the festival is attracting thousands of visitors every year.

With that in mind, organizers have added a parking section to it’s website where visitors can take see where free parking is offered and where the shuttles and park-and-ride lots are located. For those riding their bikes to the festival, the festival organizers have set up a bike valet service for Saturday and Sunday. Instructions on how to access the valet service are also on the site.