Markets and Festivals
Crownpoint Rug Auction
An institution since 1968, this community-based event features a diverse selection of Navajo rugs. It is held at the Crownpoint Elementary School, generally the second Friday of every month.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Learn about Spanish colonial fiber arts in context at this living history museum in an 18th century rancho in La Cienega, south of Santa Fe. Topical festivals feature fiber animals and traditional fiber arts demonstrations.
New Mexico Farmers' Markets
Many farmers markets feature local and handmade fiber products. Although summer is peak season, some are open year-round.
New Mexico Studio Tours
New Mexico is home to a host of rural art and craft studios. Contact individual tours for updates.
New Mexico Women’s Foundation Rag Rug Festivals
Festivals around the state exhibit and market the weaving and other arts of the Foundation’s grantee organizations and individual artists.
Held the last full weekend of July on the Santa Fe Plaza, the Market celebrates the unique artistic heritage of Hispanic New Mexico and Colorado and features many fiber arts. Winter Market is held in December.
Santa Fe Indian Market
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts sponsors this premier event every August, including work by Native American fiber artists. The Winter Showcase is held in November , and other events occur year-round.
Annual and Biannual Events
Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta
This biennial juried show and exhibition is at the Manual Lujan Complex, EXPO New Mexico in May. Hosted by the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, a coalition of 17 local fiber arts guilds, it includes vendors, demonstrations and workshops.
Estes Park Wool Market
The Market is held annually in Estes Park, Colorado in early June, and includes workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, competitions, and vendor booths, amidst fiber animals, farmers and artists.
East Mountain Fiber Farm and Studio Tour
Spend a day with alpacas, sheep, camels, angora goats and rabbits, llamas, and knowledgeable fiber farmers and artists. The annual event, in early June, includes fiber studios and farms east of Albuquerque.
Sheep is Life
Held every June, the Celebration is sponsored by Diné bé Iiná, Inc. and the Diné College Land Grant Program. Visitors may learn about the unique qualities of Navajo Churro wool through discussions, workshops, and demonstrations.
Intermountain Weaving Conference
This biennial four-day conference includes a workshop, vendor market, exhibits, a keynote speaker, and a fiber and fashion show. Held at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, the conference is open to anybody interested in fibers.
Taos Wool Festival
Held in October by the Mountain and Valley Wool Association, this celebration of wool includes regional traditional and contemporary fiber arts, yarn and tools, books, demonstrations and workshops, vendors' booths, and fiber critter displays.
Recycle Santa Fe
Hosted each November in cooperation with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful, the events include an art market, juried art exhibits, and a trash fashion show.
This website hosts a calendar of indie handmade markets and festivals worldwide, including the Maker Faire ("world's largest DIY festival"), and the Renegade Craft Fair ("held yearly in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship").
Spinning and Weaving Association
Devoted to promoting the joys of handspinning and weaving, the SWA hosts a comprehensive list of annual fiber festivals throughout the United States and Canada.