Top 10 Reasons to Attend Bead Fest Santa Fe

Bead Fest Santa Fe is just around the corner (March 14-17)! I always look forward to this annual bead show in beautiful New Mexico. Anyone who has ever been there can tell you why, but here are my favorite things about this sassy southwest show:

1. The instructors are fabulous. Every year, the Santa Fe Bead Fest show attracts some the best beading talent in the nation. Hone your beading, wireworking, or metalsmithing skills under the tutelage of such talents as Leslee Frumin, Jill Wiseman, Kate Richbourg, and more.
2. The expo features dozens of exciting vendors–a curated collection of bead booths assembled for your bead-shopping pleasure! Plus, the site of the expo, the Santa Fe Community Center, is extraordinary. This new-ish Pueblo Revival style building is beautiful inside and out.
3. The location is second-to-none. If you've never been to Santa Fe, you must. This southwest city, the capitol of New Mexico, is located in the southern Rocky Mountains at 7,000 ft.
4. The local food is delicious. Just as you'd expect, Santa Fe is home to many excellent Mexican and New Mexican restaurants. Some I can vouch for: Tomasita's Cafe, Cafe Pasqual's, and The Shed.
5. The art is world-class. When it's time to take a break from bead shopping, walk along the famed Canyon Road where you can find over 100 art galleries and studios.
6. The nearby spas are supposed to be spectacular. Next time, I must go to one! The place I've heard the most about is Ten Thousand Waves.
7. The entry fee is cheap: $12 for the full four days when you purchase in advance online. That's only $3 a day. Plus, if you register for a class, your entry fee will be waived.
8. The weather is usually great this time of year. Normal highs for March are usually between 50 F and 60 F degrees.
9. The chocolate is mouth-watering. Yes, Santa Fe is known for its chocolate shops. Some to check out: Todos Santos, Senor Murphy, ChocolateSmith, and Kakawa Chocolate House,
10. The plaza is a national historic landmark. Stop here to check out the Native American art and jewelry.


Hope to see you in Santa Fe! If you have any favorite places in Santa Fe, share them with others below.


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