What's all this talk about lavender? First of all, it's gorgeous. Secondly it's a reminder that the summer is upon us. And what better way to celebrate than an Herb and Lavender Fair. An event like this allows you to peruse the various flora that make New Mexico a vibrant home to the natural wonders of the world. Well, that and its open skies. Gotta love those. The fair happens at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos Rd.) in Santa Fe, so you not only get to smell the sweet smells of natural remedies, but you can also appreciate the Desert Southwest in all its glory. Experience some garden tours, talks, hands-on activities and products tomorrow and Sunday, June 22, from 10am to 4pm both days. Admission to the lavender-ific get-together is $8 (general admission), $6 (teens and seniors) and free for kiddies 12 and under. You get a whiff of that? That's the summer calling your name. Don't miss it. El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe • Sat Jun 21 • 10am-4pm • $6-$8, FREE for children 12 and under • View on Alibi calendar
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A Joyful Reaping
Ye olde childe labour
Young folks at the Spring Festival and Children's Fair can roll out tortillas and bake bread in an horno just like their colonial New Mexican forebearers. Unlike their 18th-century counterparts, all the activities on Saturday and Sunday at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe) will be fun, not forced. Visit golondrinas.org for a full schedule of pint-sized, old-timey events from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. each day.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
You're never too far distanced from the Middle Ages when the bubonic plague pays a visit to our fair state each year. Ditch the Black Death and celebrate olde-tyme European culture when the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair hits El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos, Exit 276 off I-25). From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, revel in ye olde festivities including Celtic games, costume contests, vendors and live knightly combat. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and teens, and $3 for children. For more, call (505) 471-2261 or visit sfrenfair.org.
7 Old-West Wonders
How the West was fun
Las Golondrinas Movie Tours
New Mexico's involvement with the film industry is truly something to behold; turns out our picturesque landscapes and colorful scenery make quite the set piece. Have a behind-the-scenes look this weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe), where films like Young Guns, the Bollywood flick Kites and even scenes in MacGruber (of "SNL" fame) found their locations at the living history museum. The two-hour tours take place at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets can be had for $20, or $10 for ages 13 to 17. To snag your seat, call (505) 471-2261 or visit golondrinas.org.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
Grab a pint and a turkey leg fit for a king as the third annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair returns to El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe). All weekend long, catch Old World dancing, medieval sword fighting, cooking demonstrations, game competitions and a new tavern, complete with ginger beer, mead and fizzy ciders. For the littlest squires that can't partake in ye olde merriment, a fairy forest offers games, food and crafts. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be had for $8, or $5 for children. Visit sfrenfair.org for a complete schedule of events.
Spring Festival and Children’s Fair at El Rancho de las Golondrinas
OK, so of course no one could have expected that, but you can expect to learn what life was like for our fair state's early Spanish settlers when El Rancho de las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe) holds its annual Spring Festival and Children's Fair. Throughout the weekend, talk with authentically costumed villagers and watch daily colonial activities like sheep-shearing, blacksmithing and bread-baking. Artisans will be on hand selling handmade crafts, while the little ones can catch a magic show, eat bizcochitos and make their own tortillas. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 5 and 6. For more information, call the museum at (505) 471-2261 or visit golondrinas.org.