At long last, summer is upon us. The winds — and allergies — of a Santa Fe spring will soon be replaced by a mix of afternoon monsoons and truly perfect patio evenings. Yet, it feels like only yesterday that we were opening Kaleidoscape, acquiring plastic whales, and announcing our first location in outer space! Whew. Time flies when you’re cruising through the Multiverse.
Now that school is out, it’s a perfect time for a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe! Of course, plenty of folks might have the same idea, so we wanted to provide you with all of the info you need to know to have the best possible experience while you’re here. That means making the most of your time, getting around smoothly, and experiencing everything that the region has to offer outside of Meow Wolf. . . and there’s a LOT!
First things first. . . you might have heard that we have a new ticketing platform. We do! Extra long lines are a thing of the past. Our timed ticketing system helps you save time by planning ahead, and it keeps our lines moving quickly. What’s more, this platform will not only get you inside the exhibit faster, but it will also open up extra time to explore our gift shop, Float Cafe, and all of the other events going on in our Learning Center and around Santa Fe this summer!
Got questions? Check out our FAQ page.
One more hot tip (pun INTENDED) for the summer months. . . House of Eternal Return will be more open than ever! See our extended hours below.
Open at 9AM
Summer at Meow Wolf Santa Fe means more performers! In fact, your immersive experience begins when you get in line as Meow Wolf performers will be providing entertainment outside of our building. You’ll also be seeing them throughout the exhibit, as always, but this year will feature more esoteric, ambient, and ensemble-based performances. These inhabitants of the Multiverse are friendly creatures, of course, so treat them with respect and enjoy the experience.
We DO have a parking lot, but it can fill up pretty quickly in the summer months and it doesn’t accommodate all vehicles. To be safe, read over our parking info below before you come to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.
Free parking is offered on-site for the following…
•TRADITIONAL, NON-SUPER-HUGE HUMAN VEHICLES!
Parking is NOT offered for…
•RVs, trailers, or other oversized vehicles (must be parked on the street, space is limited)
•SPACECRAFTS, SPACE BUGGIES, SPACE WAGONS, ETC.
There is street parking in the area, but we ask that you please check the signage for stipulations. We DO NOT allow overnight parking in our lot.
You don’t want to explore on an empty stomach, or perhaps you just need to fuel up after an epic day in the House of Eternal Return. No matter the case, here are a few recommendations for restaurants nearby:
Tortilla Flats is a great place to grab some New Mexican food. It is located right across the street from us, and if you bring your receipt to the front desk we offer a ticket discount! The discount ALSO works the opposite way. If you bring your Meow Wolf receipt to Tortilla Flats, you will receive a discount off your meal! This is a great way to save some money while enjoying the local cuisine. All you gotta know is: red or green?
Alicia’s Tortilleria is right around the bend on Rufina Circle, and their freshly-made tortillas lay the perfect foundation for everything from burritos to tacos and enchiladas.
Second Street Brewery is just around the corner — it is a local brewhouse and restaurant that has great locally-made beer and food.
Java Joe’s & Groovy Bean Coffee Roasters is a short walk away, but it’s a great option for locally-roasted coffee and a variety of locally-made pastries and baked goods.
Leaf & Hive Brew Lab is not a typical brewery in that they specialize in “jun,” a fermented tea made with honey. Brewed in-house, jun has the health benefits of a probiotic, and it comes in Original, Flower, and Ginger flavors. However, Leaf & Hive also plan to offer small batch beers and guest taps from local New Mexican breweries.
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery have two locations, but their taproom is only a mile away from Meow Wolf Santa Fe. This location features a large indoor and outdoor seating area, a restaurants, a play area for kids, and a selection of both spirits and beer!
Café Castro is a local staple for casual New Mexican cuisine and other regional fare. No reservations are necessary, green chiles are plenty, and meals are very affordable.
Kakawa Chocolate House is the perfect local option for satisfying a sweet tooth or chocolate craving. Offering everything from truffles and spiced chocolates to Mesoamerican drinking elixirs, Kakawa has a flavor for any chocolate-lover’s palate.
Float Cafe is Meow Wolf’s very own bar that specializes in multiverse-themed cocktails and coffee. Grab a cold brew – either kind. Float has cold beverages and snack options! Where is Float? Just look left when you’re facing the front desk. You can’t miss it!
Sure, you’ll want to visit Meow Wolf Santa Fe, but odds are that you’ll want to experience more of what Santa Fe and the surrounding areas have to offer while you’re in the area. This summer, there’s no shortage of amazing events from June through September!
Currents New Media
(June 7–23, El Museo Cultural / $5)
Currents New Media is an annual festival that brings together the works of established and emerging New Media artists from around the world. There are interactive installations, multimedia performances, and everything from AR/VR to animation, robotics, web-based technologies and more! It’s family-friendly and a very affordable way to experience art forms unlike anything you’ve ever seen!
Thoma Foundation Exhibition: People on the Fly
(Opening Reception June 14, Art House / No Admission Fee)
People on the Fly makes its U.S. debut when it comes to Santa Fe’s Art House, the only digital art collection open to the public in the American Southwest. Presented by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, this 2016 digital installation is an interactive piece in which visitors’ images use a custom swarming algorithm to attract digital flies to bodies in motion. The study in swarm behavior can help artificial intelligence researchers learn about how lifeforms make decisions on a particle level. Crazy!
(June 28 on the Plaza / FREE)
If you’re interested in Meow Wolf, you probably have a little bit of weirdo/freak/monster inside just begging to get out and dance/battle! Monster Battle 2019 is the perfect excuse to dress up as your spirit monster, get down to some music from DJ Snaggy and DJ Varsity Acid, and join the rest of us monsters as we take over the plaza in downtown Santa Fe! All Ages!
International Folk Art Market
(July 12–14, 620 Cerrillos Road / $15+)
The International Folk Art Market is an incredible event that brings together master folk artists from around the world to share their cultures through exhibition and sale of their art. This is an opportunity to empower global artist communities — socially, economically, and individually — by supporting handmade traditions. This year’s IFAM takes place July 12-14. Take note that different days have different ticket prices.
Traditional Spanish Market
(July 27-28 on the Plaza / $ TBD)
Presented by The Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the 68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market is host to artwork from over 200 adult and youth artists from New Mexico and southern Colorado. The market is the culmination of ¡Viva la Cultura!, a week of immersive experiences, studio tours, music, and culinary events. The Spanish Colonial artistic traditions that will be on display can be traced back over 400 years.
Meow Wolf Night w/ New Mexico United
(Aug 3, Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, NM / $13+)
The New Mexico United are having a great season in their first year of existence, and on August 3rd we get to celebrate our partnership with Meow Wolf Night at Isotopes Park! Our guys will be taking on Austin Bold, who obviously don’t have kits as cool as ours, so they’ll have to overcome that shame in addition to our dynamic attack. Come support the only professional soccer team to be partners with an art collective!
Santa Fe Fuego
(Now–Aug 3 / Fort Marcy Ballfield / $7+)
The Santa Fe Fuego are a professional baseball team in the independent Pecos League, founded in 2012. Meow Wolf serves as the Fuego’s entertainment sponsor, and soon the team’s kid-favorite mascot “Pepper” will be joined by a new, fiery mascot buddy. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a summer evening, and kids under six get in free!
(Aug 16–18, Kit Carson Park in Taos, NM / Pass prices vary)
This year is the second iteration of Meow Wolf’s immersive weekend experience featuring three days of live music, adventure, experimental interactions, and more in Taos, New Mexico. Taos Vortex 2019 will have artists like Lykke Li and Flying Lotus 3D, as well as performances from Pussy Power House and Dancing Earth.
Santa Fe Indian Market
(August 17-18 on the Plaza / FREE)
Since 1922, the Santa Fe Indian Market — produced by the nonprofit Southwestern Association for Indian Arts — has been bringing in visitors from all over the world to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. About 1,000 artists from over 200 federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada will be presenting art for purchase, and a number of events will take place throughout the week, including a fashion show, music and dance performances, and a Native Cinema Showcase.
(Aug 30, Fort Marcy Park / FREE)
The Burning of Zozobra is a story of renewal, in which an artist from Santa Fe changed a 200-year-old tradition and brought a city together to play with fire and extinguish their worries. Once a year, a monster called Zozobra emerges from the darkness during Fiesta de Santa Fe to rob the city of its hope and spirit. It’s up to the Fire Spirit to set him ablaze and restore goodwill! Good, pure family fun!
(All Year Round, 242 Los Pinos Road / Prices vary)
Santa Fe’s destination spa, Sunrise Springs, is a 70-acre resort boasting tranquil gardens, scenic landscapes, and rejuvenating spring-fed waters. Each guest can arrange a customizable experience with an eye on creating harmony and well-being through a variety of spa therapies. But let’s be honest…everyone is mostly interested in the class that lets you play with puppies, right? Don’t worry! There’s also kitten snuggles and chickens. What more could you ask for?