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A Hot Weird Meow Wolf Summer: What You Need to Know
Summer 2021 is going to be extra hot and extra weird. We're going on vacation again, dressing up, and eating out. Now that school is out and vaccinations are high, it’s a perfect time for a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe!
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Meow Wolf
July 1, 2021

At long last, summer is upon us. We're going on vacation again, dressing up, and eating out.

Now that school is out and vaccinations are high, 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!

Here goes something. . .

A quick reminder regarding masks and guest safety:

Vaccinated? Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Unvaccinated? Masks are still required.

Please consider wearing one for the well-being of those in our community who are unable to get a vaccine due to their health or age.

Explore our updated gift shop, Float Cafe, and all of the other events going on around Santa Fe this summer!

Got questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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Extended Summer Hours:

One more hot tip (pun warmly INTENDED) for the summer months. . . House of Eternal Return will be more open than ever! See our extended hours below.

Sunday to Thursday:

9:00AM – 8:00PM

Friday & Saturday

9:00AM – 10:00PM

Hours may change based on demand and other factors. Check our ticketing portal for the latest availability.

You never know who you'll meet in line at Meow Wolf. Photo by Kate Russell.

Summer Performers

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.

Parking

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.

Refresh yourself at Meow Wolf's Float Cafe. Photo by Kate Russell.

Food Nearby

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 Rufina Tap Room 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 has 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 restaurant, 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 turn left when you’re facing the front desk. You can’t miss it!

What’s Happening Around Santa Fe?

Sure, you’ll want to visit Meow Wolf Santa Fe, but odds are that you’ll want to experience more of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer while you’re in the area. This summer, there’s no shortage of amazing events from July through October!

International Folk Art Market

(July 7-18, Museum Hill, 706 Camino Lejo / $30+)

Photo courtesy of the International Folk Art Market

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 7-18. Take note that different days have different ticket prices.

Traditional Spanish Market

(July 24-45 on the Plaza / $ TBD)

Photo courtesy of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Presented by The Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the 2021 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 14, Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, NM / $19+)

The moment in which Snaggyball was first imagined. Photo by Kate Russell.

The New Mexico United have a full season ahead, including taking on teams nearby like the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and across the country like the Charleston Battery. Come support the only professional soccer team to be partners with an art collective!

Santa Fe Fuego

(Now–Aug 5 / Fort Marcy Ballfield / $7+)

Photo from Santa Fe Fuego Instagram

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!

Santa Fe Indian Market

(Aug 21-22 on the Plaza / FREE)

Photo courtesy of SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market.

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.

Zozobra

(Sept 3, Fort Marcy Park / FREE)

Zozobra parties down. He has no idea what’s coming. Photo by Kate Russell.

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!

Ojo Santa Fe

(All Year Round, 242 Los Pinos Road / Prices vary)

Photo from Ojo Santa Fe Instagram


Santa Fe’s destination spa, Ojo Santa Fe, is a 70-acre resort boasting tranquil gardens, scenic landscapes, and rejuvenating thermal pools. 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 really here for the puppies, right?

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta 2021

(Sept. 22-26, 217 East Marcy/Prices vary)

Photo from Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Facebook

90 national wineries + 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants = 5 days of 🥘 and 🍷

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta will feature cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

(Oct. 2-10, Balloon Fiesta Park/$12+)

Photo from Instagram

Get carried away as you watch 500+ balloons fill the skies above Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot-air balloon festival, shows off the best of the autumn in the desert – get there early to watch the whimsical shapes leave the ground or experience the magical night landscape known as Balloon Glows. If you want the full hot-air balloon experience, you can always hit the skies with the Rainbow Ryders to be in the middle of the action.

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