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Survey Outstanding Native Artwork & Craftsmanship at the 2019 Santa Fe Marketplace in Old Town San Diego

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Experience and enjoy a treasure trove of indigenous North American artistry this upcoming weekend in San Diego, calling the Sofia Hotel your Downtown home base for the occasion!

Friday through Sunday will see the annual Santa Fe Marketplace spotlighted at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, only a few minutes from our doorstep here on West Broadway. Don’t miss it!

The 2019 Santa Fe Marketplace

Bazaar del Mundo is a year-round shopping destination in San Diego, with a vibrant concentration of businesses selling artwork, handicrafts, clothes, jewelry, and other wares from Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, plus Native American items. (It’s also a great place to grab a bite, given a number of outstanding Mexican restaurants on site.)

The Santa Fe Marketplace complements the Native items for sale on a regular basis in the Bazaar del Mundo shops—from Pendleton blankets to Zuni hand carvings—with an outdoor market featuring fine American Indian artists from the Greater Southwest and beyond. They represent Navajo, Hopi, Pima, Pueblo, Cherokee, and other indigenous cultures, and the art comprises a marvelous variety, including jewelry, paintings, and textiles. Traditional techniques, tools, and motifs come wedded to modern inspirations at the Marketplace, which serves as a celebration of the diverse cultural traditions on display as well as an exhibition of sheer artistic mastery and creativity.

The Marketplace is underway from 10 AM to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Artists Featured at the 2019 Santa Fe Marketplace at Bazaar del Mundo

The participating Santa Fe Marketplace artists this year include Eva Salazar, a basket-maker of the Kumeyaay people: a culture whose traditional homeland encompasses San Diego County.

Other creator-vendors will include Justin Lomatewama, renowned for his Pueblo/Hopi katchina carvings; the Cherokee painter John Balloue, whose work hangs everywhere from the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Phoenix’s Heard Museum; and the Navajo jewelry artist Veronica Benally, who works in gold, silver, and natural stone. You can see a full list of the Santa Fe Marketplace artists—some of them returning vendors, others brand-new—right here.

Use the Sofia Hotel as Your Base Camp for the Santa Fe Marketplace This Weekend

The Santa Fe Marketplace is set to be, once again, a fantastic opportunity to view and buy artwork and fine crafts from some truly outstanding Native artists out of the Southwest and other corners of the country in Old Town San Diego. Take advantage of our close proximity to Bazaar del Mundo—and, naturally, our one-of-a-kind boutique accommodations, on-site amenities, and all-around winning hospitality—and book a guest room or VIP suite at the Sofia Hotel for the occasion!