The calendar marks the beginning of summer as June 21, but locals all have their own ways of marking the beginning of Santa Fe's busiest season. There's the first picnic in the Opera's parking lot, the first margarita at sunset on an outdoor patio or the first whitewater cruise down the river.

Because Santa Fe in the summer is whatever you want it to be (artsy, outdoorsy, liquidey), you'll find something for everyone in this year's summer guide.

Art fans looking for the next big thing should be sure to check out

and music lovers of every genre are sure to be happy with

. There are also a slew of

, not to mention summer

, summer

and summer

to keep you occupado.

If summer means feeling the heat, closed forests don't mean closed options. For those looking to save on gas,

. Hint: all walks should end with ice cream. For adventurers, fill up the tank and

. We promise we'll reward you if you do! For other thrill seekers,


But all efforts should be rewarded with a refreshment. Consider


. Either will do to toast another well-spent summer day.