Set atop the mesa outside one of the global art capitals of the world, the Santa Fe Opera House is an appropriately remarkable venue to host what is a historic artistic expression. The opera house itself is unquestionably one of the most beautiful modern works of architecture in the state, let alone being one of the most raved about venues to watch artists perform. Each summer, the long days and late sunsets allow a perfect backdrop for the open air performances. Every year the performance line-ups are different, telling stories from local folklore to the biography of Steve Jobs – with an occasional world-premiere on the docket. The operas are supplemented by a variety of concerts performed by touring musicians, and the occasional big name chipping in on a benefit concert. If you are still not convinced and think opera is stuffy, you’ve never been to a Santa Fe Opera tailgate. Set up your crew next to the car and enjoy a pre-opera picnic al fresco (bring your own or order ahead), for one of the most unique dining experiences in the state. From camp chairs to candelabras, anything goes! Ultimately, the beautiful space and the incredible performances speak for themselves; there’s few places in New Mexico that offer a summer night out for Lobos as spectacular as the Santa Fe Opera House.