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Taos Plaza is the Heart of Taos. This is the center of the Taos Historic District where locals gather for Taos Plaza Live concerts, May through October and visitors enjoy the shops and galleries that surround the Plaza all year long.

The original Spanish settlement of scattered farms evolved in Taos Valley about 1615. But in 1680, thesettlers were driven out by the Pueblo Revolt. Spanish authority was not reestablished until 1696 with the reconquest by Don Diego de Vargas. The area was firmly resettled by 1710. In 1796 the Don Fernando de Taos Land Grant was given to 63 families by the King of Spain. This resulted in the Map of Taos Plazaestablishment of the current Taos Plaza and surrounding community. Don Fernando de Taos became the most important settlement in the area outside of the ancient San Geronimo de Taos Pueblo two miles to the north. Homes were built in large quadrangles, thus offering a fortress-like structure. Hostile raiding Indians from outside the Taos area were thwarted in their attempts to enter the village. Sentries stationed at the corners of the fortified village kept vigil day and night. A huge gate offered the only means of entry and exit to and from the Plaza. The enclosure served as a refuge for livestock at night, and merchants displayed their wares there during trade fairs. Over the years, there were many fires within the Plaza and many buildings were lost and rebuilt. Because the buildings were contiguous, a fire in one usually spread to others. The character of the present structures around the Plaza dates from the 1930s.

Today the current Plaza, with its many shops and galleries, is a natural gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

SHOPPING AT TAOS PLAZA
Over 30 Stores to discover including southwestern and native american collectibles and antiques, mercantiles, outdoor adventure stores, local New Mexican stores, craft co-operatives, toy stores, quilting, silversmiths, jewelers and home furnishings. There is something for everyone in Taos Plaza.
AT HOME IN TAOS
Selling fabulous home furnishings, crafts, gifts, pottery and accessories that truly represent Taos. Visit us and take home a piece of Taos!
ATIRA'S SOUTHWEST
Atira brings you quality garments, Old Gringo Boots, Native American Jewelry, Mary Frances purses and much more.
I LOVE TAOS
The oldest T-Shirt shop in Taos. Thousands of great shirts.
KIMOSABE
For over 20 years, Kimosabe has showcased treasures of the American West. Pueblo pottery, vintage Navajo rugs, Native American blankets, old pawn jewelry, American Indian baskets and beadwork, vintage posters, and New Mexican folk art.
MADE IN NEW MEXICO
Everything made in New Mexico. Red and green chile powders, pods, salsas, sauces, jams, jellies, biscochitos, pinon coffee, wood carvings, Native American jewelry, ornaments, fetishes, Day of the Dead, ristras, wreaths, luminarias and books
SMOKE SIGNALS
Owned and operated by Taos Pueblo Native Dean "Little Lake" Johnson. "Little Lake" peace pipes are made to be used, but the beautiful craftsmanship involved makes each pipe a work of art. Also selling Native American music and gifts.
SUNSHADES OF TAOS
SunShades has been open since 2002. The focus at SunShades is your eye health with an amazing selection of frames. No one offers the mixture of sunglasses and prescription frames all in one store like we do!
TAOS MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS
For over 40 years, TMO has been the place where adventures begin. We have the gear, clothing and footwear to prepare you for just about anything Taos has to offer – hiking, camping, climbing, rafting, trail running, yoga and more.
TWIRL
An experience in itself, thanks to its magical layout and artistic touches. We offer high-quality educational toys, games and crafts that inspire play-based learning in the home and encourage positive parent/child interaction. 5
OTHER PLACES TO SHOP IN TAOS PLAZA
Soulful Silfs, Jackies Trading Post, Taos Quilting, The Village Shop, Taos Mountain Candles, Artwares, Taos Togs, Reneux, Coyote Club, Dragon Fly, Silver Touch, Maison Faure
GALLERIES IN TAOS PLAZA
In the center of the Historical District you will discover Taos Plaza surrounded by numerous galleries offering works by renowned Taos Artists from the present and past.
CHARLES COLLINS GALLERY
Collins’s paintings are profoundly spiritual and evoke a strong sense of peace and timelessness. Beginning with a charcoal drawing, Collins then uses a combination of glazes and underpainting to create luminosity in his works.
MESA'S EDGE
We represent over 40 local and regional artists' Studio art jewelry, Native American jewelry, Pueblo pottery, Navajo wood carvings, and more.
R.C GORMAN NAVAJO GALLERY
The largest collection of work by Navajo artist RC Gorman to be found anywhere. Though RC passed in 2005, there remains a significant group of original oil pastel drawings, original lithographs, bronzes, and giclees paper castings.
SAGE FINE ARTS
In the heart of Taos’ Historical District, on Taos Plaza, proudly represents 10 exceptional artists, creating art in beautiful Northern New Mexico.
STUDIO 107-B
An experimental studio/gallery providing a multicultural art space for local Taos artists to exhibit and produce art, as well as hosting art-based workshops for locals and visitors.
MORE GALLERIES IN TAOS PLAZA
Touchstone Gallery, R.C.Gorman Gallery, Lombardi Antiques and Arts, Ron Larimore, Mary Stratton
PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
Taos Plaza offers a selection of fabulous places to Eat & Drink. Discover an award winning chocolate store, fashionable cafe’s and wine bars, restaurants and one of the liveliest entertainment venues in town.
ALLEY CANTINA
Located on the Plaza in what is probably the oldest building in Taos, the Alley has a rich history dating back over 400 years. Live music, menu featuring bar food favorites, games, and a lively locals and visitors scene.
MANZANITA MARKET
We are a local marketplace with a display of goods created, written, imagined and produced in northern New Mexico. We specialize in local goods & local foods.
PARCHT
cheese + charcuterie + small bites + boutique wines + craft beer + retail wine + specialty food shop Full retail bottle shop + wine bar on the Taos Plaza located underneath The Gorge Bar and Grill
GORGE BAR & GRILL
A fresh and modern approach to casual dining with a dedication to New Mexican grown foods, plus a great selection of craft beers, world wine, and premium tequila. The restaurant’s second-story patio provides spectacular views of Taos Plaza.
OTHER PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
Chokola, Noula's Coffee Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
EVENTS AT TAOS PLAZA
Taos Plaza is alive with events all year round. In summer the plaza offers a farmers market on Saturdays and free entertainment on Thursday’s. Annual events including Fiestas, Yuletide, Halloween and Glam Trash are held in Taos Plaza.
GLAM TRASH FASHION SHOW
August Annually The Glam Trash Fashion Show combines art, recycling and fashion into a glamtastic all ages non-profit annual event.
HALLOWEEN IN TAOS
October 31, Every Year Games, Prizes, Haunted House, Trunk or Treat, Children’s activities and after parties.
LA FIESTA DE TAOS
July Every Year Annual celebration of the feast of Santa Ana and Santiago; featuring music, food, and dance – held on historical Taos Plaza.
SABOR - A TASTE OF TAOS
October Annually Noon – 4:00PM Showcasing the top Taos restaurants. Family Fun and Music for all!
TAOS FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday May through Fall Know the food, you’ll know the place – whether you’re a tourist or a bonafide Taoseño we welcome you to one of New Mexico’s most diverse and visited farmers markets.
TAOS PLAZA LIVE
Every Thursday, May - August 6:00pm – 8:00pm Free live music events on Taos Plaza. Bring your chairs, blanket and picnics.
YULETIDE CELEBRATIONS
November and December Every Year. Yuletide in Taos is the name we give to all the unique New Mexican celebrations that happen throughout the holiday season.
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