The cultural celebration at The Fort Restaurant
(Proprietress, LDEI CO Dame Holly Arnold Kinney)
includes art, music, demonstrations and much more!

Tesoro Cultural Center will host its annual 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, on the grounds of Colorado’s iconic restaurant, The Fort. Free and open to the public, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

In celebration of early 19th century Southwestern culture, Tesoro brings together award-winning Spanish colonial and Western artists in a rendezvous in the heart of Red Rocks Territory. The family-friendly event offers art, music, storytelling and interactive and engaging presentations, showcasing life as it was in the 1830s. Guests will enjoy activities such as an old-fashioned taffy pull, woodworking, primitive fire making, rope making, blacksmithing, brain tanning, tomahawk throwing, a buckskin fashion show and more. Additionally, mountain men and women will sell their wares, including trade silver, moccasins, beaver skin hats and buckskin period dress.

P7D1662-hatchet-240pxAcclaimed artists, including weavers Eugene & Rose Vigil; silversmith Gigi Mitchell; metal furniture craftswoman Yavanne Jaramillo; wood carver Jacob Salazar; and metal and wood mosaic artist Gary Monaco will be present with their work. Guests will also have to chance to see national award-winning artists Charles Carrillo and Jimmy Trujillo, who showcase in Colorado exclusively at the event. Music will be provided by Fiesta Colorado Flamenco and The Southwest Musicians.

In partnership with the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council Gallery (CHAC), Tesoro will also present “Santos! The Art of Faith and Culture – Santos Collection and Santeros Workshop,” at 11 a.m. on both Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, where Santeros, or Santos artists, will demonstrate how to create traditional Santos. Crafted by Hispanic villagers of New Mexico and Southern Colorado for generations, Santos are Catholic images carved into wood and hand painted. The CHAC Gallery provides Chicano and Latino artists with a venue to explore visual and performance art and preserve Chicano and Latino culture through art.

All programming supports Tesoro’s year-round mission of protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. Other annual Tesoro events include the Indian Market and Powwow each May, and the Holiday Auction Party each December.

For more information, call (303) 839-1671, visit, or view the informational video.

About the Tesoro Cultural Center

The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means “treasure” in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado’s rich history and shared experiences with Southwest, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American and early European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, the Tesoro Cultural Center’s mission is to create community-based events and educational outreach programs designed to enrich and celebrate our cultural heritage. For more information, please visit