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Discover why 310 days of sunshine a year make for amazing outdoor recreation and golf. Learn why Albuquerque is the Hot Air Ballooning Capitol of the World by taking a balloon ride offered year-round. Take a ride on the world's longest aerial tramway at Sandia Peak. Discover more than 19 museums and hundreds of galleries. Visit Historic Old Town with 7 museums and more than 150 shops and restaurants in an authentic Southwestern plaza. Albuquerque's diversity of large city with a small-town feel offers something for everyone.

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Events

River of Lights

Experience millions of glowing, sparkling lights and over 150 dazzling light displays, animated sculptures and synchronized music light show at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production. Closed December 24 and 25.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Only in Albuquerque Permanent Exhibit

The Albuquerque Museum unveiled the highly anticipated "Only in Albuquerque" gallery. After many years of redesign, construction, story development and fabrication, this interactive, engaging, and fun-filled presentation of the history and culture of the central Rio Grande Valley is open to the public and is a permanent installment at the museum.

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Exhibition: Decade- Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 Arts

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, 516 ARTS presents DECADE, a group exhibition and series of off-site projects that draw from the diverse local, national and international artists we have worked with since we opened. This exhibition explores a wide variety of themes and practices that 516 ARTS has explored since its inception including: environmentalism/land-based art, street art, new media art that intersects with science and technology, public art and socially engaged projects. The off-site art projects around the city are presented as points of access to contemporary art that connect back to the exhibition at 516 ARTS in Downtown Albuquerque. By bringing 516 ARTS out to other parts of the city, this exhibition spreads awareness about the urban core and its connectivity to the rest of the city.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Exhibition: We Are of This Place- The Pueblo Story

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new permanent museum exhibit called We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story. The new exhibit represents all 19 Pueblos and builds upon the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s 40-year history of telling the story of Pueblo people in their own voices. Visitors will hear stories in Pueblo languages from artists and elders, interact directly with art and artifacts, learn about the Pueblo people’s history of resilience, and experience traditions that have been passed down for generations.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Nob Hill's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate 100 years of this historic Albuquerque neighborhood with various events throughout 2016. Click each event below for more details:

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Exhibition: Fantasia Fantastica: Imaginative Spaces and Other Worldly Collages

Fantasía Fantástica: Imaginative Spaces and Other-Worldly Collage features the fantastical creations of four artists whose works toy with space and expand the parameters of collage. The artists, Nick Abdalla, Cynthia Cook, Carlos Quinto Kemm, and Rachel Muldez, collect objects and images that populate the day-to-day but often go unnoticed. They then reframe them as part of a new imaginative whole. The works in this exhibition offer opportunities to contemplate how fantasy and the imaginary inform daily life as well as the historical and contemporary climate of Hispanic and Latina/o art more broadly.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Civic Plaza Events

Downtown Albuquerque's Civic Plaza has had some significant renovations and is hosting a variety of free and family-friendly events through September. Click "visit website" to the right for event themes, times, and prices.

12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

New Year's Eve on Civic Plaza

Ring in the New Year with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza! On New Year's Eve, the community will come together to reminisce about the past year and welcome the New Year. This free event is the place to be to count down the final seconds of 2015, and celebrate the beginning of 2016- a year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams. This is a family-friendly event with fun activities for the kids as well as plenty to do for the adults. The ice-skating rink will be back on the Plaza in addition to a DJ spinning tunes that will allow you to dance the year away. Food trucks and concessions will be available to purchase as well as "Holiday Spirits" for guests 21 years and older. Finally, what would a New Year's Ever celebration be without a countdown to the New Year? We'll see you on New Year's Eve!

8:00 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally

Bring your family, a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy the view as a close-knit group of local balloon pilots launch up to 135+ hot air balloons.

7:00 AM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

USA Track & Field Masters Indoor National Championships

The USATF Masters Indoor Championships will feature athletes ranging in age from 30 - 95+. Competition at each age group will display their speed, strength, and endurance. Track events will range from 60 meters to 3,000 meters, while field events will include the full range of indoor jumps and throws.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Women & Creativity

Women and Creativity 2016 is a month-long series of events that celebrates women’s creativity across the disciplines. March is filled with over 50 art exhibits, performances, workshops, and discussions focused on creativity in every form.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

28th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show

The National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show celebrates it's 28th this year. It is the largest and most visited show about spicy foods and barbecue in the world. Over 200 booths filled with more than 1,000 products related to chili peppers. Enjoy samples of spicy foods, plus find great books, clothing and decorator items.

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest

The Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut and candy makers, wineries & more. There will be cooking demos, baking contests, chocolate eating contests and a barista latte art contest as well as live music. For kids there will be free games, bounce houses and face painting!

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Fiestas de Albuquerque

Featuring food, live music, dance, activities and more from five major eras of Albuquerque’s history, this event will have something for everyone! As you walk through different areas of Historic Old Town you will be able to experience the awesome history of the Native American Era, learn about the founders from the Spanish Era, enjoy mouth watering delicacies and learn how to craft piñatas from the Mexican Era, and listen to live, historic music and see blacksmith demonstrations from the Territorial Era.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Gathering of Nations

North America's largest pow wow and Native American competition featuring Indian singing and dancing with more than 3,000 participants, aisles of shopping, native foods and music. The Gathering of Nations (GON) is a 3-day event, that kicks off on Thursday evening, April 28th, 2016 with the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations, where young Native American Women represent their Native American and Indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassadors. The Miss Indian World Talent Presentations will be held in the Kiva Auditorium located at the Albuquerque Convention Center (Downtown Albuquerque). A Young Native American Woman will be crowned after Saturday Grand Entry on April 30th with the title of 2016-2017 Miss Indian World at UNM Wise Pies Arena aka “The Pit” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The Gathering of Nations PowWow itself is a 2 day event (April 29th and 30th, 2016) held at UNM Wise Pies Arena aka “The Pit” in Albuquerque, NM, USA. The GON experience is for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to come see colorful Native American PowWow dancing, to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness! With over 3,000 indigenous/Native American/Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500+ tribes from Canada and the United States come to the Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively. Included with the price of a Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Admission is the Indian Traders Market and Stage 49. The Indian Traders Market offers a very special shopping experience, which includes intercultural traditions and exhibition of Native American Arts and Crafts with over 800+ Artists, Crafters, and Traders that will display their wares and for sale. Stage 49 provides Native American Music Performances and Entertainment! 2 days of Contemporary and Traditional Native American music and entertainment will be highlighted on Stage 49. Native musicians will perform in all Genres of music: Country, Pop, Reggae, World, Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rap, Traditional Native American Performance and much, much more. There is a “Magic” about the Gathering! A Family and Friendly Event, Everyone (the public) is Invited!

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10:00 AM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

29th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games brings to New Mexico a celebration of the lifeways, traditions, cultural heritage and contributions of the Celtic nations to our American life. The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games assembles an ever shifting kaleidoscope of Celtic song, dance, traditional clothing, foods, language revival, stories, poetry, humor, history, children's events traditional and Celtic inspired music – from the famous Highland war pipes to incomparable delicacy of the harp – highland games, and other Celtic sports such as rugby and hurling, to New Mexico.

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

ABQ Beer Week

This will be the largest Beer Week yet, featuring more than 70 fun, educational and delicious events all over Albuquerque. This 10 day series of events brings the community together to celebrate great beers and the wonderful places in which we enjoy them. There is a little something for everyone to get excited about as it celebrates our bars, breweries and restaurants. Albuquerque Beer Week also brings a greater awareness of craft beer, getting more people excited and involved with the craft beer scene.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

7th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews

Enjoy dozens of great breweries, unlimited sampling & 3 great blues bands during Memorial Day weekend. Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. General admission includes entrance to festival, unlimited sampling, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and one entry in grand prize drawing. VIP admission includes the first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance hour.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) brings filmmakers, musicians, artists and visionaries together to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaborate into the future. Now in its 4th year, AFME hosts over 6,000 attendees and presents domestic and international movies, engaging industry panels and workshops, exciting networking events, live music and poetry performances, art exhibitions and an extraordinary platform to build strong personal and professional relationships. Attracting some of the most creative minds from around the globe, AFME showcases Albuquerque as the place to bring future projects that stimulate the local economy and create jobs for many New Mexicans.

9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque

The National Institute of Flamenco is proud to present Festival Flamenco International de Alburquerque. Distinguished as the most important and longest standing flamenco event outside of Spain, Festival Flamenco is a true celebration of cultural exchange and of course, flamenco. This global event includes a number of workshops along with spectacular performances by world-class performers. Events will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Rodey Theatre at UNM campus.

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12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Freedom Fourth Celebration

Come celebrate this Fourth of July with the City of Albuquerque at the Balloon Fiesta Park! This free, all ages event hosts one of the largest firework shows in the state. Have fun with live entertainment. Taste food from over 25 food vendors, cool off with a drink at the Microbrew Garden, walk through a car show, and enjoy free kids' activities. Don't miss a special dinner with a spectacular view of the main stage and fireworks at the exclusive Firecracker Café.

3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Route 66 Summerfest

The City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street, and the New Mexico Jazz Festival invite you to the annual Route 66 Summerfest! This mile-long stretch of free fun located on Central Ave. in Historic Nob Hill will feature up to 25 music artists including national headliner Roomful of Blues. Shop with great local vendors and artists in the Mother Road Market and enjoy great dining with local food trucks. Have a blast at the free kids' activities, walk the Old Route 66 Car Show, and unwind with a good drink at Cork & Tap.

2:00 PM – 10:30 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Downtown Summerfest

You are invited to downtown Albuquerque for a night of free enjoyment. Summerfest is returning to Civic Plaza! There will be live music from local bands, leading up to the national headliner Taylor Dayne, singer of smash hits "Tell It to My Heart," and "Love Will Lead You Back." Shop the market of handmade goods provided by local artisans, enjoy free kids' activities, savor some local favorites from on-site food trucks, and sip on some local brews in the Microbrew Garden!

5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Westside Summerfest

Enjoy the cool sounds on a hot summer night. Best of all, it is free. Summerfest is a family friendly event! The event will include free kids' activities, a variety of food trucks, a market with local artisans and neighborhood businesses, and more. Folding chairs will be onsite, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs. Pets must be on a leash per the City of Albuquerque Heart Ordinance.

5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
City:
Albuquerque

13th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta

The annual Old Town Salsa features salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, kids’ activities and crafts, and the Best Homemade Salsa contest. Competitors make their salsa on the spot in front of everyone, and attendees get to taste and cast their votes for the winners.

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque