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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.

Address:
20 First Plaza Ctr NW # 601
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Region:
Central
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(800) 284-2282
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Events

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

ABQ BioPark Summer Concert Series

Enjoy live music through out the summer at the ABQ BioPark. Held at the Botanic Gardens on Thursday nights and at The Zoo on Friday nights from June through August.

7:00 PM – 9:00 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

Exhibition: The House on Mango Street-Artists Interpret Community

Traveling to the National Hispanic Cultural Center from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, this exhibition is inspired by the novel The House on Mango Street by the accomplished Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. The contemporary works of art on display in the exhibition highlight many of the issues facing adolescents growing up in urban areas. The intended result is for individuals from diverse neighborhoods, cities, ethnic backgrounds and walks of life to identify commonalities in their coming of age experiences.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Rail Yards Market

Come to the Rail Yards Market every Sunday for food, art, music and community. Set in Downtown Albuquerque's Rail Yards enjoy local artisans, growers and musicians. The Rail Yards Market's mission is to celebrate the cuisine, culture, and art of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico.

10:00 AM – 2:00 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

Isotopes Baseball

Come cheer on the Albuquerque Isotopes in their 2016 season. The Albuquerque Isotopes are the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

7:00 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

Edgewood Arts and Music Festival

n addition to our other special events, Wildlife West produces an annual music festival! Wildlife West's concert series, bringing you the best of bluegrass, Western Swing, Irish, Singer/Songwriter and other acoustic genres. Wildlife West's covered amphitheater and indoor venues provide shade and shelter, and plenty of seating. Our music festivals include workshops, contests, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visitors alike! All our music festivals allow plenty of time to fully enjoy the zoo and other Park features.

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City:
Edgewood

17th Annual Great Southwestern Antique Show

Largest Antique Event of its kind in the Southwest. Over 200 dealers of fine art, antiques, Native American & Western art, rare books, ephemera, vintage guitars, old pawn and estate jewelry and more! Great opportunity to shop and learn the art of buying in the antiques & collectibles market. Proceeds from this event benefits New Mexico non-profits focused on the enhancement of local arts & education.

9:00 AM – 5:00 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

Downtown Summerfest

Summerfest is returning to Civic Plaza! There will be live music from local bands, leading up to the national headliner. 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

The Macaroni & Cheese Festival

Heaps of restaurants will be serving gourmet mac & cheese tastings and you get to vote for your favorite! The top 3 Chefs win sponsor prizes and a 3 foot tall trophy fork. (1/2 oz) servings of beverage products will be featured at the event as well as local vendor products will be available for tastings and purchase. There will be sweet treats, artisan goods, Corn Hole and other fun games for your general merriment. Adults only event, must be 21+ with valid ID to enter. Encouraged to bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Proceeds benefit the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

8th Annual Albuquerque Hopfest

Don't miss the 8th Annual Albuquerque Hopfest at Isleta Resort & Casino. Over 70 fantastic breweries, craft beer sampling, 3 stages with 7 of the best local bands. General admission includes entrance to festival, 30 beer samples, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and one entry in grand prize drawing. Extra Hoppy Hour admission includes a first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance hour and 10 extra beer samples. VIP Admission: Receive admittance into Extra Hoppy Hour, plus entrance into the VIP Room with specialty beers, food pairings and a festival souvenir.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Turquoise Trail Arts Festival

Explore local artists along the historic Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
City:
Sandia Park

New Mexico Wine & Jazz Festival

You are cordially invited to attend the newest, and finest, wine festival in New Mexico. Previously the Bernalillo Wine Festival, the New Mexico Wine & Jazz Festival is moving south and is sure to please your wine needs. In the air conditioned comfort of the Grand Ballroom of the Isleta Resort & Casino, New Mexico's top wineries will offer samples of their greatest creations while top jazz groups provide a backdrop of rich music and upscale entertainment.

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival

The VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival will be a party and a celebration of the centuries-long tradition of agriculture in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. This jam packed, family-fun event is 3-days long and great for all ages It will have food, music, chile contests, hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze, a U-pick garden, a beer garden, and, of course, New Mexico chile by the ton, sack, pound, or however you want it.

11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
City:
Los Lunas

12th 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

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – Balloon Fiesta Show

Now in its 28th year, this juried show is ranked 6th in the nation and features the works of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S.! The Festival's landmark ‘Big White Tent' spans a full acre of space and is one of the city's cornerstone attractions during Balloon Fiesta.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Music Fiesta at Balloon Fiesta with The Band Perry

Back by popular demand, the Music Fiesta will feature national country headliners The Band Perry and Gloriana during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

1:15 PM – 10:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

American Indian Arts Festival

Please join us in October during the first weekend of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for a big kick-off of the 2016 Albuquerque American Indian Art Festival! We are celebrating the enduring beauty and artistry of more than 100 indigenous artists who produce traditional and contemporary art in a plethora of mediums ranging from clay, silver, glass, leather and more! There will be two days of family fun entertainment, food, and dances, under the big tent and in the plaza at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center!

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Disney's The Lion King

More than 75 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney's The Lion King, and now you can, too, when New Mexico's best-loved musical returns to Popejoy Hall. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway's most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like The Lion King.

12:34 PM – 12:34 PM
City:
Albuquerque

23rd Annual South Valley Dia De Los Muertos Marigold Parade and Celebration

Dia de Los Muertos is an ancient tradition rooted in Mexico. It celebrates life and honors those who have passed on. Our particular celebration draws its influences from Jose Guadalupe Posada's early 1900's portrayal of personalities and professions as skeletons or Calaveras. Posada depicted rich and poor alike as skeletons in ordinary and sometimes outrageous but tragic life settings. Printed sheets would circulate during Dia De Los Muertos festivities where he would seize the opportunity for political satire and comedy. The Posada Calavera always seemed to be laughing, frolicking and up to some kind of mischief. The parade starts 2pm at the Bernalillo Sheriff"s Substation at Centro Familiar and Isleta. Music, altars, food and art vendors to follow the parade at the Westside Community Center 1250 Isleta Blvd SW. Come in your best calavera attire!

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Southwest Bacon Fest

Over 50 top restaurants and food trucks serve up 100 unique bacon dishes. Nine craft breweries, seven top bands, free bacon games and activities and a kids zone, provide something for the bacon lover in us all. All tickets include free access to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Holiday Show

Bring your friends and family to the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, to kick-off that holiday shopping and ease into the season! Every November, this renowned festival comes to life at Expo New Mexico to shake things up during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Here, shoppers can find the most memorable and original gifts for everyone on their list, whether it’s a whimsical piece of pottery, a handmade leather belt, one-of-a-kind jewelry, a cool photograph or a striking piece of fine art. See website for details and discounts.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
City:
Albuquerque

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

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

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

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

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