RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: BALLOON FIESTA SHOW
Don’t miss one of the top 10 art festivals in the country! Every October shoppers and collectors from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which coincides with Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. This juried show features the work of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience. The people of Albuquerque recognize the show by the landmark ‘Big White Tent’ – which is bigger than a football field! In addition to a fantastic artist lineup, the festival features great entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, a culinary arts tent with samples of New Mexican fare, artist demonstrations, horse races, a Kids’ Creation Station, great eats and more!
First and second weekends of October, open Fridays through Sunday at the Infield of the Racetrack at EXPO New Mexico. Enter from Gate 8 at Lomas and Louisiana. Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts.
RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: HOLIDAY SHOW
Every Thanksgiving Weekend, the Rio Grande Holiday Show 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. The Rio Grande Holiday Show marks a great opportunity for friends and families to experience one of Albuquerque’s best-loved events while enjoying live holiday music, festive food sampling, and much more. It’s no surprise that this festival takes the turkey when it comes to New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Weekend traditions!
Ranked in the top 100 art shows in the country! Open Friday through Sunday at the Manuel Lujan Building at EXPO New Mexico. Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts.
RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: SPRING SHOW
Every Spring, fine artists and craftsmen travel from all over the country to the historic tree-lined streets of EXPO New Mexico for the Rio Grande Spring Show. Marking the state’s first major art event of the year, this is a vibrant indoor festival at the Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex with a focus on fine arts. Patrons can shop a great variety of works in all mediums, watch art demonstrations and meet the artists themselves. Collectors and art enthusiasts of all ages will find something to enjoy – there are complimentary craft activities for kids as well as food sampling and live entertainment all day long!
The Rio Grande Spring Show is the top-rated indoor festival in the state, attracting over 20,000 visitors annually. It currently sits at #51 in the country! Open Friday through Sunday the second weekend in March. Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts.