Albuquerque, NM Events for VisitorsAlbuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, and is home to a number of concerts, festivals, fairs, exhibitions, markets and events throughout the year. Below is a list of ABQ activities and major events; more information on local events in Albuquerque can be found at NewMexicoTravelBlog.com/Albuquerque.
Summer Events in Albuquerque
Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de AlburquerqueThe National Institute of Flamenco, in conjunction with the University of New Mexico, proudly presents the Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque each year in June. This festival is the largest gathering of flamenco dancers and musicians in the United States, with educational opportunities, workshops, featured artists, history, film, food and a number of diverse and high-quality flamenco performances.
Annual End of Trail Wild West JubileeThis World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting competition honors the lifestyle, history and tradition of the Old West Cowboy. Suitable for all ages, End of the Trail brings together nearly 1,000 authentically dressed participants from around the world. Held in June at Founders Ranch, 144 Juan Thomas Road, Albuquerque’s East Mountains.
Saturday nights, June through August, the City of Albuquerque presents a series of outdoor concerts featuring everything from hot Latin and cool jazz and blues to innovative contemporary and classic rock music. The concerts take place in neighborhoods throughout the city, giving you another chance to explore more of Albuquerque.
Mariachi Spectacular de AlbuquerqueEach July visitors and locals alike gather around the city to enjoy traditional Mexican Mariachi music. World-renowned performers bring Mariachi tradition to life with passionate performances, including a Mariachi Mass. Workshops are also offered.
Ballet Pro Musica FestivalAlbuquerque’s Ballet Pro Musica Festival is the premier ballet festival whose repertory is based entirely on a new, twenty-first-century art form: classically inspired choreography set to chamber music masterworks and performed live with professional dancers and musicians. This event is held in August at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which is worthy of exploration at any time of year.
New Mexico State Chili CookoffHosted in August by the Route 66 Casino, this event offers visitors a chance to sample the best efforts of those who have competed in regional New Mexico chili cook offs. Held in conjunction with the Annual Route 66 Calendar Car Show which features over 250 stunning classic cars.
Fall Events in Albuquerque
Annual New Mexico Wine FestivalOne of a number of such regional events, historic Bernalillo hosts the largest wine festival in the state over Labor Day Weekend. In addition to sampling excellent local vintages, visitors enjoy lively music, arts and crafts, agricultural products, and an abundance of local foods. Please note that anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a guardian of legal age.
¡Globalquerque! World Music FestivalExplore and enjoy global culture at this award-winning two-day festival in September, which includes an abundance of world music, performance and culture by national and international performers. The entire family will enjoy the food, crafts and educational workshops that are also available. Held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta
This annual September Old Town fiesta showcases the best of both meanings of this word: salsa bands and dancers perform while competitors vie in the Best Homemade Salsa contest. Attendees participate in kid-friendly crafts and activities, and also get to sample and vote for their favorite salsa.
New Mexico State FairOne of the largest fall fairs in the country, and very well-attended by locals, the New Mexico State Fair includes well-known country music performances and a PRCA rodeo. There are also Spanish and Indian Villages to explore, and events at the African American Performing Arts Center to enjoy. There are also all the traditional state fair features: farm animals, fair food, hands-on activities, and a large midway filled with carnival games and rides.
Albuquerque International Balloon FiestaOne of the premier New Mexico events is the Balloon Fiesta – the largest ballooning event in the world. Thousands of locals join visitors from around the world in the first part of October to experience this truly unique and moving experience. Hundreds of hot air balloons take flight in the morning dawn and glow in the evening dusk. Enjoy this bucket-list opportunity to join an entire community in watching balloons float serenely across blue skies.
Balloon Fiesta Park is located just a few minutes from Nativo Lodge, making us your perfect location for enjoying the balloon fiesta and associated events, including chain saw carving, the Hot Air Harmony music festival and the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival.
Winter Events in Albuquerque
Weems International ArtfestThis 30-year-old multi-cultural art event in November showcases about 280 of the country’s top artisans as well as new talent, together in a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Artists give demonstrations and there are also educational activities for all ages.
Winter Spanish Market by Spanish Colonial Arts SocietyFeaturing the same artists as the oldest and largest summer Spanish market in Santa Fe, this winter showcase of unique, handmade art pieces will include many with a holiday theme that will be perfect for your own collection or to be given as gifts. This annual event takes place in late November at our sister location, the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.
River of LightsAlbuquerque’s River of Lights at the BioPark’s Botanic Gardens has become a treasured local tradition. Celebrating winter with New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show, this evening event runs for over a month (from late November to just after New Year’s) and exhibits dazzling sculptures crafted by local artists.
Old Town Holiday Shop and StrollA perfect opportunity to embrace the festive holiday spirit, Old Town is lit up with thousands of luminarias (candle-lit brown paper bags) and vendors feature caroling, entertainment and refreshments. Stores stay open late into the evening and performers from around the city are everywhere.
Christmas Eve Old Town Luminaria TourHistoric Old Town shops, galleries and museums line their walkways and rooftops with thousands of traditional luminarias (candle-lit brown paper bags). Get in the holiday spirit as you stroll the streets and listen to carolers. Our sister location, Hotel Albuquerque, with its free parking and wonderful Christmas New Mexican buffet.
Ski and Snowboard at Sandia Peak Ski AreaJust east of Albuquerque, the Sandia Peak Ski Area opens in December (weather permitting) and ski conditions usually peak around February. Sandia Peak has trails for cross country skiers, beginning and intermediate skiers, and snowboarders. Enjoy the slopes, the view and the warm Lodge cafeteria at Sandia Crest. You can drive up the east side of the mountain (Mile Marker 6, Crest Scenic Byway, Highway 536) or take the Sandia Peak Tramway from the foothills of Albuquerque.
Tricklock Revolutions International Theater FestivalA three-week January celebration hosted by Albuquerque's repertory Tricklock Theater Company. Top-tier theater performances from an international array of artists and companies take place in diverse venues around New Mexico.
Spring Events in Albuquerque
Women & CreativityCelebrate the creativity of women with a full month of inspirational events in March. With diverse content, themes, cost and locations, and events for children, young people and adults, there is something for everyone in this series of events. With more than 60 presentations, demonstrations, performances, workshops, classes, art exhibitions/installations, cinema, and interactive events, you will enjoy exploring women's talents in all creative disciplines, through the leadership of creative women from New Mexico and beyond.
Restaurant WeekBeginning in late February, a plethora of Albuquerque’s finest restaurants offer discounted rates for guests to sample their culinary specialties. This is an excellent opportunity to sample top-quality local and regional cuisine and the latest chefs’ innovations.
Gathering of Nations Pow WowAn event unlike any other! North America's largest pow wow offers a rare glimpse into enduring authentic Native American culture and traditions. Over 3,000 indigenous people gather in late April to participate in a competition that combines Indian singing and dancing, Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations, and an Indian Trader's Market. A culturally rich, family-friendly event.
Learn about more Albuquerque events and activities at NewMexicoTravelBlog.com/Albuquerque and visitalbuquerque.org/abq365/events/