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A variety of Albuquerque venues are utilized for this several-weeks-long festival. Prepare to be intrigued, astonished, amused, inspired and totally entertained by the events this festival has planned. Well-known Tricklock Company sponsors this annual event.
This week-long festival celebrating Italian movies is a fund-raiser for the UNM Children’s Hospital. You can attend opening and closing day festivals as well. Various Albuquerque venues are used.
This annual Quad is located in Grants, NM, about an hour west of Albuquerque. A race up and down the mountain includes road biking, running, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.
The third event of these championships is held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. You will see the best U.S. athletes competing in various events, including races, hurdles, pole vault and shot put.
If you are visiting Albuquerque in March, you are in luck, as many restaurants will be offering specially priced, three-course meals during Restaurant Week. Check the website for dates and participating restaurants.
This festival is hot! For over two dozen years, palates have been tested by more than a thousand products at over 200 exhibit booths. Crowds exceed 15,000, with trade members mixing with the public. Sandia Resort and Casino has been the show’s venue for several years.
This state bbq championship is held in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, pig races and scrumptious food; the Santa Ana Star Center is the venue.
Every year, Old Town is the site of this fiesta which celebrates the coming together of cultures in Albuquerque. Live music and dance, delicious food and special activities for children make this an excellent family event.
The University of New Mexico Arena, known as “The Pit”, is the site of this annual event. The culture and traditions of Native American Indians and indigenous people are celebrated. You can enjoy traditional dancing and singing, and shop at the Indian Traders Market featuring wares from hundreds of crafters and artists.
Head to Balloon Fiesta Park for this yearly fest celebrating various New Mexico wines. Add to that great food, live music and artwork, and you have one fun festival.
For a Wild West Festival and to watch the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, head 30 minutes west of Albuquerque to Edgewood, NM. This family-friendly, living history event is held at Founders Ranch.
This annual festival is held at Expo NM, Albuquerque’s fairgrounds. You can enjoy stage performances of music and dance, but you can also participate! Workshops are held, and jam sessions are encouraged. Food vendors provide the sustenance!
ABQ BioPark Aquarium is the site for this environmentally-friendly annual festival. You can enjoy lots of food and good music, plus learn a little at the same time.
An annual Showcase Concert and Competition is held at the Downtown Civic Plaza, with free admission for the whole family. There is also a Mariachi Spectacular Concert held at the amphitheater at Sandia Resort and Casino.
This annual festival, held at various Albuquerque venues, boasts a great variety of films, as well as panel discussions, lectures and workshops. A-list actors and filmmakers participate in this fest.
Just 13 miles north of Albuquerque brings visitors to Bernalillo and its annual New Mexico Wine Festival; the New Mexico Rail Runner Express provides easy access. Music, food and your favorite beverage are featured at this well-attended event.
Old Town hosts the annual Salsa Fiesta, where music, dance and food are celebrated; there is a special area for kids activities. Vote for your favorite in the Homemade Salsa Contest.
Great concerts and exciting rodeos, yummy fair food, agriculture and floriculture displays, plus popular livestock shows – that’s what the fair has waiting for your entire family!
You can watch mass ascensions of hundreds of balloons, a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle you will never forget, along with evening balloon glows and fireworks shows. Arriving very early in the morning is a must, so dress in layers! There are lots of food vendors and crafts on site.
Take the kids to the Zoo at ABQ BioPark for a fun-filled day including Halloween treats, a costume parade and of course, lots of animals!
This film fest is held at several Albuquerque venues and sports an adult-theme. There are many films offered; you can purchase advance tickets online or at the venue on the day of the show. Special events and parties round out this annual festival.
This annual public event features primarily Spanish religious artwork with over 40 artists attending. Entertainment and food are available as well.
Art-lovers have enjoyed this festival for decades; it is nationally known and juried. Beginning art collectors as well as those more seasoned will all enjoy the works of nearly 300 artists. Weems Artfest is held at the Expo fairgrounds.
This annual holiday celebration is held at ABQ BioPark; its stunning displays of twinkling lights are guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood!
College football fans know that University Stadium at the University of New Mexico is the site for an annual bowl game. This holiday tradition pits the Mountain West Conference against the Western Athletic Conference, and is nationally televised.
Keshet Dance Company offers an annual performance of the holiday tradition, but with a unique twist! Rock-n-roll music, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and dancers of all abilities make this performance a must-see!
Year-round – a variety of “specialty” tours are offered throughout the year on these beautiful open-air trolleys. Themes include tours of pizza and burger restaurants, wines and brewpubs.
March, October and November – Since 1989, throngs of festival attendees have enjoyed juried shows, delicious foods, kids’ activities and more. You can buy original art from the artists themselves. This festival has been selected by the NM Department of Tourism as a Top Ten Attraction.
April and October – The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosts two annual markets, one in the spring and one in the fall. You can buy beautiful, handmade artworks from dozens of artists; the New Mexico Rail Runner Express provides easy access if you are coming from Santa Fe.
Summer – Outdoor music is offered at different locations throughout Albuquerque. Watch for dates and locales.
Summer - Head to ABQ BioPark for live music under the stars. You can explore some of the park’s attractions on these evenings as well.
Summer - The Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater offers musical concerts on Saturday evenings throughout June, July and August.
Summer - The Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater offers musical concerts on Friday evenings throughout June, July and August.