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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Dances by
Native American Dances Weekends at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Annual Albuquerque Events

There is always something to celebrate in Albuquerque: heritage, diversity, nature and beauty. The best events in Albuquerque feature a cultural combo of food, art and performance. Arts festivals, wine tastings, food fairs, sports, world music and dance, pow-wows, you name it: There are events for families, for food lovers, the GLBT community, romantics — there’s something for every month and for every taste.

Spring Annual Albuquerque Events:

Rio Grand Arts & Crafts Festiva
Celebrate the coming of spring and watch some of the most amazing art come to life at the March Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring 225 of the nation's best artists and craftsmen. The event includes entertainment, artists' demonstrations, food and fun for the whole family!

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
One of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the country, tribe members from across the nation participate in dancing and singing competitions, the Indian Traders Market, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. It's a true celebration of culture and spirit, happening the last weekend in April.

Albuquerque Wine Festival
New Mexico is on roughly the same latitude at some of Europe’s most important winemaking regions and New Mexicans have been making wine here since the first European settlers arrived. Learn about award-winning wines of New Mexico at the free seminars, or browse the beautiful artwork of local craftspeople, over Memorial Day Weekend!

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Roasting Green Chile At Farmers Markets in the Fall


Albuquerque Pride
This event has become New Mexico’s largest and most attended lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event. All of Albuquerque's diverse community come together to celebrate.

Albuquerque Film Festival
Albuquerque continues to provide a spectacular setting for major film and television productions and, now, film festivals. The Albuquerque Film Festival is an established, first-rate festival that represents diversity, innovation and creative achievement in film. The program includes intriguing documentaries, hilarious short films, cinema classics and the hottest independent films on the circuit from Sundance, SXSW, Cannes and beyond.

Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional 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. The Festival exposes arts patrons and students to dozens of the most highly revered flamenco artists in the world.

Butterfly balloon by Costa Mesa Photograhy
Special Shapes Balloon Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair
This is a must-see summer time event that features New Mexico artisans and craftspeople of all ages in a gallery-like setting.

New Mexico State Fair
Enjoy two weeks of everything that’s great about a state fair, right in the heart of the city. Highlights include dance and theatre performances by Hispanic, Native American, African and Asian groups, rodeos and concerts, as well as agricultural exhibits, a carnival mid-way, corn dogs, funnel cakes, turkey legs and more fair food than you can possibly imagine!

What better place to enjoy world music and dance than a city known for its cultural diversity? How about a weekend-long event that includes activities for the young and the inquisitive of all ages. The event takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Witness the largest gathering of balloons in the world. Hundreds of hot air balloons come together as the most photographed event on earth. Rise at dawn for the mass ascension, or check out an evening “glowdeo.” It’s an Albuquerque classic.

Ski Sandia Peak photo by Jay Blackwood
Ski Sandia Peak Access from the Tram


River of Lights at the Botanic Garden
Every year the Albuquerque Bio Park displays an illuminated array of holiday light displays for the whole family to experience and enjoy.

Ski and Snowboard at Sandia Peak
You may have spent yesterday golfing but, in Albuquerque's winter time, you might still be enjoying snow sports the following day. While February typically offers maximum snow, the Sandia Peak Ski Area opens in December (weather permitting). Sandia Peak offers a spectacular view of the city (and the sunset, if you're still up there!) and welcomes cross country skiers, beginning and intermediate downhill skiers, and snowboarders. A 30 minute drive from downtown Albuquerque, the ski area is located at Mile Marker 6, Crest Scenic Byway, Highway 536, Eastside, Albuquerque, NM

Tricklock International Revolutions Theatre Festival
A three week international theatre celebration hosted by Albuquerque's own permanent residency Tricklock Theater Company. Over the course of three weeks, guests are inspired, moved and amused by top-tier theater performances from around the state, country and world. Locations vary with venues in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe

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