Albuquerque Events

Year-round, always special

Events in New Mexico's biggest city run the gamut from the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta through outdoor food events and growers' markets to the cultural happenings of Globalquerque and the New Mexico State Fair. And if an Albuquerque cook-off is not why you left home, be sure to look for other Albuquerque events in 2015, because there's something for everyone. Whether you prefer to never leave the hotel premises or go adventuring through the city, your stay will be enchanted with a plethora of New Mexico events from which to choose. 
Live Entertainment at QBar Lounge

Year-round at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

There's a world of discovery right outside your door, and fun to be had right here:

QBar at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Start with the best New Year's Eve party in town and spend the rest of the year discovering dozens of live energetic entertainment performances in a lush and intimate playground.

Fridays at Casa Esencia at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

Friday Nights, starting at 9pm: The hottest DJs spin the latest dance mixes in this Las Vegas-meets-Elegant-Southwest ultra-modern club. Join us or book your VIP table by calling 505-225-5928 or emailing
Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Complimentary for our guests

Year Round in Old Town, Albuquerque

Complimentary Walking Tours of Historic Old Town

Every Saturday, at 10 am (seasonally) Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town guests can take a complimentary walking tour of Historic Old Town. Meet in Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town’s lobby to meet your professional tour guides. For details, see our New Mexico Hotel Amenities page.

San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town

Located within a few blocks of Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, San Felipe de Neri, one of Old Town Albuquerque’s oldest and most historic buildings — it hasn't missed a Sunday Service in over 300 years — opens its doors to the public and extends an invitation for many events and activities, as well as regular mass. Visitors are welcome. Hotel Albuquerque was honored to support this historic chapel through our community partnership program.


Ski and Snowboard at Sandia Peak Ski Area

The Sandia Peak Ski Area opens in December (weather permitting) with ski conditions usually peaking in February. Sandia Peak overlooks Albuquerque on the mountaintop and welcomes cross country skiers, beginning and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Enjoy the slopes, the view and the Lodge cafeteria just 30 minutes from Downtown Albuquerque.
Mile Marker 6, Crest Scenic Byway, Highway 536
(505) 242-9052

Tricklock Revolutions International Theater Festival

A three week celebration hosted by Albuquerque's repertory, Tricklock Theater Company. During the three weeks, guests marvel at top-tier theater performances, while also seeing diverse venues across the state.
Locations vary, venues in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
(505) 254-8393
Restaurant Week Celebration of Cuisine


Women & Creativity

Celebrate women's creativity, with a full month’s worth of events from which to gain inspiration. This event focuses on a myriad of women's talents in all creative disciplines, pulling in new and established creative leaders from New Mexico and beyond.
City wide/various locations.
(505) 246-2261

Restaurant Week

Foodies delight! Sample culinary delicacies at Albuquerque’s finest restaurants. During the week, restaurants large and small offer discounted rates for guests to sample their savory bites.
City wide/various locations
(505) 847-3333
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Largest Pow Wow in the World


Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

An event like none other! North America's largest pow wow offers a glimpse into authentic Native American culture and traditions. Over 3,000 indigenous people participate in a competition that combines both Indian singing and dancing, Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations, Stage 49 and Indian Trader's Market. A culturally rich, family friendly event.
Location varies
(505) 836-2810


Old Town New Fun
(Events run May through October)

An old tradition sheds new light on Albuquerque’s history with this annual celebration held from May through October.  Historic Old Town hosts a variety of culturally-rich events from live music to folk art.
Old Town, South Plaza St NW, Albuquerque, 87104
(505) 768-3556
International Flamenco Festival Supported by our Cultural Partnership Program


There's a world of discovery right outside your door, and fun to be had right here: The city is host to a variety of festivals, fairs, concerts, markets, exhibitions and event throughout the summer.

Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque

The annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque is the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in the United States, with the most diverse and high quality flamenco experience available in terms of education and performance. Festival Flamenco runs June 7-13, 2015.
Performances, workshops, featured artists, history, film, food and fun.

Annual End of Trail Wild West Jubilee

The nationally renowned World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting competition celebrates the history and tradition of the Old West Cowboy lifestyle. Suitable for all ages, End of the Trail draws close to 1000 authentically dressed competitors and participants from around the world to vie for the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, Wild Bunch Action Shooting, and SASS Mounted Shooting.
Founders Ranch at 144 Juan Thomas Road, Albuquerque’s East Mountains
(505) 843-1320


Saturday nights in summer, June through August - the City of Albuquerque hosts a series of outdoor concerts that feature everything from hot Latin, grooving jazz and blues, cutting-edge contemporary to classic rock.
Downtown Albuquerque and neighborhoods through the city.
(505) 768-3556


Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque

Every July visitors and locals gather in Albuquerque to celebrate mariachi music. World renowned groups showcase Mariachi tradition with passionate performances and moving interpretations of mariachi classic songs. Conference students as well as the general public experience mariachi music at its best.  
City wide
(505) 255-1501


Ballet Pro Musica Festival

Albuquerque Ballet Pro Musica Festival: The first and only ballet festival whose repertory is based entirely on a new 21st century art form: classically inspired choreography set to masterworks of chamber music performed live by virtuosi dancers and musicians from celebrated national and international companies. Three days of remarkable performances.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street Southwest
(505) 352-1281 / (505) 299-0386
Native American Performances New Mexico State Fair


Annual New Mexico Wine Festival

Just north of Albuquerque, historic Bernalillo is host to the biggest wine festival in the state.
Great music, arts and crafts, agricultural products, and a feast of foods. The perfect setting for wine, wine, wine! Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal age guardian.
243 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM
(505) 867-3311

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival

Celebrate global culture at this outstanding, award-winning two-day festival: world music, performance and culture brought to the stage by national and international performers. Food, crafts and educational workshops for the whole family.
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St SW
(505) 232-9868

Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta

Just minutes away from Hotel Albuquerque, this annual fiesta showcases salsa bands and dancers, kid-friendly crafts and activities and the Best Homemade Salsa contest. Attendees not only get to participate in the fun — they also get to sample and vote for their favorite salsa.
400 Marquette NW, Old Town
(505) 768-3585

New Mexico State Fair

One of the largest fairs in the nation, and a huge local favorite, the NM State Fair includes a PRCA rodeo and nationally known country music performances. The Spanish and Indian Village, and African American Performing Arts Center. Farm animals, fair food, hands-on activities, rides - State Fair heaven!
EXPO New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr. NE
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Annual Event in October


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The largest ballooning event in the world inspires local and visitors from around the world with a truly unique and moving experience. Hundreds of hot air balloons take flight in the morning’s dawn, or glow in the evening’s dusk. A once in a lifetime opportunity where the entire community watches the balloons float across the blue skies.
Balloon Fiesta Park
4401 Alameda Blvd NE
(505) 821-1000
Winter Spanish Market At Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town


Weems International Artfest

A 30-year old multi-cultural art event and perennial local favorite showcases around 280 of the nation's top artisans alongside new talent in a relaxed and non-intimidating arena. Bring the family! There are educational activities for children and adults and artist’s demonstrations.
300 San Pedro NE
(505) 293-6133

Winter Spanish Market by Spanish Colonial Arts Society

This annual event takes place right here at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town — and special hotel rates are available for the event.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Luminaria Tour in Old Town Christmas Holiday Tradition


River of Lights

Since 1997 Albuquerque’s River of Lights at the BioPark’s Botanic Gardens celebrates winter in New Mexico with the state’s  largest walk-through light show that exhibits dazzling sculptures made by local artists.
903 10th Street Southwest, Downtown, Albuquerque, NM
(505) 764-6280

Old Town Holiday Shop and Stroll

Old Town is lit up with thousands of luminarias (candle-lit brown paper bags) and vendors feature caroling, entertainment and refreshments. Stores stay open, performers from around the city are everywhere, and the fun is endless.

Christmas Eve Old Town Luminaria Tour

Historic Old Town shops, galleries and museums line their walkways and rooftops with thousands of luminaria's (candle-lit brown paper bags). Stroll the streets and listen to carolers. Hotel Albuquerque is just next door, and is the best place from which to stage your Old Town visit — we have free parking and will offer a wonderful Christmas New Mexican buffet.
Old Town Albuquerque, NM

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