Ski and Snowboard at Sandia Peak Ski Area

The Sandia Peak Ski Area opens in December (weather permitting). Sandia Peak overlooks Albuquerque on the mountaintop and welcomes skiers, snowboarders and cross country skiers. Enjoy the slopes and the view just 40 minutes from Downtown Albuquerque.
11 NM-536, Sandia Park, NM 87047
(505) 242-9052

Tricklock Revolutions International Theater Festival

A three-week celebration hosted by Albuquerque's repertory, Tricklock Theater Company. 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


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

An Albuquerque cultural 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

Albuquerque Wine Festival

This three-day event feature wine from more than 20 award-winning wineries.
Balloon Fiesta Park
(505) 933-8650


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 for a full week each June.
Performances, workshops, featured artists, history, film, food and fun.

Albuquerque Pride Fest

Pride Fest takes place each year in June. The festivities include a morning parade along Central Ave., and a full-day of events at Expo New Mexico.


Saturday nights (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

Zia Regional Rodeo New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association

Each year, NMGRA produces the Zia Regional Rodeo, our premier fundraiser and the state's second largest LGBT event. In the past, the rodeo's profits have been donated to New Mexico AIDS Services, New Mexico Breast Cancer Coalition, New Mexico Domestic Violence Hotline and People Of Color AIDS Foundation, to name a few.


New Mexico Wine & Jazz Festival

Great music and great wine make this festival new favorite.
Isleta Casino

¡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. You'll be in State Fair heaven with the Spanish and Indian Village, African American Performing Arts Center, farm animals, fair food, hands-on activities, rides and more!
EXPO New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr. NE


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The largest ballooning event in the world inspires locals 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

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

SWGLFF will runs for 10 days in October and screens over 100 features, shorts and documentaries in over 50 programs, and representing over 20 countries, while hosting an array of guests and filmmakers - creating a truly regional experience.


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.
Expo New Mexico
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


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.
Albuquerque BioPark
903 10th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM
(505) 764-6280

Nob Hill Twinkle Light Parade

This beloved holiday parade lights up Central Avenue for an audience of thousands. Nob Hill shops stay open late.
Nob Hill

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 late, 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 luminarias. 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 offer a wonderful Christmas Eve New Mexican buffet.
Old Town Albuquerque, NM