We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite places to find out about unique events here in Albuquerque. Browse through the list and find something to do that makes your visit to Albuquerque uniquely you.

Albuquerque blogger Aileen O’Catherine provides insight into the latest happenings as the About.com Guide for our city.

The Duke City Fix community website provides an eclectic venue where locals sound off about local issues, share upcoming events and post their own insights into our diverse community.

The Alibi, one of the community’s oldest free weekly newspapers, curates an impressive calendar of food and culture events.

Creative Albuquerque’s calendar focuses on events created and supported by this very active non-profit.

The City of Albuquerque offers up a collection of events hosted by a variety of agencies and sectors from city council to culture to public events.

And, with a focus on large community and cultural events, the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau hosts a curated calendar of upcoming and current events happening in and around the city.


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Sci Fi, Wine and Salsa All Bring Festivals To ABQ

Albuquerque Sci Fi Expo

If Sci-fi is your thing, then you won’t want to miss what is being billed as “ultimate Sci Fi and Pop Culture event of New Mexico”. Hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center, more than 150 vendors are expected to be in attendance at the Albuquerque Sci Fi Expo, showcasing merchandise, collectibles, books, art and more. Stars from favorite sci-fi movies and television series are also expected to attend.

September Brings 24th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival

For 24 years, New Mexicans have been flocking to the town of Bernalillo to attend the Annual New Mexico Wine Festival. This year’s festival will be held September 3 – 5 and will feature not only New Mexico’s own wine labels but also a wide variety of live music, arts and crafts, and plenty of food.

Old Town Salsa Fiesta Returns for 7th Year of Culture, Contests, and Cuisine

Albuquerque’s Old Town will be all about salsa come September 24 with the 7th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta. A salsa dip recipe contest will be the highlight of the day’s events. Salsa dancers will groove to the sounds of the Grammy®-winning group Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and local and regional wines will also be showcased in a wine tasting event.

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It’s Springtime in the Rockies … and that means baseball, festivals and celebrations.

It’s springtime in Albuquerque – and that means it’s time to get outdoors. We celebrate our 305th birthday in April and Cinco de Mayo in May. The ever-popular Gathering of Nations Pow Wow gets under way on April 28th, the Albuquerque Isotopes launch their baseball season in April, and the Albuquerque Wine Festival kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park on May 28. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming events:

Founder’s Day Fiesta
April 9, 2011

Come dressed in costume or just to help celebrate – either way Albuquerque’s annual Founder’s Day celebration is always a good time. (It’s our 305th birthday this year.) Enjoy the Parade of Eras around the Plaza in Old Town, live music, dance, and special activities just for the kids in this family-friendly event.

12 – 5:30 PM, Free
Here’s a video of last year’s event:

The Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest
April 16-17, 2011

Whether you like coffee in your chocolate, chocolate in your coffee or just lots of coffee and chocolate, this is the place for you.  And you’ll find more than just food – cooking seminars, demonstrations, contests and live entertainment are all part of this two-day event at the Albuquerque Convention Center. $7-$15/kids under 13 free
Sat 10 AM – 7 PM, Sun 10 AM – 6 PM

Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Mexicana
May 5, 2011

Ballet Folklórico Paso del Norte, Mariachi Tapatío and Hermanos Escamilla- Charros of México present the choreographed story of the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla at Popejoy Hall. One show only. Tickets $22-$35
7:30 PM

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ABQ Puts the HOT Back in Winter

It may be winter in Albuquerque, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops.  Join the crowds indoors in January as they are wowed by tricks and style with Freestyle Motocross, get away from it all during the Acoma Governor’s Feast Day in February and then get all hot and bothered with the 23rd Annual Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show.

Freestyle Motocross Comes to Albuquerque

Expo New Mexico’s Tingley Coliseum will be screaming loud on January 14 and 15 when the Freestyle Motocross teams take the stage at 7:30 PM to dazzle spectators with cliffhangers and tsunamis.

$18-$23/ kids $5: Buy Tickets Online or 800-745-3000
Expo NM: 505-265-3976

Acoma Pueblo Governor’s Feast Day

Experience reverent dances and songs on February 2 as tribal members come together to celebrate their culture, language, and native religion.  Open to the public; no cell phones, cameras or sketching.


Fiery Foods Show

Be prepared to sample some of the hottest, tastiest food around at the 23rd Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show at the Sandia Resort & Casino on March 4, 5 and 6 with over 200 exhibitors and more than 1000 products.

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Winter Wonderland in the ABQ

The BioPark now boasts the only Tazmanian Wombats in North America.

Ok, we admit this will probably be the only place you visit that has the title “winter wonderland” and a photo of a baby wombat.  But seriously, while we get excited about light displays, luminaria tours, and holiday strolls, nothing is quite as exciting as visiting the brand new exhibit of Tazmanian Wombats at the Rio Grande BioPark – the only ones in North America, might we add?   Here’s a rundown of what else we think are must do’s for the holidays in the ABQ:

River of Lights:  through December 30 (although they’re closed December 24 and 25), visit the Botanic Gardens at the Rio Grande Bio Park for one of the state’s biggest light displays.  $8 adults/ $4 seniors, kids 3-12

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour: put on by the City of Albuquerque in conjunction with several neighborhood associations, the luminaria tour is a must-see.  Whether you ride a city bus for the tour, walk, or drive your own vehicle, there is something magical about seeing entire neighborhoods illuminated by candles hidden in paper bags.
Map Your Route
Luminaria Slide Show

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Send Us Your Balloon Fiesta Photos

Mr. Potato Head looking for lunch?

We’re not looking for the most magnificent photo of Balloon Fiesta.  We’re looking for photos that share just how exciting this event is for visitors and locals alike.  So if you have a photo you’d like to share from this year’s Fiesta or from the past – on or off the field – send your photo to info@appcitylife to have your photo possibly included in a photo album that will be featured in the APPCityLife licensed Balloon Fiesta Guide.  You can also enter your photo by uploading it on our ABQCityLife or APPCityLife Facebook pages.

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Recommended Day Trips for this Week

Whether you’re local to Albuquerque and looking for somewhere to take out-of-town guests during Fiesta week, or you’re wanting to take a day trip away from Albuquerque while you visit, here are three events we think are worth the trip:

Now through October 11, Taos is hosting the 36th Annual Fall Arts Festival, open daily from 10 AM until 5 PM at the Taos Convention Center (120 Civic Plaza Dr., Taos, NM).

This weekend Roswell features the 5th Annual Jazz Festival with traditional, mainstream and latin jazz performers.  You can take a seminar on ragtime, boogie woogie, jazz piano and rhythm.

All weekend, Red River hosts the 6th Annual Oktoberfest where regional microbreweries will compete in several categories.  Enjoy traditional German music, food, micro beer, arts and crafts, and more.

The Eighth Annual Socorro Fest kicks off Friday for two days of festivities in the historic city Plaza, including feasting, dancing, and live music including a good old harmonica contest.  You can hop aboard the Rail Runner and enjoy the New Mexico landscape as you travel through some of the state’s agricultural communities along the line.

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