Las Cruces SalsaFest

August 18th join DLCP and the rest of downtown for the annual SalsaFest and Beer Festival!

For a decade now SalsaFest has been a hallmark of Downtown Las Cruces. From Salsa competitions to Salsa Dancing, we have had it all! This year join the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership Saturday, August 18th, from 6 pm to 11 pm for our 10th annual SalsaFest!

SalsaFest 2018 will be in conjunction with the Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival this year! That’s right. Two great events, one big party! The night will feature over 200 beers to sample from, plenty of Salsas to sample from, Salsa dancing, Salsa music, and much more. Pre-sale tickets are available online at lcbeerfest.com for $20, and under 12 years of age get in for free. On the night of tickets will be $25 at the gate so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets!

ABQ Kids Rock Fest

Civic Plaza Presents announces the fourth annual ABQ KIDS ROCK FESTIVAL, a fun event with a focus on young people that features a live animal show, musical performances by kids, a rock climbing wall, acrobats, magic, kids’ crafts, jumpers, vendors, a visit from and AFD fire truck, games, food trucks and much more (including beer and wine for the adults)! ABQ Kids Rock Festival is also a fundraiser for supplies for Albuquerque Public School students in need. ABQ Kids Rock Festival is on Saturday, August 11 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and admission is **FREE**.

Check out all we have in store for you:

SCALES AND TAILS UTAH will be on hand with an entertaining, educational, and interactive reptile show followed by a chance for kids to get up close and handle the animals! There will be a giant lizard, a giant snake, tortoises, scorpions, spiders, and more! Don’t spiders miss this live animal attraction from our friends at Scales and Tails Utah!

The ABQ Kids Rock Fest will also feature performances by several students of the ROCK 101 NM MUSIC ACADEMY. This group of kids share a deep love for music and have been learning how to collaborate with each other in a band setting. Their proficiency and ability to rock are impressive. The instructors at the Rock 101 NM Music Academy are accomplished musicians from well-known local bands and their moto is “Empowering Albuquerque youth through music.” That commitment will be amply evident at the ABQ Kids Rock Fest.

Downtown Summerfest 2018

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2018 Downtown Headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Wood and Tin

Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 4-10 p.m.

Civic Plaza  

This free family-friendly event features fun for the whole family including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts.

Performers

National Headliner – Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Today the Robert Randolph & the Family Band serves as inspiration for musical artists around the world. The band has received renowned recognition for their Got Soul album as it was nominated for a “Best Contemporary Blues Album” at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Robert Randolph, led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. Robert Randolph and the Family Band will ignite the spirit of Downtown Albuquerque as they take the stage on Civic Plaza during Downtown Summerfest.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Dust City Opera
  • 5:20 p.m. – Felix y Los Gatos
  • 6:50 p.m. – Reviva
  • 8:30 p.m. – Robert Randolph & The Family Band

2018 Dust City Opera   2018 Felix y Los Gatos   2018 Reviva

Dust City Opera is New Mexico’s freshest indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. Known for their playful stage presence and dramatic yet whimsical songs, Dust City Opera is a modern, energetic, rockin’ band with an unusual combination of sounds. Their melodies include the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more.

Felix y Los Gatos is a national touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With over 15 years of stage experience, the Gato’s have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of dydeco, Tex-Mex, blues, and gypsy jazz, swing, a dash of outlaw country, and the mystical, spiritual realm of Santana Latino soul style playing.

Reviva has made a name for themselves in the Albuquerque music scene through their inspiring lyrics, unique sound, and positive vibes. Forming in the fall of 2009, they have turned ears with their original Burqueño/Reggae/Rock rhythm and lyrics, both in English and Spanish that touch the soul. The band’s mission is to revive themselves and others through the healing power of music and to give back and help those in the community.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week with a glass of the best brews, spirits and wines from the Albuquerque Convention Center and local breweries and wineries.

Artisan Market

Shop local! Browse through a variety of local handcrafted artisans ranging from pottery, housewares, and baked goods to clothing, body products and jewelry. There will be plenty to choose from and these local artisans have what you’re looking for.

Children’s Activities

The kids’ area is full of fun activities including free face painting, inflatable bounce houses and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 3-10 p.m.

Historic Nob Hill 

This free event features fun for the whole family including the Old Route 66 Car Show, Mother Road Art Market, Kids Zone & Youth Central, food trucks and live entertainment in Nob Hill on Central Ave. from Girard Blvd. to Washington St. Join us!

Presented by the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street and New Mexico Jazz Festival.

Entertainment

Grammy Award-winning singer, Irma Thomas is also known as the Soul Queen of New Orleans and is one of New Orleans’ most beloved and iconic entertainers. This powerhouse performer sings warmly with R&B and jazz stylings. In 2008, Thomas was honored as the subject of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Thomas has a rich, expressive voice with an impressive technical range and is unlike so many other soul divas. Experience this icon’s talent and heart as she takes the stage at the 2018 Route 66 Summerfest.

2018 Route 66 Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky is a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God, and the music ranges from “playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.” These accomplished artists have come together to revive the “Heartland of American Music”. Audiences will be swinging their hips and nodding their heads to their spirited songs.

Food & Drink

Great food and delicious drinks can be found on just about any corner in Nob Hill. Grab a bite to eat from a local food truck or relax in one of the many restaurants in the area.

Mother Road Art Market

Shop local! Browse through a variety of local handcrafted artisans ranging from pottery, housewares, and baked goods to clothing, body products and jewelry. There will be plenty to choose from and these local artisans have what you’re looking for.

Don’t forget to stop by local boutiques and businesses throughout Nob Hill, in and around the event.

Kids Zone & Youth Central

The kids’ area is full of fun activities including free face painting, an inflatable bounce house, slides and games and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Old Route 66 Car Show

The Old Route 66 Car Show is back on Central Ave. and will wow car enthusiasts of all ages. Entries may register the day of the event on-site for $20 or preregister for $15: 2018 Old Route 66 Car Show Registration Form. For more information call 505.923.0759.

Getting There

Parking

Parking lots and street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Route 66 Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.

The Mac & Cheese & Music Festival

IT’S BACK!

The 4th Annual Mac & Cheese and Music Festival is coming to EXPO New Mexico on July 14, 2018. This adult-only 21+ event features sampling of Gourmet Mac & Cheese from over 30 restaurants, and we want you to vote for your favorite. The winner will be crowned BEST Mac & Cheese in Albuquerque. in addition to the food, there will be wine and beer tastings, as well as an opportunity to buy a full pour. Live music will be going all day, ending with our headliners, The Ultimate KING OF POP: A Tribute To Michael Jackson starring Bobby Miller, and UPTOWN FUNK: A Tribute To Bruno Mars! Sampling starts winding down around 4pm, which is when our first headliner will be getting ready to hit the stage. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to purchase full pours throughout our headliner performances.

ADMISSION INFO

$35 | $45 at the door.

No refunds.

Must be 21 to enter. No one under 21 is will be admitted, including children (Nursing infants are allowed).

Lawn chairs and/or blankets are allowed.

INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES *

  • Jul 14, 2018 at 01:00 pm – 07:00 pm (Sat)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

LOCATION

Expo New Mexico300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Official Website

Albuquerque Freedom Fourth

Freedom 4th

Be a part of one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in New Mexico!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 | 3-10 p.m.

Balloon Fiesta Park 

Join us at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. Enjoy the largest firework show in the state, food, local beer in the Microbrew Garden and free children activities during Freedom 4th presented by True Health New Mexico.

Performers

National Headliner – Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life. Jump-starting her career, Jo Dee’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine No. 1 hits, sixteen Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. As Jo Dee’s resumé grew, she proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart-topping songs. Fueled by faith, belief, and love, Jo Dee pours her heart and soul into everybody she meets and everything she touches, which is perhaps why Jo Dee Messina is such a timeless name in the music industry. Enjoy this country icon as she performs her emotionally-driven songs during this year’s Freedom 4th event.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Slim and the Bluetones
  • 5:10 p.m. – Native Roots
  • 6:30 p.m. – Severo y Grupo Fuego
  • 7:50 p.m. – 4th of July Ceremony – National Anthem by New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus
  • 8 p.m. – Jo Dee Messina
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks

2018 Freedom 4th Opening Bands png

Slim and the Bluetones takes the influence of old and new-school Blues and rock and creates a sound that respects the two traditions. The band’s stage will be filled with an entertaining mix of  swinging Blues and West Coast Blues. Their tunes are sure to showcase the talents of all four band members. 

Native Roots was formed in 1997 by musician John L. Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux) and lyricist/vocalist Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia (Santa Ana Pueblo) to reach out with a message of pride, unity, and respect among all nations, through the universal language of music. This dynamic and award winning combination has produced three albums that have propelled Native Roots into the Native American and Reggae music scene as the premier Native American Reggae band whose music is Native American written, produced, and performed.

Severo y Grupo Fuego was formed when Latin superstar, Severo Martinez, joined bringing cumbia flavor and a touch of tropical rhythm with him. The band has won the hearts of audiences across the Southwest with their high energy, Latin dance music. Experience the variety of styles as we celebrate our country’s independence during this year’s Freedom 4th!

Admission & Transportation

Freedom 4th is free to the public and is a rain or shine event.

Park & Ride

Beat the traffic with Park & Ride Service. With two locations on each side of town, it is sure to be accessible to all. Catch a ride from either the Cottonwood or Coronado Mall location.

Bus service to the event will start at 3 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Return trips to the two Park & Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show. The last bus will leave Balloon Fiesta Park at 11 p.m.

Park & Ride Rates

  • Adults: $1
  • Seniors 62 & Up and Handicapped Citizens: .35 cents
  • Students (age 10-18): .35 cents
  • Children 9 and Younger: Free

All rates are round trip. Cash only. Exact change is needed.

*Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses.

Getting There By Car

All parking at Balloon Fiesta Park is $10 per vehicle upon arrival.

Balloon Fiesta Park can be accessed off of the Southbound Frontage Road to Balloon Fiesta Parkway. (View Map)

Getting There By Bike

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. (View Map)

RV Reservations

Enjoy the view of the fireworks from the comfort of your own RV. Overnight RV camping will be available the night of Wednesday, July 4th. To reserve your spot today, complete and submit a registration form and fee. (Registration Form)

Food & Drink

Freedom 4th will feature Albuquerque’s favorite sweet and savory treats from local food vendors. Enjoy a variety of delicious food such as grilled burgers, fried chicken, roasted corn and good ol’ American hot dogs from local food vendors. Stay cool and grab a cold beverage, some ice cream or a snow cone.

Microbrew Garden

Visitors can also head to our Microbrew Garden for a great view of the main stage and grab a beer, wine, or spirit from one of many local establishments.

Children’s Activities

Freedom 4th will be a great time for all ages. Bring the children for free fun including jumpers, two rock walls, free face painting and more.

Be in the Know

Permitted Items:
– Chairs
– Service Animals
– Umbrellas
– Tents or Conopies*
– Coolers*
– Strollers
* All tents and canopies must be staked down. Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses.
* All coolers and bags will be searched upon entry.

Prohibited Items:
– Alcoholic beverages
– Glass containers of any kind
– Drug Paraphernalia / Weapons
– BBQ Grills
– Pets
– Fireworks

Freedom 4th is free to the public. This is a rain or shine event.

Freedom 4th is presented by

2018 True Health NM Logo

ABQ Surf N’ Slide – Grand Opening Celebration!

WOW! We are pleased to announce that this coming Wednesday, July 4th we will be hosting our grand re-opening and the introduction of our new entrance. In celebration of the new changes to the park and for the holiday we will be offering a super awesome deal. We will be open from 10am-3pm with tickets as low as $5. Check out our special below and be sure to book your tickets now and make plans to cool off this 4th of July. What better way to kick off your 4th with the kids!

 

Experience what 175,000 gallons of water will do as you drift through lazy river rides, fast-twisting water slides, and relaxing wading pools. Our interactive features will keep you captivated and Flowrider will have you surfing up to 32,000 gallons a minute.

Rio Rancho Annual Pork & Brew

15TH ANNUAL PORK & BREW

JUNE 29 – JULY 1, 2018

The 15th Annual Pork & Brew as seen on “The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats” will return to the Santa Ana Star Center June 29-July 1. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music, cooking demos and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will be returning to the event, showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.

The 15th Annual Pork & Brew, hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the 15,000 expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This is quite possibly the best way to kick off your 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico. One major change to this year’s event is the elimination of “BBQ Bucks”. Vendors will now be accepting cash and credit cards for payment. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts, burn off some calories by dancing to live music and even take the kids for a face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.

Event Times:
Friday, June 29th, 3PM – 9PM
Saturday, June 30th, 11AM – 7PM
Sunday, July 1st, 12PM – 6PM
 
General Admission: $6
Active Military w/ID, Adults 65+ and Kids 3-12: $4
Kids Under 3: Free

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ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE/BAND LINE UP

MAP & DIRECTIONS
Santa Ana Star Center – Map & Directions
Event Map

More Event Info

The Pork & Brew, New Mexico’s Original Food Festival is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, with close to 15,000 in attendance each year has become one of the largest events in New Mexico.

Participants and Vendors

Visit the Pork & Brew Info Page for participation details.

No pets allowed, service animals only. 
Alcoholic beverages purchased inside must be consumed inside. 
Alcoholic beverages purchased outside must be consumed outside. 

Taos Music on the Mothership

Music on the Mothership Festival is an annual 3 day boutique festival that takes place on the grounds of Taos Mesa Brewing and Hotel Luna Mystica in Taos, New Mexico (8 miles from the Town of Taos). The festival is the perfect getaway, offering attendees the unique and mystical Taos experience! Enjoy a weekend on the breathtaking high mesa, surrounded by unobstructed views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The festival sits at the gateway to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument which lends festival goers to endless outdoor adventures including hikes, river hot springs, and bike trails.

Taos Dennis Hopper Day

Dennis Hopper Day was first proclaimed by the 30th Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson on May 17, 2010. In 2014, Taos Pueblo recognized May 17 as Dennis Hopper Day annually. A proclamation of the people of Taos County and of the Town of Taos proclaimed May 17 to be hereto annually known as Dennis Hopper Day and designated a street “Hopper Highway” after the counter-culture icon.

Dennis Hopper Day is an Eagle Thunder Presents event supported by the Hopper Art Trust.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
TBD

“Dennis Hopper Day is about celebrating the iconoclastic spirit of one of the most creative, courageous artists of our time in the artistic multicultural community he loved and called home”  said Robby Romero, musician and founder of Dennis Hopper Days. “As rumors swirl, no one ever really knows who is going to show up at the Hopper happening. In the spirit of Hopper, you just have to be there.”

Taos plans to celebrate the life of the late actor, filmmaker, artist and former Taos resident, Dennis Hopper, with a day of events. The celebration will take place on May 17, Hopper’s birthday and the day designated as Dennis Hopper Day in New Mexico. This year’s Dennis Hopper Day celebration will feature a motorcycle rally and ride, live music and screenings of Hopper’s most famous films.

Hopper was a major Hollywood star throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, writing and starring in several high-profile films of the time. Despite the appeal of the Hollywood lifestyle, Hopper was a lifelong resident, advocate and enthusiast of Taos, leaving many Taoseños with great stories of his early and later years in the community.

Activities, festivities and celebrations will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium and will kick off at 5pm with the Easy Rider Rally. Following the rally will be an Easy Rider Ride across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and a post-ride buffalo barbecue and concert. Rebel Film Festival will be screening the 1988 indie film drama Colors directed by Dennis Hopper, starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall with special guests.