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

Buy Tickets Now

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.

Clayton, Union County, New Mexico

New Mexico Magazine highlighted the lovely little town so I thought we would too.

Clayton is a town and county seat of Union County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,980. Clayton is a crossroads for tourists heading from Texas to Colorado, and Kansas / Oklahoma / Texas to Taos, New Mexico.

The Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail brought some of the first Americans through the Clayton region. The Santa Fe Trail was first established in 1821 after Spanish rule was evicted from Mexico which opened up trade between Santa Fe and the United States. William Becknell, also known as the Father of the Santa Fe Trail, became the first person to utilize the Santa Fe Trail as a trade route between the state of Missouri and Santa Fe. He established the Cimarron Cutoff, also known as the Cimarron Route, as a faster route between countries as the Cimarron Route shortened the Trail by more than 100 miles. The Cimarron Cutoff went straight through the Clayton region where travelers used the Rabbit Ear Mountain as a guiding landmark. Eventually travelers along the trail began to appreciate the rich soil around Clayton and the rolling green hills which were perfect for raising livestock. Cattle ranchers and sheepherders established ranches in the area, though they were large and far apart. That changed when the railroad came to the area and Stephen Dorsey, a nearby rancher, received the rights to the area where the railroad ran. He soon laid out a town site.

Clayton is named for a son of U.S. Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, an Arkansas Republican, originally from Ohio, who served during Reconstruction. The town was established in 1887. The town was a livestock shipping center for herds from the Pecos River and the Texas Panhandle. To get the full Wikipedia article, click here.

The New Mexico Magazine of course has a much different slant than does Wikipedia…they begin out talking about ranches and the prairie.

CALLING CLAYTON HOME
Meet a few of the people who love this prairie town—and are determined to help make it thrive.

WITH ITS COVEY OF COWBOY HATS, ranches, and prairie stillness, Clayton and its 2,763 residents exude a clear-cut Americana.

Rabbit Ears Mountain, that conspicuous rock formation to the north, looms over this one-stoplight town. Founded with a railroad station along what had been the Santa Fe Trail, it grew into an important cattle-shipping hub for the western fringes of the Great Plains, in the northeast corner of New Mexico, near its intersection with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Like much of rural America, it’s shrunk a bit—in 1950, it peaked at 3,515 residents. The Luna Theater, built in 1916 and still topped by a smiling neon moon, thrived in those years. That kind of stability cratered when the Dust Bowl descended. In May 1937, a black cloud 1,500 feet high and a mile wide enshrouded the town, dropping more than 300,000 tons of dirt.

For the rest of this great article, head over to The New Mexico Magazine

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company 32nd Season

March 30 – March 31

Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 2018

8 pm

Mystical and innovative, Yjastros 32 is a flamenco epic featuring world premiere choreographic masterpieces. This breathtaking season features new dances and music by Spanish flamenco master artists Jesús Carmona, Pedro Córdoba, Daniel Doña, and Adrián Santana, who intertwine the roots of flamenco dance with modern interpretations to create a visually exquisite tapestry of stunning and powerful choreography. Yjastros proudly brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.

Celebrating their 32nd season, the members of Yjastros come together after a year of profound individual growth. Within the past year, company members have honed their artistic expression both through the spontaneous, improvisational world of the tablao and through their own artistic projects. This season’s choreographies, simultaneously traditional and innovative, perfectly embody the company’s triumphant return to the stage.
$20, $30, $40, $50 w/ $5 discount for students/seniors/NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Fiestas de Albuquerque

Fiestas de Albuquerque 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Historic Old Town from noon to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Albuquerque’s birthday and enjoy the history and traditions of our city with live entertainment, free children’s activities, live artist demonstrations, local food, shopping, and fun for the whole family.

Don’t miss the Founders’ ceremony & procession at 3 p.m. with descendants from Albuquerque’s founding families

Gazebo Entertainment

Be taken back through Albuquerque’s history with music and dance.

12 – 12:15 p.m. – New Mexico Gunfighters
12:20 – 12:40 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Ballet Folkorico Dance Group
1:20 – 2:05 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
2:10 – 2:30 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
2:35 – 2:50 p.m. – New Mexico Gunfighters
3 – 5 p.m. – Ivon UIibarri & Café Mocha
3 p.m. – Founders’ ceremony at Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdés statue, followed by the Founders’ Day procession to the Plaza. *Statue located at the intersection of Mountain Rd. & Rio Grande Blvd.*

Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha

Ivon Ulibarri & Cafe Mocha - Fiestas de Albuquerque 2018

Ivon Ulibarri is a pioneer of salsa music in New Mexico. An award-winning vocalist and songwriter, Ivon has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. Ivon’s band, Café Mocha is one of Albuquerque’s hottest bands, brewing up an exciting blend of son, cha-cha, merengue, cumbia and other Latin styles. Ivon Ulibarri & Café Mocha are a spicy mix of Latin musical influences that span the globe from New Mexico to the Caribbean and points between. Their sizzling music uplifts the dancers, enchants the listener and captivates the spirit.

Activities

Take part in a variety of activities throughout Historic Old Town. Free children’s activities include face painting and braving the 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Watch as demonstrators show how to make traditional art in the Plaza.

Shop local and support all establishments throughout Old Town, in and around the event. There is plenty to choose from such as handmade soaps, jewelry, art, housewares and so much more.

History

Every April since 1988, Founder’s Day has celebrated the city of Albuquerque by reflecting the historic eras: Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Territorial and Statehood. The celebration commemorates a unique and historic event: the birth of our city. Founder’s Day honors Governor Cuervo y Valdés for his vision, and honors the first community. It also pays tribute to every generation that has contributed to the growth and prosperity of this enchanted city that was named the Villa de Alburquerque in 1706. The founding of Albuquerque is a success story worth celebrating.