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Hatch Valley Chile Festival

Hatch Valley Chile Festival

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of our world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop. The event also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a carnival. Visit our events page.

“Celebrate the Future” Day
In 2006, we began “Celebrate the Future” day in honor of Spaceport America. Science, engineering and aeronautic organizations present demonstrations and displays to educate our citizens on the impact and employment possibilities of the Southwest Regional Spaceport.

Pick a direction… Any direction…
The surrounding areas hold your next adventure. With New Mexico State Parks in every direction, you can rock hunt, boat, bike, hike or ski. With Leasburg State Park and Fort Seldon to the south and Caballo Lake State Park, Percha Dam State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park to the north, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find the perfect opportunity for their recreation! Click here to get directions!

Hatch Business
Located off Interstate 25, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. In 2007, the town population registered a little over 1,600 people. The Village of Hatch also serves seven unincorporated communities with a combined population of 5,000 people.

With four banks, two grocery stores, a pharmacy, a few retail stores, and a smattering of restaurants, Hatch offers all the amenities of small-town life. The Ben Archer Health Center meets the community’s healthcare needs with doctors, a dentist, an ambulance service and emergency medical technicians. Our local Municipal Airport was awarded the “most improved small community airport” and continues to improve.

The opening of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, brings the exciting frontier of commercial space travel to our backyard. The entrance to Spaceport America is only nine miles south from the Village of Hatch, which makes us the “New Gateway to Space.”

Hatch History
Born from an extension of the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1880, Hatch, New Mexico, began as an adobe post office and a railroad flag station. Named after General Edward Hatch, Commander of the Southwest military, the town grew until a flood in 1921 destroyed many of the adobe buildings constructed of earth and wood.

The village rebuilt, and continues to prosper as an agricultural community to this day. The advent of the nearby Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, promises an exciting new chapter in the history of Hatch.

The Annual Burning of Zozobra

What Is Zozobra?
Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged each year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe as a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The ‘Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra’ is presented annually the Friday of Labor Day weekend.
Friday evening at dusk the people of Santa Fe, friends new and old, all make their way to Fort Marcy Park where the Zozobra pageant takes place. Located just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG) (pictured left), is the inspiration of artist Will Shuster and was introduced as part of the Fiesta events in 1926.
Shuster’s creation first appeared as a six-foot puppet and has since grown to about 50 feet. Made of muslin and stuffed with shredded paper Zozobra is an eerie, groaning, flailing character who appears to be part ghost and part monster.
Amid fireworks and the ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire a growling Zozobra is set ablaze and it is said as the fire consumes the beast so go the feelings of gloom and doom from the past year. The flames renewing the hope and optimism of the gathered celebrants. The ever increasing desperation of the howling Zozobra can be heard echoing throughout Santa Fe.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe became officially involved with Zozobra in 1963 when Zozobra’s creator artist Will Shuster assigned all rights on June 19, 1964 to the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club. To this day they retain all the exclusive copyrights and trademarks to the figure. As the major annual fundraiser Zozobra has become a fun way for the citizens of Santa Fe (and visitors from around the globe) to participate in community service.

https://burnzozobra.com/

The Great American Duck Race – Deming, NM

Great American Duck Race

Thursday, August 22
Evening Luna County Skate Competition Deming Skate Park (Matt Robinson 575-546-0494)
6:30pm  Mizkan America, Inc Duck Royalty Pageant

Friday, August 23
4 pm Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day (some open) Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
4-8 pm Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
6:30pm Sponsor Party/Dinner Mimbres Valley Special Events Center

Saturday, August 24
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10am Tournament of Ducks Parade Downtown Deming
10am Great American Horseshoe Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
11am-2 pm 1st United Methodist Church Barbecue Granite & Buckeye – delivery available- 546-2791
12N-8p Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-4 pm ($5 entry) Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
2pm Great American Tortilla Toss Poplar Street
5:30pm Great American Outhouse Race Silver Street
5:30-7pm ($5 entry) Evening Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
8:00pm Duck Dance Adobe Deli ($10 Admission, Free Admission for sponsors wearing sponsor shirt)
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allowed at the Park. 

Sunday, August 25
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10 am Great American Washers Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
12N-6p  Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-6p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N ($5 entry) Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
3pm Duck Race eliminations/finals McKinley Duck Downs
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allow at the Park. Pets can be left at the kennel. Donations appreciated. 

Westside Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Westside Summerfest - Ventana Ranch

Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 5-10 p.m. | Ventana Ranch Community Park

This free family-friendly event features fun for everyone including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts at a city park all under the summer sky. (View Map)

Performers

National Headliner – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of Rock Music’s most recognizable stars. Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, the band immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane” in 1979. The group continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out”, “We Built This City”, “Sara”, and an Oscar Nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie “Mannequin”. Every Starship album released since has gone gold, platinum, or multi-platinum.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 5 p.m. – Todd Tijerina Band
  • 6 p.m. – DK & The Affordables
  • 7 p.m. – Son Como Son
  • 8:30 p.m. – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

2019 Westside Summerfest - Opening Bands

For over two decades Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na) has played his fierce brand of cutting edge blues-rock in Chicago and the Southwest. Infusing funk, rock and jazz elements into his blues stylings, Todd has always attempted to be unique as a songwriter and guitarist. He travels around the country entertaining audiences with his band.

Hailing from the secret city of Los Alamos, NM, DK & The Affordables kick out a jiving, jumping variety of roots rock n’ roll music that is intended to get you moving and inspire good will amongst the generations. Gyrating, swinging bodies topped by smiling faces always accompany Affordables’ shows. Couple all of that with twangy guitar, a ripping rhythm section, greasy hair, and some pointy boots, and you’ve got yourself a hootenanny of a good time!

Son Como Son bills itself as Salsa Cuban Style. Founded in 1993 it is unquestionably one of Albuquerque’s longest-standing and most popular salsa ensembles, they play regularly to packed audiences comprising highly animated and dedicated, salseros at venues all over the southwest. They are directed by renowned trombonist, vocalist, percussionist, composer, and arranger César Bauvallet who moved from Havana, Cuba to Albuquerque in 1992. In addition to César, Son Como Son is comprised of some of Albuquerque’s most accomplished and busiest musicians.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of a variety of local food trucks. Adults 21 and over can unwind from the week in the Microbrew Garden with the best local brews, spirits and wines from local establishments such as Abbey Brewing Co.Bosque Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail SpiritsHollow Spirits DistilleryLa Cumbre Brewing Co.Left Turn DistilleryMarble BreweryRed Door Brewing Co.Sheehan WinerySteel Bender BrewyardThe 377 BreweryToltec BrewingTractor Brewing Co., and Turtle Mountain Brewing Co.

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, an inflatable bounce house, slides and games and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Getting There

Ventana Ranch Community Park is less than a 10 minute drive from Coors and Paseo del Norte Blvd. Park address: 10000 Universe Blvd NW 87114 (View Map).

Parking

Free parking will be available at the CNM Westside Campus (View Map) and at Volcano Vista High School (View Map). Free shuttles will take event-goers to and from the park throughout the event. Sun Van shuttles are handicap accessible.

For easiest access, if you are coming from north Universe Blvd., park at CNM Westside Campus. Park at Volcano Vista High School if you are coming from south Universe Blvd.

If street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws. Parking is not available at the park.

Bike Valet

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. Before hitting the trails, check out the bike routes throughout Albuquerque. (ABQ Bike Paths)

Event Specifics

Westside Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. Bring a picnic to the park. Glass items or alcohol are not permitted. This is a rain or shine event.

Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico’s Fine Art Expo

The Albuquerque Art Business Association (The ARTScrawl people) is honored to partner with the City of Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Convention Center and Visit Albuquerque to present The 2019 Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico’s Fine Art Expo.

Overlapping Santa Fe’s Indian Market, we are excited to be part of the largest visual arts weekend in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Art Showcase will spotlight 125 of the finest artists of New Mexico and beyond. Galleries, guilds, and hundreds of artists will come together to showcase their creative and diverse talents. This is the first time that all of Albuquerque’s visual arts organizations will be housed under the same roof. These include: New Mexico Water Color Society, New Mexico Pastel Society, Rio Grande Arts Association, and the New Mexico Plein Air Painters Association. The Showcase will take place in the south west exhibit hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center right across from Civic Plaza.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

GALA PREVIEW NIGHT

Benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund of NM

Tickets $75 each

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 6-9pm

VIEWING HOURS

Friday August 16 – 10am to 6pm-  $10 admission

Saturday August 17 – 10am to 5pm – $10 admission

             Sunday August 18 – 10am to 5pm – Free- Local Treasure Reception 1pm

             Monday August 19 – 10am to 4pm – Free- Business Brunch  10am-1pm

ABQ Kid’s Rock Festival

It’s going to be a wonderful evening on the plaza. See you here 8/10/19!

Civic Plaza Presents announces the fifth 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.

Check out all we have in store for you:

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.

The evening closes with the Top Kid 2019 – 5th Annual Youth 1.vs.1 Bboy/Bgirl Battle, an urban dance competition for kids ages 7 to 15 put on by The Dancing Turtle and Check-It Productions. A variety of categories are available for kids to compete in with over $200 in cash prizes (details can be found on the Free Soul Battle event page). The Free Soul Battle: Top Kid Edition 2019 is a high energy, fast paced, and crowd inclusive highlight that will be great entertainment for all.

The OFFCenter Arts Arts will be on site with a kids’ craft area. Come check out the NEW Civic Plaza fountain & splash pad, along with the new playground. In addition, Civic Plaza’s Imagination Playground, a large collection of big foam shapes designed by award winning architect David Rockwell, will be available for kids to play and build with. The City of Albuquerque Public Arts Department will have games and chalk art. This is a *FREE* event but there will be a small fee for the various jumpers, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Albuquerque Public Schools Educational Foundation for school supplies for students in need.

All Civic Plaza Presents events are family friendly / dog friendly / bike friendly. Parking is available beneath the plaza for a small fee, and free parking is available in the area.

Downtown Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Downtown Summerfest - Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers on Wood

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 5-10 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 in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque.

Performers

National Headliner – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows. Castro’s band, The Painkillers and after hundreds of live shows, they have coalesced into one of the telepathically tightest units Castro has ever assembled, making them one of the most in-demand live roots music acts performing today. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage

  • 5 p.m. – Merican Slang
  • 6 p.m. – The MoonThieves
  • 7 p.m. – Str8 Shot
  • 8:30 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

2019 Downtown Summerfest - Opening Bands Main Stage

Funk-super group, Merican Slang began as a side project of members of several Albuquerque acts who came together to form a band with a truly Merican, Democratic approach to music making. The result is a unique sound that blends Merican-funk with southern rock. The band tours the US performing at premier venues and festivals throughout the Southwest and has shared the stage with a variety of international acts.

The MoonThieves are one of New Mexico’s most exciting live experiences. Their sound is a blend of roots-rock, blues, New Mexico ranchera and alternative Latino cumbia. The band draws on influences from the magical, high deserts of the Land of Enchantment. This four-piece band fills the air with a unique sensual grit and energy that is all at once danceable, daring, wily, fun and unforgettable.

Str8t Shot is a New Mexico Music and variety that was established in 2013. They quickly gained popularity with their unique style and ability to get people on the dance floor. The five-piece band was honored with a Quince Grandes de Nuevo Mexico Music Award in 2016 for Para Que Vivo. Str8 Shot has no plans to settle down, they love to entertain audiences around the Southwest and will continue to spread their lively music.

Microbrew Garden Stage

  • 5 p.m. – Michael Moxey & The Easy Sinners
  • 6 p.m. – Tracey Whitney
  • 7:15 p.m. – Phil Rocker
  • 8: 30 p.m. – Innastate

2019 Downtown Summerfest - Opening Bands Microbrew Garden Stage

Michael Moxey & The Easy Sinners are a boot scootin’, Western-Americana, alt-country, band that originated in New Mexico and features an all-star group of national and local musicians. Their new album “Heartbreakers Rodeo” released in July. Their first album, “LUCK,” was nominated for best country album in the New Mexico Music Awards in 2018.

A former “Raelette” with the legendary Ray Charles, L.A. native Tracey Whitney, began performing with The Whitney Family at age 11. After touring with Ray, she spent 5 years singing solo in Japan before returning to her roots in Los Angeles. Since relocating to Albuquerque in 2012, she’s been thrilling audiences throughout the city with her unique brand of classic jazz and sophisticated soul in some of the city’s most notable venues and was named “The Best Place for Jazz” in Albuquerque the Magazine’s December 2018 issue.

Colombian born, Phil Rocker, has single-handedly grown the rockabilly genre in his home country and continues to share his music at festivals all over the world.  Rocker’s debut album VIVA-BOP!!! Is the first step in the search for a unique sound that identifies Phil as a Latino rock ‘n roller with a unique and important perspective. His sounds draw influence from the traditional musical heritage of Columbia and blends with his love for rock n’ roll.

Innastate is a contemporary reggae band from the high-desert of New Mexico. The band originated in New Mexico, has been together since the spring of 2014 and has gained momentous acclaim in their brief existence. The band’s musical influences span many genres, creating a brand of reggae and rock that is modern yet honors their Indigenous heritage, musical roots and love of music. The sounds they create reflects on the human experience, spiritual themes and environmental issues. Innastate believes in the power of music to connect people.

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 beer, spirits and wines from the Albuquerque Convention Center on the Plaza and from local breweries, wineries and distilleries in the Microbrew Garden. Enjoy drinks from Abbey Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail Spirits & BrewQuarter Celtic BrewpubRed Door BrewingSheehan WinerySidetrack Brewing Co.Tractor Brewing Co. and Hollow Spirits Distillery.

Artisan Market

Shop local! Browse through a variety of handcrafted items made by local 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.

Getting There

Parking

Free parking will be available from 4-11 p.m. in the parking garage directly under Civic Plaza. (View Map)

Street parking, paid parking lots and garages are available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Bike Valet

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center.

Event Specifics

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

Best of Rio Rancho Party 2019

Rio Rancho The Magazine invites you to come celebrate THE BEST OF RIO RANCHO 2019. Please join us Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7 PM at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel. This is a free 21+ event open to the public, you must bring valid ID to attend. We will be honoring the winners of this year’s inaugural Best of Rio Rancho awards. There will be happy hour drinks and food available. You will not want to miss it!!

Route 66 Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Route 66 Summerfest - Magic Giant on Wood

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 5-10 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!

Vendors

The application for this event is closed for vendors.

Performers

National Headliner – Magic Giant

Los Angeles based American indi-folk band Magic Giant was described “Cool as Folk” by LA Weekly after their Coachella performance. The band has been thrilling growing crowds at every stop along its 70-city North American and European tour, celebrating the release of its debut album In The Wind. Magic Giant’s style has been described by NPR as “upbeat, passionate indie-folk” and by Billboard as inspiring “mass dance-alongs.” The band’s current single “Window” leaped into the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop charts; and the new acoustic album debuted in the iTunes Alternative top 25.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage: Central Ave. & Girard Blvd. 

NM Jazz Festival Stage: Nob Hill Shopping Center

Route 66 East Stage: Central Ave. & Graceland Dr.

Food & Snacks

Great food and delicious beverages 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 for libations, ask about their specials.

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 two 25-foot rock climbing walls, presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Old Route 66 Car Show

Car enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy seeing the variety of show vehicles parked down Central Ave. in the Old Route 66 Car Show.

All show cars are welcome! If you would like to participate, entries may register the day of the event on-site for $20 or preregister for $15: 2019 Old Route 66 Car Show Registration Form. For more information call Nob Hill Main Street at: 505.923.0759.

Nob Hill Main Street Logo Nob Hill Main Street

Visit the area of Tulane Dr. from Central Ave. to Silver Ave. and see it transform as Tractor Brewing Co. hosts Chalk Art Fest, a battle of the sidewalk. Seven artists will create sidewalk chalk art prior to Route 66 Summerfest and compete during the event for a cash prize. See which local artist will prevail as the champion.

Stay tuned for more Nob Hill Main Street announcements.

Getting There

Free Park & Ride

Parking is available at the lot on the southwest corner of Lomas Blvd. and University Blvd. (View Map) Free buses will run from the lot to Johnson Field throughout the event.

Parking

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

Bike Valet

Skip traffic on the road, stick to the trails and take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center.

Event Specifics

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

Lavender in the Valley Festival

 

Don’t miss the Lavender in the Valley Festival July 14 & 15 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. The beautiful Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu will host its lavender festival at the farm. There is a $5.00 admission fee to enter the farm. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm will have many things to pique your interest, including Sim Balkey and his country Western band and Cowgirl Cafe for BBQ lunch unter the big tent. Come and enjoy the lavender gift shop, fabulous local artists including artist Woody Galloway, artist Tracy Turner. Enjoy continious complimentary tours through the lavender fields. Learn about lavender and the story of the farm. Visit the tea house for yummy lavender desserts and berverages. Serving 100% gluten free scones and desserts, along with lavender teas, lavender gelatos all made fresh at the farm. Take a walk through the labyrinth, or just sit under the giant cottonwood trees. Any way you look at it there is plenty to do here at the lavender farm. Visit other businesses in Abiquiu for more lavender fun, Abiquiu Inn, & Bodes. Find us between mile marker 210 & 211, just look for the purple flags to find us and other lavender participants. See you at the farm…. where the healing begins.