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ABQ Blues & Brews



Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend)
General Admission 3p-6p
Early Access Hour 2p-3p


Sandia Resort & Casino
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• Live Music – TOP BLUES BANDS
• Dozens of Regional Craft Breweries
• Collectible quality event program featuring bands & breweries
• Raffles, Games, Homebrew Demonstrations, Vendor Booths, and more!


ABQ Blues & Brews is a project of Feel Good Festivals.


No one under 21 admitted.

No Pets
No Coolers

Rise over Roswell Annual Balloon Rally

The Roswell Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that they will host the 31st Annual “Rise Over Roswell Balloon Rally,” formerly the “Old Timers Balloon Rally.” This family friendly event has been a great tradition that was started by Bill Glenn and a group of pilots who decided to have a rally featuring old timers, and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce wants to proudly continue this tradition.

They want all of Roswell and the surrounding areas to come out to the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex and enjoy these magnificent balloons, meet the pilots, and help them continue to make this a spectacular event that continues for another 31 years!

The event will start on Friday, May 3 with balloons launching at elementary schools in Roswell, followed by a balloon glow Friday night, and Sunrise Mass Ascensions Saturday and Sunday mornings. Follow the Roswell Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for up-to-date details on this event. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Candace Lewis at 575-623-5695 or via email at candace@roswellnm.org

Russ DeKay Athletic Field – NMMI
101 W College Blvd – N Grand Ave
Roswell, NM United States 88201
1st full weekend in May
Number of balloons: 50
Year began: 1988

Balloons travel to Roswell from the Southwest for a weekend of fun flying and friendship. FREE Admission!!! The Roswell OldTimers Balloon Club plans to host the Oldtimers Balloon Rally in Roswell, New Mexico the first full weekend of May each year. Proceeds benefit local charities in Roswell.

Old Timers Balloon Rally

Old Timers Balloon Rally

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow



APRIL 25, 26 & 27, 2019

at the Powwow Grounds – Tingley Coliseum /Expo New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.

In the past 36 years the Gathering of Nations has grown from an early, simple dream to one of the world’s most recognized annual festivals.

From the beginning the concept has always been to produce an event where Native people can come together each year to celebrate and share culture, and a place where singers and dancers can feel confident that competition is fair to all.

From those genuine and humble beginnings that the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow has evolved into the event you see today, as well as its role in many community outreach efforts. None of this could be have been accomplished without the loyalty and dedication of good volunteers, friends and family.

It was here at the Gathering of Nations that “powwow fever” has shed its warmth on such a wonderful lifestyle, and continues to be of great appeal and intrigue to young people interested in learning more about their own personal tribal traditions and the powwow way.

Flint Carney, a long time friend and member of the Kiowa tribe, who said, “The greatest thing about the Gathering of Nations is the respect that is shown to all Native people of the world.”

This is the way of powwow life and teachings, which are provided and handed down from the elders to the younger generations. The Gathering of Nations experience does not end when you leave and head for home, but rather continues in your heart and mind, remains with you down the road to the next event, powwow or your own personal family gathering(s).

Many people from around the world have made the Gathering of Nations Powwow their travel destination. The Gathering of Nations has grown to become more than just a “Powwow”, it’s an experience!

  • Thee Gathering of Nations has had the opportunity to blossom into the most enjoyable, cultural, and entertaining Native festival in North America.
  • Open with the Gathering of Nations song for grand entry, the powwow program also includes the crowning of Miss Indian World. Its pageantry, along with its cultural beauty, exemplifies the pride and dignity of the culture and traditions of Native women across the United States and Canada.
  • Only at the Gathering of Nations will you partake in the isles of shopping throughout the Indian Trader’s Market, enjoying the best of native foods, Horse & Rider Parade, music on Powwow Alley’s Stage 49 featuring the Best in Native American Music Performances and Entertainment!

Valencia County Earth Day Science Fiesta

We are very excited to introduce the very first Valencia County Earth Day Science Fiesta coming up on April 27th. Come down to Whitfield to experience over 20 different participants from 5 different regions with free hands on learning for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to learn about The Rio Grande, internship opportunities, trains, the sun, renewable energy, multiple tourism sites in and around Valencia County, animal habitats, Prehistorical Native American technology, planting, growing and germinating your own seeds, how to make wind chimes out of household materials, wild fire prevention including a real fire truck and a 25 foot hot air balloon!

While learning, don’t forget to also come and enjoy music, food, and a nature walk around Whitfield!

Where: Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Time: April 27th, 10am-2pm
Music: 12pm
Master Naturalist Walk around Whitfield: 1pm

Participants include: Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, East Valencia Urban Gardens Program, National Park Service, Friends of Whitfield, Seviletta National Wildlife Refuge. B.E.M.P., Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Workforce Connections, Roads Less Traveled Tourism, Friends of Smokey Bear, Southwest Model Railroad Club, Los Lunas Recycling, Valencia County Renewables, Facebook, Environment New Mexico, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, School of Dreams Academy, Valencia Community Gardens, Trees that Please Nursery, Belen Public Library, Timmy Telescope, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, and NRCS: Plant Material Center

40th Annual American Indian Week

The IPCC has something for everyone during American Indian Week: cultural Native dances several times each day, workshops led by Native art experts each afternoon, and artists offering authentic handcrafted work for sale. Pueblo Harvest will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as usual, as well as host a special concession window in the courtyard!
Free with museum admission.

The IPCC has something for everyone during American Indian Week: traditional Native dances several times each day, workshops led by Native art experts each afternoon, and artists offering authentic handcrafted work for sale. The Pueblo Harvest Cafe will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner as usual, as well as host a special concession window in the courtyard!
Free with museum admission.

April 22 @ 9:00 am – April 28 @ 5:00 pm

Our courtyard transforms into a bustling marketplace with over fifty artist booths featuring pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more. Enjoy all the activities of our week-long cultural celebration with an extra emphasis on art.

Free with museum admission.


Cultural Dances Daily!

Monday 22nd
11am & 2pm Southern Slam Zia
12pm & 3pm Fontenelle Family Dance Group Zuni/Northern Cheyenne
Tuesday 23rd
11am & 2pm Southern Slam Zia
12pm & 3pm Oak Canyon Dancers Jemez
Wednesday 24th
11am & 2pm Acoma Dance Group Acoma
12pm & 3pm Oak Canyon Dancers Jemez
Thursday 25th
11am & 2pm Cellicion Traditional Dancers Zuni
12pm & 3pm Serpent Trail Dancers Ohkay Owingeh
Friday 26th
11am & 2pm Cellicion Traditional Dancers Zuni
12pm & 3pm Serpent Trail Dancers Ohkay Owingeh
Saturday 27th
10am & 1pm Zuni Olla Maidens Zuni
11am & 2pm Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group Acoma
12pm & 3pm White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers White Mountain Apache
Sunday 28th
10am & 1pm Zuni Olla Maidens Zuni
11am & 2pm Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group Acoma
12pm & 3pm White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers White Mountain Apache


Fiestas de Albuquerque

Fiestas de Albuquerque

Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Historic Old Town from noon to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Albuquerque’s 313th 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.

Gazebo Entertainment

12 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
12:25 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana
1:05 p.m. – Mariachi Traditional
1:40 p.m. – National Institute of Flamenco
2 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
2:50 – 5 p.m. – Gonzalo
3 p.m. – Founders’ ceremony at Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes statue, followed by the Founders’ Procession to Old Town Plaza.
*Statue located at the intersection of Mountain Rd. & Rio Grande Blvd.

Gonzalo 2019 Fiestas de Albuquerque Gonzalo

Robert Gonzalez, better known as Gonzalo, is a native New Mexican who has deep roots in music.  He began his musical career at the young age of 12, continues to write, perform and produce music and has no plans to slow down. Once a member of Al Hurricane’s band, he started his own band after a 10 ear collaboration with the local legend. In 2011 Gonzalo received New Mexico Hispano Music Awards for CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Cumbia of the Year, and Duet of the Year. He continues to travel and perform all over the southwest with his seven-piece band. Be sure to catch his performance on the gazebo during Fiestas de Albuquerque.


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.

Pet Adoptions

Expand your family tree and stop by The City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Lucky Paws Van to meet adoptable pets. Take advantage of the special Fiestas adoption rate of only $10!


Every April since 1988, the founding of Albuquerque has been celebrated 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. The event 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.

Interested in holding a family flag in the Founders’ Procession? Please call 505.768.3556 for more information.

Getting There

Streets throughout Old Town will close to traffic to prepare for Albuquerque’s birthday celebration. Please plan accordingly.


Free parking is available at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. (Map)

Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking, will be available to event-goers throughout the event. Shuttle pick-ups and drop-offs will be at the free parking lot on 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. and at the Old Town entrance near the Albuquerque Museum.

Fiestas de Albuquerque is a rain or shine event. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome.

Street parking is available in the surrounding area, please obey all regular parking laws.

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26th Annual Albuquerque Home & Garden Show

26th Annual Albuquerque Home & Garden Show featuring products and services for your home and garden. April 6th 10-5 April 7th, 10-4.  Arts crafts, gift and gourmet foods. Landscaping and home improvement experts on hand to help with all your home renovations and much more. $2 off discount coupon on website – abqhomeandgardenshow.com    $5 Seniors and military, Adults $7 and children 12 and under FREE



Perfect Wine Pairings for America’s 10 Favorite Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos? While they may have originated in Mexico, they’ve definitely found a home here in America. And though the first thing many would think to pair with this perfect handheld meal is a Margarita or a beerwine is an ideal companion. Whether your taco of choice is the classic Baja or you tend to prefer the hard-shelled variety popularized by a certain American chain, you’re doing yourself a disservice is you aren’t drinking wine while you eat them. Here’s the definitive wine pairing guide for every popular taco:

Wine Taco Pairings

Wine Taco Pairings

Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading to The Land of Enchantment for the 5th Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in Albuquerque, NM. Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites. Along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries, FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to The International Balloon Museum.

Saturday, March 30th 12pm-5pm


International Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA

Stay Tuned for Food Truck, Craft Brewery and Entertainment Lineups!

ATMs will be available at the festival.
Children under 12 are always free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase separately from admission.
We’ll see all you foodies out there!

No refunds

For more info and details, including what trucks are participating and beers available, visit our website at foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com

Adult Night for ages 18+ at Explora!

Night with the Animals

Friday, March 22, 2019, 6:30–10pm

Have a fun Friday night at a great price!

  • Free for members
  • $10 for adults
  • $7 for ages 65+, or students or military with ID.

​Indulge your love for furry (and scaly) friends while learning with interactive activities on animal adaptation!

  • Meet horses from the APD Mounted Unit on your way inside Explora!
  • Activities with Animal Humane NM
  • Go Fishing for Prizes in our Laminar Flow Fountain
  • Interact with Wolves from Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue (from 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Pickup up a Snake, See a Gila Monster, or Interact with some beautiful birds and other critters with The New Mexico Herpetological Society
  • Visit Animals, including an African Pygmy Falcon and a Hedgehog, from the ABQ BioPark
  • Visit our Explora Animals in the Experiment Bar
  • Experiment with Animal Adaptation Activities

You can buy tickets at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30pm.

*No physical tickets will be sent. Your information will be on file at the door.

This is an all weather event: neither rain, nor snow, nor the winds from the west shall keep us from playing with animals

​Explore Animal Adaptations
  • Skull Workshop– Figure out which skull is which
  • Which Beak is Best- How animals have adapted to obtain food
  • Identifying Animal Tracks

Don’t Forget to Make your March Special Edition Adult Night button! Continue your collection! Create a commemorative button at all six 2019 Adult Nights, save them, and enter to win a prize after the last Adult Night of the year!

Enjoy all of Explora’s exhibits, plus:

Food for sale by My Sweet Basil

Coffee for sale by Michael Thomas Coffee

Live music by Ryan Smith

Also joining us for Adult Night:

Talk with High Desert Amateur Radio Club members (HAMS) as they try to contact people from other countries and demonstrate new technology – Ground Floor, Community Room

View the night sky with astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)  (weather permitting) – Upper Floor, West Deck