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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper — almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh — and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features many wonderful experiences!
In addition to the magical spectacle of balloons, we showcase some of the most talented performers of our day – most of them local New Mexicans – representing a myriad of styles and genres. We hope you’ll plan to attend Balloon Fiesta for each and every session to enjoy this line-up of world-class talent.

Event Date : Saturday, October 5th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Sunday, October 6th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Monday, October 7th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Tuesday, October 8th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Wednesday, October 9th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Thursday, October 10th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Friday, October 11th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Saturday, October 12th, 06:00am – 08:00pm
Event Date : Sunday, October 13th, 06:00am – 08:00pm

Official Program Guide

Annual American Indian Arts Festival

The IPCC festival is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta. With its intensive application process and limit of 50 artists, the event is a premier showcase. Meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also includes traditional Native dances and artist demonstrations.
Free for members, or with museum admission.

Event Date : Saturday, October 5th, 09:00am – 04:00pm
Event Date : Sunday, October 6th, 09:00am – 04:00pm

7th Annual IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Albuquerque Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

60 dealers, mineral specimens, rough, slabs, jewelry, cabochons, beads, fossils, petrified wood, tools, equipment.

Albuquerque Fall Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, Oct. 4-6, 2019 at Expo NM State Fairgrounds, 301 San Pedro NE, 87108 in the Creative Arts Bldg.

Event Date : Saturday, October 5th, 09:00am – 05:00pm
Event Date : Sunday, October 6th, 09:00am – 05:00pm

SOMOS Albuquerque

SOMOS ABQ is a vision conceived by young professionals to illuminate the beauty and brilliance of Albuquerque.   Hundreds of local collaborators – including nonprofits and community organizations, technologists and entrepreneurs, artists and designers, musicians and performers, chefs and brewers, business owners and government – band together to present this immersive showcase of the talent, creativity and spirit of Albuquerque.

SOMOS Entertainment features the best of Albuquerque – alongside internationally touring artists. The talent is a mix of local and national bands. Outdoor stages throughout downtown celebrate a wide range of genres with something for everyone.

SOMOS Arts Culture Tech Boulevard is an immersive experience curated by artists, arts organizations and creative entrepreneurs. With art- and tech-making activities, large-scale art installations, roving and aerial performances, and more, the Boulevard showcases Albuquerque’s creative talents.

SOMOS Food & Drink provides an authentic taste of Albuquerque’s culinary scene. Food courtyards highlight our city’s best restaurants, and the New Mexico Brewers Guild Craft Beer Garden highlights our city’s most delicious breweries.

SOMOS Youth & Families offers a special experience including participatory projects and activities, featured youth performers and artists, and community organizations geared towards young families. All youth who visit receive a free original SOMOS screen print.


The “Ride to Remember” – Easy Rider

The 7th Annual Albuquerque Film & Music Experience turns its attention to the open roads of New Mexico. The ride will include a once-in-a-lifetime celebrity bike run from ABQ to Taos along the routes where Easy Rider was filmed and to Dennis Hopper’s burial site.

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience


The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is a socially conscious and impactful event that represents creative achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment. AFME programming includes new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and time with industry leaders in attendance. This year’s international program will spotlight filmmaking and artistry from Latin America. There will be incredible networking events, screenwriting, art and photography competitions for students, poetry readings by celebrity guests, a star-studded pet fashion show and opportunities to share stories as we gather with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) is Albuquerque’s premier film and music festival. Now in its 7th year, AFMX features domestic and international movies, engaging industry panels and workshops, exciting networking events and parties, live music and more.

¡Globalquerque! Annual World Music Festival


  • Dates: September 20, 2019 – September 21, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • 1701 Fourth St. S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102

2019 Lineup:

47SOUL (Palestine/Jordan)
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones (USA)
Natu Camara (Guinea)
La Cuneta Son Machín (Nicaragua)
Dat García (Argentina)
Garifuna Collective (Belize)
Lucibela (Cabo Verde)
Carlos Medina (Las Vegas, New Mexico)
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Sahba Motallebi (Iran)
Pamyua (Inuit/Yup’ik)
Le Vent du Nord (Quebec, Canada)
Yandong Grand Singers (China)
And more to be announced!

New Mexico State Fair


Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the New Mexico State Fair is one of the largest fairs in the country, with Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo and nationally known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits, and shopping all in one place.

Ranked by SmartAsset.com as one of the top 10 state fairs in the nation (press release here), the New Mexico State Fair includes a PRCA rodeo and performances by nationally-known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages, all in the heart of Albuquerque. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits and shopping at one of the largest state fairs in the country.


10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday


Adults (age 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65 and up): $7
Children (age 6-11) $7
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE


Monday – $25
Tuesday – $15
Wednesday- $1 Admission & $1 Rides ($10 Minimum)
1st Thursday- $15
2nd Thursday – $20
Friday-Sunday – $35


Open at 2 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Open at 10 am


Open at 12 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Open at 10 am

Dollar Day $1 Admission + $1 Rides all day ($10 Minimum)

Annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival

Instituto Cervantes is proud to present ¡Cine Magnífico! to the New Mexican community once again.

Albuquerque has positioned itself as a creative and inclusive city where our community can experience a cultural exchange and participate in the many inspiring events organized by the numerous local organizations.

¡Cine Magnífico! is one of those projects that was created to further encourage cultural interactions and awareness through the lens of Latin America and Spanish´s cinema

¡Cine Magnífico! has always been (but especially with today’s political and social climate) to cover the issues that exist in our own communities – to aim a light at our comunidades latinas in the US, and “endow them with visibility”. This is the magic of cinema: visibility – the truest sense of cinematic and visual arts. Our own lives – our shared joys and concerns – shine through the screen, along with elegant music scores, true characters, stunning settings, gorgeous costumes, and well-told stories.

We showcase a diverse set of films, from award-winning to local and up-and-coming filmmakers. This years’ screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Kimo Theater and the Guild Cinema.

Thank you for supporting ¡Cine Magnífico! Enjoy the show!

Cutbow Coffee Named Among Top 50 Coffee Shops in the World

Cutbow Coffee has been named among the TOP 50 COFFEE SHOPS IN THE WORLD by international travel site, Big 7 Travel. Founded in 2017, Cutbow joined the burgeoning scene of local coffee roasters bringing world class coffee to the Albuquerque area. Owner/Coffee Roaster and Albuquerque native Paul Gallegos is a 30 year veteran of the specialty coffee industry, having roasted over 70 million pounds of craft coffee. Paul utilizes a time-honored artisanal approach to the dark art, relying on his senses to determine crucial details of the roasting process with precise accuracy. The Cutbow team of talented baristas prepare consistently delicious specialty drinks with equal aplomb.

The consistency of Paul’s roasts is monitored through the industry standard known as coffee cupping. In this practice, a small amount of coffee is ground and brewed in 6 oz. tasting glasses. The liquor is then loudly and forcefully slurped off a cupping spoon to aerate the coffee over the entire palate at once, allowing retro-nasal senses to inform the overall taste experience. In this manner, critical details of time and temperature can be identified and if necessary, adjusted in successive roast batches. Additionally, tasting notes are taken to share with customers the vast array of flavor profiles available in the world of coffee.