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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.

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