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César Chávez Day Annual Fiesta @ National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 30 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

March 30

March—10:30 am
Fiesta—12 noon-3:30 pm

Civil rights and labor leader César Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, AZ. Every year since his untimely death in 1993, the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee has commemorated the birth of this humble civil rights leader by marching in his honor and celebrating his life with music, dancing, poetry and enjoyable, culturally enriched activities for children. Our event is designed to educate the entire family about César Chávez and the farm worker movement. The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee is made up of organizations and individual volunteers who want to see Chávez’s legacy of peaceful activism continue for generations to come. Our mission is to educate our youth and communities about the legacy, life and work of this great civil rights leader—César Chávez.
Free public event

March for Justice: 10:30 am-12 pm
In the tradition of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, we will take to the streets of the South Valley and Barelas neighborhood in honor of the farm worker movement. The March for Justice (or “la marcha de justicia”) will step off at 10:40 a.m. from the north parking lot of the NHCC, moving north on 4th Street. Come march alongside Dolores Huerta as the Aztec dancers lead the way. Chants from the Chicano and farm worker movement will echo through the streets as our community volunteers and leaders march. The pace for la marcha will be slow so that everyone can participate. We will complete the two-mile loop by around noon…returning south from 8th Street where we join the Fiesta on the NHCC’s beautiful Plaza Mayor.

Fiesta: 12 pm-3:30 pm
César Chávez believed that community connections were best strengthened through personal relationships . That meant sharing a meal, having fun and including the whole family. So it is our mission every year to celebrate the life and legacy of our beloved civil rights leader with a fiesta combining food, music, dancing, information tables, and activities for children in our Kid’s Corner. New Mexico native and cofounder of the United Farm Workers Union Dolores Huerta will once again honor our event as Keynote Speaker. Señora Huerta continues to be a civil rights icon worldwide to this day. We are also honored to host accomplished actor, musician, and composer Daniel Valdez. Additionally, our event will honor ¡Sí Se Puede! awardees and community leaders Dr. Adelamar Alcantara and Michael Casaus, and local acts Baracutanga and La Tropa Felizz will provide musical entertainment.

Fiestas de Albuquerque @ Historic Old Town Gazebo
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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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Gathering of Nations Pow Wow @ Powwow Grounds
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day



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!