New Mexico Jazz Festival
Jul 11 – Jul 30 all-day



See full schedule below or “Upcoming New Mexico Jazz Festival Events” at right (on computers and tablets) or bottom of page (on mobile devices) and click each event for more info.
  • Wednesday, July 11 | John Lewis Youth Clinics and Concert at African American Performing Arts Center
  • Thursday, July 12 | Tootie Heath Trio (Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque)
  • Friday, July 13 | Spanish Harlem Orchestra  (in partnership with New Mexico Jazz Workshop at the Albuquerque Museum Amphiteater)
  • Saturday, July 14 | Eric Bibb @ South Broadway Cultural Center 5th Annual John Lewis Celebration
  • Sunday, July 15 | Inpost Artspace Jazz Art Reception (Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque)
  • Sunday, July 15 | Eric Bibb (First Presbyterian Church- Santa Fe)
  • Wednesday, July 18 | Ranky Tanky (St John’s College Music on Hill, Santa Fe)
  • Thursday, July 19 | Ranky Tanky (Location TBA)
  • Friday, July 20 | Ranky Tanky — Route 66 Summerfest Weekend Opening Concert (Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque)
  • Saturday, July 21 | Irma Thomas, Ranky Tanky + 15 local bands on 4 stages Route 66 Summerfest
  • Sunday, July 22 | Route 66 Summerfest Jazz Brunches in Nob Hill
  • Sunday, July 22 | Dave Grusin Film Screening & Performance  (Lensic Performing Arts Center)
  • Tuesday, July 24 | Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra featuring Hillary Smith (Santa Fe Bandstand, Santa Fe)
  • Wednesday, July 25 | Charles McPherson Quartet in Santa Fe (Santa Fe Music Collective at SITE Santa Fe)
  • Thursday, July 26 | Charles McPherson Quartet (Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque)
  • Friday, July 27 | Charles McPherson Quartet (Taos Jazz Bebop Society, Taos)
  • Friday, July 27 | AB Spellman & Dee Dee Bridgewater Meet the NEA Jazz Master (Lensic Performing Arts Center)
  • Friday, July 27 | NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater (Lensic Performing Arts Center)
  • Saturday, July 28 | Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Lensic Performing Arts Center)
  • Sunday, July 29 | Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran: Black Wall Street (in partnership with Opera Southwest at the African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque)
  • Monday, July 30 | Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran: Black Wall Street (SITE Santa Fe)
Fiestas de Taos @ Taos Plaza
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day



A centuries old fiesta celebrating the gathering of generations to enjoy delicious cuisine, traditional music, and fellowship, while honoring the cultural uniqueness of Taos.


Little Beaver Parade, Dulce
Jul 21 all-day


A faded comic strip character bursts to life with an annual parade in northern New Mexico.

TROY VICENTI SAYS HE BECAME the chosen one not long after birth. Fred Harman, who was famous for his Red Ryder comic strip, lived on a Colorado ranch not far from the Vicentis’ home in Dulce, a little town that lies a bit west of Chama and serves as the tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Vicenti’s family and their neighbors were friends with Harman and visited him regularly. “I was still wrapped in a cloth and everything, and my mother took me up to his ranch,” Vicenti says. “And he told her: ‘This boy is going to be Little Beaver.’”

“Even as Red Ryder faded from the national consciousness, the Jicarilla Apache tribe never forgot Vicenti’s role as Little Beaver, and the parade, which began in his honor in 1958, has continued to the present day. The event now includes a rodeo, a powwow, races, competitions, and live music. In 2017, many of the elaborate parade floats featured horse-related scenes for the year’s theme, Honoring the Horse. Little Beaver’s likeness grinned from the sides of pickup trucks, banners, and horse trailers. Native celebrities, especially tribal beauty queens, punctuated the scene. There was Miss Jicarilla Apache, Miss Junior Jicarilla Apache, even little Miss Head Start. And finally, there was 2017’s Little Beaver himself, a boy no more than seven, smiling shyly and waving to his cheering fans.”

Please see the full information at the New Mexico Magazine.

Route 66 Summerfest @ Nob Hill
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 3-10 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!

Presented by the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street and New Mexico Jazz Festival.


Grammy Award-winning singer, Irma Thomas is also known as the Soul Queen of New Orleans and is one of New Orleans’ most beloved and iconic entertainers. This powerhouse performer sings warmly with R&B and jazz stylings. In 2008, Thomas was honored as the subject of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster. Thomas has a rich, expressive voice with an impressive technical range and is unlike so many other soul divas. Experience this icon’s talent and heart as she takes the stage at the 2018 Route 66 Summerfest.

2018 Route 66 Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky is a Charleston, South Carolina based quintet that performs the timeless music of Gullah culture. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God, and the music ranges from “playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.” These accomplished artists have come together to revive the “Heartland of American Music”. Audiences will be swinging their hips and nodding their heads to their spirited songs.

Food & Drink

Great food and delicious drinks 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.

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 a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Old Route 66 Car Show

The Old Route 66 Car Show is back on Central Ave. and will wow car enthusiasts of all ages. Entries may register the day of the event on-site for $20 or preregister for $15: 2018 Old Route 66 Car Show Registration Form. For more information call 505.923.0759.

Getting There


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

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

Edgewood Music and Arts Festival @ Wildlife West Nature Park
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Music & Arts Festival July 27 – 28 Friday Night & Saturday

Chuck_Pyle_3Wildlife West produces an annual music festival bringing you the best of bluegrass, Western Swing, Irish, Singer/Songwriter and other acoustic genres. Wildlife West’s covered amphitheater and indoor venues provide shade and shelter, and plenty of seating. Our music festivals include workshops, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visitors alike! All our music festivals allow plenty of time to fully enjoy the zoo and other Park features. Headliners include Karl Schiflett & Big Country Show, Wood & Wire,  The Cowboy Way and many more!!
Las Vegas Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day

Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally (July 27–July 29): Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, and their reunion held in 1899 in Las Vegas, this annual gathering of motorcycle riders from all over the country honors that camaraderie and sense of honor. There are lots of iron horses, interesting characters, three days of live music, a motorcycle rodeo, a bike show, and competitions.

About Us

Welcome to the 13th Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Always held on the last full weekend of July, this Rally was started by local motorcycle riders who came together in 2005 to plan a Rally around the area’s history and special environment. The name was chosen because Rough Riders had a long tradition in Las Vegas.

Early in 1898, Theodore Roosevelt recruited the 1st Volunteer Calvary Regiment from the western territories—New Mexico wouldn’t become a state for fourteen more years. He chose to enlist these men because of his confidence in their ability to adapt, their self-sufficiency and their spirit. The regiment’s performance during the Spanish-American War proved his belief in the frontier character. The men he chose came from various backgrounds and circumstances. Even so, these men all formed strong personal ties. Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the first reunion of the regiment was held in Las Vegas in 1899. Over 600 of the original 1000 soldiers attended. During the next 70 years, Rough Rider reunions were held to honor the regiment’s military service, but especially to celebrate the camaraderie and unique personalities that defined the Rough Riders.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

For the past twelve years, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has brought motorcyclists from all walks of life, where camaraderie, unique bikes and personalities characterize the western spirit. Las Vegas’ historic Bridge Street which enters into our expansive Plaza is the backdrop for the Rally. Shops, businesses, vendors and restaurants provide rally goers the opportunity for unique experiences. The roads radiating out of the town and wind thru amazing scenery and villages give riders of the iron horse a variety of options. The roads radiating out of the town and wind thru amazing scenery and villages give riders of the iron horse a variety of options.

Check out the schedule of events for updates. Don’t forget to support the Rally and purchase a ticket for a round trip for two, to Las Vegas, Nevada with $500 spending cash. Be part of the tradition started by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders over 100 years ago and ride in on your iron horse on the last weekend in July.

Westside Summerfest @ Cottonwood Corners
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Westside Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2018 Westside Headliner Ozomatli on Wood and Tin

Saturday, August 18, 2018 | 4-10 p.m.

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.


National Headliner – Ozomatli

Ozomatli has been defined by innovation and creativity since its inception in 1995. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. This band’s success has exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hop-hop and other world styles. They are proud recipients of a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” and a Latin GRAMMY Award for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2005. They strive to make music to be shared through the generations and have even recorded music specifically targeted towards children and families. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the energy and style of this six-piece band as they take the stage at Westside Summerfest.

Entertainment Schedule coming soon.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week in the Microbrew Garden with the best local brews, spirits and wines from local establishments.

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


Free parking is available at the Cibola High School (parking map), with free shuttles taking event goers from Cibola parking lots to the event.

Bike Valet

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

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

SOMOS Albuquerque @ Downtown Albuquerque
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SOMOS Albuquerque is a city-wide festival that will showcase the very best Albuquerque has to offer, including world class entertainment, food vendors & local restaurants, craft brewing, arts and culture organizations, nonprofits, technology companies, and so much more.


For one day each year, let’s illuminate every good thing we know our city to be.

We’ve all — often together — been part of meetings that aim to “define the story of Abq.” That conversation is important. But we live those stories every day. They’re why we love this place. So what if we join creative forces and *show* instead of *tell*? SOMOS Albuquerquw is a collaborative effort — by all the people who’ve been contemplating a full-blown, city-wide celebration in downtown for years — with a philanthropic goal and an eye towards sustainability.


World Class

SOMOS Entertainment features the best of Albuquerque – alongside internationally touring artists. The talent will be a mix of local and national bands. Four outdoor stages throughout downtown will highlight a wide range of musicians, with something for everyone.


The Taste of ABQ

SOMOS Food, coordinated by Yelp, provides an authentic taste of Albuquerque’s culinary scene. Food courtyards will highlight our city’s best restaurants, and the Craft Beer Garden will highlight our city’s most delicious breweries.

Arts & Culture

Interactive & Immersive

SOMOS Arts & Culture Boulevard is an immersive experience curated by artists, arts organizations and nonprofits. With artmaking activities, large-scale installations, roving performances and more, the Boulevard will showcase Albuquerque’s creative talents.

Economic Dev.

Growing ABQ

SOMOS Marketplace highlights Albuquerque’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, including downtown’s brick and mortar shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. These vendors will sell their jewelry, clothing, art, crafts and more along the Arts & Culture Boulevard, offering visitors the chance to take home locally made goods.


Highlighting the Future

SOMOS Technology, organized by Nuevo, is a unique technology conference leading up to the main community celebration. Workshops and keynotes will focus on virtual reality, gaming, hackathons, coding and much more, with programming for all ages.


Fun for all

SOMOS Family offers a special experience for youth, including a climbing wall, petting zoo, skate ramp, superhero photo booth and creative projects. A fifth stage will highlight local young musicians and performers, and one of Yelp’s food courtyards will be tailored to families.


Pie Town Pie Festival @ Pie Town, New Mexico
Sep 8 all-day

Pie Festival 2017 – September 9

Pie Festival 2017

Pie Festival 2017 is Saturday, September 9!

The 2017 Pie Baking Contest Rules are LIVE–head to the Pie Baking Contest Rules page for the rules and a printable PDF Entry Form!

Information on the Pi-K run is now available–check the menu to the left of the screen, or visit the Run for Pie site at


We’re busy planning another great Pie Festival, with live music, games, fun and pie!

Cloudcroft Harvest Fest
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Harvestfest, Saturday, October 27th, 2018

2:00pm:  A spooktacular day of family fun! We have The Great Pumpkin Roll Contests!  Be sure to bring your own pumpkins! There will be a small amount of pumpkins for sale for those who forget.

– 2pm:  The Great Pumpkin roll will have 2 categories:  modified and non-modified. **Please bring your own pumpkins** – Piñata will break after the roll – Costume Contest and parade (Burro Avenue at 3:30pm) -Pet Parade has moved to our Harvestfest on October 28th. Pet Paraders will line up and register with the Kiwanis after the Piñata by the Library.  – Trick or Treats from Merchants (4 to 6pm)


Parade starts after the breaking of the Piñata.  Brought to you by the CLOUDCROFT KIWANIS CLUB, there will be and prizes! Enter your pet or even a mini pet float! Keeping with the Halloween spirit your entry can be funny, cute, sweet, spiritual , happy, or kind. Use your imagination to create something memorable! All pets will receive a toy with a grade prize for best costume Owner/Pet Category.


Trick or Treating on Burro Ave. will take place after the costume contest and pet parade.  We will begin in front of the library on Swallow Street.

Sponsoring our Great Pumpkin Race is the Sacramento VFW Post 11999!  They will start off the event at 1:30pm with Calling of the Colors that includes our US and State Flags and a bugle.  The race will start at 2pm with the Amateur Pumpkin Races.  During this time the VFW booth will have Spaghetti Dinner tickets available to sale for $9.00.  This includes drinks, salad and dessert for November 10th at 4:30 pm to 6:30pm in the Cloudcroft Senior Center. Those of you who would like to help support the VFW and all the community service they perform can purchase tickets to this dinner.

Bring your own pumpkin and come participate or watch the Great Pumpkin Race! Amateurs will compete for prizes by rolling pumpkins down a hill. It’s as hilarious as it sounds, and it’s fun to see what kind of wheels the pros put on their pumpkins.

The pumpkins and their owners line up at the top of the hill in front of the library. On the word “go,” the pumpkins are released and allowed to roll downhill with the help of only gravity. The pumpkins bounce and some may curved to the right or the left, while on their journey to the finish line. The categories include amateur, semi-professional or professional.

The first category is non-modified where the young children compete by rolling the pumpkin . Bring your pumpkins to race!   (Ages 4-6, 7-9, and 10) Semi-Pros and Pros (Age 13-Adult) bring modified pumpkins with a base, axle or wheels.

Pro Competitors win more than just a Trophy, they are crowned as the official KING or QUEEN of the Great Pumpkin Race!  They will be given a winner’s sash, photographed and get to lead the Costume Contest Parade along with other benefits!


RULE #1 Craft your Pumpkin RaceCar using one REAL pumpkin. Carve or decorate any way you wish! RULE #2 Have fun making your RaceCar! Pick a theme and be creative. Often, the crowd favorites are the most fun and creative ones. If you can’t win, then lose with style! RULE #3 Insert two independent axels through your pumpkin and attach wheels to the axels. Spice up your racer with style. RULE #4 You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc.) A.K.A. The “Anti-Stealth” Rule. RULE #5 NO EXPLOSIVES or PYROTECHNICS. Have fun with it but be safe! RULE #6 No pushing or “helping” your Pumpkin Racer on the starting line. Our Race Officials have seen it all – the last minute shove, the hidden thumb flick, the early release… RULE #7 NO CHEATING. Feel great about being honest and fair. Don’t be tempted to be a Cheater Pumpkin. Use the honor system and obey the spirit of these rules.

Albuquerque Comic Con @ Albuquerque Convention Center
Jan 19 – Jan 21 all-day


JAN 19-21, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM.

If it’s January it’s Albuquerque Comic Con.