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Mar
30
Sat
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.

Apr
5
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Apr
6
Sat
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.


Activities

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!

History

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.

Volunteers 
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.

Parking

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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Apr
13
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

May
3
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

May
11
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Jun
7
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Jun
8
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Jul
5
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Jul
13
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Aug
2
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Aug
10
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Aug 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Sep
6
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Sep
14
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Oct
4
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Oct
12
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Nov
1
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Nov
9
Sat
ABQ Megaband Jam – 2019? @ Apple Mountain Music
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). The Megaband is also meeting at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE, (http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/)  on the fourth Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm. Please join us!

Dec
6
Fri
Albuquerque ARTScrawl – First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Your ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday Gallery Tours!

The Albuquerque First Friday ARTScrawl and ARTful Saturday are self-guided gallery walking tours that take place each month. We provide a listing of participating member galleries with details about their current shows and you use our listings and gallery map to plan your custom tour.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTSCRAWL
The citywide Albuquerque ARTScrawl occurs on the first Friday of every month.

ARTFUL SATURDAY
An Artful Saturday event takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The event rotates between Old Town, Route 66, and The Heights so check our listings for each month’s location!

SPECIAL EVENTS
Some of our members present events that don’t fall on the first Friday or third Saturday, we still want you to know about them! Our Special Events section includes our members’ non-ARTScrawl events.

Dec
7
Sat
Twinkle Light Parade – Albuquerque
Dec 7 all-day

Best Holiday Parade

In 2016, the Twinkle Light Parade was named #2 Best Holiday Parade in the Country by USA Today 10Best! Thank you for all for voting!