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Los Ranchos Lavender and Garlic Festival

Free Admission. Silent Auction. Food and entertainment.

Beautiful and Unique jewelry, pottery, woodwork, needlecraft, visual art, sculpture, soap, wind chimes, Lavender and Garlic and fresh seasonal local produce, jellies, pastries, plants, & herbs.

This 18th annual event will begin the week of lavender events in the village. The market will feature fresh cut lavender bouquets, lavender plants, special lavender products, various types of garlic, and special products featuring garlic. Classes and demonstrations will be held in a large tent by the handball courts.

New Mexico Tattoo Fiesta

New Mexico Tattoo Fiesta

Starts : Jul 12th 2019, 01:00pm MDT
End: Jul 12th 2019, 11:00pm MDT
Starts : Jul 13th 2019, 11:00am MDT
End: Jul 13th 2019, 11:00pm MDT
Starts : Jul 14th 2019, 11:00am MDT
End: Jul 14th 2019, 07:00pm MDT

The Duke City Tattoo Fiesta is a great, safe way for people to get tattoos….

Rio Rancho Annual Pork & Brew


JULY 5 – 7, 2019

The 16th Annual Pork & Brew as seen on “The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats” will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 5 – 7. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer.

The 16th Annual Pork & Brew, hosted by Visit Rio Rancho, features an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the many thousands of expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This is quite possibly the best way to kick off your 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico.

Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, fair foods and sweets, you can check out local arts and crafts, music and even take the kids for a face painting, petting zoo and a few trips through the fun jumps. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.

No “BBQ Bucks.”  Vendors accept cash and credit cards for payment.

Event Times:
Friday, July 5, 2PM – 8PM
Saturday, July 6, 11AM – 7PM
Sunday, July 7, 11AM – 5PM
General Admission: $6
Adults 65+ and Kids 3-12: $4
Kids Under 3: Free

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Entertainment Schedule – Coming Soon!


Santa Ana Star Center – Map & Directions

More Event Info

The Pork & Brew, New Mexico’s Original Food Festival is hosted by Visit Rio Rancho and is one of the State’s longest running food festivals.

More Event Info

The Pork & Brew, New Mexico’s Original Food Festival is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, with close to 15,000 in attendance each year has become one of the largest events in New Mexico.

Participants and Vendors

Visit the Pork & Brew Info Page for participation details.

No pets allowed, service animals only. 
Alcoholic beverages purchased inside must be consumed inside. 
Alcoholic beverages purchased outside must be consumed outside. 

Red, White, and Balloons

The Balloon Museum Foundation is hosting the Red, White, and Balloons 4th of July celebration from 5pm-10pm on the Balloon Museum lawn. This family friendly event will offer the best view of Freedom 4th fireworks from the museum grounds. Featuring live music & a balloon glow prior to the firework show!

Visit our website for your ticket or stop by the Museum gift shop to get yours!


Ticket Options

Lawn seats: $10 per person
Access to outdoor lawn and amenities. You may bring your own picnic and lawn chairs.
Children under 16 are free.

Reserved Outdoor Tables
Tables of 4 are $10 each and tables of 8 are $20 each. Limited number available. Reserve online or call 505-880-0500.

VIP Outdoor Sweet Seats
$25 per person

Outdoor Seating
Reserved Adirondack chair
Gruet Sparkling Wine
Gourmet cookies-Rude Boy Cookies

Limited Availability. Reserve today
Stars & Stripes Dinner Package

Balcony Access & Indoor seating
Gourmet BBQ catered meal
Cash Bar.

Limited Availability. Reserve today.

Schedule of Events
5PM Gates and Balloon Museum parking open.

5PM Foodtrucks. Cashbar. Lawn activities.

6PM Stars and Stripes Reserved Ticket Dinner VIP indoor viewing gallery and museum balcony. Reserve today. Tickets will sell out.

7PM ALBUQUERQUE CONCERT BAND patriotic performance.


8:30PM RAINBOW RYDERS Hot-Air Balloon Glow. (weather permitting)

9PM FIREWORKS! View the largest Freedom 4th city display from Balloon Museum grounds and above the crowds.

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation | 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Freedom Fourth

2019 Freedom 4th - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Wood with True Health

Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 3-10 p.m. | Balloon Fiesta Park  

Join us at Balloon Fiesta Park to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. Enjoy the largest firework show in the state with food, local beer in the Microbrew Garden and free children activities during Freedom 4th, presented by True Health New Mexico.


The application for this event is closed for vendors.


National Headliner – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

With 53 Years and counting, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country-rock and American-roots music, continues to add to their legendary status. Their 1972 groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 “Fishin’ In the Dark” was certified platinum for digital downloads by the Recording Industry Association of America and in 2016 their concert film airing on PBS, “Circlin’ Back – Celebrating 50 Years” won an Emmy Award for Special Event Coverage. The band’s accolades include multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, International Bluegrass Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and nominations.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Tylor Brandon
  • 5:15 p.m. – Joseph General and High Vibration
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sister Mary Mayhem
  • 7:35 p.m. – 4th of of July Ceremony – The Star Spangled Banner performed by Robyn Christian
  • 7:45 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks

2019 Freedom 4th - Opening Band 1

Tylor Brandon is a country music band based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born out of deep desire to get back to the root of old country music, the five-piece came together to form a group unlike any other in New Mexico. Tylor Brandon is all about showcasing the best in country music from all generations, and putting on a show to keep people on their feet, two-steppin’ the night away.

Joseph General and High Vibration began by fusing unity through the power of music. This multi-award winning, 6-piece reggae group is composed of some of Albuquerque’s top musicians and is considered a premier reggae band in New Mexico. With love and positivity at the heart of their message, the band delivers uplifting sounds and are determined to get audiences bobbing and swaying to their music.

Local rock band, Sister Mary Mayhem features the powerhouse vocals and bass grooves of Tess Fresquez. Tess is accompanied by the keen percussive acoustic and electric guitars and vocals of Jon Lee, the smooth melodic guitar riffs and vocals of Doug Miller and the solid percussive backbone drummer, Tommy Pannullo. The group’s intense sound, dynamic set list and precise musical talents converge with playing together for more than a decade. Influenced by Heart, Pat Benatar and Journey, this band rocks and entertains audiences all around New Mexico.

Admission & Transportation

Freedom 4th is free to the public and is a rain or shine event.

Getting There By Car

All parking at Balloon Fiesta Park is $10 per vehicle upon arrival. CASH ONLY PLEASE. 

Balloon Fiesta Park can be accessed off of the Southbound Frontage Road to Balloon Fiesta Parkway. (View Map)

Park & Ride

Beat the traffic with Park & Ride Service. With two locations on each side of town, it is sure to be accessible to all. Catch a ride from either the Cottonwood or Coronado Mall location.

Bus service to the event will start at 3 p.m.and end at 8 p.m. Return trips to the two Park & Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show. The last bus will leave Balloon Fiesta Park at 11 p.m.

Park & Ride Rates

  • Adults: $1
  • Seniors 62 & Up and Handicapped Citizens: .35 cents
  • Students (age 10-18): .35 cents
  • Children 9 and Younger: Free

All rates are round trip. Exact change is neededCASH ONLY PLEASE. 

*Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses.

Get There By Bike

Skip traffic on the road, stick to the trails and take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. (Map)

RV Registration

Enjoy the view of the fireworks from the comfort of your own RV. Overnight RV camping space is available the night of Thursday, July 4th. To reserve your spot today, complete and submit a registration form and fee. (Registration Form)

Food & Drink

Freedom 4th will feature Albuquerque’s favorite sweet and savory treats from local food vendors. Enjoy a variety of delicious food such as grilled burgers, fried chicken, roasted corn and turkey legs from local food vendors. Stay cool and grab a cold beverage, some ice cream or a snow cone.

Microbrew Garden

Visitors can also head to our Microbrew Garden for a great view of the main stage and grab a beer, wine, or spirit from one of many local establishments such as Abbey Brewing Co.Bosque Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail Distillery & BreweryCanteen BrewhouseHollow Spirits DistilleryLa Cumbre Brewing Co.Left Turn DistilleryLost Hiker Brewing Co.Marble BreweryQuarter Celtic BrewpubRed Door BrewingSheehan WineryStarr Brothers Brewing CompanyThe 377 BreweryToltec Brewing and Tractor Brewing Co.

Children’s Activities

Freedom 4th will be a great time for all ages. Bring the children for free fun including jumpers, two rock walls, free face painting and more!

Be in the Know

Permitted Items:
– Chairs
– Service Animals
– Umbrellas
– Tents or Conopies*
– Coolers*
– Strollers
* All tents and canopies must be staked down.
* Tents and canopies are not allowed on Park & Ride buses.
* All coolers and bags will be searched upon entry.

Prohibited Items:
– Alcoholic beverages
– Glass containers of any kind
– Drug Paraphernalia / Weapons
– BBQ Grills
– Pets
– Fireworks

Freedom 4th is free to the public. This is a rain or shine event.

UFO Festival



In 2018 we hosted over 20,000 aliens in Roswell! We were so amazed! Our surveys indicated people from 43 states and 7 different countries. Countless media groups and live coverage network shows, and numerous printed stories.

In 2018 we had some exciting additions including the NASA Space Suit and Alien Autopsy.  We are working hard on new additions in 2019 to make this festival even bigger and better than ever. Be sure to join almost 35,000 subscribers at the bottom of the page for updates!

We have only begun, so much of the information you see now will be from 2018.  We are working on 2019, so be sure to check back periodically.

This year the Festival will be held July 5-7, 2019 – make plans to attend now!  We encourage you to arrive a few days early to enjoy the City of Roswell July 4 Extravaganza.  Many hotels are already filling up with reservations, so we recommend making reservations immediately!

The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more.

The majority of big events are free.  These include the Free Movie, Pet and Human Costume Contests, Light Parade and so much more.  No charge for alien hat making and crafts.  Some of the vendors, the UFO Museum and the Roswell Planetarium charge nominal fees.


National Senior Games



Beware of the Altitude When Coming to Albuquerque

Beware of the Altitude When Coming to Albuquerque

Balloons Over Angel Fire

Watch a field of hot-air balloons at sunrise as they gracefully float up into the cool morning air of the Moreno Valley. Balloons Over Angel Fire is one of the few high-mountain hot-air balloon events in the country. Learn how the balloons work, talk to the pilots, take lots of pictures and spend Father’s Day weekend enjoying the laid-back pace of Angel Fire.

Saturday evening brings the spectacular balloon glow – when the pilots illuminate their balloons like enormous, colorful glowing bulbs. The valley floor transforms into a wonderland of fire, color and light.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
7 AM Mass Ascension
7 AM-10 AM AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast
7 AM-11 AM Balloon Vendors open
8 AM-4:30 PM Taos Pueblo open
9 AM-4 PM Angel Fire Day Camp
9 AM-4 PM Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
9 AM-5 PM Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
10 AM-6 PM Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River
4:30 PM-7:30 PM Friday Night Scramble, Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
5:00 PM-7:30 PM Music in Frontier Park

7 AM Mass Ascension
7 AM-10 AM AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast
7 AM-10 AM Pilot Challenge Game sponsored by Enchanted Circle Pottery
7 AM-11 AM Balloon Vendors open
8 AM-4:30 PM Taos Pueblo open
9 AM-4 PM Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
9 AM-5 PM Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
10 AM-6 PM Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River
7 PM Balloon Launch Field opens
9 PM Balloon Glow – bring your flashlight and camp chairs

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019
7 AM Mass Ascension
7 AM-10 AM AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast
7 AM-11 AM Balloon Vendors open
8 AM-4 PM Taos Pueblo open
9 AM-4 PM Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
9 AM-5 PM Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
10 AM-2 PM Angel Fire Art + Farmers’ Market, Frontier Park
11 AM-3 PM Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River

All Hot-Air Balloon events happen at the Angel Fire Airport on NM Hwy. 434

Angel Fire Balloon Field, Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Angel Fire Visitor Center


3365 Mountain View Blvd
Angel Fire, NM 87710



Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival

Saturday, June 8
12pm – 5pm

Sunday, June 9
12pm – 5pm

Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque
5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway Northeast, Albuquerque, NM

Adults, 13 and over, $12
Kids, 4-12, $10
3 and Under, Free
Parking, $5 per vehicle

Admission includes UNLIMITED Blue Bell ice-cream, foam parties, bounce houses, professional entertainment, face-painting.

The Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival originated in Albuquerque, NM in 2018 as a fundraiser for the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network.
7,000 ice-cream lovers attended!

In addition to satisfying ice-cream lovers of all ages with unlimited ice-cream, the mission of the Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival is to support organizations that provide aid and assistance to the community of families and individuals whose lives have been impacted by a disability, a special need, or a mental illness.

The festival serves as a fundraiser for local organizations who support individuals with Down syndrome, in addition to any organization, club, or team willing to come and scoop ice-cream at the festival.

The 2018 Albuquerque event, in addition raising money for the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network,  donated over $7,000 to 11 local charities, organizations, and kids sports clubs whose representatives volunteered their time to scoop ice-cream at the event.

We also provide free event space to any organization that provides support services to differently-abled individuals to help promote the organization’s services.

While great music fills the air, scoop stations come to life serving up 21 flavors of delicious, creamy, Blue Bell premium ice-cream.

The event is full of free activities for ice-cream lovers of all ages and we invite community businesses to take part and engage festival attendees in fun, creative ways.

The Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival is an affordable, fun experience for ice-cream lovers of all ages. We hope to see you there.