Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival

Harvest Wine Festival

Labor Day Weekend
September 1-3
Balloon Fiesta Park

A fully tented event for your wine drinking comfort.

2000 BOTTLES. 200 WINES. 20 WINERIES, and…
Electrified fun and entertainment provided by

Admission includes a Viva Vino wine glass, complimentary tastings from all wineries.
All paid wine tasting tickets include $5 off any bottle of wine.

VIP Early Access Hour, 11am (Saturday only)
General Admission, Doors Open at 12pm Daily


Saturday, September 1:
VIP Tasting Hour: 11AM – 12PM
General Admission: 12PM – 6PM

Sunday, September 2
General Admission: 12PM – 6PM

Monday, September 3
General Admission: 12PM – 5PM

Must Know FAQs

Must bring a VALID government issued photo ID.

Vertical New Mexico IDs will not be accepted.

All ages allowed. Children under 18 must be with a legal guardian.

NO weapons.

NO open containers.

NO coolers.

NO pets.

NO smoking.

NO outside food or alcohol. (Bottled water permitted)

Parking is FREE.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla

Saturday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018
8:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday on Burro Street: Street Dance with Entertainment TBA

12:00PM on Sunday: Hot dogs for the family, Ice Cream Social to immediately follow.

Sunday, September 2nd: Ice Cream Social and Pie Auction

Pie Auction will begin at 2pm. Entertainment from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, games are available for the whole family to play. Come and enjoy a community gathering at Zenith Park! Fun for the whole family with games, food and music.

The 94th Annual Burning of Zozobra

What Is Zozobra?
Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged each year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe as a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The ‘Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra’ is presented annually the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  August 31, 2018

Friday evening at dusk the people of Santa Fe, friends new and old, all make their way to Fort Marcy Park where the Zozobra pageant takes place. Located just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG) (pictured left), is the inspiration of artist Will Shuster and was introduced as part of the Fiesta events in 1926.
Shuster’s creation first appeared as a six-foot puppet and has since grown to about 50 feet. Made of muslin and stuffed with shredded paper Zozobra is an eerie, groaning, flailing character who appears to be part ghost and part monster.
Amid fireworks and the ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire a growling Zozobra is set ablaze and it is said as the fire consumes the beast so go the feelings of gloom and doom from the past year. The flames renewing the hope and optimism of the gathered celebrants. The ever increasing desperation of the howling Zozobra can be heard echoing throughout Santa Fe.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe became officially involved with Zozobra in 1963 when Zozobra’s creator artist Will Shuster assigned all rights on June 19, 1964 to the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club. To this day they retain all the exclusive copyrights and trademarks to the figure. As the major annual fundraiser Zozobra has become a fun way for the citizens of Santa Fe (and visitors from around the globe) to participate in community service.

The 94th Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra takes place on the Friday before Labor Day, August 31, 2018
The Burning of Zozobra Event Location

The Burning of Zozobra, on Friday, August 31, 2018, is a rain-or-shine event and takes place at Fort Marcy Park, located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

2018, Year Five of the Decades Project, brings Zozobra into the 1960s Summer of Love!

The Burning of Zozobra Event Schedule:

Gates Open at 3:00 pm

Live music begins at 5:25 pm with Emerald Zeal

6:05 pm Tupper takes the stage

7:00 pm Al Hurricane, Jr. whips up the musical magic

8:00 pm The Fiesta Royalty pay respects to Zozobra

8:10 m Tobias Rene makes the happy happen

9:05 pm The Beachball Toss – you know you love it

9:25 pm The National Anthem performed by the inspired musical pairing of Presleigh Casaus and Weston Winkler

Lights out at 9:30 pm (weather permitting) and it’s time for the Burning of Zozobra for the 94th time since 1924!

Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration

The historic event of Bean Day began in 1909 when Higinio Gonzalez and his crew cooked up a pot of beans in wash boilers behind the school house for what was then called the “Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee”. The following year, the name “Bean Day” was born to honor the crop that was once staple of the local farming economy. In those days, Wagon Mound was a major center for the production of pinto beans.

Presently, the event kicks off Friday evening at the Wagon Mound Firehouse with a bean-cleaning party to remove rocks and dirt from the dried beans hauled down from Colorado. The 300 lbs. of beans and 800 lbs. of meat are cooked under the ground in a pit that has been dug at the rodeo grounds. The pit is filled with wood and charcoal and burned all afternoon. At dusk, the beef and beans are placed in the pit, supports and metal are placed over the pit and covered with dirt. In the morning, the pit is uncovered, the temperature of the meat is checked, the feast unearthed and taken to the village park for a free giant outdoor meal of 1,500 or more meals.

Schedule of Events
Friday – August 31st
Saturday – September 1st
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Veterans Memorial Park
Railroad Avenue
Rodeo Grounds
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Sunday – September 2nd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
S. Catron Avenue
Rodeo Grounds
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Monday – September 3rd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
Following Parade
Railroad Avenue
12 noon
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
12 noon – 3pm
Santa Clara Parish Hall
Rodeo Grounds

Elephant Butte Annual Balloon Regatta

Date(s) – Saturday August 25, 2018 – Sunday August 26, 2018
6:45 am – 10:00 am

Ride Info:
We are  selling tether rides. The ride takes about 10 minutes and you do not actually get out over the lake. The ride costs: $20 per Adult (ages 13+) and $15 per child (ages 4-12). Under the age of 4 cannot ride (due to safety concerns). Book rides by clicking below. *this is a weather permitting event**

What does the event cost? Where can I camp?
So the event is free to see! However the Elephant Butte State park does charge per vehicle.

Our launch site is scheduled to be on Lions Beach inside the main gate. We will arrive onto the beach around 7 am or shortly after. You can camp anywhere along the coast line you can find room.

What to do while the balloons take off?
Please do not park your 2 wheel drive vehicle on soft sand! You will get stuck and be responsible to find a way to become un-stuck. We ask that you do not park your vehicle near a balloon trailer, or truck as we are trying to set up safely and take up quite a bit of room for each balloon. Listen to anyone with a crew shirt or pilot shirt on as to we again are just looking out for everyone’s safety. Please take as many pictures as you want and post them to our Facebook page. Our flights will be done around 9 am at the latest on both days. We will not be having any afternoon or evening events as to the weather does not allow us to.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Contact: Jimmy McCarthy | Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta Organization
The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta© (EBBR) provides an opportunity for balloonists, skippers and sponsors to get together and have fun at Elephant Butte Lake New Mexico. Additionally, it provides the communities of Elephant Butte, Truth or Consequences and Williamsburg additional visitors after the summer season. The EBBR traces its history back to the 1970’s when balloonists would come to Elephant Butte for the Mother’s Day weekend, or in some years, the Easter weekend. The timing of the rally was generally dependent on when the balloonists decided that spring had arrived and it was time to go to “The Lake” and fly. The “Cloudbouncer” The official monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA or Quad A) March 1980 issue Announced “The Elephant Butte Mothers day Campout” to be held May 10 and 11. The March 1981 issue of the “Cloudbouncer” announced “The Greater Mesilla Valley Aerostat Ascension Association Annual Easter Fly-in” would be held April 18 and 19. In 1989 Oppenheimer industries donated $500 for prize money if the balloonists would fly over the lake to the Champagne Hills subdivision. The Coast Guard Auxiliary became concerned that balloons flying over the lake might get into trouble and provided five chase boats to ensure safety. This concern for safety lead to the formation of the EBBR and the Balloon Boat Relay Race© (BBRR). The BBRR provided a chase boat for each balloon forming a racing team. The skipper carried the drop marker, baton, for the balloon race out onto the lake. The balloonists then do a water landing, known as a “Splash and Dash”, to receive the baton and carry it to the designated drop area. Prizes and/or prize money is then awarded to both the winning pilots and skippers. The Flying and boating has continued this tradition over the years. On July 1st 1998 the city of Elephant Butte was incorporated as the 101st city in the State of New Mexico. The new city chartered their own Chamber of Commerce in September 1999 and one of their first acts was to purchase the rights and copyrights to the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta by unanimous vote. In 2007, the Chamber decided to stop running the rally, and the rights were transferred to Kevin Cloney and Al Lowenstein

Great American Duck Race – Deming

39th Annual
Great American Duck Race
August 23rd – 26th, 2018
McKinley Duck Downs, Courthouse Park, Deming, New Mexico

Great American Duck Race

Thursday, August 23
Evening Luna County Skate Competition Deming Skate Park (Matt Robinson 575-546-0494)
6:30pm  Mizkan America, Inc Duck Royalty Pageant

Friday, August 24
4 pm Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day (some open) Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
4-8 pm Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
6:30pm Mizkan America, Inc. Sponsor Party/Dinner Mimbres Valley Special Events Center

Saturday, August 25
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Solitaire Homes Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
9am-2pm Desert Classics Car Show District Court Parking Lot on Poplar & Platinum (Robert Welch 575-543-5120)
10am Columbus Electric Co-Op Tournament of Ducks Parade Downtown Deming
10am Great American Horseshoe Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
11am-2 pm 1st United Methodist Church Barbecue Granite & Buckeye – delivery available- 546-2791
12N-8p Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-9p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N-4 pm ($5 entry) Luna Energy Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
2pm Great American Tortilla Toss Poplar Street
5:30pm Great American Outhouse Race Silver Street
5:30-7pm ($5 entry) Luna Energy Evening Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
8:00pm Duck Dance Adobe Deli ($10 Admission, Free Admission for sponsors wearing sponsor shirt)
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allowed at the Park. 

Sunday, August 26
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Solitaire Homes Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10 am Great American Washers Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
12N-6p  Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-6p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N ($5 entry) Luna Energy Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
3pm Luna Energy Duck Race eliminations/finals McKinley Duck Downs

Las Cruces SalsaFest

August 18th join DLCP and the rest of downtown for the annual SalsaFest and Beer Festival!

For a decade now SalsaFest has been a hallmark of Downtown Las Cruces. From Salsa competitions to Salsa Dancing, we have had it all! This year join the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership Saturday, August 18th, from 6 pm to 11 pm for our 10th annual SalsaFest!

SalsaFest 2018 will be in conjunction with the Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival this year! That’s right. Two great events, one big party! The night will feature over 200 beers to sample from, plenty of Salsas to sample from, Salsa dancing, Salsa music, and much more. Pre-sale tickets are available online at for $20, and under 12 years of age get in for free. On the night of tickets will be $25 at the gate so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets!

ABQ Kids Rock Fest

Civic Plaza Presents announces the fourth annual ABQ KIDS ROCK FESTIVAL, a fun event with a focus on young people that features a live animal show, musical performances by kids, a rock climbing wall, acrobats, magic, kids’ crafts, jumpers, vendors, a visit from and AFD fire truck, games, food trucks and much more (including beer and wine for the adults)! ABQ Kids Rock Festival is also a fundraiser for supplies for Albuquerque Public School students in need. ABQ Kids Rock Festival is on Saturday, August 11 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and admission is **FREE**.

Check out all we have in store for you:

SCALES AND TAILS UTAH will be on hand with an entertaining, educational, and interactive reptile show followed by a chance for kids to get up close and handle the animals! There will be a giant lizard, a giant snake, tortoises, scorpions, spiders, and more! Don’t spiders miss this live animal attraction from our friends at Scales and Tails Utah!

The ABQ Kids Rock Fest will also feature performances by several students of the ROCK 101 NM MUSIC ACADEMY. This group of kids share a deep love for music and have been learning how to collaborate with each other in a band setting. Their proficiency and ability to rock are impressive. The instructors at the Rock 101 NM Music Academy are accomplished musicians from well-known local bands and their moto is “Empowering Albuquerque youth through music.” That commitment will be amply evident at the ABQ Kids Rock Fest.

Downtown Summerfest 2018

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2018 Downtown Headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Wood and Tin

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

Civic Plaza  

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 – Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Today the Robert Randolph & the Family Band serves as inspiration for musical artists around the world. The band has received renowned recognition for their Got Soul album as it was nominated for a “Best Contemporary Blues Album” at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Robert Randolph, led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. Robert Randolph and the Family Band will ignite the spirit of Downtown Albuquerque as they take the stage on Civic Plaza during Downtown Summerfest.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 4 p.m. – Dust City Opera
  • 5:20 p.m. – Felix y Los Gatos
  • 6:50 p.m. – Reviva
  • 8:30 p.m. – Robert Randolph & The Family Band

2018 Dust City Opera   2018 Felix y Los Gatos   2018 Reviva

Dust City Opera is New Mexico’s freshest indie folk-rock band led by singer/songwriter Paul Hunton. Known for their playful stage presence and dramatic yet whimsical songs, Dust City Opera is a modern, energetic, rockin’ band with an unusual combination of sounds. Their melodies include the expected rock band instruments, as well as trombone, accordion, clarinet and more.

Felix y Los Gatos is a national touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With over 15 years of stage experience, the Gato’s have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of dydeco, Tex-Mex, blues, and gypsy jazz, swing, a dash of outlaw country, and the mystical, spiritual realm of Santana Latino soul style playing.

Reviva has made a name for themselves in the Albuquerque music scene through their inspiring lyrics, unique sound, and positive vibes. Forming in the fall of 2009, they have turned ears with their original Burqueño/Reggae/Rock rhythm and lyrics, both in English and Spanish that touch the soul. The band’s mission is to revive themselves and others through the healing power of music and to give back and help those in the community.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week with a glass of the best brews, spirits and wines from the Albuquerque Convention Center and local breweries and wineries.

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, inflatable bounce houses and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest

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.