ABQ To Do Visit Albuquerque Visitors Guide

Please click for your next Amazon purchase

Fiestas de Albuquerque

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.


Ivon U

26th Annual Albuquerque Home & Garden Show

26th Annual Albuquerque Home & Garden Show featuring products and services for your home and garden. April 6th 10-5 April 7th, 10-4.  Arts crafts, gift and gourmet foods. Landscaping and home improvement experts on hand to help with all your home renovations and much more. $2 off discount coupon on website – abqhomeandgardenshow.com    $5 Seniors and military, Adults $7 and children 12 and under FREE

 

NEW MEXICO’S PREMIERE HOME SHOW IS THE PERFECT RESOURCE
FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT ENTHUSIASTS AND WEEKEND GARDENERS.

Perfect Wine Pairings for America’s 10 Favorite Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos? While they may have originated in Mexico, they’ve definitely found a home here in America. And though the first thing many would think to pair with this perfect handheld meal is a Margarita or a beerwine is an ideal companion. Whether your taco of choice is the classic Baja or you tend to prefer the hard-shelled variety popularized by a certain American chain, you’re doing yourself a disservice is you aren’t drinking wine while you eat them. Here’s the definitive wine pairing guide for every popular taco:

Wine Taco Pairings

Wine Taco Pairings

Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading to The Land of Enchantment for the 5th Annual Great New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in Albuquerque, NM. Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites. Along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries, FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to The International Balloon Museum.

Saturday, March 30th 12pm-5pm

**EARLY ACCESS VIP/VIB HOUR: 11am-12pm**

International Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, USA

Stay Tuned for Food Truck, Craft Brewery and Entertainment Lineups!

ATMs will be available at the festival.
Children under 12 are always free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase separately from admission.
We’ll see all you foodies out there!

No refunds

For more info and details, including what trucks are participating and beers available, visit our website at foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com

Adult Night for ages 18+ at Explora!

Night with the Animals

Friday, March 22, 2019, 6:30–10pm

Have a fun Friday night at a great price!

  • Free for members
  • $10 for adults
  • $7 for ages 65+, or students or military with ID.

​Indulge your love for furry (and scaly) friends while learning with interactive activities on animal adaptation!

  • Meet horses from the APD Mounted Unit on your way inside Explora!
  • Activities with Animal Humane NM
  • Go Fishing for Prizes in our Laminar Flow Fountain
  • Interact with Wolves from Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue (from 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Pickup up a Snake, See a Gila Monster, or Interact with some beautiful birds and other critters with The New Mexico Herpetological Society
  • Visit Animals, including an African Pygmy Falcon and a Hedgehog, from the ABQ BioPark
  • Visit our Explora Animals in the Experiment Bar
  • Experiment with Animal Adaptation Activities

You can buy tickets at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30pm.

*No physical tickets will be sent. Your information will be on file at the door.

This is an all weather event: neither rain, nor snow, nor the winds from the west shall keep us from playing with animals

​Explore Animal Adaptations
  • Skull Workshop– Figure out which skull is which
  • Which Beak is Best- How animals have adapted to obtain food
  • Identifying Animal Tracks

Don’t Forget to Make your March Special Edition Adult Night button! Continue your collection! Create a commemorative button at all six 2019 Adult Nights, save them, and enter to win a prize after the last Adult Night of the year!

Enjoy all of Explora’s exhibits, plus:

Food for sale by My Sweet Basil

Coffee for sale by Michael Thomas Coffee

Live music by Ryan Smith

Also joining us for Adult Night:

Talk with High Desert Amateur Radio Club members (HAMS) as they try to contact people from other countries and demonstrate new technology – Ground Floor, Community Room

View the night sky with astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)  (weather permitting) – Upper Floor, West Deck

KnockerBall® Albuquerque

KnockerBall® Albuquerque is the premier Bubble Soccer provider in New Mexico. Located in Albuquerque, KnockerBall® Albuquerque is ready to help you plan the best party or event ever.Specializing in: New Mexico Birthday Parties, Fundraisers, Corporate Events Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties, Church Outings, Bubble Soccer Leagues and Bubble Ball

Knockerball Albuquerque

Whitney Frise

knockerballalbuquerque@gmail.com

Harlem Globetrotters @ Santa Ana Star Center

Harlem Globetrotters
Committed to bringing fans the best experience and most electrifying athletes on the planet, the Harlem Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action and team’s stars with their brand-new Fan Powered World Tour, which is set to come to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on March 8th at 7:00pm and March 9th at 2:00pm. 

At each Globetrotters game, there will be over 20 opportunities before, during and after each event where fans will get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any previous Globetrotters game.  

The Harlem Globetrotters roster showcases some of the most thrilling athletes in the world, including Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and, Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Torch George and Hoops Green.# 

Prior to every performance, fans can secure a ticket to Magic Pass, the Globetrotters’ exclusive pregame event. Magic Pass gives fans unprecedented access to the stars of the team, an opportunity to learn tricks, shoot hoops and take pictures on the court. After each game, fans can participate in a free autograph session.*

An additional exciting new element fans can look forward to this year is a new interactive mobile app with exclusive features, including an augmented reality (AR) basketball toss game and one-of-a-kind image filters that can be shared on social media. 

Also back by popular demand, fans will also get a chance to see the Flying Globies, an amazing acrobatic trampoline dunk team that will defy gravity during breaks in the game action.

Tickets start at $28.00 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, SantaAnaStarCenter.com the Santa Ana Star Center box office presented by Don Chalmers Ford or by phone at 888.694
4849. For more information, visit harlemglobetrotters.com. 

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 123 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and 
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 AM
Location: Santa Ana Star Center

National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show

2019 Fiery Foods Show Tickets & Information

Join us at the 31st National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show, March 1-3, 2019. There’s no better place to satisfy your craving for flavor and fire. You can sample everything from blazing BBQ to superhot salsa to mild and savory marinades and rubs, even sweet heat desserts!  Wander from booth to booth tasting, enjoying the fun energy, talking with exhibitors, and hobnobbing with fellow chileheads.

Ticket prices will be $10.50 for advance purchases (January 4th through February 22, 2019).
Ticket prices will then be $15.50 from February 23, 2019 through the day of the show.

Children’s tickets for children ages 11-18 may not be purchased in advance and are only available at the door on Show days for $5.00.
Children 10 and under are free.

Carnaval 2019: with PANdemonium and Odara Dance Ensemble

March 1 – March 2
7:30 pm

The NHCC’s annual celebration of Carnaval is a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, featuring the band PANdemonium and the Odara Dance Ensemble and showcasing the Carnaval celebrations of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, including Latin American and Caribbean nations as well as parts of the United States, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Among the guidelines that the Performing Arts program has developed, refined, and utilized since 1999 to design its programming and curate its seasons is the provision of a variety of annual programming that is specific to seasons, holidays, and celebrations, as well as culture-specific.

Carnaval was first celebrated at the NHCC in 2002, and has been part of the Center’s regular seasonal programming since 2006, with regular performances by presenting partners Frank Leto & PANdemonium and Pilar Leto & the Odara Dance Ensemble. This year’s Carnaval 2019 marks the 14th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts

Sante Fe Kids Free Spring Break: A Different Kind of Family Fun

Santa Fe is making it easy to plan your family’s much needed Spring Break vacation. From March 1 through April 21, take advantage of great Kids Free deals in Santa Fe—from lodging, food, arts, culture, and other kid-friendly attractions. Start exploring our 2019 Kids Free Spring Break specials today and plan your trip to Santa Fe.

FREE LESSON WITH ANY NEW BOARD
SKATE SCHOOL
Free private lesson with the purchase of any new skateboard! Lessons come with ‘skate homework’ to help young students get started with the basics.

ANNUAL NM BACH SOCIETY CONCERT
THE NEW MEXICO PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY
Bring the whole family to a great evening of Bach on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 6 pm – kids 18 and under get in free! The all-professional New Mexico Bach Society is fun for kids of all ages. The open dress rehearsal is a great way for younger kids to experience Bach for the first time. Program features outstanding singers and chamber

KIDS SKI FREE WEDS. IN MARCH
SANTA FE SKI CO.
“Wednesdays in March Kids Ski Free”.

FREE KIDS ADMISSION
MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART
Free admission for kids 16 and under during spring break.

SANTA FE KID’S CRAWL
INN OF THE GOVERNORS
Kids receive a free coloring book drawn and produced by local artist and musician, Megan Burns. And for more fun, our free pass allows you to explore the Harrell House Bug Museum and Science Shop in the nearby DeVargas Center.

FREE CHILDREN’S ENTREE
JULIA, A SPIRITED RESTAURANT & BAR
Complimentary Kid’s Menu children’s entree with the purchase of an adult entree in Julia, a Spirited Restaurant & Bar (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOUR
ART OF CHOCOLATE
Spend an hour learning how chocolate is grown, harvested and the journey it takes through the factory to produce bars, truffles, drinks and more.

FREE TAMALES AND COOKIES!
PUEBLO BONITO BED & BREAKFAST INN
Best Breakfast Tamales in NM!

JR. ARTIST PACKAGE
DRURY PLAZA HOTEL SANTA FE
Enjoy all the art and culture Santa Fe has to offer while giving your children the opportunity to become junior artists! Let your children become part of the Santa Fe experience and create their own masterpiece during their stay.

KIDS EAT FREE AT TERRA
TERRA RESTAURANT, FOUR SEASONS SANTA FE
Kids five (5) and under eat free

CHOCOLATE FOR KIDS
ART OF CHOCOLATE
Participate in a Family Chocolate Experience! Kids will learn about the Cacao tree, make and decorate their own chocolate bar and wrapper and learn a Mayan folktale about cacao in the jungle. One Parent must accompany each child. Offer good for up to 2 children /2 parents, pay only for the parents or guardian. Suitable for age 5-11.

FLOAT CAFE FREE KIDS DRINKS!
MEOW WOLF: HOUSE OF ETERNAL RETURN
Come see House Of Eternal Return, 20,000 square feet of the world’s most talked-about immersive, interactive art & storytelling experience and refresh yourselves at FLOAT Cafe where kids who mention “Kids Free Santa Fe” get one FREE Italian or French soda! Yummmers!

FREE KIDS PASS WITH ADULT PASS
SANTA FE CLIMBING CENTER
One Free Kids Pass with the purchase of an Adult Day Pass. Monday through Friday before 2:00pm.

A FREE MEOW WOLF ADVENTURE
LA FONDA ON THE PLAZA
Bring your kids to Santa Fe and they stay & play free at La Fonda and Meow Wolf! Plus, experience the most exciting explorative art adventure ever! Part haunted house, part jungle gym, it’s 20,000 square feet of giant artwork that you can step inside of & play by walking, climbing, & crawling through an imaginative series of unexpected environments. Beyond description, this adventure must be experienced in person.

LINGER-LONGER- SAVE 15%
LA POSADA DE SANTA FE RESORT & SPA
Save up to 15% plus a richer resort credit the longer you stay. Children under 16 are free! $60 resort credit for 4 nights – $15 for each added night.