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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.


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!


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.

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.


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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