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Albuquerque Film & Music Experience


The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is a socially conscious and impactful event that represents creative achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment. AFME programming includes new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and time with industry leaders in attendance. This year’s international program will spotlight filmmaking and artistry from Latin America. There will be incredible networking events, screenwriting, art and photography competitions for students, poetry readings by celebrity guests, a star-studded pet fashion show and opportunities to share stories as we gather with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) is Albuquerque’s premier film and music festival. Now in its 7th year, AFMX features domestic and international movies, engaging industry panels and workshops, exciting networking events and parties, live music and more.

¡Globalquerque! Annual World Music Festival


  • Dates: September 20, 2019 – September 21, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • 1701 Fourth St. S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102

2019 Lineup:

47SOUL (Palestine/Jordan)
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones (USA)
Natu Camara (Guinea)
La Cuneta Son Machín (Nicaragua)
Dat García (Argentina)
Garifuna Collective (Belize)
Lucibela (Cabo Verde)
Carlos Medina (Las Vegas, New Mexico)
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Sahba Motallebi (Iran)
Pamyua (Inuit/Yup’ik)
Le Vent du Nord (Quebec, Canada)
Yandong Grand Singers (China)
And more to be announced!

New Mexico State Fair


Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the New Mexico State Fair is one of the largest fairs in the country, with Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo and nationally known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits, and shopping all in one place.

Ranked by SmartAsset.com as one of the top 10 state fairs in the nation (press release here), the New Mexico State Fair includes a PRCA rodeo and performances by nationally-known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages, all in the heart of Albuquerque. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits and shopping at one of the largest state fairs in the country.


10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday


Adults (age 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65 and up): $7
Children (age 6-11) $7
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE


Monday – $25
Tuesday – $15
Wednesday- $1 Admission & $1 Rides ($10 Minimum)
1st Thursday- $15
2nd Thursday – $20
Friday-Sunday – $35


Open at 2 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Open at 10 am


Open at 12 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Open at 10 am

Dollar Day $1 Admission + $1 Rides all day ($10 Minimum)

Annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival

Instituto Cervantes is proud to present ¡Cine Magnífico! to the New Mexican community once again.

Albuquerque has positioned itself as a creative and inclusive city where our community can experience a cultural exchange and participate in the many inspiring events organized by the numerous local organizations.

¡Cine Magnífico! is one of those projects that was created to further encourage cultural interactions and awareness through the lens of Latin America and Spanish´s cinema

¡Cine Magnífico! has always been (but especially with today’s political and social climate) to cover the issues that exist in our own communities – to aim a light at our comunidades latinas in the US, and “endow them with visibility”. This is the magic of cinema: visibility – the truest sense of cinematic and visual arts. Our own lives – our shared joys and concerns – shine through the screen, along with elegant music scores, true characters, stunning settings, gorgeous costumes, and well-told stories.

We showcase a diverse set of films, from award-winning to local and up-and-coming filmmakers. This years’ screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Kimo Theater and the Guild Cinema.

Thank you for supporting ¡Cine Magnífico! Enjoy the show!

Cutbow Coffee Named Among Top 50 Coffee Shops in the World

Cutbow Coffee has been named among the TOP 50 COFFEE SHOPS IN THE WORLD by international travel site, Big 7 Travel. Founded in 2017, Cutbow joined the burgeoning scene of local coffee roasters bringing world class coffee to the Albuquerque area. Owner/Coffee Roaster and Albuquerque native Paul Gallegos is a 30 year veteran of the specialty coffee industry, having roasted over 70 million pounds of craft coffee. Paul utilizes a time-honored artisanal approach to the dark art, relying on his senses to determine crucial details of the roasting process with precise accuracy. The Cutbow team of talented baristas prepare consistently delicious specialty drinks with equal aplomb.

The consistency of Paul’s roasts is monitored through the industry standard known as coffee cupping. In this practice, a small amount of coffee is ground and brewed in 6 oz. tasting glasses. The liquor is then loudly and forcefully slurped off a cupping spoon to aerate the coffee over the entire palate at once, allowing retro-nasal senses to inform the overall taste experience. In this manner, critical details of time and temperature can be identified and if necessary, adjusted in successive roast batches. Additionally, tasting notes are taken to share with customers the vast array of flavor profiles available in the world of coffee.

Hatch Valley Chile Festival

Hatch Valley Chile Festival

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of our world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop. The event also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a carnival. Visit our events page.

“Celebrate the Future” Day
In 2006, we began “Celebrate the Future” day in honor of Spaceport America. Science, engineering and aeronautic organizations present demonstrations and displays to educate our citizens on the impact and employment possibilities of the Southwest Regional Spaceport.

Pick a direction… Any direction…
The surrounding areas hold your next adventure. With New Mexico State Parks in every direction, you can rock hunt, boat, bike, hike or ski. With Leasburg State Park and Fort Seldon to the south and Caballo Lake State Park, Percha Dam State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park to the north, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find the perfect opportunity for their recreation! Click here to get directions!

Hatch Business
Located off Interstate 25, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. In 2007, the town population registered a little over 1,600 people. The Village of Hatch also serves seven unincorporated communities with a combined population of 5,000 people.

With four banks, two grocery stores, a pharmacy, a few retail stores, and a smattering of restaurants, Hatch offers all the amenities of small-town life. The Ben Archer Health Center meets the community’s healthcare needs with doctors, a dentist, an ambulance service and emergency medical technicians. Our local Municipal Airport was awarded the “most improved small community airport” and continues to improve.

The opening of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, brings the exciting frontier of commercial space travel to our backyard. The entrance to Spaceport America is only nine miles south from the Village of Hatch, which makes us the “New Gateway to Space.”

Hatch History
Born from an extension of the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1880, Hatch, New Mexico, began as an adobe post office and a railroad flag station. Named after General Edward Hatch, Commander of the Southwest military, the town grew until a flood in 1921 destroyed many of the adobe buildings constructed of earth and wood.

The village rebuilt, and continues to prosper as an agricultural community to this day. The advent of the nearby Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, promises an exciting new chapter in the history of Hatch.

The 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.
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 Great American Duck Race – Deming, NM

Great American Duck Race

Thursday, August 22
Evening Luna County Skate Competition Deming Skate Park (Matt Robinson 575-546-0494)
6:30pm  Mizkan America, Inc Duck Royalty Pageant

Friday, August 23
4 pm Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day (some open) Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
4-8 pm Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
6:30pm Sponsor Party/Dinner Mimbres Valley Special Events Center

Saturday, August 24
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10am 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 Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-4 pm ($5 entry) 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) 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 25
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10 am Great American Washers Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
12N-6p  Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-6p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N ($5 entry) Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
3pm Duck Race eliminations/finals McKinley Duck Downs
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allow at the Park. Pets can be left at the kennel. Donations appreciated. 

Westside Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Westside Summerfest - Ventana Ranch

Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 5-10 p.m. | Ventana Ranch Community Park

This free family-friendly event features fun for everyone including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts at a city park all under the summer sky. (View Map)


National Headliner – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of Rock Music’s most recognizable stars. Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, the band immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane” in 1979. The group continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out”, “We Built This City”, “Sara”, and an Oscar Nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie “Mannequin”. Every Starship album released since has gone gold, platinum, or multi-platinum.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 5 p.m. – Todd Tijerina Band
  • 6 p.m. – DK & The Affordables
  • 7 p.m. – Son Como Son
  • 8:30 p.m. – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

2019 Westside Summerfest - Opening Bands

For over two decades Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na) has played his fierce brand of cutting edge blues-rock in Chicago and the Southwest. Infusing funk, rock and jazz elements into his blues stylings, Todd has always attempted to be unique as a songwriter and guitarist. He travels around the country entertaining audiences with his band.

Hailing from the secret city of Los Alamos, NM, DK & The Affordables kick out a jiving, jumping variety of roots rock n’ roll music that is intended to get you moving and inspire good will amongst the generations. Gyrating, swinging bodies topped by smiling faces always accompany Affordables’ shows. Couple all of that with twangy guitar, a ripping rhythm section, greasy hair, and some pointy boots, and you’ve got yourself a hootenanny of a good time!

Son Como Son bills itself as Salsa Cuban Style. Founded in 1993 it is unquestionably one of Albuquerque’s longest-standing and most popular salsa ensembles, they play regularly to packed audiences comprising highly animated and dedicated, salseros at venues all over the southwest. They are directed by renowned trombonist, vocalist, percussionist, composer, and arranger César Bauvallet who moved from Havana, Cuba to Albuquerque in 1992. In addition to César, Son Como Son is comprised of some of Albuquerque’s most accomplished and busiest musicians.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of a variety of local food trucks. Adults 21 and over can unwind from the week in the Microbrew Garden with the best local brews, spirits and wines from local establishments such as Abbey Brewing Co.Bosque Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail SpiritsHollow Spirits DistilleryLa Cumbre Brewing Co.Left Turn DistilleryMarble BreweryRed Door Brewing Co.Sheehan WinerySteel Bender BrewyardThe 377 BreweryToltec BrewingTractor Brewing Co., and Turtle Mountain Brewing Co.

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

Getting There

Ventana Ranch Community Park is less than a 10 minute drive from Coors and Paseo del Norte Blvd. Park address: 10000 Universe Blvd NW 87114 (View Map).


Free parking will be available at the CNM Westside Campus (View Map) and at Volcano Vista High School (View Map). Free shuttles will take event-goers to and from the park throughout the event. Sun Van shuttles are handicap accessible.

For easiest access, if you are coming from north Universe Blvd., park at CNM Westside Campus. Park at Volcano Vista High School if you are coming from south Universe Blvd.

If street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws. Parking is not available at the park.

Bike Valet

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center. Before hitting the trails, check out the bike routes throughout Albuquerque. (ABQ Bike Paths)

Event Specifics

Westside Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. Bring a picnic to the park. Glass items or alcohol are not permitted. This is a rain or shine event.

Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico’s Fine Art Expo

The Albuquerque Art Business Association (The ARTScrawl people) is honored to partner with the City of Albuquerque, The Albuquerque Convention Center and Visit Albuquerque to present The 2019 Albuquerque Art Showcase: New Mexico’s Fine Art Expo.

Overlapping Santa Fe’s Indian Market, we are excited to be part of the largest visual arts weekend in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Art Showcase will spotlight 125 of the finest artists of New Mexico and beyond. Galleries, guilds, and hundreds of artists will come together to showcase their creative and diverse talents. This is the first time that all of Albuquerque’s visual arts organizations will be housed under the same roof. These include: New Mexico Water Color Society, New Mexico Pastel Society, Rio Grande Arts Association, and the New Mexico Plein Air Painters Association. The Showcase will take place in the south west exhibit hall of the Albuquerque Convention Center right across from Civic Plaza.



Benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund of NM

Tickets $75 each

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 6-9pm


Friday August 16 – 10am to 6pm-  $10 admission

Saturday August 17 – 10am to 5pm – $10 admission

             Sunday August 18 – 10am to 5pm – Free- Local Treasure Reception 1pm

             Monday August 19 – 10am to 4pm – Free- Business Brunch  10am-1pm