Albuquerque Special Events
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
For a great family activity during the fall, check out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which has been drawing visitors from all over the world since the 1970s. Albuquerque's unique arid climate and unobstructed desert skies make it ideal for balloonists to fly and for visitors to watch the colorful spectacle. The early October event has been amazing visitors as hundreds of balloons take off from the Balloon Fiesta Park. On the ground, enjoy a festival atmosphere with food and gift vendors. Take your family on a balloon ride with an experienced pilot or just enjoy the show in the sky. See a variety of amusing balloon shapes from farm animals to superheroes and beautiful decorations during the day. At night, you can enjoy the enchanting scene of Balloon Glows lighting up the sky.
Women & Creativity Event
Not only is it National Women's History Month, but March is also a great time to have a girlfriend getaway in Albuquerque where the annual Women & Creativity Event spans the entire month and is sponsored by dozens of arts organizations, private businesses, and individuals to celebrate women's creativity across various disciplines from fine arts to science. Take in theater performances, hear lectures from distinguished scholars and entrepreneurs, view gallery shows or take advantage of a women's health expo.
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
Another annual event that draws thousands of visitors to Albuquerque each year is North America's largest pow wow, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow and Native American competition held at the University of New Mexico Arena in April. The event features Native American Indian singing, dancing, and arts. Browse booths featuring authentic crafts, foods, and other Native American goods. The weekend event also features The Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentation & Show. Daily events during the Pow Wow include Native American dance performances, artist demonstrations and live musical performances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Immerse yourself and your family in New Mexican culture with the weeklong Savor Albuquerque event that takes place downtown. A combination of several events, Savor Albuquerque is sure to stimulate your five senses with dance and music performances, arts, culinary events, and theatrical shows. The summer event features the outdoor New Mexico Centennial Summerfest, the Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque, the Duke City Improv Festival, the Route 66 Arts Festival, and the RoofTapas culinary spotlight on area restaurants.
River of Lights Festival
If you're heading to Albuquerque around Christmas time, check out the River of Lights festival that illuminates the Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Gardens during the month of December. Hundreds of lights displays feature zoo creatures and other festive scenes. Enjoy live entertainment and let the kids delight in model train demonstrations. Note that this event is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas Eve Luminaria Display
Enjoy a Southwestern tradition and see the citywide Christmas Eve Luminaria Display, which features thousands of softly glowing luminaries that illuminate scenic Old Town, the Albuquerque Country Club and other popular city spots. Travel on foot or view the displays via bus. Tickets for this event are limited and are sold in advance.