Balloon Fiesta Park
Run, Santa, Run
Saturday, Dec 3: Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot
Rumble in the Jungle
Saturday, Aug 20: The Running of the Chihuahuas
Vans Used to be for Skaters, Now They Just Mean You Like to Rock
Monday, Aug 1: 2016 Vans Warped Tour • Atreyu • Good Charlotte • pop punk • New Found Glory • rock • Mayday Parade • Motionless in White • metal • Waka Flocka Flame • rap
Monday, Jul 4: Freedom 4th
Saturday, May 28: Albuquerque Wine Festival
Saturday, May 21: Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Get With the Times
Saturday, Apr 30: Albuquerque Renaissance Faire
Get Bouncy With It
Saturday, Mar 26: Inflatable Obstacle Course
Maximum Bacon Achieved
Saturday, Nov 7: 3rd Annual Southwest Bacon Fest
Running of the Dogs
Sunday, Nov 1: Doggie Dash and Dawdle
Take a Bite Outta Summer
Bite of ABQ: Food and Craft Beer Festival
A True People's Gathering
ABQ People's Festival 2014
Windy Good Times at the ABQ Folk Festival
“A Little a’ This ‘n’ That”
As lovers of folk music and a novice musicians, it was a treat to finally attend this year's ABQ Folk Festival. Though it's been a Duke City summer staple for well over a decade, this year's festival was particularly special, as the event featured a tribute to the late, great Pete Seeger, one of the most notable American folk singers; he passed away earlier this year. The festival kicked off with the AFF Benefit Concert featuring Claire Lynch with opening band, Holy Water and Whiskey.
The event, which took place at the Balloon Fiesta Park, was well-organized with the help of volunteers. Free parking and camping gave the event a community feel, as did the music and dance workshops, art, food, petting zoo, etc. In addition to a variety of different local and national folk acts, the Band Scramble Competition offered the opportunity for musicians from different groups to play together for the first time. Temporary groups formed through a lottery system with just 50 minutes to prepare for a six-minute performance in front of a panel of judges.
Square dance lessons, storytelling, and poetry gave the festival a quality of authenticity that would have made Pete proud and, after prizes were handed out for the Scramble, the tribute to Seeger was quickly in full swing. “For Pete’s Sake” consisted of fervent musicians and fans belting out a myriad of Pete's tunes on and off stage in the spirit of true unity; a proper send-off, indeed.
As we concluded the tribute with our rendition of “Blowing in the Wind,” nature took us a little too literally. Tent pegs were no match for the dusty New Mexico gusts that sent the canvas sailing. The Fire Marshall quickly hammered out danger by moving the festivities indoors. As festival goers continued dancing inside the Balloon Fiesta Museum and the sun was setting, it seemed that the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott would not be closing the night. Much to our surprise, not only did he make an appearance, he was cordial and kind, warming us with stories of travel and inspiration. Strangers became friends and friends became family and, as Ramblin' Jack departed for Austin, we were reminded that to every thing, there is a season, and that we would all be eagerly awaiting next year’s Folk Festival. Thank you Albuquerque, thank you Pete, and thank you, Ramblin' Jack!
Bagpipes, dancing, kilts and beyond. All things wonderful and beautiful and Celtic come together this weekend for the 25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival. This year's celebration serves honorably as the location for the 13th Annual Masters World Championship for Highland games. Events include stone, weight and hammer throws, caber and sheaf tosses and other traditional feats of strength. There will also be Men's Pro Division rugby, a Celtic Sevens Rugby Tournament and youth rugby games. For those whose interests bear slightly on the less-violent side, music, dancing, shopping, food and drink will abound throughout the park, as well as celtic dog, pony and horse shows, herding demonstrations and an antique car show. Kids' activities include knight fights, pony rides, a mini caber toss and more. Don't miss this chance to celebrate all seven Celtic nations packed into two days of fun. One-day admission ranges from $7-$15 with two-day admission discounts available. Balloon Fiesta Park • Sat May 18 • 9 am-5 pm • $7-$20 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Up, Up and Away
Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally
What's steamy, fun, romantic and … inflatable? A hot air balloon, of course! Get into the Valentine's spirit this weekend with the Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally at the Balloon Fiesta Park. This playful Valentine's-themed event is produced and sponsored by the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association and will feature competition races, special shapes and the flight of nearly 135 balloons. Launch time is 7 a.m. both tomorrow and Sunday and admission is free. So bundle up, make some hot cocoa, shake your spouse and/or kids out of bed and spend a morning enjoying one of our great state's most celebrated traditions. Balloon Fiesta Park • Sat Feb 9 • 7 am • FREE • View on Alibi calendar