The last iteration of our lovely city's free summer people-watching, munchies-eating, cool objects buying and music listening neighborhood-centered festivals—Summerfest—comes to a gloriously foregone conclusion (it will be a helluva lot of fun!) on Saturday, Aug. 18 when Cottonwood Mall, on the Westside of Burque, is effectively held in thrall by the last bit of summery action that can be counted upon until next year at this same time. Check this out, this really is the ultimate Summerfest for 2018: it features world beat rockers Ozomatli headlining a program that also features the hugely popular Red Light Cameras as well as critically acclaimed locals Citizens of Tape City, headed by bassist Artha Meadors, a winner of this year's BoB Music Editor's Choice Awards. In addition, the microbrew garden features 10 local brewers, plus there is an artisan's market and children's activity area. Pets are welcome, as long as they are leashed. In other words, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't attend; it's still summer after all.
Saturday Aug 18, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Contact:City of Albuquerque
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This family-friendly event features fun for everyone including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national headliner Ozomatli.
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 all under the summer sky at Cottonwood Mall by Dillard's.
National Headliner - Ozomatli
Ozomatli has been defined by innovation and creativity since its inception in 1995. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. This band’s success has exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hop-hop and other world styles. They are proud recipients of a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” and a Latin GRAMMY Award for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2005. They strive to make music to be shared through the generations and have even recorded music specifically targeted towards children and families. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the energy and style of this six-piece band as they take the stage at Westside Summerfest.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week in the Microbrew Garden with the best local brews, spirits and wines from local establishments.
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.
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.
Free parking is available at the Cibola High School parking lot (parking map), with free shuttles taking event goers from Cibola to the BJ's parking lot throughout the event.
Take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center.Westside Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.