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Iluminarte 2019

Sunday Dec 8, 2019

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
Website: Click to Visit






Valerie Martinez

Phone: 505-383-4724
Website: Click to Visit

Enjoy aerial and circus performances and poetry as well as an illuminated bike parade led by elementary school students.


¡ILUMINARTE!  is a one-of-a kind, creative partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), the City of Albuquerque, Story Riders, Artful Life, NHCC-Circo Latino, AirDance New Mexico and the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program that celebrates the winter holidays and luminarias/farolitos.  It includes aerial and circus performances and poetry as well as an illuminated bike parade led by elementary school students and open to the general public.

To participate in the Magical Light and Bike Parade, register here:


3:30 pm. NHCC Plaza.  CABQ Esperanza  FREE bike clinic and valet.

4:30 pm:  Performance/NHCC Plaza.  AirDance New Mexico performance: luminarias cast flickering light that dances across the wintery darkness. Free, no tickets required.

5 pm: Illuminated Bike Parade. The  ¡ILUMINARTE! cyclists, let by Circo Latino and Story Rider students from Dolores Gonzales, Reginald Chavez and Valle Vista Elementary Schools, and the general public proceed on illuminated bikes from NHCC plaza to the luminaria-lit Paseo del Bosque Trail.

5:30 pm: Cyclists wander the “River of Lights” during Magic Hour.  Be sure you buy a ticket for entrance to the Botanical Gardens/ROL ahead of time. 

6 pm: Performance/ABQ BioPark-River of Lights. Circo Latino performs for the opening of River of Lights. 

6:30: Illuminated Bike Parade returns to Bosque Trail and goes south to Tingley Beach.

6:30 pm: Poetry Reading at Tingley Beach.  ABQ Poet Laureate Michelle Otero with Story Rider students from Valle Vista Elementary School.  Free and open to the public. 

7 pm:  Illuminated Bike Parade continues back to NHCC and finishes in the luminaria-lit plaza. 

7:15 pm:  NHCC.  Hot chocolate, biscochitos.  Free bike valet.