Things to Do for a Great Summer in Albuquerque

During the summer months there is no shortage of things to enjoy in Albuquerque. Whether you want to actively explore the natural scenery of parks and hiking locations or sit and enjoy a concert event, there is something for everybody this time of year.

Summerfest 2015

Each summer, Albuquerque hosts a variety of outdoor concerts that cover all different types of music, including Latin, jazz, blues, contemporary, and classic rock. Whatever your musical tastes, you’re sure to find something enjoyable at one of the four Summerfests being hosted this year. Admission is free for each of them.

The Heights Summerfest took place on June 13, so you may have missed out this year, but that concert featured The Blue Hornets, Youngsville, Countdown to Overkill and Smash Mouth to give you a taste of the bands that come to town.

route 66 summerfest

You can catch the Route 66 Summerfest on July 18, though, which will cover one mile of Nob Hill and feature live music, shopping, kids’ activities, a car show, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. You can also visit the Downtown Summerfest located at the Civic Plaza (which you might recognize from a couple of scenes in Breaking Bad), which will feature artists such as Animal Opera, Taylor Dayne and Soul Divine.

The final event, the Westside Summerfest, will take place on August 22 on Ellison Dr. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be the headliner.

Hiking in the Sandia Mountains

One of the greatest features around Albuquerque is the Sandia Mountains. You can see them from many points in the city, but you can explore them close-up with a little hiking excursion. There are about 25 suggested hiking routes you can take depending on how you want to explore the mountains, and there are guides you can view online to help you plan which your hiking trip.

Petroglyph National Monument

While the Sandia Mountains might provide a sufficient glimpse into Albuquerque’s illustrious history for some, you can further delve into the city’s past by paying a visit to the Petroglyph National Monument.

Petroglyph National Monument photo

This location features historically significant designs and symbols that the Native Americans and Spanish settlers carved onto volcanic rocks over half a millennium ago. They are still viewed as spiritually relevant by many Native Americans and descendants of the Spanish settlers in the area.

These are simply a few of the things to do throughout Albuquerque during the summer. There are many other activities to enjoy in this large city.