Fall Events Taking Place in Albuquerque

Fall is coming, and while this may depress some of the summer lovers out there, there are plenty of reasons to visit Albuquerque in the coming months. From music festivals to wine tasting events, there’s something for just about everyone to enjoy.

ABQ Corks & Brews

Albuquerque Corks & Brews logo

Love a good wine or beer? Come to the ABQ Corks & Brews event right in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. You can enjoy a wide variety of craft beers and wines, and pair them with artisanal chocolate to enhance the flavor and enthrall the senses. You can choose to drink responsibly and take in the beautiful sites of the city, or maybe going overboard is your thing. Regardless, the ABQ Corks & Brews event is fun for any kind of drinker.

The event takes place on October 3, and admission is a reasonable $25.

The Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Albuquerque Grecian Festival logo

From October 2-4, you can get a taste of culture at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival, where you’ll be transported to Greece right from within New Mexico. The event will feature a live Greek band, authentic Greek food, and plenty of dancers donning the costumes of Old World Greece. This event will also take place in the middle of the Downtown area, and admission is $5.

The 3rd Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival artist

Native American art is among the best you’ll find in Albuquerque, and the 3rd Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival celebrates the hundreds of Native artists who produce both traditional and contemporary pieces. At this festival you’ll see artwork in various mediums such as paintings, drawings, pottery and sculptures, among others. Throughout the two days the event takes place, families can enjoy entertainment, food, dances and more at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in addition to the artwork.

The festival will take place on October 3-4, and admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $3 for kids and students.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hot air balloon launch

The world-renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is known for its huge entertainment factor among kids and adults of all ages. You can see hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky every October, where many guests from all over the world will show off their balloons.

You can attend this event from October 3-11, and admission costs a measly $8.

There are of course many other events that will occur throughout Albuquerque all the way to the end of November, but these are some of the more popular events that will come next month.

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.