Plan your trip to Albuquerque during the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Below is a list of other events happening in the area during the fiesta. Events will be updated as information becomes available, so please check back or visit our calendar of events at www.ItsATrip.org/events.
Performance: Gaslight: October 3-6
In fog-bound London, a debonair
husband, an unstable wife, and a mysterious stranger share many secrets.
Duke City Repertory Theatre opens their fourth season with one of the
most brilliant and suspenseful plays in modern theatre, Gaslight.
Concert: The Avett Brothers: October 4 Enjoy a night of music from indie folk band The Avett Brothers.
Flamenco Performance Jesus Munoz 1929: October 4-5
1929 will feature ‘palos’, or flamenco rhythms, danced by only a few flamenco dancers in the world and expand on flamenco history by interpreting it’s past with a modern twist.
Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Fall Show: October 4-6
Enjoy 60+ dealers, in the Creative Arts Bldg, on the State Fairgrounds. Load up the van to come in & see gemstones, minerals, jewelry, cabachons, books, equipment, fossils, meteorites and more.
Albuquerque Grecian Festival: October 4-6
The Albuquerque Grecian Festival is back! We invite you to be Greek for a day. Immerse yourself in the sounds of the bouzóuki, the tastes of authentic Greek cuisine, and the eye-catching sights of dancers streaming by in colorful costumes. Enjoy shopping for imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries.
Moonlight Ghost Tour: October 4-26
The Ghost's of wild Saloons, roaring dance halls, illicit opium dens and private gambling tables (and the lynching’s, hangings and gunfights which often accompanied the activity of these establishments) are detailed during our 90 minute adventures. Moonlight Tours last from 90 minutes to 2 hours. Not suggested for Children under the age of 13.
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival-Balloon Fiesta Show: October 4-6, 11-13
This highly-ranked, juried show features the work of hundreds of the
nation’s most outstanding artists and craftspeople. Visitors can shop
and purchase directly from the artists, and also enjoy the food court,
complete with wine sampling. There are also artists’ demonstrations,
children’s activities and a variety of entertainment, making it a fun
event for the entire family.
Performance: Curse of the Starving Class: October 4-6 & 11-13
This Obie Award-winning play is the darkly comic story of the Tate family's struggles to hang onto their farm and their ties to each other, in the face of outside forces that seem to conspire against them. The production features a Vortex Theatre first: a live sheep dwelling onstage in the midst of the often outrageous action.
Balsamic Tasting: October 5
Join us at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm just before dinner for a discussion and tasting of New Mexico’s own traditional Aceto Balsamico of Monticello New Mexico. Steve and Jane Darland of Old Monticello Organic Farms will teach you what to look for in topmost balsamic, first by explaining the difference between traditional and industrial.
Workshop: Aromatherapy Gathering-Autumn: October 5
The National Association of Holistic Aroma therapists will gather to celebrate Autumn. Connie Henry will share and offer essential oils for us to smell that are antiviral and are good for respiratory wellness. This will include discussion of how to maintain good immune health for the family through out the winter months using essential oils and herbals.
Old Town Santero Market: October 5
Join us in Old Town for live music and performances all week during Balloon Fiesta! On Saturday and Sunday, the Santero Market will take over the plaza. The first event at on Saturday is a mass and opening celebration to kick off the week. Also enjoy performances by the NM Marimba Band, Mariachi Nuevo Sonido, Luz de Luna, and much more!
Furry Friends Fiesta Day: October 5
The Albuquerque Balloon Museum along with the Albuquerque Balloon Museum Foundation and Travelin' Jack, the Ambassadog of New Mexico will celebrate Furry Friends Fiesta Day! Join us after the mass ascension on the field for a fun day of fur, frolicking and so much more!
4th Annual New Mexico Brew Fest & Music Showcase: October 5
Enjoy a full day of beer tastings from more than 20 local and regional breweries in a beautiful, family-friendly picnic setting.
Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival: October 5-6
We are celebrating the enduring beauty and artistry of more than 100 indigenous artists who produce traditional and contemporary art in a plethora of mediums ranging from clay, silver, glass, leather and more. There will be two days of family fun entertainment, food, and dances, under the big tent and in the plaza at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center!
Performance: Is He Dead?: October 5-6
In this madcap comedy in the cross-dressing tradition of Charlie’s Aunt, we meet Jean-Francois Millet, a young genius painter, deeply in debt, whose only way to pay his debts is to die, as only dead painters obtain fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and passes himself off as his sister, the Widow Tillou. How will he get out of a dress and back into life with his sweetheart?
Volcanoes Hike: October 5 & 7
Learn about the geologic processes that formed this area about 200,000 years ago and the cultural significance that the volcanoes hold for the people of the Rio Grande Valley today. Wear good walking shoes or hiking boots and bring water, hats, sunscreen, and dress in layers. The hike will last 1.5 hours and is approximately 1 mile roundtrip.
Balloon Fiesta Viewing Party: October 5, 7, 11, 12
Looking for an alternative to watch the balloons this year? Look no further than Gruet Winery, located just minutes away from Balloon Fiesta Park. We will be hosting several viewing parties from the winery this year. Please join us this year and celebrate the balloons in the traditional fashion, hot air balloons and sparkling wine!
Balloon Fiesta Family Art Workshop: October 5 & 13
Enjoy creating kid-friendly, balloon-inspired art in a relaxing setting at the Balloon Museum.
Balloon School for a Balloon Explorium: October 5-13
Bring the kids to the Museum's Balloon School for a Balloon Explorium. Kids will receive hands-on balloon education by climbing into a balloon gondola, orchestrating computerized balloon flights, and much more.
Rio Rancho Harvest Festival: October 5-13
Join us for fall fun, hay sculptures, food, music, contests, entertainment, educational demonstrations, all your fall decorating needs and pumpkins! Bring out the whole family for a day of fun!
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Bike Tour: October 5-13 Participants will travel to the Fiesta by bicycle along the acclaimed ‘Paseo del Bosque’ bike trail, which offers a perspective of the Dawn Patrol event from the Rio Grande River wilderness seldom seen by visitors to the city.
25th Old Church Balloon Fiesta Fine Art Show: October 5-13
Artists jury this show and it features original in concept work by New Mexico artists. The show is held in the beautiful venue of the Old San Ysidro Church. The adobe walls and natural New Mexico autumn light showcase the works. Oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed, sculpture, ink, photography, and fabric are typical mediums included in this show.
Float the Fiesta: October 5-6, 9-10, 12-13
The best seat imaginable for Albuquerque’s annual International Balloon Fiesta! You’ll float along the river, far from the massive crowds, as hundreds of balloons soar overhead!
Bosque Biking Adventure: October 5-6 & 10-13
Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Bosque Trail and a delicious garden fresh meal in an open air farm café. It’s the perfect way to spend the day. Our Bosque Trail Biking Package includes a bike rental, self guided tour of the Bosque Trail and a garden fresh meal at Old Town Farm.
Bosque Wild Hike: October 6
Join a local naturalist for a guided walk into the riverside forest and discover this world away from the city.
Concert: New Mexico Symphonic Chorus presents Rossini Messe Solennelle: October 6
The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, with Roger Melone conducting, presents Rossini's Messe Solennelle. From hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, the music abounds in memorable tunes and the rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became famous. With the full chorus and the original instrumentation of two pianos and harmonium, this rarely performed masterpiece comes to life anew.
Concert: Sunday Chatter: October 6 & 13
Sunday Chatter offers a one-hour ensemble music program played by local and visiting professional musicians with poetry/spoken-word performances all washed down with great espresso drinks. This performance features poet Don McIver with musical performances by baritone Timothy Mix, Michael Daupinais on piano, Zoltan Kodaly and James Holland on cello.
Winery Bike Tour: October 6 & 13
Join our professional tour guides for a custom ride that will highlight the natural history, culture, and beauty of the Rio Grande River Valley and the surrounding cottonwood forest in the Bosque.
Sandia Mountain Shadows Trail Run: October 7
The 9th Annual Sandia Mountain Shadows Trail Run is a favorite amongst the novice to seasoned trail runners. The run begins at the Piedra Lisa Park just east of Tramway and Menaul and heads into the Sandia Foothill (Open Space) trails and finishes at the Piedra Lisa Park next to the Foothill's Dam.
Balloon Fiesta in Old Town: October 7-13
Join us in Old Town for live music and performances all week during Balloon Fiesta! Enjoy an International Day, a Western Showcase Day, Flamenco Day, Native American Day and many more!
Performance: Te Amo Argentina: October 9
From the Amerindian rhythms of the Andes Mountains to the city-street cafés of Buenos Aires, the combination of music and dance performances weaves together a pulsating and inspiring homage to Argentina. This multi-media performance features music from the Latin Grammy award-winning album "Antonio Lysy at the Broad – Music from Argentina" and one of the top tango couples in the world; Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo.
Balloon Fiesta Stories in the Sky: October 9
Young adventurers will join education curator Laurie Magovern for balloon-style stories, crafts, music, and art. Enjoy stories, songs, movement and art! Enjoy aerial stories and explore the Balloon Museum a new perspective.
Disney Junior Live: October 9
Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates star in this brand new Disney Live production! Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess, with a special appearance by Cinderella.
Tablao Flamenco: October 10
Tablao Flamenco at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts restores the dance,
song and music of flamenco to the traditional and intimate setting of
the tablao. Established during the 50s and 60s throughout Spain, tablaos
staged talent and artistic expression of the flamenco community and
served refreshments in a relaxed, yet breathtaking ambience.
Coffee Tasting: October 11
Did you know tasting coffee is an art form. Coffee beans have up to 800 flavor characteristics that our senses can detect. Red wine, by comparison, only has 400. In this class, you will learn more about the flavor, body, acidity and aroma of coffee. We proudly serve locally roasted Villa Myriam specialty coffee, and the class will be lead by talented owners Juan and David.
Performance: Young Frankenstein: October 11-13
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made!
11th Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: October 11-20 One of New Mexico’s largest film festivals and one of the top GLBT film festivals in the Southwest. Now in its eleventh year, the Albuquerque-based festival is dedicated to showcasing queer cinema in an attempt to highlight the richness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.
Music Fiesta at Balloon Fiesta with Darius Rucker: October 12 Enjoy an afternoon of music at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Country music star Darius Rucker will be joined by special guests Bob Farrell, Derryl Perry and Charlie Worsham. After the concert, enjoy the Night Magic Balloon Glow and the AfterGlow fireworks show.
Saige Paints the Sky Screening: October 12
Enjoy a special screening of Saige Paints the Sky during Balloon Fiesta. Meet nine-year-old Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses. Saige is excited about the new school year, until she discovers that art, her favorite class has been cut. Inspired by the beloved American Girl line of dolls and featuring the celebrated 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige Paints the Sky is a movie for every girl who has ever dreamed big.
Fright Night Film Series: Notorious: October 12
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films, Notorious is a thriller not to miss. Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman takes to drink and men. She is approached by a government agent who asks her to spy on a group of her father's Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro. A romance develops between Alicia and Devlin, but she starts to get too involved in her work. Stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains.
Festival the Bazaar: October 12
Enjoy contemporary art, traditional Spanish art, and fashion. Experience dozens of exciting booths and educational & enlightening demonstrations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about and purchase new products and services.
Concert: Las Vegas All-Star Revue: October 12
A legendary line up of comedians, magicians and entertainers. Classic Vegas reunited to bring the best of Las Vegas to Albuquerque. Line up featuring Willie & Tyler (Ventriloquist), Fielding West (Comedy Magician), David Gee (Impressionist) and Michael Holly (Comedy Magician) and many more!
Bridge to the Arts: October 12
Bernalillo County’s Cultural Services Department presents Bridge to the Arts. The arts and crafts market will feature music, food trucks, performing arts and a mural exhibition led by area high school students.
Cider Festival: October 12-13 Come to the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm for the ninth annual Cider Festival. Find out how apple cider is made and sample fresh cider pressed on-site. Cider is for sale during the event, so you can enjoy the sweet flavor of autumn at home. Enjoy crafts, discovery stations, demonstrations in the farmhouse and live music.
Taste New Mexico: October 12-13
Enjoy the aromas and flavors of New Mexico’s favorite eats. More than two dozen restaurateurs, breweries, and wineries will take over the National Hispanic Cultural Center for this two-day autumn event. Offering a range from barbecue to sushi, burgers to vegan treats, desserts, and of course red and green chile!
Local Food Festival and Field Day: October 13
This year’s festival will include great local food with free samples, chef demos, and food trucks; live music and performance with Mala Mana, Cactus Tractor, street theater and spoken word; Farm Info “Round-ups” featuring experts and organizations who will talk about opportunities in the farming community; workshops on a variety of topics from food preservation techniques to bread making.
Concert: New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra: October 13
Enjoy a night of classical music from the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra. Musical selections include Verdi: Overture to Nabucco, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4. This performance features Olga Kern on piano and Grant Cooper conducting.
Concert: Chatter Cabaret: October 13
Brian O'Connor returns to Chatter Cabaret with a completely new program. Featured will be the music of Franz Schubert and John Harbison followed by two world premieres written for Brian by Kevin Kaska and Bevan Manson. This is classical music in a cabaret setting with a variety of seating arrangements including couches and tables with service for wine, beer, mixed and specialty drinks plus delicious appetizers/tapas (optional, extra cost).
Concert: Jake Shimabukuro: October 13
Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro views the ukulele as an untapped source of music with unlimited potential. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock, Jake's mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more than the traditional Hawaiian music or corny showbiz routines many associate it with.
Fall Fiesta of Flowers: Daily
Come to the Fall Fiesta of Flowers at the Botanic Garden to enjoy a final celebration of color before plants go dormant for the winter. With a color palette of purples and oranges, striking, tall and unusual Mexican sage and Lion’s Tail, mums and other flowers decorate the Garden, giving a true fiesta vibe.
Wagner Farms Corn Maze: Daily
Fall as come to Wagner Farmland Experience! Enjoy a corn maze, hayride, petting zoo, activity park, and pumpkin patch.
Creeping, Crawling & Carnivorous Show: Daily
This special show features nature's darkest and most dangerous insects, arachnids, flesh-eating plants and reptiles from around the world. Get a bug's eye-view into a world you have never seen and learn how these creatures are a vital part of our environment.
Rio Grande Community Farm Maize Maze: Friday-Sunday
A family oriented, affordable, outdoor activity that allows you to wander in a field of corn as you make your way through a maze.
Downtown Grower's Market & Festival: Every Saturday through October Features 100% locally grown New Mexico produce.
ABQ Trolley Best of ABQ City Tour: Every Tuesday through Sunday through October; Enjoy the best of Albuquerque on a 66-minute tour from a completely-custom, uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air trolley.
EXPO New Mexico Flea Market: Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year; Featuring hundreds of vendors with tens of thousands of unique and one-of-a-kind items to choose from.
Ghost Tour of Old Town: Nightly, reservations required; Albuquerque Legends, folklore, ghost stories and history come to life as you depart on an intriguing excursion through 300 years of haunted history.
History, Legends & Lore Old Town Tour: Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday throughout the year. Uncover Old Town's unusual and well-hidden architectural details. Imagine early merchants as they traveled the Santa Fe Trail for trade. Embark on a 75-minute walking tour which takes you through the streets and alleys of one of the oldest towns in North America.
Bike Tour of the Bosque River Trail: Daily. Our signature scenic tour rides alongside the famous Rio Grande River for approx. 2 hours. Riders will enjoy views of the Botanic Gardens, the Albuquerque Aquarium, and the Rio Grande Zoo, with a brief stop at the historic Tingley Beach.
We Fill the Sky with Dreams: Tuesday-Sunday through December 2013 An exhibit highlighting the history of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as well as the sport of hot air ballooning.
Children of War, Voices for Peace: Tuesday-Sunday through December 2013
Back by popular demand, this touching exhibition features a little-known footnote in the history of World War II. Japanese schoolchildren were recruited to help create “Fugos”—giant balloons that were armed with bombs and launched across the Pacific. The only enemy-caused deaths on the North American continent in World War II occurred from the detonation of one of these bombs. The exhibition features the story of one Japanese schoolgirl who later learned that her contribution to her country’s safety was an instrument of death, and of her subsequent efforts to promote peace.
FAI Ballooning Commission International Hall of Fame: Tuesday-Sunday through December 2013
Newly relocated to the Balloon Museum, the Hall of Fame features some 40 existing inductees and recognizes people who have made significant contributions to aerostation. Inductees include Ron Clark, a member of the crew to make the first balloon crossing of the Pacific Ocean; Larry Newman, a co-inventor of the ultra-light airplane and co-captain on the first manned balloon crossing of the Pacific Ocean; Rocky Aoki, a restaurateur and a record-setting balloonist in crossing the Pacific Ocean in a helium balloon; and Olivier Roux Devillas, the founder of the French Aeronautical Federation and competitive balloonist. Past inductees with a New Mexico connection include Sid Cutter, the Balloon Fiesta co-founder, and Maxie Anderson and Ben Abruzzo, two of the three balloonists of the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight.
Titanic-The Artifact Exhibition: Daily through October 27, 2013 The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the 100-year history of Titanic. Along the way visitors will learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.
Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Daily New Mexico’s Triassic Period: Permanent Exhibition The only Triassic Exhibit Hall in North America is dedicated to the plants and animals of the Triassic Period in New Mexico and the world.
Stitching Resistance-The History of the Chilean Arpilleras: Tuesday-Sunday through January 2014 The History of Chilean Arpilleras Arpilleras are a powerful art form- so much more than a charming or quaint applique. Layers of sackcloth or burlap fabric (arpillera) were joined, principally through applique, to create multi-dimensional (in layers and meaning) works of protest and resistance. The featured works span the period from the 1973 military coup and highlight human rights issues and violations, abductions and desaparecidos disappeared people), women and community, exile, and politics and authoritarianism.
The New Deal, Was it a Great Deal?: Tuesday-Sunday through March 2014
The exhibit consists of 36 photographs depicting New Deal art in New Mexico. A smaller group of black and white photographs by photojournalist Dorothea Lange will also be featured. There's a double focus to the exhibit and the symposium: to recall the impressive achievements of this dynamic period and to call attention to the need to preserve this art. Is there a need to replicate such a program today?
En la Cocina with San Pascual: Tuesday-Sunday through June 2014
San Pascual is the beloved "saint of the kitchen" featured in numerous representations in New Mexican and Mexican art. Throughout the last half the twentieth century, cooks have decorated their kitchens with his image to insure that recipes come out sabrosas (tasty) and perfectas (perfect). Even Julia Child had one in her kitchen! The exhibition, En la Cocina with San Pascual, in the NHCC Art Museum's Community Gallery explores his image and highlights how artists creatively render this popular santo. The exhibition features over 75 works by some of New Mexico's most prominent visual artists.
Landscape Drawings from the Museum Collection: Tuesday-Sunday through October 27, 2013
The first exhibition in the Museum’s new Works on Paper Gallery, this exhibition will highlight drawings and watercolors by Seth Eastman, Samuel Colman, Raymon Jonson, Charles Burchfield, and Gene Kloss dating from the 1850s to the 1950s.
Vivian Vance Photographs: Tuesday-Sunday through March 2014
This exhibition celebrates the life and times of one of Albuquerque’s most famous residents, the late Vivian Vance, of I Love Lucy fame, through family memorabilia and the museum’s photo archives.
Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Tuesday-Sunday through March 2014
In 52 stunning black and white photographs, Belen based photographer Robert Christensen has documented in a spare compositional format, spontaneously designed buildings such as gas stations, garages, barns, bars, sheds, and shops.
African American Art in the 20th Century: Tuesday-Sunday through January 2014 The exhibition presents 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 43 African American artists from the premier collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, more than half of which are being shown for the first time. The exhibition features artists who came to prominence during the period bracketed by the Harlem renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. Some trained in the country's most prestigious art schools, others in the ateliers of Paris. Many were teachers; others worked at whatever jobs allowed them time to create. All participated in the multivalent dialogues about art, black identity, and the rights of the individual that engaged American society throughout the 20th Century.
The Seagren Collection-Gifts Brought Home: Daily through December 2013 Explore the relationships between the artist, collector, and the art. Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo artists are represented in this exquisite pottery collection.
Saints of the Pueblos: Daily, permanent exhibition Featuring the striking retablos created by renowned santero Charles M. Carrillo. This body of work is part of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's permanent collection, and it is our pleasure to showcase the retablos in a new installation.
A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne-The Zuni World: Monday-Sunday through December 2013 The A:shiwi Map Art Project is an art, language and place name project all in one. The project is intended to be a tool to help Zunis connect to places through artistic renderings of the Zuni cultural landscape. A group of Zuni advisors worked to first decide what not to map, then what would be culturally appropriate to include on the maps. The paintings have been printed as full color posters with place names added.
Indian Dances & Artist Demonstrations: October 5-13, 2013 Traditional Indian dances and artist demonstrations.Weekdays at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Weekends at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Dynamics of Flight: June-December 2013 Dynamics of Flight is a special exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History that displays the advances in aircraft design and technology from the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle. Experience your own flight in a computerized simulator in order to understand the concepts of pitch, roll and yaw. Dynamics of Flight will give you a new appreciation for aeronautics and the incredible changes this industry has made to our world.