ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Albuquerque, New Mexico has many exciting, unique events coming up this spring and summer. Whether your interests lie in theatre, food or sports, there are activities for everyone. Please share these events with your readers and viewers as appropriate. Visit www.itsatrip.org/events for more information on events happening in Albuquerque.
Exhibition: Titanic – The Artifact Exhibition, through October 27
The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the 100-year history of Titanic. The exhibition features countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the incredible stories and people on the Titanic. From construction, launching, and life on board to the tragic sinking and dramatic rescue of some 700 people, the Exhibition concludes with the amazing discovery of the ship 73 years after its sinking, and highlighting the innovative recovery and conservation efforts made over the last 25 years.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, http://nmnaturalhistory.org/titanic
30th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, April 25 – 27
Experience Native American dancing and singing competitions with over 3,000 participants. The 30th annual event features the Indian Traders Market featuring aisles of shopping, native foods and music, and the crowning of Miss Indian World.
UNM Arena, www.gatheringofnations.com
34th Annual American Indian Week: Pueblo Days, April 20 – 28
This week-long celebration of dance and other events celebrates Pueblo Indian tribes and other American Indian heritage. The week includes two Indian art markets, sales in the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center gift shop, specials in the Pueblo Harvest Café & Bakery, a children’s art show and the popular daily dance performances of tribes from New Mexico and the Southwest.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, www.indianpueblo.org
Albuquerque Wine Festival, May 25 – 27
The New Mexico Wine Growers Association will host the Albuquerque Wine Festival at Balloon Fiesta Park over Memorial Day weekend. The annual event will showcase a wide variety of award-winning New Mexico wines in a relaxed, park-like setting with live music, international food and crafts vendors.
Balloon Fiesta Park, http://www.abqwinefestival.com
Blues at the Blueseum, June 2
Albuquerque’s spectacular Balloon Museum is turning into the “Blueseum”. The event features national blues artist Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials Band. Relax on the Balloon Museum’s lawn with its incredible view of the Sandia Mountains while enjoying a great afternoon of blues, plus food and drinks from local vendors.
Albuquerque Balloon Museum, http://www.itsatrip.org/blueseum
New Event: Albuquerque Film and Media Experience at Nob Hill, June 3 – 9
The Albuquerque Film & Media Experience is a new event in 2013 that represents creative achievement in film, music, arts and entertainment. AFME programming includes new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and face-to-face time with industry leaders in attendance. This year’s international program will spotlight filmmaking and artistry from Israel and the United Kingdom as well as having the support and involvement of Hollywood Icon Robert Redford and many other top names.
Nob Hill, http://www.abqfilmexperience.com
Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, June 10 – 15
Each June, the National Institute of Flamenco hosts Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, bringing the finest flamenco artists in the world to Albuquerque and featuring a number of workshops and performances. For seven days, the city is filled with the pulse of flamenco, and is transformed into a cultural epicenter for the art form.
Various Locations, http://www.ffi26.org/
Summer Nights and Zoo Music Concert Series, June 13 – August 29
Summer Nights (Thursdays) and Zoo Music (Fridays) concert series showcase local, regional, national and international talent playing a variety of music, including country Latin rock, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and pop rock in either the BioPark Botanic Gardens or the BioPark Zoo. During the family-friendly concerts, relax on the lawn, stroll the grounds, see the animals, enjoy a magic show, or check out the Garden’s model train.
ABQ BioPark, http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events
Albuquerque Comic Expo, June 21 – 23
The Albuquerque Comic Expo, or ACE, is an Albuquerque comic book, pop culture and entertainment convention. The ACE show floor will feature exhibitors, vendors, a gaming area, Artist Alley, and more. The show also has massive panel rooms, where you can expect to see Q&As, screenings, and more. ACE will feature independent and professional comic book creators, celebrities, voice actors, video game creators, animators, and more.
Albuquerque Convention Center, http://www.abqcomicexpo.com
Route 66 Summerfest, July 20
Route 66 Summerfest is family friendly street festival celebrating Route 66 and its past and present culture. Central Avenue will be filled with live music from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and entertainment, car shows, tours of historic Nob Hill, kids' events, arts, sidewalk sales plus local wine, beer and culinary events.
Nob Hill, http://rt66central.com/index.html
USA Roller Sports Speed, Figure and Rink Hockey National Championships, July 13 – August 4
USA Roller Sports will take over the Albuquerque Convention Center for three weeks with events including inline speed skating, rink hockey and roller figure skating competitions during the summer nationals. Competition divisions range from youth through masters level competitors in their 70s.
Albuquerque Convention Center, http://usarollersports.org/
7th Annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival, August 9 – 11
The National Ballet of Mexico joins La Catrina String Quartet and Jacqueline Helin, piano, in a partnership of Virtuoso Dancers and Musicians. This year will feature 15 events with the theme "Memories of great beauty that last a lifetime."
National Hispanic Cultural Center, http://www.balletpromusica.org/index.html
Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival, August 22 – 25
The festival, a four-day celebration of various styles of Latin dancing, features events at multiple locations around the city. This event offers every subset of salsa and Latin dance style for the absolute beginner to advanced dancer.
National Hispanic Cultural Center, http://www.abqlatinfest.com