Check Out the Local Flavor at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival



Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival in Albuquerque



For art lovers near and far, the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is the place to be for the best of all types. This fair hosts three distinct art shows throughout the year, in March, October, and November, and each show has its own flavor. Savvy art lovers often stay at the nearby Barcelona Suites hotel.

History of the Rio Grande Festival

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival first took place in March of 1989. It was a small show held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, and at the time, there were no arts and crafts shows in Albuquerque from December to April—this one filled that void for art lovers. At that first festival, 141 artists exhibited their crafts, and the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band performed. To this day, they are the festival’s signature band! Since then, the festival has grown and grown, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. If you’re in Albuquerque during the time it is going on, be sure not to miss this festival.

Types of Arts & Crafts

Nowadays, there are over 200 of the best artists and craftsmen who come from all over the country to showcase their talents. There are all types of art, so you’ll be sure to find plenty of artists you’re interested in. Some of the different mediums of art include:

  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Watercolor, oil, and other paints
  • Ceramics
  • Woodworking
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • And much more

Other Entertainment at the Festival

When you need a break from browsing art, take in some of the other attractions. There is a variety of live music at the festival, and local specialty food vendors will be there. There are also artist demonstrations and a special Kids’ Creation Station, where your kids can get in on the fun, too. Visiting the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is a great way to spend a day with the family. Be sure to sign up for the door prizes while you’re there, too!

When you’re in Albuquerque, there’s no shortage of fun things to do. Whether you’re visiting on business or on vacation, there are sights and sounds to take in everywhere you turn. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival has been recognized by the New Mexico Department of Tourism as one of New Mexico’s Top 10 Attractions, and the shows are consistently praised by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

The staff at Barcelona Suites enjoys the Arts & Crafts Festival, and we know you will too.  Be sure to check out our specials page for hotel room deals during the event.

Barcelona Suites
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New Mexico
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