13 Things to Do in Albuquerque, NM During November

Albuquerque always has plenty of events going on throughout the year, but the fall months provide plenty of things to do. If you’ve booked a hotel in Albuquerque during November, consult with our list of 13 different activities going on in and around the city. You’ll find everything from tango festivals to theatre performances to holiday festivals and shows—and much more. See which ones you can incorporate into your trip here!

Albuquerque Tango Festival

Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Oct. 30 to Nov. 2
Location: Las Puertas Venue
1512 First St. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Full festival pass—$260
Milonga only pass—$95
Weekend Milonga only pass—$65
Beginner’s intensive—$65
Festival tango clinic—$25

Whether you’re a tango fanatic or just want to learn more about this fun dance style, make sure to check out the Albuquerque Tango Festival. Here, you can enjoy more than 30 hours of milongas and group classes on both Saturday and Sunday. You can also partake in the Tango Clinic, where you’ll work with a small group of five couples maximum to perfect your tango skills. Of course, don’t forget to partake in the signature cake served at every milonga, plus all the other delicious dishes from more than 13 local restaurants just steps away from the venue!

Dia De Los Muertos

Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Date: Nov. 2
Location: Westside Community Center
1250 Isleta Blvd SW; Albuquerque, NM 87105
Admission: N/A

 

“Day of the Dead” isn’t an Albuquerque-only event, but the town has plenty of events to celebrate it! While the overall concept of the day is less than jubilant, the main event—the Marigold Parade and Festival—is! Here, you’ll find everything for a fun day: food, music, dancing, art and more. Of course, there’s also ofrendas, or altars, covered in skulls and marigolds to honor the dead. After the parade and festival are both over and you still want more fun before heading back to your hotel suite, check out the various parties around the Albuquerque area.

“Willy Wonka, Jr.”

Time: Nov. 4 and 5—10 a.m.; Nov. 6 and 7—10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Nov. 8 and 9—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 4 to 9
Location: The KiMo Theater
421 Central Ave. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Adults—$12; Children (12 and under)—$10; School performances—$6

 

If you’re bringing the whole family on your Albuquerque adventure and need an outing that everyone will love, make sure to pick up some tickets for “Willy Wonka, Jr.” This play performed by the New Mexico Young Actors at the KiMo Theater follows the classic story of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory—but it’s designed for both a younger cast and audience. The play still stays true to the original plot, though, so if you’re fan of the book or movie, you’ll love this play version!

Breaking Bad Fan Festival

Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 and 8
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center
401 Second St. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: $30 to $300

 

Albuquerque is known for quite a few different things, but most recently, the town has been in the spotlight for the “Breaking Bad” series. To commemorate the iconic show, you can attend the Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest. You’ll get to see filming sites, discuss the show with other fans, and even meet some of the cast members. Steve Michael Quezada, who played Steve Gomez, and Charles Baker (who played Skinny Pete), will both be in attendance, as well as many others. Of course, you’ll be able to buy merchandise to remember your time at the festival. Who knows? You may even want to head back to your hotel suite to watch an episode after attending the event!

New Mexico Veteran’s Art Show

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: Free

 

To honor the veterans of New Mexico and their impressive artwork, make sure to attend the New Mexico Veteran’s Art Show, which is hosted by New Mexico Veteran’s Art organization. This organization’s main purpose is to support and promote the work o f veterans, as well as those who are in activity duty and their partners. The free show will feature art works of all kinds. It also has a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for the group.

“26 Miles”

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays—7:30 p.m.; Sundays—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 to 23
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: General admission—$18; Seniors, students, NHCC, ATG and TLC members—$15

 

“26 Miles” is a drama with heart that audiences will enjoy. The story follows main character Olivia after she attempts a suicide attempt and attempts to reach out to her mother in Philadelphia, who has been in a bitter custody battle with her father for years. Beatriz then takes Olivia across the country in a 2,000-mile trek, all the way into Wyoming where they get lost. This play is engaging and will give audiences something to think about long after they head back to their Albuquerque hotel suites.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner”

Time: Fridays and Saturdays—7:30 p.m.; Sundays—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 to 30
Location: The Vortex Theatre
2004 Central Ave. SE; Albuquerque, NM 87106
Admission: General admission—$22; Students—$15

 

If you’re in Albuquerque during the month of November and are searching for a good laugh, you’ll want to make sure you attend a performance of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” This comedy classic, which also has a movie version of the same name, focuses on the small town of Mesalia, Ohio just a few weeks before Christmas. Throughout this play, accidents—and hilarity—ensue, and audiences will love every twist and turn the plot brings.

Weems International Artfest

Time: Friday—10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday—10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 14 to 16
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: Adults—$5; Seniors—$4; Kids—Free

 

If you’ve booked your hotel room in Albuquerque during the weekend of Nov. 14, make sure to visit the Weems International Artfest at the Expo New Mexico. This festival features works from hundreds of artists in a variety of specialties, including mixed media, fine jewelry, acrylic/oil painting, pottery, bronze sculptures, ceramics, wood sculptures, silk paintings and more. Funds raised from the festival will go toward benefiting Veterans Heading Home, an organization focusing on finding veterans housing.

Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run

Time: 10K—9 a.m.; 5K—9:15 a.m.; Kids K: 10:15 a.m.
Date: Nov. 27
Location: Rio Rancho Aquatic Center
745 Loma Colorado NE; Rio Rancho NM 87124
Admission: N/A

 

Many people view Thanksgiving as a day, of course, to give thanks but also to indulge in classic dishes. Some people, though, take the opposite approach and would rather take the day to challenge themselves physically. Sound like you? If you’ve booked your hotel room in Albuquerque for this year’s Turkey Day, check out the Gobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run. This race, which takes place just outside the city in Rio Rancho, has three options: a 5K, 10K and fun run for the kids, so everyone in the family can participate.

Bead Renaissance Show

Time: Friday and Saturday—10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 14 to 16
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM
Admission: Free

 

Jewelry lovers in Albuquerque will be attending this year’s Bead Renaissance show in Albuquerque. This five-city show makes it stop in Albuquerque from Nov. 14 to 16 and will feature stunning beadwork from multiple jewelry artists. The best part about this show? Admission is free, so it’s a perfect outing for you and your family to attend during your trip.

“My Name is Rumpelstiltskin”

Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Date: Nov. 22
Location: North Fourth Theater
4904 Fourth Street NW; Albuquerque NM 87107
Admission: $5

 

If you love this classic Brother Grimm’s fairy tale about a wizard and his quest to is searching to gain power, you’ll have to leave your hotel suite behind for an evening to check out this play! Performed by the New Mexico Young Actors, “My Name Is Rumpelstiltskin” is a performance that all ages can enjoy. An added bonus? Admission is only $5, making it a completely affordable outing to take the entire family.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Holiday Show

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 28 to 30
Location: Expo New Mexico—Lujan Exhibit Complex
300 San Pedro Dr NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: One day pass: Adults—$7; Kids under 12—Free
Festival Pass (all three days)—$9

 

Get into the holiday spirit at the holiday edition of the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. This show kicks off the holiday season as shoppers check out the array of jewelry, art, pottery and much more. You can even stock up on some presents for your family and friends here, making your Christmas shopping for this year that much simpler! During your time here, you’ll also be able to enjoy holiday music, as well as food samples, for a completely jolly experience!

River of Lights

Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Date: Nov. 29 to Jan. 3 (Closed on Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1)
Location: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
903 10th St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Adults—$12; Children—$6

 

After you’ve attended the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival’s Holiday Show and want to continue your jubilant spirit, head over to the River of Lights. This light show features almost 500 displays of gorgeous sculptures. Here, you’ll also be able to take advantage of live entertainment while enjoying hot food and drinks on site. During Dec. 8 to 23, you’ll also be able to have “Supper with Santa,” featuring both a holiday buffet and menu.

 

To book your hotel for any of these fabulous events happening in Albuquerque during November, get in touch with a Barcelona Suites representative.
 
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13 Things to Do in Albuquerque, NM During November

Albuquerque always has plenty of events going on throughout the year, but the fall months provide plenty of things to do. If you’ve booked a hotel in Albuquerque during November, consult with our list of 13 different activities going on in and around the city. You’ll find everything from tango festivals to theatre performances to holiday festivals and shows—and much more. See which ones you can incorporate into your trip here!

Albuquerque Tango Festival

Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Oct. 30 to Nov. 2
Location: Las Puertas Venue
1512 First St. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Full festival pass—$260
Milonga only pass—$95
Weekend Milonga only pass—$65
Beginner’s intensive—$65
Festival tango clinic—$25

Whether you’re a tango fanatic or just want to learn more about this fun dance style, make sure to check out the Albuquerque Tango Festival. Here, you can enjoy more than 30 hours of milongas and group classes on both Saturday and Sunday. You can also partake in the Tango Clinic, where you’ll work with a small group of five couples maximum to perfect your tango skills. Of course, don’t forget to partake in the signature cake served at every milonga, plus all the other delicious dishes from more than 13 local restaurants just steps away from the venue!

Dia De Los Muertos

Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Date: Nov. 2
Location: Westside Community Center
1250 Isleta Blvd SW; Albuquerque, NM 87105
Admission: N/A

 

“Day of the Dead” isn’t an Albuquerque-only event, but the town has plenty of events to celebrate it! While the overall concept of the day is less than jubilant, the main event—the Marigold Parade and Festival—is! Here, you’ll find everything for a fun day: food, music, dancing, art and more. Of course, there’s also ofrendas, or altars, covered in skulls and marigolds to honor the dead. After the parade and festival are both over and you still want more fun before heading back to your hotel suite, check out the various parties around the Albuquerque area.

“Willy Wonka, Jr.”

Time: Nov. 4 and 5—10 a.m.; Nov. 6 and 7—10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Nov. 8 and 9—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 4 to 9
Location: The KiMo Theater
421 Central Ave. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Adults—$12; Children (12 and under)—$10; School performances—$6

 

If you’re bringing the whole family on your Albuquerque adventure and need an outing that everyone will love, make sure to pick up some tickets for “Willy Wonka, Jr.” This play performed by the New Mexico Young Actors at the KiMo Theater follows the classic story of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory—but it’s designed for both a younger cast and audience. The play still stays true to the original plot, though, so if you’re fan of the book or movie, you’ll love this play version!

Breaking Bad Fan Festival

Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 and 8
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center
401 Second St. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: $30 to $300

 

Albuquerque is known for quite a few different things, but most recently, the town has been in the spotlight for the “Breaking Bad” series. To commemorate the iconic show, you can attend the Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest. You’ll get to see filming sites, discuss the show with other fans, and even meet some of the cast members. Steve Michael Quezada, who played Steve Gomez, and Charles Baker (who played Skinny Pete), will both be in attendance, as well as many others. Of course, you’ll be able to buy merchandise to remember your time at the festival. Who knows? You may even want to head back to your hotel suite to watch an episode after attending the event!

New Mexico Veteran’s Art Show

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: Free

 

To honor the veterans of New Mexico and their impressive artwork, make sure to attend the New Mexico Veteran’s Art Show, which is hosted by New Mexico Veteran’s Art organization. This organization’s main purpose is to support and promote the work o f veterans, as well as those who are in activity duty and their partners. The free show will feature art works of all kinds. It also has a silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for the group.

“26 Miles”

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays—7:30 p.m.; Sundays—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 to 23
Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: General admission—$18; Seniors, students, NHCC, ATG and TLC members—$15

 

“26 Miles” is a drama with heart that audiences will enjoy. The story follows main character Olivia after she attempts a suicide attempt and attempts to reach out to her mother in Philadelphia, who has been in a bitter custody battle with her father for years. Beatriz then takes Olivia across the country in a 2,000-mile trek, all the way into Wyoming where they get lost. This play is engaging and will give audiences something to think about long after they head back to their Albuquerque hotel suites.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner”

Time: Fridays and Saturdays—7:30 p.m.; Sundays—2 p.m.
Date: Nov. 7 to 30
Location: The Vortex Theatre
2004 Central Ave. SE; Albuquerque, NM 87106
Admission: General admission—$22; Students—$15

 

If you’re in Albuquerque during the month of November and are searching for a good laugh, you’ll want to make sure you attend a performance of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” This comedy classic, which also has a movie version of the same name, focuses on the small town of Mesalia, Ohio just a few weeks before Christmas. Throughout this play, accidents—and hilarity—ensue, and audiences will love every twist and turn the plot brings.

Weems International Artfest

Time: Friday—10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday—10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 14 to 16
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: Adults—$5; Seniors—$4; Kids—Free

 

If you’ve booked your hotel room in Albuquerque during the weekend of Nov. 14, make sure to visit the Weems International Artfest at the Expo New Mexico. This festival features works from hundreds of artists in a variety of specialties, including mixed media, fine jewelry, acrylic/oil painting, pottery, bronze sculptures, ceramics, wood sculptures, silk paintings and more. Funds raised from the festival will go toward benefiting Veterans Heading Home, an organization focusing on finding veterans housing.

Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run

Time: 10K—9 a.m.; 5K—9:15 a.m.; Kids K: 10:15 a.m.
Date: Nov. 27
Location: Rio Rancho Aquatic Center
745 Loma Colorado NE; Rio Rancho NM 87124
Admission: N/A

 

Many people view Thanksgiving as a day, of course, to give thanks but also to indulge in classic dishes. Some people, though, take the opposite approach and would rather take the day to challenge themselves physically. Sound like you? If you’ve booked your hotel room in Albuquerque for this year’s Turkey Day, check out the Gobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run. This race, which takes place just outside the city in Rio Rancho, has three options: a 5K, 10K and fun run for the kids, so everyone in the family can participate.

Bead Renaissance Show

Time: Friday and Saturday—10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 14 to 16
Location: Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM
Admission: Free

 

Jewelry lovers in Albuquerque will be attending this year’s Bead Renaissance show in Albuquerque. This five-city show makes it stop in Albuquerque from Nov. 14 to 16 and will feature stunning beadwork from multiple jewelry artists. The best part about this show? Admission is free, so it’s a perfect outing for you and your family to attend during your trip.

“My Name is Rumpelstiltskin”

Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Date: Nov. 22
Location: North Fourth Theater
4904 Fourth Street NW; Albuquerque NM 87107
Admission: $5

 

If you love this classic Brother Grimm’s fairy tale about a wizard and his quest to is searching to gain power, you’ll have to leave your hotel suite behind for an evening to check out this play! Performed by the New Mexico Young Actors, “My Name Is Rumpelstiltskin” is a performance that all ages can enjoy. An added bonus? Admission is only $5, making it a completely affordable outing to take the entire family.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Holiday Show

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Nov. 28 to 30
Location: Expo New Mexico—Lujan Exhibit Complex
300 San Pedro Dr NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: One day pass: Adults—$7; Kids under 12—Free
Festival Pass (all three days)—$9

 

Get into the holiday spirit at the holiday edition of the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. This show kicks off the holiday season as shoppers check out the array of jewelry, art, pottery and much more. You can even stock up on some presents for your family and friends here, making your Christmas shopping for this year that much simpler! During your time here, you’ll also be able to enjoy holiday music, as well as food samples, for a completely jolly experience!

River of Lights

Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Date: Nov. 29 to Jan. 3 (Closed on Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1)
Location: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
903 10th St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Adults—$12; Children—$6

 

After you’ve attended the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival’s Holiday Show and want to continue your jubilant spirit, head over to the River of Lights. This light show features almost 500 displays of gorgeous sculptures. Here, you’ll also be able to take advantage of live entertainment while enjoying hot food and drinks on site. During Dec. 8 to 23, you’ll also be able to have “Supper with Santa,” featuring both a holiday buffet and menu.

 

To book your hotel for any of these fabulous events happening in Albuquerque during November, get in touch with a Barcelona Suites representative.
 
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