Every summer, thousands of people flock to Albuquerque for their vacations—but what about the fall months? After all, fall is an underrated time visit the city. The weather is as beautiful as ever with temperatures averaging between high 70s to mid 60s, and you’ll still have plenty of activities you can partake in. Follow our guide of some of the biggest events happening throughout the city during the month of October.
1) Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta Show
Time: Friday and Sunday—9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday—9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Date: Oct. 3 to 5 and 10 to 12
Place: EXPO New Mexico
300 San Pedro Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM 87108
Admission: Adults—$8; Children under 12 years—Free
Festival pass (good for six days, includes free parking)—$15
Grande pass (good for all Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals and free parking to all shows)—$21
For the past 25 years, people come from all over the world to view the exceptional artwork at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival. At this year’s show, more than 280 artists are scheduled to display their works. As you check out the gorgeous art and craftsmanship work, you can also partake in regional food, enjoy live music and watch art demonstrations.
2) International Balloon Fiesta
Time: 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11; 5:45 to 7:30 a.m. on October 6, 7 and 8; 5:45 to 7 a.m. on Oct. 12
Date: October 4 to 12
Place: 4401 Alameda Blvd. NE; Albuquerque, NM 87113
Balloon sessions admission: Ages 13 years or older—$8; Ages 12 years and younger—Free
Music Fiesta admission: $20 in advance and $25 at the gate
The International Balloon Fiesta is Albuquerque’s biggest event of the year, so you’ll want to make sure you book a hotel room during this week for your fall vacation. Here, you’ll be able to partake in an array of activities: soaking in the gorgeous hot air balloon ascensions, listening to the talented performances at the Music Fiesta and even taking a ride in a hot air balloon! Remember, though: the Balloon Fiesta attracts visitors from all over the world to Albuquerque, so you’ll want to reserve your hotel suite as soon as possible!
3) Indian Arts Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Oct. 4 and 5
Place: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW; Albuquerque, NM 87104
Admission: Adults—$6; Seniors—$5.50; Students and kids—$3
When you’re in town for the International Balloon Fiesta, make sure you make a stop at the Indian Arts Festival. Here, more than 100 indigenous artists will display their artwork, as well as jewelry and other craftworks. On October 4, you can also enjoy the musical stylings of musician Carlos Nakai joined by William Eaton and Will Clipman.
4) Southwest Bacon Fest
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE; Albuquerque, NM 87113
Admission: Adults (13 years and older): $7; Kids 4-12: $2; Kids 3 and under: Free
VIP Bacon Lovers Ticket: $25
If you love bacon, you’ll have to get your fix of this salty, savory favorite at the Southwest Bacon Fest. Here, you’ll get to taste all kinds of bacon treats from multiple vendors. Last year, the festival featured a “pig sticker” (boneless chicken strips breaded in panko crumbs and bacon, served on a skewer with applewood smoked bacon), butterscotch bourbon bacon pie, bacon peanut popcorn brittle, and much more. If you really love bacon, you might want to invest in the VIP Bacon Lovers ticket. This will give you the chance to taste seven signature bacon bite dishes from the festival vendors, as well as VIP food and drink specials, exclusive gifts, and admission to the International Balloon Museum. More than 8,000 people attended this delicious festival in 2013, and this year, the event planners aren’t expecting anything less!
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