If you’ve booked your hotel room for Albuquerque in July, you’ll have plenty of chances to take in some seasonal fun at the many festivals happening in the area throughout the month. Check out our guide to see which local Albuquerque attractions and events could fit into your travel schedule!
Pork and Brew BBQ State Championship
When: July 4-6
Times: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Where: Santa Ana Star Center; Rio Rancho, NM
Price: General admission—$5; Kids 4-12 and seniors 65+—3; Kids 3 and under—Free
Think you have what it takes to make the best barbecue in all of Albuquerque—or do you just want to taste some? Head over to the Pork and Brew BBQ State Championships at the Santa Ana Star Center. This festival makes for the perfect Fourth of July outing and is complete with everything you’d need to celebrate the holiday: beer, live music, family events and, of course, barbeque. After taste testing all the delicious barbeque delicacies, you’ll return to your Albuquerque hotel suite feeling satisfied.
Santa Fe Wine Festival
When: July 5 and 6
Times: 12 to 6 p.m.
Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas; Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price: Adults—$13; Youths (13-20)—$5
Do you love a glass—or a few glasses!—of good wine? You’ll love the Santa Fe Wine Festival. Now in its 21st year, this annual event invites locals and visitors to sample vino from 16 New Mexico wineries, all in a lively atmosphere complete with food, live music, handmade crafts and more. Relax with your favorite red or white and soak in the summertime fun before heading back to your hotel room in Albuquerque!
When: July 18-20
Where: Central Avenue in Nob Hill; Albuquerque, NM
The Route 66 Summerfest is one of the festivals you can bring your whole family to join in on the good times because here, there’s something for everyone. The kids can have a blast in the “Kid Zone, complete with bouncy houses. The adults can peruse the New Mexican Route 66 Custom and Classic Car Show, the displays from local artists at the artisan street mart and the live music from the New Mexico Jazz Festival group and more than 25 other musical groups. You’ll all love the endless selection of fair food provided by food trucks—you could even get some to take back with you to your hotel suite! While the Route 66 Summerfest has all the makings of a typical summertime festival, this one usually brings some unexpected surprises. In years past, spontaneous, last minute additions have been added to the lineup of events, so you never know what fun might await you at this annual Albuquerque affair!
Wildlife Music Festival
When: July 25-27
Times: Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Wildlife West Nature Park; Edgewood, NM
Love animals and music? Head over to the 12th Annual Wildlife West Music Festival. This event features genres like bluegrass, Western swing, Irish folk, acoustic and more from New Mexico favorites like Hot Club of Cowtown, The Henhouse Prowlers, The Greg Daigle Band and others. Aside from enjoying the music selection while you’re at the park, you can explore the zoo for a fun-filled day.