If you’re planning a spring trip to the Southwest’s gem, Albuquerque, lucky you! There are a lot of things happening in New Mexico during spring, and we’re here to tell you about six events in April that you’ll regret missing if you don’t catch them while you’re here!
1) Fiestas de Albuquerque – April 16, 2016
Join up for the celebration of Albuquerque’s birthday this April 16th, as the city turns a whopping 310 years old. The mayor, Richard J. Berry, will host the day of family-friendly fun in Historic Old Town, which features children’s activities, artist demonstrations, shopping, and local food. Local bands will perform all afternoon at the Gazebo, and the Freddie Chavez Foundation will close things out at the end of the day. Don’t miss the Founders parade through Old Town at 3:30 p.m.
2) Albuquerque Film & Music Experience – April 18-24, 2016
The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience brings together filmmakers, visionaries, musicians, and artists to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaboration. This is the fourth annual iteration of this festival, and it draws close to 10,000 attendees. The festival features domestic and international movies, industry panels and workshops, networking events, live music and poetry performances, art exhibits and so much more. Celebrities and industry vets also make appearances—what an exciting event! It takes place at the KiMo theater at 423 Central Ave NW, and ticket prices vary.
3) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – April 21-24, 2016
One of the most popular and long-running shows, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Albuquerque this year. It’ll be at Popejoy Hall, located at 203 Cornell Dr. NE, and tickets range from $35-70. This new production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler and is full of unforgettable songs and sights.
4) American Indian Week: Pueblo Days – April 25-May 1, 2016
This year marks the 37th Annual American Indian Week: Pueblo Days in Albuquerque. 2016 is the 40th anniversary of ABQ’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, so this year’s Pueblo Days are going to be bigger and better than ever before. Shop from 50 Native American artists, enjoy new Native American dance performances every day, and check out the newly unveiled museum exhibit, We Are Of This Place: The Pueblo Story. American Indian Week also features daily Mural Discovery Tours, artist demonstrations (such as drum making, moccasin making, jewelry, pottery, and more), and Native fusion cuisine at Pueblo Harvest Café. Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $3 for students and kids.
5) Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
One of Albuquerque’s best known festivals, this is North America’s largest pow wow and Native American competition. It features singing and dancing, shopping, and a showcase of native music and foods. More than 3,000 people participate in this pow wow, which has been previously designated as one of North America’s Best Events of the year. Tickets range from $18-36, with VIP passes ranging from $65-100
6) Albuquerque Renaissance Faire – April 30, 2016
This year’s Renaissance Faire is sure to be a hit. Featuring food, music, and the culture of medieval times—including live entertainment, living history, a horse showcase, and more, the Albuquerque Renaissance Faire has something for everyone. It’s brought to you by the City of Albuquerque and the Barony of al-Barran, members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and takes place at the International Balloon Museum at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, and free for kids three and under.
We look forward to having you visit Albuquerque! Whether you’re looking for a long-term stay hotel or hotel with a pool, Barcelona Suites has an option for everyone. Contact us to book your stay today!