8 Things to Do in Albuquerque in August

At Barcelona Suites, we commonly see people traveling to Albuquerque during the summer months—and for good reason. The weather is more gorgeous than ever, and travelers have plenty of activities they can add into their schedules. Whether you’re here on business, a family vacation or for some simple relaxation time for yourself, you’re probably seeking something to do during any downtime you may have. If you’ve booked a hotel in Albuquerque during August, consult with our list of the top eight things to do in the city. From summer festivals and expos to one-of-a-kind races, you’ll be able to find something to do.

 

1) Downtown Summerfest

Time: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Date: Aug. 9
Place: Civic Plaza
1 Civic Plaza; Albuquerque, NM 87112
Cost: Free

Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the Downtown Summerfest has everything your family could want: kid-friendly activities, an array of food vendors, and local artisans. You’ll also hear Sheila E., a contemporary funk and jazz artist who has performed with Prince, Lionel Richie and Cyndi Lauper. After your day at Albuquerque’s Downtown Summerfest, you’ll return to your hotel room tired—but all the fun you had will be worth it!

 

2) Ballet Pro Musica Festival

Time: Times vary
Date: Aug. 15 to 17
Place: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cost: $35 to $78

If you’re a fan of arts and culture, the Ballet Pro Musica Festival will be the perfect event for you. Here, you’ll see elegant chamber ballet and musical performances from the Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara and La Catrina String Quartet, and you can partake in pre-performance panel discussions with them. The festival also features contemporary dance choreography.

3) Latin Dance Festival

Time: Varies

Date:  Aug. 21 to 24
Place: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth Street SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cost: Day pass—$75; All-access pass—$159
Workshop pass—$25 per workshop
Bootcamps—$40 per class

In town the weekend of August 21? Leave your hotel room behind for the day and get moving at the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival! This hands-on event gives you the opportunity to partake in dance parties, master some new moves at salsa classes, sit in on lectures, watch films and more. On Saturday night, watch Grammy-nominated Toby Love and Son Como Son take the stage for a night of amazing musical talent and impressive salsa, merengue, cha cha and bachata dances.

 

4) Westside Summerfest

Time: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Date: Aug. 23
Place: Cottonwood Drive between Old Airport Road and Ellison Drive
Cost: Free

If your whole family will be in Albuquerque on the weekend of August 23, you won’t want to miss the Westside Summerfest. With tons of activities, food trucks and artisans scheduled throughout the day, this free event is one that both kids and adults will love. To end the evening, your family can enjoy a performance from Morris Day & The Time. You’ll all head back to your Albuquerque hotel room happy and ready for next year’s festival.

 

5) Night Walk at the Botanic Garden

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 26
Place: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Cost: Adults—$10; Children and Seniors—$5

On the Night Walk, you can explore the Botanic Garden in a new light—literally! On this walk, you’ll see the Garden’s nocturnal plants, as well as all the nighttime animals and pollinators. Whether or not you’ve been to Albuquerque’s Botanic Garden before, the Night Walk is an excellent way to get a new perspective on nature.

 

6) Rebel Donut Dash

Time: 8 a.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Place: Balloon Fiesta Park
4401 Alameda Blvd. NE; Albuquerque, NM 87113
Cost: $45

https://www.facebook.com/rebeldonutdash

If you’re a fitness lover and a foodie, you won’t find a better event than the Rebel Donut Dash. Sponsored by one of Albuquerque’s most beloved donut shops, Rebel Donuts, this 5K will take runners through a donut-themed course that’s sure to be sweet. Throughout the course, you’ll be able to refuel at the water stations—and even grab a mini Rebel donut! The run features both competitive and noncompetitive categories both for individuals and teams. If your whole family loves to be active, you can all participate, too—the race has categories for kids as young as 5-years-old, and it also features family team options.

 

7) NM Black Expo

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Place: Albuquerque Civic Plaza
Cost: Free

Love jazz and R&B? You’ll want to make sure to book a hotel room in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Black Expo! At the expo, you can enjoy the gospel showcase, featuring the Jones Sisters, Ben Choice, Bellsong, Rachel Ross and Sonya Barry-Singletary. Throughout the day, other artists and groups, such as NumethodS505, Michael Herndon, Rodney Bowe and Sina Soul, and James Douglas will perform R&B, jazz and classical music. Gospel artists Kim Burrell and Rosalind will headline the event. You can also take in the African fashion show or hair show featuring Andrea Joseph. With so much going on, you won’t have any shortage of activities to enjoy at this expo!

 

8) New Mexico Wine Festival

Time: 12 to 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1
Place:  243 S Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Cost: Adults—$15; Three-day pass—$40; Children—$5

Vacations are a time for you to relax—and what better way to do that than at a wine festival? If you’re in Albuquerque toward the end of the month, leave the hotel room for a day, and head over to the New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo and unwind for the weekend. At the festival, you’ll be able to sample the finest reds and whites from local favorites, including Acequia Vineyards and Winery, Don Quixote Winery & Distillery, Matheson Winery, Tierra Encantada Winery and Wines of the San Juan. You’ll even get a commemorative wine glass so you can always remember the fun you had!
 
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8 Things to Do in Albuquerque in August

At Barcelona Suites, we commonly see people traveling to Albuquerque during the summer months—and for good reason. The weather is more gorgeous than ever, and travelers have plenty of activities they can add into their schedules. Whether you’re here on business, a family vacation or for some simple relaxation time for yourself, you’re probably seeking something to do during any downtime you may have. If you’ve booked a hotel in Albuquerque during August, consult with our list of the top eight things to do in the city. From summer festivals and expos to one-of-a-kind races, you’ll be able to find something to do.

 

1) Downtown Summerfest

Time: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Date: Aug. 9
Place: Civic Plaza
1 Civic Plaza; Albuquerque, NM 87112
Cost: Free

Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the Downtown Summerfest has everything your family could want: kid-friendly activities, an array of food vendors, and local artisans. You’ll also hear Sheila E., a contemporary funk and jazz artist who has performed with Prince, Lionel Richie and Cyndi Lauper. After your day at Albuquerque’s Downtown Summerfest, you’ll return to your hotel room tired—but all the fun you had will be worth it!

 

2) Ballet Pro Musica Festival

Time: Times vary
Date: Aug. 15 to 17
Place: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth St. SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cost: $35 to $78

If you’re a fan of arts and culture, the Ballet Pro Musica Festival will be the perfect event for you. Here, you’ll see elegant chamber ballet and musical performances from the Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara and La Catrina String Quartet, and you can partake in pre-performance panel discussions with them. The festival also features contemporary dance choreography.

3) Latin Dance Festival

Time: Varies

Date:  Aug. 21 to 24
Place: National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 Fourth Street SW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cost: Day pass—$75; All-access pass—$159
Workshop pass—$25 per workshop
Bootcamps—$40 per class

In town the weekend of August 21? Leave your hotel room behind for the day and get moving at the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival! This hands-on event gives you the opportunity to partake in dance parties, master some new moves at salsa classes, sit in on lectures, watch films and more. On Saturday night, watch Grammy-nominated Toby Love and Son Como Son take the stage for a night of amazing musical talent and impressive salsa, merengue, cha cha and bachata dances.

 

4) Westside Summerfest

Time: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Date: Aug. 23
Place: Cottonwood Drive between Old Airport Road and Ellison Drive
Cost: Free

If your whole family will be in Albuquerque on the weekend of August 23, you won’t want to miss the Westside Summerfest. With tons of activities, food trucks and artisans scheduled throughout the day, this free event is one that both kids and adults will love. To end the evening, your family can enjoy a performance from Morris Day & The Time. You’ll all head back to your Albuquerque hotel room happy and ready for next year’s festival.

 

5) Night Walk at the Botanic Garden

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 26
Place: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central Ave. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Cost: Adults—$10; Children and Seniors—$5

On the Night Walk, you can explore the Botanic Garden in a new light—literally! On this walk, you’ll see the Garden’s nocturnal plants, as well as all the nighttime animals and pollinators. Whether or not you’ve been to Albuquerque’s Botanic Garden before, the Night Walk is an excellent way to get a new perspective on nature.

 

6) Rebel Donut Dash

Time: 8 a.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Place: Balloon Fiesta Park
4401 Alameda Blvd. NE; Albuquerque, NM 87113
Cost: $45

https://www.facebook.com/rebeldonutdash

If you’re a fitness lover and a foodie, you won’t find a better event than the Rebel Donut Dash. Sponsored by one of Albuquerque’s most beloved donut shops, Rebel Donuts, this 5K will take runners through a donut-themed course that’s sure to be sweet. Throughout the course, you’ll be able to refuel at the water stations—and even grab a mini Rebel donut! The run features both competitive and noncompetitive categories both for individuals and teams. If your whole family loves to be active, you can all participate, too—the race has categories for kids as young as 5-years-old, and it also features family team options.

 

7) NM Black Expo

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Place: Albuquerque Civic Plaza
Cost: Free

Love jazz and R&B? You’ll want to make sure to book a hotel room in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Black Expo! At the expo, you can enjoy the gospel showcase, featuring the Jones Sisters, Ben Choice, Bellsong, Rachel Ross and Sonya Barry-Singletary. Throughout the day, other artists and groups, such as NumethodS505, Michael Herndon, Rodney Bowe and Sina Soul, and James Douglas will perform R&B, jazz and classical music. Gospel artists Kim Burrell and Rosalind will headline the event. You can also take in the African fashion show or hair show featuring Andrea Joseph. With so much going on, you won’t have any shortage of activities to enjoy at this expo!

 

8) New Mexico Wine Festival

Time: 12 to 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1
Place:  243 S Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Cost: Adults—$15; Three-day pass—$40; Children—$5

Vacations are a time for you to relax—and what better way to do that than at a wine festival? If you’re in Albuquerque toward the end of the month, leave the hotel room for a day, and head over to the New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo and unwind for the weekend. At the festival, you’ll be able to sample the finest reds and whites from local favorites, including Acequia Vineyards and Winery, Don Quixote Winery & Distillery, Matheson Winery, Tierra Encantada Winery and Wines of the San Juan. You’ll even get a commemorative wine glass so you can always remember the fun you had!
 
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