With the changing seasons comes a new set of things to enjoy in Albuquerque, and if you’re visiting the Southwest this springtime, you won’t want to miss these fun, exciting, and unique happenings. From crowd-pleasing shows, unique beer and wine events, and more, there’s something for just about anything you might be interested in.
Enjoy New Tastes and Sounds in New Mexico
Wine lovers will get the chance to try some new vinos at the Albuquerque Wine Festival. Located at Balloon Fiesta Park in ABQ, tis event will be held from May 28 to May 30, 2016, from 12-6 p.m. each day. Admission is $20 per person (21+ only), and the event boasts wineries from around the state showcasing some great sips. Sample wine onsite, purchase a glass to enjoy while you stroll around the festival, and buy some bottles to bring home. The New Mexico Wine Growers Association is proud to host this festival, which also features food, arts and crafts vendors, and live music.
If wine isn’t your favorite, perhaps the 6th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews event is more your taste. You could also hit both, if you don’t want to miss out—this event is the same weekend, and will be held at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque on May 29, 2016, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10-$35 (VIP admission includes the first tastes of taps during the exclusive, limited admittance hour). Here, you’ll find more than just beer, too—three blues bands will be performing, and attendees will be able to sample unlimited brews and take home a souvenir tasting glass. General admission includes entrance to the festival, unlimited sampling, a glass to take home, and one entry in the drawing for a grand prize. While you’re there, enjoy local music, vendors, games, and more.
Take In a Bit of Culture
Opening on May 14, 2016, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host an exhibition titled “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66.” The museum is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. S.E. in Albuquerque, and admission ranges from $7-12. At the exhibit, visitors will experience stories, history, artifacts, music, images, and interactive components related to one of the world’s most famous highways, the iconic Route 66.
If you’re a fan of musicals, you’ll adore “Clue: The Musical” at the Musical Theatre Southwest, located at 6320-B Domingo Rd. N.E. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and the musical brings the board game to life. This interactive musical even involves audience participation. You’ll help the cast solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon—three audience members choose from cards representing the possibilities (there are 216 possible solutions!) and even after the culprit is revealed, there are even more surprises.
Local Flair and Unique Events
There’s local flavor abound at the Downtown Growers’ Market. It takes place every Saturday between April 16 and November 5, 2016, so if you can’t make it in May, you’ve got some time. It’s a free, weekly event that takes place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., and you’ll be able to experience local food up close and personal in the freshest way you can. Check out more than 50 product vendors at this market, as well as food artisans and a variety of other artists. Each market day features local live music, appearances from community organizations, and more.
Finally, you won’t want to miss Albuquerque’s 10th Annual Southwest Funnyfest. This year’s event will be on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Kimo Theater (423 Central Ave N.W.). Tickets range from $22-32, and this year’s comedy showcase features four of the nation’s top female comedians, who’ve been featured on HBO, SHOWTIME, Comedy Central, ABC, VH1, The Tonight Show, and Chelsea Lately. This event will help benefit New Mexico AIDS Services.
No matter what you’ll be in Albuquerque for, you’ll have a great time staying at the Barcelona Suites hotel. Located near Albuquerque’s historic Old Town as well as plenty of attractions. Whether you’re here for just a few days or visiting for an extended stay, you’ll have access to a host of great amenities, including on-site laundry (perfect for longer business trips), indoor and outdoor pools and secured parking, as well as a free cooked-to-order breakfast.