If you’re travelling to the Southwest this summer and want to check out some interesting festivals, you’ll find no shortage in Albuquerque. Here in New Mexico, we’re home to a variety of different cultural events and gatherings that celebrate the liveliness we have here in the Southwest.
Check out these five interesting festivals during August this year.
1) The 17th Annual Great Southwestern Antique Show
On August 8 and 9 this summer, check out the 17th Annual Great Southwestern Antique Show. It’s the largest event of its kind and features over 200 dealers selling fine art, Native American and Western art, rare books, antiques, ephemera, vintage guitars, estate jewelry and more.
Proceeds benefit New Mexico non-profits with a focus on enhancing art and education, and this festival offers you the opportunity to shop collectibles and vintage goods as well as discover the New Mexico art scene.
2) Downtown Summerfest
This year’s downtown-Albuquerque summerfest returns to Civic Plaza and is better than ever. Located on Third Street between Tijeras and Marquette, this festival offers live music acts including local bands, and is headlined by Taylor Dayne, best known her smash hits including “Tell It To My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back.”
Additionally, there will be a market with local artisans, free activities for kids, and local food trucks and beer vendors! It’s a low-key event that’s great for the whole family, and best of all, it’s free.
3) Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival
This four-day fest celebrates a variety of Latin dance styles and features events at multiple locations around Albuquerque. There will be demonstrations and shows for every subset of salsa and Latin dance from dancers who are just beginners all the way to advanced dancers. This festival is from August 26 to August 30, and features three nights of dancing under the stars, including the annual Old Town Dance on the Plaza as well as at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Fountain Plaza. Whether you like watching, participating, or just listening to the music, you’ll adore this festival.
4) Westside Summerfest
The Westside Summerfest is a free event, so if you’re on a budget, this is perfect! It includes free kids’ activities, a variety of food trucks and a market with local artisans and neighborhood businesses.
It’s a great way to get a taste of the city’s West side, and it’s located on Cottonwood Drive between Old Airport Road and Ellison Drive. This year’s headliner is George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, who are famous for their revolutionary soul-funk sound.
5) VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival
The VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival takes place from August 28 to August 30, and is a three day event featuring a celebration of the centuries-long tradition of agriculture in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
The fest features food, music, chile contests, hayrides and pony rides for the kids, a corn maze, a you-pick garden, a beer garden, and naturally, chiles from New Mexico sold by the ton, sack, pound, or whatever volume you want.
Musical acts including Ryan McGarvey, Darren Cordova, The Bo Brown Band and much more will also perform. Don’t miss it!
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