If you’re gearing up for a trip to Albuquerque at the end of this summer, you’re in for a treat. There are a lot of great events that take place in September, and you’ll be here to experience as many of them as you want. Without further ado, here’s our top picks for not-to-be-missed events and activities.
New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival
Taking place from September 5-7 at the Isleta Resort and Casino at 11000 Broadway Blvd S.E., this event, formerly known as the Bernalillo Wine Festival, features some of New Mexico’s top wineries showcasing their best creations.
Enjoy fine wines as well as great food prepared by Isleta’s award-winning chefs, and explore the on-site vendors’ selection of art and culinary creations.
Experience top jazz groups providing the mood from their rich music and upscale entertainment, and of course, purchase bottles of your favorite pours to drink at home.
77th Annual New Mexico State Fair
The New Mexico State Fair is an annual attraction in Albuquerque, and this year is the 77th iteration. It takes place from September 10-20 and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The fair takes place at EXPO New Mexico, in the heart of Albuquerque, and is one of the largest fairs in the nation with the PRCA rodeo as well as nationally known country recording stars and more.
Visitors and guests can check out art, agriculture, animals, carnival rides and games, food, entertainment, exhibits and shopping all in one great place. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and kids aged 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under.
11th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta
If you’re a lover of salsa—the sauce, the dance, or both!—don’t miss the 11th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta. This year’s event will be held on September 12, from noon to 7 p.m. Located in Historic Old Town on Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. and Central Ave. N.W., here’s where you’ll get to see salsa bands, salsa dancers, and even a Best Homemade Salsa contest.
Additionally, kids can participate in children’s activities and crafts, and festival attendees get to taste the homemade salsa entries as well as vote for their favorite. It’s a low-key festival, but it’s one that the whole family will love.
Globalquerque World Music Festival
World music fans rejoice! This festival is all for you. Globalquerque is a world music festival that will take over the National Hispanic Cultural Center on September 25 and September 26 this summer. It brings the best international talent to perform alongside the region’s top performers on three separate stages.
The three stages are located at the Fountain Courtyard, the Albuquerque Journal Theater, and the Plaza Major. Grounds open at 4 p.m. both days, and performances start at 6:20 on Friday and 6:00 on Saturday.
On Friday, performers include Aurelio, Nano Stern, Otava Yo and more, and on Saturday, enjoy the sounds of Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Ricardo Lemvo, Emel Mathouthi and many others.
What events are you most looking forward to attending in Albuquerque this fall? Let us know about your favorites in the comments. And be sure book a hotel room if you plan to attend any of these events.