Hopping on a plane to the Southwest this fall? Lucky you! If your itinerary includes a stop in Albuquerque, there’s a lot going on for you to check out. Without further ado, let’s dive right in to what you can look forward to.
Albuquerque Grecian Festival
The Grecian Festival in ABQ will give you the feeling that you’ve just walked into Southern Europe, immersing yourself in Greek culture, featuring a live Greek band, authentic Greek cuisine, dancing, and much more. This festival is located downtown, from October 2 to October 4, and admission is $5 per person.
Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta Show
If you’re an art lover, don’t miss the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival’s Balloon Fiesta Show. Coinciding with the Balloon Fiesta, this year’s art fest features the work of 380 fine artists and craftspeople spanning a 17-acre racetrack infield, located at Expo NM Fairgrounds. Admission is $8 for adults, while kids under 12 are free.
You can also opt to purchase the festival pass, which is $15 for all six days, or the Grande Pass, which is $21 and includes unlimited admission and free parking for the November and March shows as well.
3rd Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival
Celebrate Native American arts at the Third Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival, taking place on October 3 and 4, from 10a.m. to 5p.m. More than 100 artists who product traditional and contemporary arts will display and sell their art, featuring a variety of mediums such as clay, silver, glass, leather, and much more.
Also at the fest will be family-friendly entertainment, dancing, and food. Check out this arts festival at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned event, perfect for people of all ages, so you can bring your kids if you have them. Hundreds of hot air balloons take flight during this eight-day festival that takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park from October 3 to October 11. Admission is $8.
9th Annual Day of the Tread
If you’re a cyclist or you love Halloween (or, ideally, both!), this even is perfect for you. The Day of the Tread is a family oriented, Halloween-themed 12- to 100-mile bike ride. The day also includes a full and half marathon, as well as a 5k/10k walk/run. Admission is from $25-85, and the event is on October 25, 2015, starting at 6:30a.m. More information.
Rail Yards Market on Sundays
The Rail Yards Market is perfect for people who don’t get the chance to check out their city’s farmer’s market as often as they’d like. Albuquerque’s Rail yards Market takes place on Sundays and features food, art, music, and more, plus artisans, farmers and growers, and musicians.
Located at the Blacksmith Shop at the Albuquerque Rail Yard in Barelas, this market is committed to preserving the legacy of a historic downtown neighborhood, bringing communities together, as well as promoting tourism and nurture local entrepreneurs.
What are you most looking forward to in October in Albuquerque? And be sure to book a hotel room with us if you plan to attend any of these event!