Art lovers should be busting out their calendars and day planners right about now in anticipation of one of the Southwest’s biggest art shows of the year: the 2015 Rio Grand Arts and Crafts Show. This year’s show is taking place over the weekend of March 13, 14 and 15, and will feature 180 craftsmen and fine artists from all over the country. The show will line the halls of Expo New Mexico, and is the state’s first major crafts show of the year—as you may already know, there are five Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals each year. This event is fun for the whole family, and if you want to check it out, now’s the time to plan your trip to Albuquerque. Stay at the Barcelona Suites hotel and take your time poring over the many different types of arts, crafts and more at the festival.
What to Expect at the Art Fair
Each year, this top-rated indoor festival draws crowds—more than 20,000 visitors check out the festival annually. This year’s festival will be held indoors at the Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico. It will take place March 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and a one-day pass is $7 per person—kids under 12 get in free. Should you want to visit the festival more than once, purchasing a Festival Pass, which grants you entry all three days, is more cost-effective at just $9.
The festival has been going on since 1989, starting with just one show per year, and it has since grown greatly. The first show had 141 exhibitors, and this year’s festival will feature approximately 185 different artists and craftsmen. Additionally, there are artist demonstrations, a craft area for children, magicians, puppeteers and musicians—including the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, who have become the Festival’s signature band.
Types of Art Displayed
There is a wide assortment of art from many different exhibitors. For instance you may find hand-blown glass or hand-shaped clay goods in one area, sidled up right next to a jewelry booth, an oil painter, a photographer, or a lamp maker. The vast array of different media and art at this show ensures that no matter what your taste and interests, you’ll find delightful, stunning pieces.
What Else Can You Do In Albuquerque?
Naturally, you’ll need something to fill your evenings or free days when you aren’t at the Festival. Thankfully, Albuquerque has no shortage of great local attractions. Check out local nightlife and well-known restaurants, or take in the scenery with the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram. Visit one of the many museums in the area to learn more about this part of New Mexico’s history, or simply shop at one of the nearby malls like the Coronado.
Plan your trip now for visiting the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts show. Stay at the Barcelona Suites and enjoy comfort and a host of amenities that will make your trip something you won’t forget, and stroll the Arts and Crafts Festival for beautiful art that will light up your home.