If you’re escaping to New Mexico for a trip this summer, either with your family vacation, for recreation, or even for work, you’ll enjoy the summertime in Albuquerque. An area rich with culture as well as offering plenty of things to do, no matter what your reason for visiting ABQ, you’ll find something that suits your schedule and interests.
Summertime in Albuquerque is a busy time—with festivals taking place quite frequently, you’ll have no trouble finding something interesting to check out.
Kick off the summer by escaping the heat and catching a movie in a cool, air conditioned theater—check out the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, taking place from June 1-7. This festival has a focus on socially conscious movies that address current topics of conversation, plus panels on various aspects of filmmaking, morning yoga sessions, and more. If you prefer something a bit more activity-based, you’ll love the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, which takes place June 7-14 and includes not only stunning performances by world-class dancers, but also a number of workshops focusing on the art of the dance.
If you’re a music lover, you won’t want to miss the Heights Summerfest, on June 13. Headliners this year are Smash Mouth, with Countdown to Overkill and Youngsville supporting. Route 66 Summerfest, held on July 18, is also music-centric, featuring up to 25 artists, plus local vendors and artists. Albuquerque’s July 4th celebration this year is headlined by Thompson Square. You can also check out the Edgewood Arts and Music Festival from July 24-26, or Downtown Summerfest on August 8, which features Taylor Dayne headlining this year.
Want to heat things up? Stop by the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival, from August 20-23, or the VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival, from August 28-30.
Other local summertime favorites in ABQ include swimming (either at a hotel pool or a local pool), visiting Tingley Beach, taking in a baseball game as the Albuquerque Isotopes round the bases, hiking in the Sandia mountains, and visiting the Paseo del Bosque trail. You can also check out the Rio Grande Nature Center, the Petrogylph National Monument, or even the local volcanoes—on the horizon of the West Mesa, there are remnants of five cinder cone volcanoes.
Albuquerque also hosts Zoo Music, a concert series that features regional, national, and international musicians, including country Latin rock, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, pop-rock, and more. ABQ BioPark’s Botanic Garden also features “Summer Nights,” a concert series that highlights folk and Americana sounds.
When you visit Albuquerque in the summertime, you’ll have no trouble booking your schedule with as much as you want! For more information about traveling here or to book a hotel stay, contact us at Barcelona Suites today!