EVENTS

Live music at Fiestas de Albuquerque. Photograph by Eric Williams

April through June

FIESTA DE ALBUQUERQUE
April 6,  12–5 PM
Historic Old Town, 303 Romero NW, ABQ
Free

Celebrate Albuquerque’s birthday, enjoying the history and traditions of the city with live entertainment, children’s activities, artists’ demonstrations, dancers, and a Founders Day Procession. cabq.gov

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CORTEO
April 12-14,  times vary
Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho
$39-$110

The latest of Cirque du Soleil’s arena productions is now touring North America. The show portrays a festive parade imagined by a clown. cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

 

GATHERING OF NATIONS POWWOW
April 25-27,  times vary
Powwow grounds at Tingley Coliseum, Expo New Mexico, ABQ
$19 per day

The Annual Gathering of Nations is the world’s largest assembly of Native American and Indigenous people, drawing more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. Dancing, a horse and rider regalia parade and contest, and music on Stage 49. The Miss Indian World Competition is $15 on April 26. gatheringofnations.com

 

ALBUQUERQUE RENAISSANCE FAIRE
April 27,  10 AM-5 PM
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque
International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum NE, ABQ
$5-$10, children 3 and under free

The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire is an annual rain or shine event with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Tilted Tankard Tavern and the Commoner’s Food Court, shopping at the Artisan Village, events at the Children’s Realm, and much more! cabq.gov

 

31ST ANNUAL RIO GRANDE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL
May 4-5,  times vary
Rotary Park, Bernalillo
$7-$20, children under 6 free; discounts for seniors and active military

Visitors to the 31st annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival will be delighted by Celtic music, piping, dance, contests, rugby, and food and drink for all. Fun for the whole family. celtfestabq.com

 

NATIVE TREASURES
May 24,  5-7:30 PM
May 25 et 26,  10 AM-4 or 5 PM
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W Marcy, Santa Fe
Free, $150 Friday evening

Over 200 artists participate in the show and sale of Native art and fundraiser for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Attendees have access to high-quality works–including jewelry, pottery, painting, basketry, beadwork, carvings, sculpture, and textiles–from artists representing tribes across the United States. nativetreasures.org

 

9TH ANNUAL ABQ BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL
May 26, 2-6 PM
Sandia Resort and Casino, 30 Rainbow, ABQ
$25-$65

This 21+ event is highlighted by live music from numerous blues bands, a souvenir tasting glass, and unlimited samples of beer from craft breweries around the country. There will also be homebrew demonstrations, vendor booths, games, and more. Proceeds go to local charities. abqbluesandbrews.com

 

32ND FESTIVAL FLAMENCO INTERNATIONAL DE ALBUQUERQUE
June 15-22
Various times, locations, and prices

Cohosted by the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico, this event invites the best flamenco artists in the world to participate in workshops and performances. The overall purpose is to sustain and support the artistry, history, and culture of flamenco among all national and international communities. nationalinstituteofflamenco.org

 

BEAUTIFUL
June 12-16,  times vary
Popejoy Hall
203 Cornell Dr NE, ABQ
$48-$98

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical chronicles the rise to stardom of the legendary singer-songwriter. Along with the title song “Beautiful,” this joyful production features some of King’s most famous hits, including “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend. popejoypresents.com

 

70TH ANNUAL RODEO DE SANTA FE
June 19-22,  various times
3237 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
$10-$37

Now in its 70th year, the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, a PRCA event, offers fun for the whole family. All the favorite rodeo events plus a rodeo clown reunion. A parade, carnival, food, and beer garden are also part of the festivities. rodeodesantafe.org