Events in Albuquerque in July

Concerts, Wine Festivals, Folk Art, and More

Albuquerque Skyline - New Mexico

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The month starts off with a bang in Albuquerque, New Mexico—that would, of course, be the snap, crackle, and pop of July Fourth fireworks. Find out where you can sparkle that day, along with other happenings this month. 

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Family Art Workshops at Albuquerque Museum

The Albuquerque Museum

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The whole family can participate in this hands-on exploration of art. Supplies are provided. It takes place at the Albuquerque Museum and is free with general admission.

When: Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

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Stories in the Sky at the Balloon Museum

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum

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This story time is designed for children 6 years old and younger, with parents, grandparents, and other family members welcome. Along with stories, children make crafts and play games. The free program is presented by the Balloon Museum.

When: Wednesdays, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

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Pork and Brew

Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho

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Get out to the Santa Ana Star Center to taste some of the best barbecue around. More than 50 barbecue vendors from around the region will attend. Activities for kids as well as arts and crafts vendors are also featured.

When: June 29–July 1, 2018

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Santa Fe Wine Festival

Visit with the folks from New Mexico's wineries, enjoy tasting wine, and dance to some great music at El Rancho de las. Try handmade wines from 20 different wineries, indulge in great food, buy unique arts and crafts, and explore the state's history at Santa Fe’s longest running wine festival.

When: June 30–July 1, 2018

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Fourth of July Events

Fourth of July events are scheduled all over the Albuquerque metropolitan area. The largest fireworks display in New Mexico is at Balloon Fiesta Park. Or catch a baseball game at Isotopes Park followed by a fireworks display.

When:  July 4, 2018

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Fourth of July Parades

Get out to see classic cars, military organizations, clowns, and more at parades around town.

When: ​July 4, 2018

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Freedom Fourth

Hot air balloons soad above Balloon Fiesta Park

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The gates open at 3 p.m. on July 4 and the fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park. In between, there is music, a kids' zone, activities, food vendors, and more. Park and ride is available from the Cottonwood and Coronado Mall locations. Don't miss the biggest fireworks show in New Mexico. 

When: July 4, 2018

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Isotopes Baseball Games

Albuquerque Isotopes

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Get out to Isotopes Park for the all-American game of baseball. The Albuquerque Isotopes are an AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.​

When: July 5–8, 16–22, 2018

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Summer Concert Series at Botanic Gardens and Zoo

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

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Enjoy live music and entertainment at Summer Nights at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and Zoo Music at the ABQ BioPark. Concerts are on Thursday and Friday evenings and take place rain or shine. Take a picnic or purchase food there.

  • Summer Nights concerts: July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2018
  • Zoo Music concerts: July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018
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Lavender in the Village Festival

Casa Rondena Winery, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (metro Albuquerque), New Mexico USA.

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The Lavender in the Village Festival will take place in Los Ranchos. Shops and restaurants around the village will hold special events all week. ​

When: July 7–14, 2018

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Twilight Tour at the Zoo

Gorilla at the Albuquerque Zoo

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The ABQ BioPark crackles with the noises of animals each day, but what happens after dark? Find out for yourself by going on a twilight tour conducted by a knowledgeable guide after dark. Pre-registration online is required. This is a rain or shine event. ​

When: July 10, 2018

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Mariachi Spectacular

Experience the sights, sounds, and lively music at the many events at this annual celebration of music and dance. The event includes workshops, public events, and a special Sunday Mass. The showcase in the downtown Civic Plaza is a free public show.

When: July 11–14, 2018

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New Mexico Jazz Festival

Nob Hill Bus Stop In Albuquerque

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Hear the legends and enjoy the music at the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Free and paid events take place at various locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Don't miss the jazz musicians at the Nob Hill Route 66 Summerfest on July 21.

When: July 11–30, 2018

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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More than 150 artists from around the world come to exhibit at The International Folk Art Market. The Friday market opening party takes place July 13. Buy tickets online and shop till you drop.

When: July 13–15, 2018

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Albuquerque Concert Band

Bring lawn chairs and a picnic to hear the Albuquerque Concert Band perform for free at the Balloon Museum on a summer evening.​

When: July 18, 2018

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Route 66 Summerfest

Hiway House Motel on Central Avenue, Albuquerque New Mexico

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Central Avenue in Nob Hill fills with vendors, music, entertainment, car shows, events for kids, and much more at Route 66 Summerfest. Don't miss the Route 66 Cork & Tap Festival, which features local wineries, breweries, bands and food. 

When: July 21, 2018

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Dragonfly Festival

Learn about the diverse dragonflies found in New Mexico, and watch them in one of the pond viewing areas at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. You'll learn about the life of a dragonfly, from what it eats, to its life cycle. There will be craft stations and dragonfly experts to answer your questions. Free with regular admission. ​

When: July 21, 2018

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¡Viva Mexico! Fiesta

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There will be music, art, food, arts, crafts, and more at this celebration of Mexico. Find it at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.​

When: July 21 and 22, 2018

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Wildlife West Music & Arts Festival

The annual festival features bluegrass, Western Swing, Irish, singer-songwriter, and more acoustic genres. In addition to the music, there’s all the family fun the Wildlife West Nature Park has to offer, from up-close animal encounters to animal shows. Wildlife West Park is also well-known for its chuckwagon suppers, and there will be one on July 14 and 27.​

When: July 27 and 28, 2018

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