Albuquerque is a beautiful city to visit no matter the time of year. If you're going to be in town during the month of November, or are a local looking for happenings around the city, read on for this local event guide.
Albuquerque Tango Festival
The Albuquerque Tango Festival features workshop-style classes, over 30 hours of milongas (dance sessions) with DJs, and lots of tango dancing. The festival takes place at the Las Puertas, located at 1512 1st Street NW. There are full days of milongas that take place over a 3-day weekend, and for a signature, special touch custom cakes are served at each milonga to make it extra sweet. All levels are welcome.
Doggie Dash & Dawdle
The Animal Humane of New Mexico raises funds with its annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle, held at Balloon Fiesta Park. In addition to running or walking with your dog, there is a pet carnival, shopping, and the chance to adopt a pet if you don't have one. Register individually or as a team, to help homeless pets. Run a 5K or dawdle a two-mile walk with your four-legged friends. There will be food, entertainment, and vendors throughout the day.
Dia de los Muertos
Taking place over several weeks in October and November (though officially celebrated the day after Halloween), South Broadway celebrates the tradition of the Day of the Dead with altars, an art market, and live entertainment. The community celebration features family activities, food face painting, and Dia festivities.
First Friday Fractals
First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating in the First Friday ARTScrawl, you can choose which ones to visit at no cost and find out what's happening with guilds, individual artists, and ongoing shows.
The annual Scandinavian Festival features Scandinavian folk art, jewelry, cookies, kids' crafts, Scandinavian dancing, and more. You're sure to find that perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.
There are a good many events in the Albuquerque area to honor veterans on Veterans Day. Find out about the various ways to honor veterans in this guide to events and ceremonies.
Festival of the Cranes in Bosque del Apache
Learn about sandhill cranes and the other birds and wildlife at the Bosque del Apache. There will be a wildlife art show, expo tent, and lots of activities for kids. Workshops cover photography and raptors. See why people travel the world to attend this event.
New Mexico Pride Pageant
Contestants compete for the titles of Miss and Mr. New Mexico Pride in the New Mexico Pride Pageant. Titleholders have the chance to be ambassadors for events at other locations, and entertainers will be on hand as well. See it at the African American Performing Arts Center.
Rooted in tradition, the Thanksgiving Dinner celebration brings family and friends together for the most wonderful of sentiments: giving thanks. Enjoy the holiday with your family -- and if you're not cooking, find some brunch, buffet, takeout or dinner.
Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival
The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival annual holiday show features over 200 artists, entertainment, food, and holiday music. There will be a Holiday Creation Station for kids, where they can craft their own gifts. Find it at the Manuel Lujan complex at New Mexico Expo.
Join the choral artists of Quintessence as they sing Handel's Messiah at Immanuel Presbyterian Church for a free holiday Messiah Sing. Bring your own music score or use one provided.
Hocus Pocus Magic Show
The annual Albuquerque Hocus Pocus Magic Show takes place at the KiMo Theater. Five different magicians perform different magical stunts in a one-of-a-kind show. Check the official website for ticket prices and show times.
DeProfundis Winter Concerts
The men's choral group deProfundis perform choral works at its winter concerts that include familiar carols and spirituals. Hear them perform over Thanksgiving weekend at St. Michael/All Angels Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Tickets are available at the door using cash or check.
River of Lights
The River of Lights features light displays of animals and other creatures to walk through, with new ones are added every year. The light show takes place at the Botanic Gardens from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Closed December 24 and 25.