Albuquerque September Events Calendar

••• © Colleen Wallach

September in Albuquerque brings the New Mexico State Fair, harvest festivals, corn mazes, and other seasonal activities. There are also concerts, entertainment and other attractions. Find one that is just right for you.

For a listing of Labor Day events, take a look at this article.
Find harvest festivals in the Albuquerque area.

Sex with Strangers
A 40-something novelist who has never had the success she wanted and a bestselling novelist come together one cold, snowy night and sparks fly.

The comedy takes place at the Vortex Theatre at 2900 Carlisle. See the play Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
For 2015: August 21 - September 13

Arsenic and Old Lace
The screwball comedy revolves around the Brewster family, which is comprised of two homicidal maniacs and their nephew Mortimer, who has to decide if he should marry the woman he loves, given what he now knows about his family. See it at the Albuquerque Little Theatre Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
For 2015: August 28 - September 13

Burning of Zozobra
This annual event draws huge crowds for a reason. When Old Man Gloom goes up in smoke, so do all your worries and cares. There will be musical entertainment, pyrotechnics and of course, fireworks. The burning takes place every year in Santa Fe.
For 2015: September 4

First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating, you can choose which ones to visit to find out what's happening with guilds, individual artists and ongoing shows.

This is a free event.
For 2015: September 4

First Friday Fractals and Fractals Rock
The shows on Friday, September 4 celebrate the marriage of science and art. See fractals projected onto the planetarium dome at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The Fractal shows are at 6 and 7 p.m. and the Fractals Rock!

shows are at 8 and 9 p.m.
For 2015: September 4

National Hispanic Month Celebration and Concert
The annual event kicks off the National Hispanic Month celebrations in historic Old Town. There will be folk dancers, mariachi music and the band Mala Mana. It's all free, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For 2015: September 5

Vulture Awareness Day
Find out why vultures are an important part of the biological system at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be pellet dissection, vulture beauty contests, games, crafts and discovery stations.
For 2015: September 5

Elaine Whales and the Mummy of King Khufu
The Foul Play Cafe dinner theater in the Sheraton Uptown presents a story about a reporter covering the unveiling of a newly discovered mummy, who discovers a murder instead of a mummy. See it Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 
For 2014: September 4 - November 28

New Mexico State Fair
Rides, gadgets, dances, trains, giant vegetables, farm animals, and more make the venue every year at the New Mexico State Fair, one of the biggest, and best events in Albuquerque. Make it more than once if possible, and go hungry so you can eat your way through a few meals.
For 2015: September 10 - 20

9/11 Memorial Events
The anniversary of September 11 will be marked by a number of events in and around Albuquerque.


For 2015: September 11

Beauty and the Beast
The Elite Dance Company of New Mexico presents Beauty and and Beast at the N4th Theater on Fridays September 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays September 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For 2015: September 11 - 19

Tech Fiesta
TechFiesta ABQ features panels, presentations and gatherings with the tech luminaries in the Albuquerque area. TechFiesta takes place at various locations around the city.
For 2015: September 11 - 20

TEDxABQ
The annual TED talks take place at Popejoy Hall. Hear homegrown ideas from New Mexico's engineers, authors, farmers, artists and more.
For 2015: September 12

Maravilla: Una Noche en Brasil
The annual fundraiser for the National Hispanic Cultural Center will take place at NHCC, featuring live music, food, dance and a live auction.
For 2015: September 12

Salsa Fiesta
The annual Salsa Fiesta takes homemade salsa to another level. Enter your recipe to win cash prizes, with top prize bringing $1,000. Taste salsas and vote for your favorites; taste local wines; or just enjoy the salsa dancers. Hear headliner Nosotros and other entertainment. With entertainment for kids, art, music, stories and games, this can be a family affair. This is a free event, though salsa tasting is a $5 charge; taste and vote. Salsa Fiesta runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For 2015: September 12

Alameda Studio Tour
See the work of 38 different artists in the Alameda area. You'll find stained glass, jewelry, recycled art, prints, mixed media, pottery and more. Visit an alpaca farm and a chocolatier along the way. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For 2015: September 12 - 13

We Art the People Folk Festival and Parade
The annual festival features more than 100 folk art vendors, music, dance, arts and crafts, and at 11 a.m., the Giant Puppet Samba Parade.
For 2015: September 13

The Spirit of Eastern Europe
The Albuquerque Chamber Soloists present a special concert on Sunday, September 13 at the First United Methodist Church downtown. The concert is at 3 p.m.
For 2015: September 13

Mask Making Workshop
A two day workshop on mask making will take place at the South Broadway Cultural Center.
For 2015: September 16 - 17

Our Lady of Mariposas
The play set in southeastern New Mexico follows a massive die-off of monarch butterflies and a young girl's wait for their return. The play takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 
For 2015: September 17 - 20

A Crack in the Wall
A drama about two families, one Jewish and the other Catholic, in German-occupied Poland in 1943. See it at the Adobe Theater.
For 2105: September 18 - October 11

Night Under the Stars
The 5th annual Night Under the Stars fundraiser for the Rainbow Park Observatory in Rio Rancho will feature guest speaker Dr. Robert Fugate, creator of the Starfire Optical Range. A silent auction takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be solar viewing during the day and a stargaze after dark, weather permitting. Pizza from 4 to 8 p.m. The observatory is located at 301 Southern Blvd. in Rio Rancho.
For 2015: September 19

Renaissance Festival
The Las Golondrinas living history museum presents the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. With live steel combat, vendors, games for the kids and jousting, there will be something for everyone. The music, food, wine and beer make these events top notch. Clan Tynker will be juggling and breathing fire.
For 2015: September 19 - 20

CiQlovia
The biggest block party Albuquerque has ever seeen will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two miles of open, car-free streets. You'll find yoga, bike rodeos, public art, live music, food truck and vendors on hand, as well as the Carnuel Parade.
For 2015: September 20

Enchanted April
The Mother Road Theater Company presents a play about two frustrated London housewives who rent a villa in Italy. See it at the Keshet Center for the Arts.
For 2015: September 25 - October 11

Globalquerque
Globalquerque is New Mexico's annual celebration of world music and culture. Celebrate the seventh year of this great event, which features artists from Peru, Brazil, Cameroon, Ireland and more. The Saturday Global Fiesta features workshops, hands-on activities and presentations. Browse the diverse lineup and enjoy one of the most exciting musical events of the year.
For 2015: September 25 - 26

Corrales Harvest Festival
The harvest festival will have a Hootenanny, pet parade, kids korner, and a grower's market. While at the Corrales Harvest Festival, visit Casa San Ysidro, where there will be traditional New Mexico arts demonstrations, activities for children, blacksmithing demonstrations and more.
For 2015: September 26 - 27

Casa San Ysidro Harvest Weekend
During the Corrales Harvest Festival, Casa San Ysidro will offer traditional art, stories and music in a free, family-oriented event. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will find blacksmith demonstrations, weaving, horno bread baking and more.
For 2015: September 26 - 27