Albuquerque August Events Calendar

Your Guide to Albuquerque Events and Attractions

Summer camp counselor with children and kayaks
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The summer calendar starts to wind down as families prepare for the back to school switch in mid-August. August has many special events, to include August fairs and festivals. Here are some event highlights for August in Albuquerque.

Family Art Workshops
The whole family can participate in this hands-on exploration of art. Supplies are provided. It takes place at the Albuquerque Museum Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with general admission.

Stories in the Sky
The free story time is designed for children 0-6, with parents, grandparents and family members welcome. Along with stories, children make crafts and play games. The free program is presented by the Balloon Museum.

Summer Wings Festival
Summer Wings celebrates the wildlife of New Mexico: hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. There are crafts, refreshments, information and more. The festival is free; parking is $3. Enjoy it at the Rio Grande Nature Center. Most events are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For 2015: August 2

Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show
The work of over 125 international artists will be featured at the downtown plaza in Santa Fe. Proceeds from the artist booth fees benefits Girls, Inc.
For 2015: August 1 - 2

Albuquerque Isotopes
The Isotopes play home games against El Paso, Fresno, Oklahoma City, and Colorado Springs in August.
For 2015: August 5-9, 11-14, 23-30

Summer Nights Concerts
Hear music every summer Thursday night in a garden setting and bring your own food or buy some while there. Summer Nights feature a large grassy lawn for picnics and relaxing. Bring a blanket and chairs. Hear Kim Richey, Robin and Linda Williams, Borish McCutcheon and Caravan of Thieves.


For 2015: August 6, 13, 20, 27

First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome at the Natural History Museum for these live presentations. Buy in advance as tickets sell out fast. The fractal show runs the first Friday of every month, with the late show, Fractals Rock, using rock music.
For 2015: August 7

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. A free event.
For 2015: August 7

48 Hour Film Festival Screening
See the best of the 48 Hour Film Project, locally made films at the KiMo. Doors open at 6:30 and screenings begin at 7 p.m..
For 2015: August 7

Zoo Music
Hear different musical groups every Friday night at the zoo. Bring your own food or buy some while there. Zoo Music features a large grassy lawn for picnics and relaxing. Bring a blanket and chairs and relax. Hear Barleyjuice perform Celtic rock.
For 2015: August 7

Downtown Summerfest
There will be food vendors, local artisans, kids activities and a beer garden on Central Avenue downtown from 2nd to 7th Streets for the summer's third Summerfest. The main stage will feature performances by Severo y Grupo Fuego at 5 p.m., Animal Opera at 6:15 p.m., Soul Divine at 7:30 p.m. and headliner Taylor Dane at 9 p.m. This is a free event.


For 2015: August 8

Great Southwestern Antiques Show
The antique show brings together a vintage and antique collection of over 200 dealers of antiques, folk art, western items, Native American and ethnographic arts. The festival takes place at Expo New Mexico. A sneak preview takes place August 7 from 2 to 7 p.m.
For 2015: August 8 - 9

Neon Melo
The one act play at the Aux Dog Theatre features the Sandia Performing Arts Academy. The musical melodrama about a case of mistaken identity appeals to all, especially New Mexicans.
For 2015: August 7 - 16

Kyle Parker: Tribute to Elvis
Parker amazes those who see him, as he sounds and looks so much like Elvis. See him perform at the Route 66 Legends Theater.
For 2015: August 14

Hands on History: A Day Camp for All Ages
Become an expert in your chosen field. Try your hand at colcha embroidery, tinsmithing, leather making, bow making or another territorial skill.


For 2015: August 15

Harvest Festival
Celebrate food and our agricultural heritage at the Wildlife West Nature Park. There will be a tractor parade, music, vendors, demonstrations and you can finish it off with a chuckwagon supper.
For 2015: August 15 - 16

Stinking Rose Garlic Festival
Garlic will be celebrated at the Rio Rancho flea market. There will be face painting, food made with garlic, and live music. Join in the You Eat Stinking Garlic contest. It's a free event.
For 2015: August 15 - 16

Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel has been performing swing, boogie and American roots music for 45 years. Hear them at the Dirty Bourbon at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21 and over event.
For 2015: Concert August 16

Ballet Pro Musica Festival
The festival combines chamber music with classical ballet for a one of a kind experience at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 
For 2015: August TBA

Dime Stories
Tell your story in three minutes or less the third Thursday of every month. Dime Stories brings together a clock, a story, and your storytelling talents for a live show.
For 2015: August 20

Aquarium Overnight
Pack your PJs and use the glow of jellyfish as your night light. Pre-registration is required.
For 2015: August 21

Gipsy Kings
Hear the group that blends flamenco with western pop and Latin rhythms at the Route 66 Legends theater.
For 2015: August 21

Dirty Dash
The state's muddiest road race is back. Be sure to take the piglet plunge. It takes place at Wildlife West Park in Edgewood.
For 2015: August 22

Red Wine, Featuring La La and the Hubcaps
The variety group Red Wine performs Top 40 to oldies, country, rancheras, and cumbias. La La & the Hubcaps is a 50s and 60s revue. See them at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2015: August 22

Santa Fe Indian Market
Every August, the Indian Market fills Santa Fe's central plaza and surrounding streets with an exciting array of Native arts. The market runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features over 1,000 of the best Native artists, craftspeople, and designers.
For 2015: August 22 - 23

Garden Nightwalk
The entire family can explore the Botanic Garden under the light of the moon. See night-blooming plants, nocturnal animals, and night pollinators.
For 2015: August 25

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: August 28

Bubonicon 47
The science fiction and fantasy convention features a Women of Wonder theme for 2015. There will be gaming, an art show, auctions, readings, a costume contest, science talk, filking, autographs, dealers, green slime awards, a kids block and more. Find it at the Albuquerque Marriott in  Uptown.
For 2015: August 28 - 30

Arsenic and Old Lace
See the play about Mortimer and his two spinster aunts who are sweet but homicidal maniacs.  The classic farce is playing at the Albuquerque Little Theatre.
For 2015: August 28 - September 13

Mountainair Sunflower Festival
If you're a folk art lover, you'll find it here. There are arts and crafts, entertainment, food, activities for the kids and a huge celebration of sunflowers. This is a free event. Wear your sunflower hat and you just might win a prize
For 2015: August 29

Hopfest
The Albuquerque Hopfest brings together local craft beer brewers and regional craft brews for a tasting festival like no other. The event takes place at Isleta Resort and features beer, live music and more. With 70 breweries, six bands and four stages, you'll be busy.
For 2015: August 29

Wildlife West Chuckwagon Supper
This is the last chuckwagon supper of the summer at Wildlife West Park. There will be music by Holy Water and Whiskey, chuckwagon food (with vegetarian option), and even a hayride.
For 2015: August 29

Fiesta de los Ninos: A Children's Celebration
The children's festival at El Rancho de los Golondrinas will feature games, crafts, entertainment, and music. Children under 12 are admitted free.
For 2015: August 29 and 30

Viva New Mexico Chile Festival
Head to Los Lunas for the annual chile festival, where you'll find roasting chile, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, corn maze, hay rides and hayride tours out to the fields.
For 2015: August 28 - 30