July festivals and fairs are a summer tradition in Albuquerque. Step out and find a multitude of opportunities for fun. You'll find music, wine, bbq, and some delicious local "flavor" with events such as the Mariachi Spectacular and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Enjoy July.
Pork and Brew
Over 50 BBQ competitors from around the U.S. will be competing for the chance to go to the nationals held in Kansas City.
Get out and taste some of the best BBQ there is in the parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. There will be activities for the kids as well as arts and crafts vendors. The Pork 'N Brew was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
For 2016: July 2 - 4
Shakespeare on the Plaza
The Vortex Theater runs Shakespeare on the Plaza each summer. For 2015, enjoy The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar on the Plaza downtown. Tickets are $5-$15; the plays run Thursday through Sunday nights.
For 2016: June 9 - July 3
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Visit with the folks from New Mexico's wineries, enjoy tasting wine, and listen to some great music at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Hear live music both days.
For 2016: July 2 - 3
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
More than 150 artists from around the world come to exhibit at The International Folk Art Market. Shop till you drop. The market opening party takes place July 10.
On Saturday, explore music in the Folk Art Museum auditorium, free of charge.
For 2016: July 8 - 10
Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque
The event is filled with music, workshops, concerts and the art and culture of mariachi music. Conference workshops run for the three days. The showcase concert and competition is 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the Civic Plaza downtown in Albuquerque.
The showcase concert is free. The spectacular concert is July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Sandia Resort and Casino. The Spectacular Mass is Sunday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at San Jose Parish.
For 2016: July 13 - 16
New Mexico Jazz Festival
Hear the legends and enjoy the music, at the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Hear jazz with The Klezmatics and the Cathryn McGill Group, Lavay Smitha and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and more. Free and paid events take place at various locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Don't miss the jazz musicians at the Nob Hill Summefest on July 18, and the Jazz Brunches around Nob Hill on July 19.
For 2016: July 14 - 31
48 Hour Film Festival
Get ready for a challenge as local filmmakers compete to make the best film in 48 hours..
For 2016: July 15 - 17
Route 66 Summerfest
Central Avenue fills with vendors, music, entertainment, car shows, events for kids and much, much more at Route 66 Summerfest. Don't miss the Route 66 Cork & Tap Festival, which features local wineries, breweries, bands and food.
For 2016: July 16
Learn about the diverse dragonflies found in New Mexico, and watch them in one of the pond viewing areas at the Botanic gardens.
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.
For 2016: July 16
¡Viva Mexico! Celebration
There will be music, art, food, arts and crafts and more at this celebration of Mexico. Find it at Los Golondrinas.
For 2016: July 16 - 17
Edgewood Arts & Music Festival
The annual festival features the music of Hot Texas Swing Band, the Blue Canyon Boys, Jeez LaWeez, Hold Water & Whiskey and more. In addition to the music, there’s all the family fun the wildlife park has to offer, from up close animal encounters to animal shows. Wildlife West Park is well known for its chuckwagon suppers, and there will be one on July 25.
For 2016: July 28 -31
Traditional Spanish Market
The market showcases the art of 350 Hispanic artists who exhibit and sell their art.
Festivities take place around the Santa Fe Plaza, which is surrounded by shops, restaurants and museums. The celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture includes traditional art, food, music, dance and entertainment. The market is free to the public and runs 8 am. to 5 p.m.
For 2016: July 25 - 31