The Lavender in the Village Festival is a highlight of each summer season and takes place in Los Ranchos. For 2014, the festival will be scaled down and will run as part of the Los Ranchos Growers Market. A garlic celebration will also be part of the festivities.
This year's festival will be much smaller than it was in the past and will not be held at the Agri-Nature Center. The Lavender Festival's board announced they will no longer produce the annual festival, and instead, the Growers' Market will have a celebration instead, much like it did in 2011 when the festival took a year's sabbatical.
In the past, the Lavender in the Village Festival focused not only on growing and harvesting the lavender that grows so well in this rich agricultural valley. It came to feature the small village feel of Los Ranchos, which has deep agricultural roots and traditions.
Lavender is a flower that can be successfully grown when choosing the right variety. Since Albuquerque closely resembles a Mediterranean climate, it grows extremely well here. Lavender likes to be high and dry, and Albuquerque can accommodate.
The Grower's Market
The Los Ranchos Growers Market has fresh raspberries, sunflowers, and eggs. It has flowers, breakfast foods, and lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables. But get there early, as seasonal produce sells out fast. Bring your own refrigerated bags so you can pick up that wheel of goat cheese. There are also arts and crafts vendors on hand so you can find that perfect gift. There will be fresh cut lavender bouquets, lavender plants and a series of Ask our Expert presentations. Learn how to grow lavender, cook with it, or cook with garlic.
Before You Go
- There are no ATMs on site. Bring cash.
- Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring bags or baskets for your purchases.
The festival takes place on Saturday, July 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Find out more about the Lavender in the Village Festival at their website.
Getting There and Parking
- Handicap parking ONLY is available at the Agri-Nature Center and Growers Market
- Free park and ride run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Parking areas have shuttles taking you directly to the festival. Find them at:
- Los Ranchos Elementary School, 7609 4th Street (4th and Los Ranchos)
- Alvarado Elementary School, 1100 Solar NW
- Taft Middle School, 620 Schulte Road
- Growers' Market (Village Green/Hall)
Los Poblanos Open Space (off Montano Road) will have intermittent hay rides from Open Space to the Agri-Center, but no shuttles.
Shuttle buses will take you to any of the festival stops. Take the shuttle back to your parking area from the Village Hall/Growers' Market or the festival grounds.
The admission price includes the activities at all locations, with the exception of the Pet Parade and the Family Run. Admission to the Los Ranchos Growers Market is free.
Other Nearby Destinations
The Rio Grande Nature Center is within walking distance of Los Poblanos Fields. If you park at the Nature Center (for a $3 fee), you can walk to the festival, walk back, and take in the Nature Center as well. This is a great way to spend time with the kids. To get to the fields, take the shady ditch trail just outside the visitor center, walking north.
Or try the winery of Casa Rodena at 733 Chavez Road.