Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival

© Aileen O'Catherine

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival comes to Albuquerque three times a year. One of its most popular incarnations happens during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The festival also takes place at the Expo New Mexico each spring and late fall.

Every spring, the New Mexico Expo Manuel Lujan building is transformed into a wonderland of arts, crafts and demonstrations. See artists at work.

Handcrafted items include jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworks, clothing and other items. There is a creation station for kids, culinary arts booths, and food concession booths. There will be the soothing music of a grand piano. Over 180 artists and craftsmen will have their work for sale.

For 2016, the Spring Festival runs March 11 through March 13. The Expo is located at 300 San Pedro NE, between Central and Lomas. 

Hours
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission
$7 adults, free for children under 12.
A three day pass is $10.
Parking at NM Expo is $5 per vehicle. Turn in at Gate 3 or 4 off San Pedro to enter the fairgrounds.

October Festival
The fall Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival runs each weekend of balloon fiesta. The show features the work of over 280 artists and craftsmen from all over the U.S. The arts and crafts festival takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on September 30 - October 2 and October  7 - 9.

Find the October festival at the infield at the racetack at New Mexico Expo, in the big white tent. Enter from Gate off Louisiana. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Hours
Fridays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission
Admission is $8 for adults, but save money by purchasing a multi-pass.

A festival pass during balloon fiesta is $15 for six days and gets you free return parking. The grande pass for $25 gets you into the October, November and March shows, and includes free return parking.
Children under 12 are free.

Thanksgiving Holiday Festival
The Holiday Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival takes place for three days, on November 25, 26 and 27, 2016. The event takes place at Expo New Mexico, in the Manuel Lujan exhibit building. Take gates 3 or 4 off San Pedro, just south of Lomas.

The festival has artists demonstrations in glass blowing and pottery, as well as a special Holiday Creation Station for the kids. Children can create their own presents for family and friends. There will also be magic shows and a chance to talk to Santa Claus.

For the kids, there is a holiday Kids Creation Station, adjacent to the two exhibit halls, where kids can get creative with crafts and projects.

Hours
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission
Admission is $7 for adults, or $9 for a three day pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

Parking
Parking at Expo New Mexico is $5 per vehicle.

The Harwood Art Center offers arts education and arts activities year round.

Shidoni Sculpture Garden features sculpture and a foundry tour.