Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill

Find Classic Cars, Music, Summerfest and the Nob Hill Run

Summerfest Stiltwalker
Photo © Aileen O'Catherine

Albuquerque has some amazing parties each summer, and a favorite is the Route 66 Summerfest. Coordinated by the city of Albuquerque and Nob Hill Main Street, there is food, a kids zone, an Old Route 66 car show, an arts market and several stages with entertainment. It's a huge, several blocks long party, and not to be missed. In 2019, the event begins at 6:00 p.m. and lasts until 10:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 20.

Head to historic Nob Hill, where Central Avenue will be closed off to cars from Girard to Washington. Instead the street will be lined with a historic car show, food vendors and food trucks, an arts and artisans market, a Cork & Tap garden, and three music stages with live entertainment.

Saturday, July 20, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

What to Expect
The fun includes live music on three stages, food trucks with a variety of cuisines and an Artisan Market. Shops will be open late. There will be a Kid's Zone, a car show and parade, a Cork & Tap and more.

Mother Road Market
The market will feature two full city blocks of handmade arts and crafts from 40 different artisans. Goods range from jewelry to baked goods and art. Do a little shopping.

Kid Zone
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The whole family can enjoy the zone, which features a stage with family friendly performances and free activities that include face painting, henna, a rock wall, and inflatables. 

Free Group Wedding
Tie the knot or renew your vows on Route 66. The Celebration of Love chapel will return to perform the ceremony at 6 p.m. on the Main Stage. No appointments, no waiting, just a county clerk to say you've done the deed. For information and requirements, click here.

There will be lots of food vendors, with Food Central food trucks and vendors located from Girard to Washington. Or try one of the many Nob Hill restaurants along the way. You'll also find great food at some of Nob Hill bars.

Cork & Tap
The Cork & Tap garden features local beverages and the Cork & Tap Stage will feature live music.

Entertainment for 2019:

Main Stage

Central Ave. and Girard Blvd.

  • 5:00 p.m. - Mondo Vibrations
  • 6:00 p.m. - Red Light Cameras
  • 7:00 p.m. - Nosotros
  • 8:30 p.m. - Magic Giant

Route 66 East Stage

Central Ave. and Graceland Drive

  • 5:00 p.m. - Levi Patero
  • 6:00 p.m. - Isaac Aragon and The Healing
  • 7:00 p.m. - The Noms
  • 8:30 p.m. - Picoso

New Mexico Jazz Festival Stage

Central Ave. and Carlisle at Nob Hill Shopping Center

  • 5:00 p.m. - Tribute to Nat King Cole
  • 6:00 p.m. - Paul Gozales Quintet
  • 7:00 p.m. - George Schuller's Circle Wide Quartet
  • 8:30 p.m. - Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra

Kids' Stage
Central Ave. and Tulane Drive

  • 5:00 p.m. - Absentmindedly
  • 5:25 p.m. - Sonyk Vortex
  • 5:50 p.m. - School of Rock's House Band
  • 6:16 p.m. - River Riot
  • 6:35 p.m. - Red Heather
  • 6:55 p.m. - Leili Shafie
  • 7:15 p.m. - Sarah Bodkin Blues Band
  • 7:40 p.m. - Julia Megofna
  • 8:05 p.m. - Neil Cole

Old Route 66 Car Show
Carlisle Ave. to Montclare
Find over 100 cars spiffed to a classic shine. All show cars are welcome. If you would like to participate, entries may register the day of the event on-site for $20 or preregister for $15: 2019 Old Route 66 Car Show Registration Form. For more information call Nob Hill Main Street at: 505.379.2763. 

Parking and Transportation
Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation to the event. Use the Red Line #766, the Green Line #777 or Route #66 buses. Because Central will be closed between Girard and Washington, drop-offs will be at Monte Vista for eastbound passengers, and Adams for westbound bus riders.

Park & Ride
Park and take the Rapid Ride to the event. Parking is available at Uptown Transit Center, KMart at Central and Atrisco; Unser and Central; and Wynona and Tramway. Park your car and take the bus to the event for free.

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