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.
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. It begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16
2 p.m. to 10:30 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.
2 p.m. to 9 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 2015:
Central and Girard
- 2:30-3:15 p.m.- Ali and the Afterhours - old school music
- 3:35-4:20 p.m.- Todd Tijerina - funky blues
- 4:45-5:35 p.m.- Chris Dracup's Funk of the West - funk with African percussion
- 6 p.m.: Group wedding
- 6:20-7:15 p.m.- Son Como Son - Cuban style salsa
- 7:40-8:30 p.m.- Nikki Hill - roaring boogie
- 9-10:30 p.m.- Booker T. Jones' Stax Soul Blues Revue
Center Stage Entertainment
Central and Carlisle at Nob Hill Shopping Center
- 2:30-3:20 p.m.- Vaiven - Flamenco jazz
- 3:35- 4:35 p.m.- Wagogo - world beat music
- 4:55-5:40 p.m.- Eileen & the In Betweens - social justice folk
- 6:05-7:55 p.m.- Toni Morgan & Just Us - soul, blues, R&B
- 8:15-9:10 p.m. Pleasure Pilots - vintange rock
- 9:30-10:30 p.m.- Le Chat Lunatique - mangy jazz
Cor & Tap Entertainment
Central and Montclair, on south side
- 2-2:45 p.m.- Alpha Cats - guitar swing
- 3:05-3:50 p.m.- Racine Kreyol - reggae
- 4:15-5 p.m.- Roger Jameson & Jaded Heart Band - original music of romance and intrigue
- 5:25-6:10 p.m.- Dave Paul Band - classic blues
- 6:30-7:15 p.m.- Mala Mana - African Diaspora
- 7:35-8:25 - Busy McCarroll & Her Mighty Amigos - Latin lounge jazz
- 8:45-9:40 p.m.- Concepto Tambor - Afro-Latin
Neon Cruise and Old Route 66 Car Show
Carlisle to Montclare
Find over 100 cars spiffed to a classic shine. The annual Neon Cruise begins at 8 p.m., when the classic cars in the show will start their engines and head west down Old Route 66. The car show begins at 1 p.m.
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.