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The city of Albuquerque heats up during the summertime with an array of concerts, festivals, markets and fun.

Summer Event Highlights

Ongoing Events

Zoo Music Concert Series - Every Friday through August 9, 2013
Zoo Music showcases regional, national and international talent playing a variety of music, including country Latin rock, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and pop-rock. Set at the ABQ BioPark Zoo on Friday evenings this summer.

Salsa Under the Stars - Every Friday through August 9, 2013
Hot, hot, hot salsa music under the stars, Fridays at the Albuquerque Museum’s Amphitheater. Doors open at 6:30pm and shows occur rain or shine. Food and beverages for purchase, including full bar service, are provided by the Cooperage Restaurant.

Jazz & Blues Under the Stars - Every Saturday through August 10, 2013
Red hot jazz and cool blues fill the night sky on Saturdays as Jazz & Blues Under the Stars features great performances by local and national groups. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows occur rain or shine. Food and beverages for purchase, including full bar service, are provided by the Cooperage Restaurant.

Summer Nights Concert Series - Every Thursday through August 29, 2013
Summer Nights musical concerts are performed by local and regional talent in the beautiful setting of the Rio Grande Botanic Garden on Thursday evenings this summer.

Friday Fright Night Film Series - Through August 30, 2013
Enjoy Friday screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films.

Chuckwagon Dinner & Music Show - Every Saturday through August 31, 2013
Join us every Saturday night for a delicious Chuckwagon BBQ fest, followed by vintage western swing music by live western swing music. Enjoy hayrides, a raptor free-flight presentation and western swing music.

Stanley Kubrick Retrospective Film Series - Saturdays through September 7, 2013
Enjoy special screens of the work of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick at the historic KiMo Theatre.


Events by Date

New Mexico Jazz Festival - July 12-27, 2013
This collaboration effort features more than a dozen concerts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe over an exciting 12-day period.

USA Roller Sports Speed, Figure and Rink Hockey National Championships - July 13 - August 4, 2013

USA Roller Sports events will include inline speed skating, rink hockey and roller figure skating competitions and events during the summer nationals. The first week of the three-week event features speed skating and rink hockey championships and the second and third weeks include figure skating events. Competition divisions range from youth through masters level competitors in their 70s.

Bosque Moonlight Hike - July 16 & August 20, 2013
Discover the active nightlife of the bosque on this guided tour. Search the bosque wetlands for bats, owls, and other nocturnal animals. Bring your flashlight and your sense of adventures as we hike through the woods. Tour begins at the Tingley Beach train station. 

Concert: Fanfare Ciocarlia - July 17, 2013
Fanfare Ciocarlia, "The Legends of Gypsy Brass," are one of the world's greatest live bands, their energy and ingenuity having won them fans from Melbourne to Memphis, Tokyo to Toulouse. Having learned their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers, Fanfare's members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of Gypsy music alive.

Dinosaur Discoveries Symposium: The Latest Dinosaur Discoveries - July 18, 2013
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presents the latest dinosaur discoveries in the Cretaceous of the San Juan Basin. Great discoveries are still being made in New Mexico today, as told by one of its newest dinosaur collectors. This presentation is part of the Dinosaur Discoveries Symposium.

Explora Adult Night: Propulsion and Motion - July 19, 2013
This month’s Adult Night theme is Propulsion and Motion. The night includes activities, ranging from theater performances to hands-on experiments with surprising materials. Bring a friend, bring a date, bring a group and enjoy Explora.

Wildlife West Music Festival - July 19-21, 2013
Three days of foot-stomping bluegrass/folk/gospel music. Festival starts with an old fashion country barn dance Friday night. Nationally acclaimed Lisa Haley and the Zydekats and Blue Canyon Boys join 9 regional and local bands on 2 stages Saturday and Sunday. Plus jam sessions and workshops with the performers, and children's activities.

Route 66 Summerfest - July 20, 2013
A family friendly street festival celebrating Route 66. Central will be closed to traffic throughout the day and night to celebrate the past and present culture of Historic Route 66 in Albuquerque. This event will make for a great day with the whole family.

Twilight Tour at the Zoo - July 20 & August 6, 2013
Experience the sights and sounds of the Zoo at twilight! After dinner at home, observe interesting animal behavior while taking a tour of the Zoo in a small group led by your personal guide. 

Bikes & Brews Albuquerque Bike Tour - July 21 & August 18, 2013
Take a VIP Tour of Albuquerque’s Best Microbreweries Join Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours for a unique bicycle experience that combines the spectacular scenery of Albuquerque’s bike paths with professionally guided beer sampling, local culture, and VIP back-room brewery tours. 

Night Walk at the Botanic Gardens - July 23 & August 27, 2013
Bring your family and explore the wonders of nightfall as you walk on a guided tour through the Garden in search of night-blooming plants, nocturnal animals and night pollinators. 

Performance: The Pajama Game - July 26 - August 18, 2013
Bright and brassy, this unconventional, fast-paced Broadway favorite is every bit the embodiment of legendary director George Abbott at his very best.

Performance: Pump Boys and Dinettes - August 2-25, 2013
An evening of old-style country and western songs, performed on guitars, piano, bass, and kitchen utensils, the show celebrates the value of friendships and life’s simple pleasures.

Downtown Summerfest - August 3, 2013
It’s the Summerfest with a Latin flair! Mayor Richard J. Berry invites you to downtown Civic Plaza for a day of dancing to live music, feasting on food and drinks from local vendors, and having fun with the entire family!

Great Southwestern Antique Show - August 3 & 4, 2013
Largest Antique Event of its kind in the Southwest. Over 200 dealers of Fine Art, Antiques, Native American & Western Art, Rare Books, Ephemera, Vintage Guitars, Old Pawn & Estate Jewelry.

Will Power Summer Shakespeare Festival - Through August 4, 2013
Celebrate summer with the Bard! Enjoy As You Like It, Measure for Measure and Macbeth.

Concert: Train with The Script and Gavin DeGraw - August 6, 2013
See Train live with the Script and Gavin DeGraw live. 

7th Annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival - August 9-11, 2013
A new festival category, Chamber Music Ballet, which is a partnership between virtuoso musicians and virtuoso dancers from celebrated national companies, marrying live chamber music to classical dance presentations.

Native American Days in Old Town - August 9-10, 2013
Old Town will be honoring all Native American nations and tribes in this Pow Wow event. This is an opportunity to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians. This event will feature demonstrations, arts & crafts vendors, a raffle with prizes and food. Fun for the entire family!

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival - August 22-25, 2013
The festival, a four-day celebration of various styles of Latin dancing, features events at multiple locations around the city. This event offers every subset of salsa and Latin dance style for the absolute beginner to advanced dancer.

Westside Summerfest - August 24, 2013
Mayor Richard J. Berry invites you to a fun evening at the Westside Summerfest near Cottonwood Corners on Cottonwood Dr. between Ellison Dr. and 7 Bar Loop Rd.! With a local bazaar, live music by national headliner Better than Ezra, food and drink specials, a micro-brew garden, shopping, and fun for the whole family, this will be an event that you won't want to miss!

Aquarium Overnight - August 23-24, 2013
Sleep next to the sharks at this family-friendly event. Participants will learn interesting facts about ocean species and their nighttime behavior during this special Aquarium sleepover. Includes games and crafts, Touchpool visit and ocean film fest in the theater.

Concert: Keith Urban - August 28, 2013
He is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist Of The Year and has co-written or produced seven #1 Country hits.

Concert: Jason Mraz - August 29, 2013
Mraz first came to prominence on the San Diego coffee house scene in 2000. At one of these coffee houses, Mraz met percussionist Toca Rivera and released Live at Java Joe's. Mraz's international breakthrough came with the release of the single "I'm Yours" from the album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The single peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Mraz his first top ten single.