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Published: 05/06/2008

Art and Cultural Events Highlight Albuquerque’s Summer Calendar

Albuquerque, N.M. Visitors will experience local flavor during a myriad of events in Albuquerque this summer. During any given week choose from cultural festivals, art exhibits, craft fairs, theater performances, sporting events and more. Visit for additional events and details on Albuquerque

Ongoing Events

In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein, Now through August 7th

This exhibition celebrates the life and art of Ernest Blumenschein (1874-1960), one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists and one of the most accomplished of the group.  In Contemporary Rhthym presents about 60 major paintings, illustrations and sketches, is organized by The Albuquerque Museum, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Museum of Art. Albuquerque Museum of Art & History,

Caminos Distintos: Patrocinio Barela and Edward Gonzales in New Mexico, Now through August 10th

Celebrating the work of New Mexican artists Patrocinio Barela, a Taos sculptor and Edward Gonzales, an Albuquerque painter and printmaker. Each artist in his own way blazed trails both locally and nationally, helping to dispel stereotypes of Hispanics and their art. National Hispanic Cultural Center,

Trappings: A National Traveling Exhibition with Two Girls Working, Now through August 16th

516 ARTS presents the NM exhibition in the national tour of Trappings, created by artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. Trappings begins by asking women to answer: what do you wear that makes you feel powerful? “Two Girls Working” have interviewed over 530 women in 15 states. While the project begins with a question about clothing, the project is not about fashion and to a large extent is not even about clothing. 516 Arts,

Dawn of the Dinosaurs: New Mexico's Triassic, New Permanent Exhibit opens May 16th

As the only Triassic Exhibit Hall in North America, Dawn of the Dinosaur’s: New Mexico’s Triassic is dedicated to the plants and animals of the Triassic Period in New Mexico and the world.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science,


Summer Nights, Thursdays, June-August 2008 at 6-9pm
Albuquerque Aquarium/ Botanic Garden

Zoo Music, Fridays, June-August 2008 at 5:30-9:30pm
Rio Grande Zoo

Downtown Growers’ Market & Festival, Saturdays June 14th- October 18th at 7-11am

2008 Albuquerque Summerfest, Saturdays, June 21st- August 2nd
Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza



22nd Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, June 6th-15th
Flamenco’s song, dance and music explore the full range of human emotion with an intense, vibrant quality that leaves audiences spellbound. Visitors can attend workshops and performances by some of the finest flamenco artists in the world. Various locations in Albuquerque,

Heart Hospital of New Mexico presents the Albuquerque Century, June 7th
Enjoy scenic views of the city and the Sandia Mountains in this 25-50-65- or 100-mile perimeter urban cycling event.

Albuquerque Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Pridefest 2008, June 13th-14th
EXPO New Mexico: Home of the State Fair,

10th Annual Albuquerque Folk Festival, June 21st
The 10th Annual festival celebrates the culture and traditions of the southwestern folk arts through performances, workshops, dances featuring contra, square, western swing, African dance and more.
Expo New Mexico: Home of the State Fair, 

New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, June 27th-29th
Since 1962 the juried art fair has featured New Mexico artisans, many nationally and internationally recognized. The fair showcases 220 artists plus live entertainment throughout the weekend.
Expo New Mexico: Home of the State Fair,

A Fiesta Patchwork: Images Through Time, June 29, 2008-2009
Enjoy this graphical celebration of Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque’s premier annual event with colorful posters, bumper stickers and “living history” recordings. 
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum,


City-wide Independence Day Celebration, July 4th 
Food vendors, a beer garden, children & family activities, and fireworks. The event will also feature performances by Brave Combo and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Balloon Fiesta Park,

Mariachi Spectacular Showcase, July 9th - 13th
Experience a variety of mariachi music featuring the world's finest and most accomplished mariachi musicians.  Highlighting this spectacular event is the Mariachi Showcase concert and the Mariachi Plaza programming.

The Duke City Shootout-Digital Film Festival, July 25th-August 2nd
Venues throughout Albuquerque,

16th Annual Youth National Arabian & Half Arabian Championship Horse Show, July 26th-August 2nd
Approximately 1,000 horses from U.S. and Canada participate in this event.
EXPO New Mexico,

Silk Painters Int’l Special Exhibition: The Art of Ballooning– Patterns in the Sky, August 1st-October 12th
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum,

4th Annual Salsa Fiesta, August 16th
Salsa music and dance, a competition for Albuquerque’s “best salsa,” live entertainment throughout Old Town, and fun activities for the kids.   Historic Old Town,

5th Annual Southwest Indian Film Theater, August 16th-17th
Films and presentations by contemporary American Indian and other indigenous filmmakers. 
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,

New Mexico Wine Festival, August 30th-September 1st
New Mexico’s oldest wine festival offers wine tastings from several of New Mexico’s wineries plus live entertainment, food, high-quality arts and crafts in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque. 

Visit for additional event details and information on Albuquerque. Images are available to accompany most of these event descriptions upon request.     

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