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With its rich history and diverse outdoor activities, Albuquerque makes a unique vacation destination for visitors of all ages. Nestled between the peaks of the Sandia Mountains and ancient Native American pueblos, Albuquerque boasts sunny blue skies more than 310 days a year, plus one-of-a-kind sites and experiences year-round.

Explore what’s new and happening in Albuquerque in summer 2024. Check out all the ways people are enjoying the area’ s award-winning breweries, eclectic restaurants, mountain and river adventures, wide-open spaces, and guided tours.

What's New in ABQ, 2024

New Hotels & Renovations

East Downtown’s Imperial Inn

The renovation of the Imperial Inn includes a new building at the corner of Central Ave. (aka Route 66) and High is complete and now open. Originally named the Imperial 400, this historic Route 66-era building has been preserved, restored, and enhanced with the addition of two newly-constructed buildings. The renovated property now hosts 52 guest rooms, 16 residential suites, and approximately 4,410 rentable square feet of commercial space.

Home2 Suites Opens Second Location

Home2 Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Airport is now open for business. The four-story, 108-room hotel is near the Albuquerque International Sunport, offering rooms from $159 to $259 a night.

Culinary News

Delicious New Openings in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill Neighborhood

Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood is on the rise. Lucky Goose recently opened a vegan breakfast joint, Goose Nest. Mission Winery will be expanding its Nob Hill tasting room this year. Oak & Ivy is a new lounge and restaurant open in Nob Hill. The Smoky Note is a sleek lounge located in the old Monte Vista Fire Station building.

New Restaurants on Albuquerque's Eastside

Slice and Dice Pizzeria, a pizza and board game restaurant, opened a new location on the Eastside. Garduño's opened a new location inside Nativo Lodge. Bama's 1865 opened in the former Salt Yard East location, serving Southern Creole cuisine. Popular food truck Mrs. Sprinkle's Ice Cream opened a storefront. Buffett's Candies opened a second location at Academy Rd. and San Mateo Blvd.

New Pizza Restaurants Open in Albuquerque

Gimani Pizza is open for business in Uptown Albuquerque. This slice bar serves pizza made on sourdough crust, and pizza flights. For those looking for a bite to eat near the Albuquerque International Sunport, The Landing has pizza, calzones, burgers and more on its menu.

Tia Betty Blues Rebrands

The popular restaurant Tia Betty Blues has a new name and owner. Tia Betty Blues is now Blue Sky New Mexican Cafe. The menu will be expanded without removing the restaurant's signature dishes such as the breakfast bowls, waffles and Frito pie.

Bosque Brewing Opens Westside Location

Bosque Brewing Co. opened Bosque West in June. The brewery serves all of Bosque's staple and specialty beers alongside a full food menu.

La Finca Reopens in Downtown Albuquerque

The popular La Finca Bowls has reopened in its same location in downtown Albuquerque. The revamped menu includes customizable bowls.

Attractions & Facilities

Dry Heat Comedy Club Moved to Larger Space

Dry Heat Comedy Club relocated to The Box Annex beginning April 1. The club outgrew its former Downtown space. The new location provides more seating, more bathrooms and more drink options.

New Vintage Shop in Downtown Albuquerque

Heck Yeah Vintage has opened a storefront in East Downtown. Shop vintage clothes and other goods.

New Eco-Friendly Store on Albuquerque's Eastside

Fillin Funky is a new eco-friendly refillery store offering a variety of products like soap, deodorant, oils and more.


New TSA Checkpoint at the Albuquerque International Sunport

The Albuquerque International Sunport opened a new TSA checkpoint in late 2023. The new checkpoint is 50% bigger to better accommodate heavy travel seasons. The new space will also include pieces from local artists. The new TSA checkpoint is the first phase of the $87 million Dream of Flight renovation.

Netflix Unveils Expanded Studio Space

After purchasing Albuquerque Studios in 2018, Netflix recently unveiled its expanded studio space at the location. Netflix expanded the 28 acres of studio space to 108 acres, with three new studios, a production office, stage support buildings, solar and battery systems, geothermal heating and cooling, and 50 electric vehicle chargers. Officials say this is the first phase, and Netflix aims to have over 300 acres of developed studio space in Albuquerque.

Coming Soon To ABQ

New Hotels & Renovations

Renovations to Begin at Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

Renovations are slated to begin at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. The 310-room hotel was recently acquired by Legacy Development & Management. Guest rooms, bathrooms and the conference center will all get upgrades. A new restaurant and bar will be added, along with a new pool and fitness center. The renovation is expected to cost $22 million and last two years.

Downtown Makes Room for Long-Awaited Upscale Boutique Hotel

The much anticipated ARRIVE Albuquerque hotel is set to be completed by the end of 2024. A historic rehabilitation of the 1965-built Downtowner Motor Inn (most recently The Hotel Blue) will transform the Route 66 landmark located at 8th and Central into a new boutique hotel, ARRIVE Albuquerque.

Work Continues on Element by Westin Hotel in Uptown

Construction on the 120-room, 86,335-square-foot hotel began in late 2021. It is expected to be completed sometime in 2024.

Historic Nob Hill Motel to Get a Revamp

Titan Development has purchased the Hiway House Motel in Nob Hill with plans to turn it into a boutique hotel. The vacant motel was originally built in 1959, and will be demolished with a new building in its place. Plans include about 100 guest room, a rooftop bar and meeting spaces. There are also plans to revitalize the motel's original neon sign.

Culinary News

Ex Novo Set to Open Downtown Location This Summer

The Downtown location of Ex Novo Brewing Co. is set for late July. The taproom will be located along Central Ave. in the Downtown core. Award-winning Executive Chef Marc Quiñones will head culinary operations.

Indian Pueblo Kitchen Will Soon Include Teaching Kitchen

Estimated to open in 2024, the Indian Pueblo Kitchen at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will include a teaching kitchen that will offer exciting opportunities for students to learn Indigenous cooking techniques and restaurant operations in an engaging, collaborative environment. Eventually, the Indian Pueblo Kitchen will provide entrepreneurs, food truck operators and Native American food artisans with access to a commercial greenhouse and commercial kitchen. The restaurant and teaching kitchen will also offer culinary experiences such as cooking classes, wine pairing dinners, Feast Day meals and farm-to-fork dining.

New Mexico Wine to Open Storefront

New Mexico Wine is planning to open its first storefront and tasting room in Old Town Albuquerque this fall. The location will sell products from New Mexico Wine's 50 member wineries and promote the state's wine culture and history, and is expected to open by early October.

Cocktail Bar Coming to Mesa del Sol

A high-end cocktail bar will be open this summer at Mesa del Sol. The unnamed venue will serve the community's residents and workers. It is expected to be completed by June.

Wells Park Warehouse to House New Food Spots

An old Wells Park Warehouse has been remodeled, and will soon host more restaurants. Burning Daylight Coffee Company and Cultura Cocina will join Kosmos Restaurant as tenants.

El Pollo Loco to Open in Albuquerque

El Pollo Loco will have nine new locations in New Mexico, the first of which is set to open in November 2024. The new restaurants will feature the company’s newest design, including self-ordering kiosks, mobile to-go and delivery pick-up areas, and dining rooms that open up to a patio.

Randy's Donuts Opening in Albuquerque

The California-based donut chain Randy's Donuts is opening its first Albuquerque location. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with a winter opening date.

In-n-Out is Coming to Albuquerque

The popular burger chain In-n-Out is expanding to Albuquerque. A location is expected to be open by 2027.

Tula's Kitchen Expanding to Second Location

Tula's Kitchen is set to open a second location in Northeast Albuquerque. The restaurant will be located off Pan American Fwy. in a space that was previously Nick and Jimmy's restaurant. Construction is expected to begin in May, with a grand opening this fall.

Attractions & Facilities

New Australia Habitat at the ABQ BioPark Zoo

It’s a time of growth and transformation at the ABQ BioPark! Construction on state-of-the-art Australia exhibits is underway at the ABQ BioPark. The reimagining of the Australia area of the zoo continues and phase one is scheduled to open in 2024. The first area to open will be Australian Shores, which will bring little blue penguins and other seabirds to Albuquerque.

Heritage Farm at the ABQ BIoPark Botanic Garden to get a Refresh

Renovations are currently underway at the Heritage Farm in the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Updates include stained glass windows featuring Native wildlife, new animal pastures and barns, an outdoor classroom and an electric train that will take up to 100 people around the one-mile loop surrounding the Heritage Farm. This section of the Botanic Garden will get its own entrance and ticket booth as well. Renovations are expected to be completed by summer 2024.

Comedy Club to Open at Winrock Town Center

The Hyena's Comedy Nightclub is bringing one of its comedy clubs to Albuquerque. The comedy club will be located next to the Tricore Winrock Labs and Presbyterian Medical Group clinic in an underground venue. Construction began in fall 2023.

Flix Brewhouse Set to Open New Location

Flix Brewhouse is gearing up to open up a new location on the city's Eastside. The former Regal UA High Ridge theater is being remodeled to transform into Flix Brewhouse. The new theater will feature seven screens and 700 seats. Flix is expected to open by the summer 2024.


Dream of Flight: Albuquerque International Sunport’s “Once in a Lifetime” Renovation

Visitors to the Land of Enchantment will soon be able to experience a real taste of Albuquerque as soon as they deplane, thanks to an ambitious modernization project now underway at the Sunport. The new TSA screening checkpoint opened in late 2023. Future updates will include a new “mini shopping mall” highlighting made-in-New Mexico products, fresh local art installations, as well as updated carpeting and seating throughout the Sunport. Three new restaurants will be coming to the Sunport. National burger chain Smashburger will become the company's first location in New Mexico. Next to it will be Frank's Famous Chicken & Waffles, a popular Nob Hill Restaurant. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's eatery Indian Pueblo Kitchen will also have a location in the new food hall. The folks behind the renovation hope fans of the Sunport’s current Burqueño vibe will appreciate the updates to come. “We are maintaining our incomparable sense of place, the look and feel of the Sunport as we know it, by enhancing it. We’re bringing in more traditional colors of New Mexico—drawing out the turquoise and dark red hues—and offering more local flavors in both dining and shopping,” according to Manriquez.

New Retail Hub Planned in Northwest Albuquerque

A new retail hub is being planned near the Petroglyph National Monument on the southwest corner of Paseo del Norte and Kimmick Drive. The development will include a mix of retail, medical, restaurant, grocery and early childhood learning tenants. A groundbreaking is expected in 2025.

Heritage Real Estate Announces New Project at Park Square in Uptown

Planning and development of a major renovation at Park Square is underway. As part of the project, Heritage Real Estate will be bringing in high-quality, local vendors including Gruet Winery, a high-end men’s clothier known as Eternity Men, a high-end women’s clothier known as Eternity Women, a wellness studio and two mini-food hubs featuring fresh, curated food and beverage options for Park Square tenants and the broader community. Construction begins in June. The grand opening could happen as early as July 2024.

Legacy Development & Management Plans for Sunport Hotel

While it remains in the planning stages with the City of Albuquerque, Legacy has plans for a five-story hotel that will encompass 112 rooms across 73,595 square feet near the Albuquerque International Sunport. The project remains conceptual at this point, Kassam said. The hotel would be located off Sunport and University boulevards at 1500 Sunport Ave. SE, down the street from Interstate 25.

Jet Bridges to get Upgrades at Albuquerque International Sunport

Thanks to a federal grant, 21 outdated jet bridges at the Albuquerque International Sunport will be getting upgraded. The improvements include new carpet, interior panels, ceiling, lighting and accessibility. The hallways connecting the Sunport to the jet bridge will also get some improvements. Renovations should be completed in 2024.

Cinelease Studios to Expand in Albuquerque

Cinelease Studios is investing $95 million to expand its studio space in Albuquerque. The expansion includes five soundstages and three ancillary buildings. It is expected to be completed in two phases, and finished by 2029.


Route 66 Turns 100 in 2026

Route 66 will turn a century old in 2026. The highway was commissioned in 1926 and connects Chicago with Los Angeles. The first route ran north to south through Albuquerque as part of a curve that connected Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Los Lunas and several Native American reservations. By 1937, the road had straightened out and ran in a more east-west direction along the route we’re more familiar with today. Today, the route runs through the heart of Albuquerque along Central Avenue, leading travelers through some of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods and still serves as a jumping off point for transportation. 

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Turns 50 in 2026

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2026. The IPCC works to preserve Pueblo culture, and provides a place to discover and learn more about Pueblo culture. It is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

ABQ BioPark Zoo Turns 100 in 2027

The ABQ BioPark Zoo will celebrate its centennial birthday in 2027. The 64-acre Zoo has been offering guests close encounters with exotic and native animals since 1927.

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