This week in Albuquerque, events include lavender festivals, flamenco, and 4th of July celebrations! 

Watch our weekly segment on KRQE / Fox New Mexico (Channel 13-2)  on Wednesday mornings at 7:35 to stay up to date with events in Albuquerque. Then check out our ABQ365 calendar to find all the event details and use the hashtags #ABQevents and #ThingsToDoABQ to join the conversation on social media!  

  • Freedom 4th

One of the city’s favorite ways to celebrate Independence Day; Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park, is back! The largest fireworks show in the state, this family-friendly event will also offer delicious food from over 25 food vendors, a selection of brews in the beer garden, a car show and kid’s activities. There will be life music performances from Slim and the Bluetones, Native Roots, Severo y Grupo Fuego, and headlining the evening will be Grammy award winner Jo Dee Messina. Right before the fireworks, catch a beautiful tribute to our country – as the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus performs the National Anthem.

  • Lavender in the Village

Lavender is in full bloom in the valley, and that means it’s time for the annual Lavender festival at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm.  Over 100 local vendors will be showcasing their lavender fare - ranging from teas and cakes to lotions and artwork. Enjoy delicious food from local chefs and wash it all down with a lavender sangria or cocktail while listening to great live music. New this year, the Lavender Run will take place at 8 am before the festival starts. Participants will gain complimentary access to the festival. All proceeds benefit Lavender in the Village, a non-profit whose mission is to support local agricultural and educational programming.

  • Casa Flamenca Summer Tablao Season

Now until the end of July, the 5th Annual Casa Flamenca is a wonderful opportunity to experience traditional, authentic Flamenco performed by local artists and artists from Andalucia, Spain. These intimate performances will take place in a small, 30-seat space; making every seat a “front row seat”.

  • 10th Annual Rhythm, Blues, & BBQ Festival

Enjoy a timeless Independence Day tradition: delicious barbeque, without having to cook it yourself! The African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico is hosting this annual fundraiser, with $5 of every ticket sale benefiting their mission. Mr. Powdrell’s Original Barbeque will be providing delicious food that can be enjoyed in the beer garden. Of course, there will be live music to enjoy and the kids can stay busy with free activities in the Kid’s Corner.

  • Red, White, and Balloons

Beat the crowds headed to Balloon Fiesta Park for Freedom 4th, and instead take in the fireworks show from the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum! Bring your own picnic or purchase food from local food trucks and pick the best spot on the lawn to see the show and listen to live music from The Albuquerque Concert Band. Or, purchase a ticket to the “Stars and Stripes Dinner”, catered by The Cooperage restaurant. Before the fireworks light up the sky, Rainbow Ryders will wow the audience with an exclusive balloon glow.

  • Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Baseball: America’s favorite pastime. Celebrate the Fourth of July in true American fashion: with a hotdog in hand, a cold Isotopes Blonde Ale in your cup holder, and fireworks lighting up the night sky after the game. The ‘Topes will be playing the Tacoma Rainiers!

  • Tanabata Festival

The BioPark is celebrating another wonderful Japanese festival this summer at the Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden. Tanabata celebrates two celestial deities: Hikoboshi and Orihime, who according to legend are only allowed to meet once a year. It is traditional for people to write their wishes on colorful strips of paper and tie them to bamboo branches. Learn more about the history of Tanabata and write your own wishes to hang on special bamboo branches.