This week in Albuquerque you can start each day with hundreds of breathtaking hot air balloons, experience beautiful art, and get your Greek on!

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!  

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smells of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year. You won't want to miss this city-wide celebration! 

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival:  Balloon Fiesta Show

2019 marks the fourth year that the festival's huge white tent will rise alongside the PGA-level golf course of Sandia Resort & Casino – right in the heart of the action at the same intersection as the Balloon Fiesta itself. This juried show features the work of 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.

7th Annual IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

The IPCC festival is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta. With its intensive application process and limit of 50 artists, the event is a premier showcase. Meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also includes traditional Native dances and artist demonstrations.

ABQ Zine Fest 9

Zines are self-published works. ABQ Zine Fest now in its 9th year, is an inclusive, free, annual public event for writers, graphic and mixed-media artists committed to literary arts. ABQZF is also community-accountable and fosters a non-competitive, diverse, queer-friendly, creative environment for zinesters in the city of Albuquerque—a working-class, multi-ethnic, strongly indigenous city. Visit for more information.

The Great Balloon Chase Race

RaceNM presents the Great Balloon Chase ½ Marathon and 5k. Experience the excitement and beauty of a morning run as you witness hot air balloons from the world’s largest hot air ballooning event take to the sky backdropped against the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande River Valley. There is no other destination race like this!  Included with registration is a Balloon Fiesta general admission ticket, Great Balloon Chase Event Tech Shirt, Great Balloon Chase Balloon Medal.

Balloons & Brews 2019

Balloons & Brews is back at Steel Bender Brewyard!  We're opening our patio early every day (EXCEPT BOTH SUNDAYS) of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Oct 5-12!  Balloon watching (possible landings!)  BEER, BEERmosas, Bloody BEERS (using our housemade recipe!), Beer Cocktails, Mimosas, Wine.  Housemade Handheld BURRITOS & Bender SUNRISE SANDWICHES.  Local Pastries.  Local "Wake the Dead" Coffee from Pour Vida Coffee Roasters and Hot Cocoa.  Follow us on Facebook for updates on beer releases, music, and more happening during Balloons & Brews.  Proud sponsor of this year's BIKE VALET at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®!

Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Get your Greek on at one of Albuquerque’s favorite cultural festivals! Let us hear you say OPA!  Immerse yourself in the sounds of the bouzóuki, the tastes of authentic Greek cuisine, and the eye-catching sights of dancers streaming by in colorful costumes. Enjoy shopping for imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries. Learn about the changeless Orthodox Christian faith with a tour of our own St. George Church.  Free admission for active duty military, police, fire, EMT personnel and kids age 11 and under.