This week in Albuquerque, events include with larger-than-life Chinese lanterns, haunted farms, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! 

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 citywide celebration! 

  • Dragon Lights Albuquerque

Formerly known as the New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival, The Dragon Lights Festival features 30+ larger-than-life illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans. Our team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China's cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making. In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, the event will also offer food and beverages. The menu includes a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food, as well as assorted beverages.

  • Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta Show

In it’s 30th year, this one of a kind arts and crafts festival features over 200 fine artists and craftsmen from all across the country, creating a kaleidoscope of color, activity, and art for you to bring home with you.

  • Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and experience the only authentic, all-Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta, featuring 50 carefully curated artists who will be selling their indigenous, high-quality handcrafted pieces.

  • Haunted House: McCall's Haunted Farm

Celebrate the spookiest month of the year with a trip to a haunted farm that will provide you with all the haunts you’ve been wanting! From haunted cornfields and barns to clown-themed mazes and zombie paintball arcades, your Halloween spooks are all in one place!

  • Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Get your Greek on at one of Albuquerque’s favorite cultural festivals! 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.

  • Drag Queen Bingo

Drag Queen Bingo is back after a short hiatus to benefit New Mexico Aids Services. This year's event will be hosted by the Legendary Dolls and every ticket holder will receive brunch and 1 free bingo card. Daubers and additional bingo cards are available for purchase.