If you’re visiting Albuquerque for a wedding, there is plenty to do in the city before and after the big event. Take your loved ones with you to ride an aerial tramway, attend a local festival, go wine tasting and more.

Enjoy a local festival

Three women laugh with wine glasses at the New Mexico Wine Festival in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque is home to fun, unique festivals year-round. Taste wine from wineries around New Mexico at the New Mexico Wine Festival held annually on Memorial Day weekend, or the Harvest Wine Festival held annually on Labor Day weekend. The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest takes place every April, and is a must-visit for any chocolate or coffee connoisseur. The National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show brings all things spicy together in one place each March. Find more events happening whenever you’re visiting on our events calendar.

Take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tram

A group of people talk with each other and look outside while they're inside the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

One of the most iconic things to do in Albuquerque is ride the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. Soar above the Sandia Mountains to the observation deck at the 10,378-foot Sandia Peak. Stop in TEN 3 at the top of the mountain to have a meal with a view.

Visit Los Poblanos

A group of people converse at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm

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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm is a tranquil escape in the city. Enjoy a meal at Campo, the on-site restaurant, and browse the lavender products in the Farm Shop. The lavender fields make a picture-perfect background for your next Instagram post.

Sip wine at a winery

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New Mexico is the oldest wine-producing region in the United States, and there are plenty of wineries to try. For delicious Spanish-inspired wine and tapas, visit Vara Winery & Distillery. Casa Rondeña’s picturesque tasting room serves seasonal tasting flights and other wines made on-site. In Old Town, stop by the Noisy Water Winery tasting room, the Sheehan Winery tasting room or the nearby D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro.

Go on a casual bar crawl

Three people chat around a table at Level 5 Rooftop Bar in Hotel Chaco

Create your own bar crawl at some of the top bars in the city. Our list of rooftop bars is a great place to start for unique, fun bars with beautiful views and tasty food. Just remember to drink responsibility and take advantage of zTrip, Uber and Lyft rideshare services.

Find a unique gift to take home

Shopping at the Rail Yards

Albuquerque is filled with irresistibly fun souvenirs you’ll be excited to take home. Historic Old Town is a great place to shop, with countless galleries, stores and restaurants. Nob Hill has many quirky stores where you’ll find one-of-a-kind products. The Downtown Growers’ Market runs each Saturday from April 13 through Nov. 2, where you can shop fresh local produce, wellness products, art, hot prepared foods and more. The Rail Yards Market happens each Sunday from May to October, and features local artisan goods, food products, art and more.