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What's New with Albuquerque, New Mexico Tourism

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Each season, the Visit Albuquerque updates our visitors and friends regarding new and exciting changes and additions to our many New Mexico attractions. We also provide our community with up-to-date information on Albuquerque events. For a glimpse of what's new in the city, please view the articles below, and check out recent Albuquerque rankings and media coverage. For daily updates, visit our Latest News page with media releases from around Albuquerque.
What's New - National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center Celebrates Quinceañera

The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is celebrating their 15th birthday and new leadership is turning the center into a lively place where visitors can find new exhibits. Through the fall, NHCC will welcome Afro Brasil, MARCO!, Quinceañera, and ¡Globalquerque!

Furthermore, M'tucci's Cocina Grill opened in July at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

August 2015 Boese Brothers Brewery Opening

Downtown Albuquerque's first full brewery operation, Boese Brothers Brewery, opened in August 2015. Located at Gold and 6th, the 7,000-square-foot facility will have a relaxed atmosphere with vintage floor tiles, original brickwork and high ceilings. The taproom will feature five beers and food is available through a partnership with Downtown's Gold Street Caffe.

What's New - ABQ BioPark Baby Giraffe

ABQ BioPark Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

The latest addition to the ABQ BioPark Zoo is a baby reticulated giraffe. The calf-son to mother June and father Buccaneer-was born overnight July 16-17, 2015. He is the couple's fourth offspring, and resides in the Africa section of the ABQ BioPark Zoo. The BioPark Zoo conducted a naming contest that was open to the public, resulting in the baby giraffe being named "Kumi," meaning the number 10 in Swahili.

Bike and Yoga Tour to Debut in Fall

Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals has announced the launch of their new Bike and Yoga tour series, debuting fall 2015 on Saturdays at 9 am. This is the first professionally led bicycle tour experience to incorporate yoga. All tour packages include bike rentals, water bottles, light snacks, Routes' signature concierge-level service, and a 45-minute yoga session led by a local professional Yogi and set against the stunning gardens and grounds of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm.

What's New - Civic Plaza Presents

Civic Plaza Presents

Albuquerque's Civic Plaza has introduced new summer programming to downtown's square, including Truckin' Tuesdays (food trucks), Sunset Market (farmer's market) on Wednesdays, ABQ Food Fridays and Movies on the Plaza every Friday.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Opens First Hotel in New Mexico

This summer, Albuquerque welcomed the state's first Home2 Suites by Hilton located at 1660 University Blvd NE. The new property brings 123 new rooms to the Albuquerque market.

City of Albuquerque to complete Phase One of 50-Mile Activity Loop in Fall 2015

Phase One of the city's 50-Mile Activity Loop is currently under construction with completion scheduled for Fall 2015. The activity loop is the City of Albuquerque's 50-mile, multi-use trail and bikeway facility, which will fill in the gaps in the existing trails and bikeways facilities. When complete, it will create a 50-mile bicycling, running and walking loop around the city.

What's New - Microbrews

New State Law Allows for Collaboration Between New Mexico Wineries and Breweries

This year, state lawmakers unanimously approved SB 440, which lets New Mexico breweries and New Mexico wineries sell each other's products. The law took effect on July 1.

Sid Cutter Pilots Pavilion to Open Fall 2015

Named after the founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Sid Cutter, the first phase of the new project will feature a 12,000 square-foot facility on the southeast edge of the balloon launch field. The $2.5 million pavilion, scheduled for completion in time for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, will have a multi-purpose design to accommodate a variety of year-round events.

National Hispanic Arts Institute & Workshop Coming in 2016

Central New Mexico Community College and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are launching an arts and entrepreneurship-focused cooperative that will start operating during the fall of 2016. The "National Hispanic Arts Institute & Workshop" will operate out of an NHCC-owned warehouse located at Avenida Cesar Chavez and 4th Street. The 45,000-square-foot space will house various tools, equipment and materials such as looms, table saws, screen printers and more.

Check out what others are saying:

Stay up to date on Albuquerque news by following our media releases.

Recent Media Mentions:

The Dramatic World Of The New Mexican Green Chile, Food Republic, August 2015

The Fit Girl's Getaway Guide, Muscle & Fitness Hers, July 2015

International Balloon Fiesta: Hot pursuit, The Express Tribune with the International New York Times, July 2015

Road trip to Albuquerque, Expedia Viewfinder, July 2015

‘Breaking Bad' provides a lasting high for Albuquerque entrepreneurs, Al Jazeera America, May 2015

Notable Rankings:

America's 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers, Travel + Leisure, August 2015

The 10 Most Underrated Cities For Millennials, Matador Network, August 2015

America's Best City for Picnics, Travel + Leisure, July 2015

12th Best City for Recreation, WalletHub, July 2015

Runner-up for 10Best: Best Cultural Festival, USA Today 10Best, April 2015

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