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Explore first-hand the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in all its wonder.
Cruise down historic Route 66 in a classic lowrider to experience art in Albuquerque. Soak in vibrant Día de Los Muertos artwork at Masks y Más and uniquely modern pieces curated by the Stranger Factory Gallery in Nob Hill. Next, stop by Pimental’s Guitars to witness the creation of their handcrafted guitars made in the heart of the city. From the ancient Petroglyph rock carvings, to the landscape that inspired Georgia O’Keefe, to the fresh coat of paint on the murals in Albuquerque’s downtown – here, art does not imitate life. Art is life.
Albuquerque possesses a unique blend of culture, and its food is no different. As spicy as it is delicious, experience the diverse offerings of local food trucks that travel throughout the city with Malagueña’s Latin Tapas. Then, taste traditional cuisine with a modern twist at the Pueblo Harvest Café – don’t forget the red and green chile. End the night with live music and a carefully crafted beer on Marble Brewery’s rooftop patio, with beautiful views of the downtown city lights that stretch all the way to the Sandia Mountains.
Take a trip off the beaten path and discover all that agriculture in Albuquerque has to offer. Along the winding Rio Grande River, stumble upon hidden gems that feel like taking a step back in time. At Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, help harvest the ingredients for your next four-course meal, or simply enjoy the lavender-scented breeze from a hacienda porch. Next, enjoy a glass of wine underneath the shade of tall Cottonwood trees at Casa Rondeña Winery, right here in North America’s oldest wine-producing region.
The rhythm of Albuquerque is a distinct merging of yesterday’s music and fresh, new voices. Hear all that the city’s music scene has to offer while riding along with local band, Red Light Cameras, on their way to Rio Grande Studios. Stop by Pimental’s Guitars for a behind-the-scenes look at their beautiful, hand-crafted guitars. Next, feel authentic Native American culture within each drumbeat during a traditional dance at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and experience the heated passion of flamenco in the intimate setting of the Tablao Flamenco.
Expand your horizon in Albuquerque with hot air balloons that dot the beautiful blue sky year-round. Soaring high above the rooftops in the wicker gondola of a giant hot air balloon, see the city from new heights - taking in awe-inspiring 360 degree views - from the mountains down to the Rio Grande Valley. Visit during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, and cheer with visitors from around the world as hundreds of colorful giants float into the air.