First-time visitors to Albuquerque may be surprised at the prevalence of live music performances and venues, but they shouldn’t be. Music has been an integral part of Albuquerque’s culture for centuries. As a form of sharing and storytelling, music is tightly interwoven in both Native American and Hispanic traditions. Together, these musical traditions play an important role in Albuquerque’s distinctly blended culture.


Musician- Andrew Thomas 2Native American Influence

The sounds of traditional pueblo music contribute a unique beat to the sounds of Albuquerque. Considered a form of poetry, the pulse of the beating drum intermingled with flute and ceremonial chanting in tribal tongues are sounds that can be heard throughout Native American music and dances.

To experience indigenous music in person, head to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for one of their weekly summer performances. 


Hispanic influenceNew Mexico State Fair Mariachi Performers 4

From flamenco to mariachi and even salsa music, Hispanic and Latin rhythms permeate the musical landscape in Albuquerque. The Spanish guitar, maracas, and bongo drums are sure to have you up and dancing in no time. 

For more information on the history of music in New Mexico, click here



To experience the unique rhythm of Albuquerque, exploring our vibrant live music scene is a must. The city boasts a wide variety of local bands as well as many outdoor venues that are open year-round, thanks to our 310 days of sunshine. We also have the capacity to host national headliners and world-renowned musicians. Some of our distinct venues include: 

Local ticketing services include AMP and Hold My Ticket. 

Live concert at downtown Civic Plaza

Live music at the Albuquerque ZooAnnual Live Music Events

Throughout the year, Albuquerque is home to a variety of renowned musical events. From summer music on the green lawns of the ABQ Zoo and Botanic Gardens to the Latin Dance Festival at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and weekly Native dances at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, we have something to satisfy all musical tastes.

Below are several signature live music events, but please see our ABQ365 events calendar for a comprehensive list and updated event details.


Explore ethnic, folk, and indigenous beats from international artists at this annual event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Edgewood Music Fest

Enjoy bluegrass, swing, and acoustic genres every July at the Wildlife West Nature Park.

Live concert at Balloon Fiesta Park for Freedom Fourth
Freedom 4th

Celebrate our nation’s independence with live music, free admission, and fireworks under the stars at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Jazz Under the Stars

Tap your foot to some sassy jazz at the Albuquerque Museum.

Latin Dance Festival

Celebrate Latin music and dance at this annual event held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Mariachi Spectacular

Experience mariachi music at its best.

Under the Stars Summer Concert Series

From salsa to jazz to bluegrass, you won’t be able to resist the vibrant sounds at the outdoor amphitheater at the Albuquerque Museum.


The City of Albuquerque organizes multiple street festivals throughout the summer months in different neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque. You can experience Summerfest in the Heights, Downtown, along Route 66, or on the Westside.

Summer Nights Concert Series

Enjoy local and regional talent at the beautiful Botanic Gardens every Thursday night from June through August.

Live concert at the zoo

Zoo Music Concert Series

Bring your lawn chair and relax in the grass at the ABQ BioPark Zoo from June through August annually.

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