Albuquerque Fall Fun: Festivals, Fairs & Fiestas

The weather may be cooling down, but Albuquerque’s cultural scene is just heating up. Witness some of fall’s most unique and fabulous celebrations right here in the heart of New Mexico. Plus, find out how to buy tickets to some of these must-see events.

New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, NM.

New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, NM.

When: Sept. 8-18, 2016

Where: EXPO New Mexico: Home of the Sate Fair

Why you should go: Get into the fall spirit at this year’s New Mexico State Fair! Known as one of the largest fairs in the United States, enjoy 10 days of funnel cakes, art, agriculture, animals, carnival rides and exhibits all in one central location.

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12th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta

Old Town Salsa Fiesta in Albuquerque

Old Town Salsa Fiesta in Albuquerque

When: Sept. 10, 2016

Where: Historic Old Town

Why you should go: New Mexico’s best cooks are facing-off as they compete to have their salsa named the “Best Homemade Salsa” in Albuquerque. It’s a great opportunity to taste the many flavors each salsa has to offer. When you’re done trying them all, vote for your favorite one!

Admission: Free

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival

When: Sept. 23 & 24, 2016

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival in Albuquerque, NM

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival in Albuquerque, NM

Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center

Why you should go: ¡Globalquerque! brings in the best international, regional and homegrown musical talent every September. You definitely don’t want to miss Saturday’s free programming, with artists lead workshops, international dance classes, hands-on crafts and a musical instrument playground. The line up is always impeccably cool and unique. See the 2016 performance schedule here.

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Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Albuquerque Grecian Festival

When: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016

Where: St. George Greek Orthodox Church

Why you should go: Greek food and dancing! You won’t be able to resist the mouthwatering smell of traditional Greek food. While you’re munching on dolmades, you can watch traditional dance and listen to music from a live Greek band. It’s a great opportunity to be Greek for a weekend!

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – Balloon Fiesta Show

When: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 & Oct. 7 – 9, 2016

Where: Big White Tent at Sandia Resort & Casino

Did you know: Sunshine Artist Magazine ranks this juried show 11th in the U.S.! The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival features more than 280 fine artists and craftspeople from all over the nation. Have fun shopping, seeing art demonstrations, meeting artists, sampling foods and listening to live musical entertainment.

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4th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

When: Oct. 1 – 2, 2016

Where: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Why you should go: In addition to the fresh fry bread made available in the courtyard, see more than 50 top Native American artists showcase their best works of art. The Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival takes place during the first week of the Balloon Fiesta, and it’s cool way to meet and support Native American artists.

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International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta every October

International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta every October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

When: Oct. 1 – 9, 2016

Where: Balloon Fiesta Park

Did you know: The Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest balloon festival? Visitors from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning and other traditions such as roasting chiles. Come to this year’s event and let your spirit soar as more than 500 hot air balloons fill the sky.

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Music Fiesta at the Balloon Fiesta

Nigh Magic Glow at the Balloon Fiesta

Nigh Magic Glow at the Balloon Fiesta

When: Oct. 8, 2016

Where: Balloon Fiesta Park

Who’s performing: A superstar lineup is coming to the last Saturday of this year’s Balloon Fiesta. Performances by Chris Young, Parmalee and New Mexico’s own rising star Sim Balkey will make this years Music Fiesta all the more memorable, along with the Night Magic Glow, a must-see static display of the balloons after sunset.

See event schedule here.

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