Albuquerque Events

JFK Airport Terminal DinningAlbuquerque, New Mexico, is host to an array of exciting events. Nestled in the valley below the Sandia Mountains, the premier event in Albuquerque is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, when hot air balloons from all over the world converge to create a magical sky filled with dazzling color.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Happening in early October every year, the event features the "Dawn Patrol", an early morning event beginning in the darkness. With balloons flying until the light of day, at approximately 6 a.m., the excitement pervades as the pilots test the winds. Another exciting and fabulous event is the Mass Ascension, a flight of all the balloons, creating a spectacular sight of color, shapes and sound. Fireworks, crafts & art, morning glows, chain saw carving, a car show, competitions and other events are part of this nine day festival. Find more information and a schedule here.

Maize Maze
Sponsored by the city, this annual event takes place at the Rio Grande Community Farm
during September and October. The Maise Maze is a 7-acre maze of corn, which attracts visitors by the thousands. Paths are cut using GPS technology, making the maze both challenging and fun. Haybale City, farm animals and wildlife, a pumpkin patch and educational activities round out the fun. There is an admission charge, although children under two are admitted free.

Albuquerque Film Festival
This festival happens annually in downtown Albuquerque at the Kimo Theatre. Three days of offbeat film, including cult classics, round out the schedule.

Butterfly Pavilion
From the summer season until early October, tropical butterflies are active at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. See such beauties as the Blue Morphos, Postman Butterfly and Owl Butterfly. With a wing span of up to eight inches, a dazzling show of flight by the Blue Morphos will delight everyone. Vines and tropical plants create a setting to which the butterflies descend as the audience gasps in awe.

River of Lights
Holiday time is when the Botanic Garden presents the state's largest light show with a walk through the electric holiday display, made with thousands of sparkling lights. Musicians, dining and crafts are all part of the festivities. Stunning lighted displays of such creatures as whales and turtles can be found within the lawn.

Skiing, rafting, shopping and more can be found in the Albuquerque area, and Old Town as well as Petroglyph National Monument are favorite destinations to visit while you are there for these fabulous events.