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Summer Guide: New Mexico Fests y Fiestas

Summer Guide: New Mexico Fests y Fiestas

Browse our guide to the New Mexico summer festival scene for one-click access to details and tickets.


Albuquerque is known for its annual International Balloon Fiesta, but The Land of Enchantment actually offers an abundance of summertime festival fun.

Throughout the arts and entertainment section of this issue of ABQ Free Press, you’ll find coverage of New Mexico summer festivals and fiestas, from the Beer Town guide to ABQ Beer Week to an exclusive interview with Levi Platero, whose blues-rock band The Plateros plays ABQ Blues & Brews Fest.

If you’re looking for info on camping, hiking and swimming New Mexico this summer, peruse staff reporter Rene Thompson’s guide to camping locations, hiking trails, hot springs and other bodies of water online at bit.ly/CampFreeABQ2016.

Scope our fully hyperlinked 2016 New Mexico summer festival calendar below. From Pride to Globalquerque and beyond, read (and click) on for info about and tickets to summer’s hottest events.

May 21-22
Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival & Games

May 28-30
Albuquerque Wine Festival

May 29
ABQ Blues & Brews Fest

June 2-5
Rockabilly on the Route (Tucumcari, N.M.)

June 9-12
Albuquerque Pridefest

June 11-18
Festival Flamenco Internationale de Albuquerque

June 16-19
New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival

June 25
Festival Chispa

June 30-July 3
Roswell UFO Fest (Roswell, N.M.)

July 8-10
International Folk Art Market (Santa Fe, N.M.)

July 13-16
Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque

July 15-31
New Mexico Jazz Festival

July 16-17
21st Annual Weed Bluegrass Festival (Weed, N.M.)

August 5-7
Viva III (Belen, N.M.)

Sept. 23-24

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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