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Enchanting Events


Every season of the year brings a special brand of enchantment to Albuquerque. Whatever time of the year, there’s an event to capture your attention and win your heart for a repeat performance. Here’s a brief glimpse of some of the city’s major events. For a comprehensive calendar, call the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, (505) 842-9918 or 1-800-284-2282.
Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon
Heralded as the world’s largest balloon event, held in October; features mass ascensions with over 600 hot-air, gas and helium balloons, Special Shapes Rodeos, Balloon Glows and competitive events.

New Mexico State Fair
The annual September event combines concerts by big name C&W stars, carnival rides, livestock
and agricultural exhibits, arts and crafts competitions, entertainment at the Indian and Spanish Villages, plus a feast of food.

Different ethnic groups (Native American, German, Irish/Scottish, Cajun/French, African-American, Car-ibbean/ South American, Hispanic) bring food, music, dance, arts & crafts to residents on Saturday Summer nights downtown on Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque’s Festival of the Arts held annually in April features more than 2000 performances, exhibits and events highlighting Albuquerque’s visual, performing, literary and culinary arts.

Arts & Crafts Fairs
Creative works in all media attest to the talent of gifted individuals living in the Southwest. Three of the most acclaimed events are the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair in June, the Southwest Arts & Crafts Fair in November; and Weems Artfest in December.

Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour
A breathtaking tour highlights one of the city’s most enchanting traditions. Thousands of luminarias (also known as farolitos) line city sidewalks, homes and buildings during the holiday season.

New Mexico Scorpions
232-PUCK (7825)
Exciting ice hockey action via 35 home games and clinics comes alive via the Scorpions, members of
the WP Hockey League.

University of New Mexico Sports
925-5526 - Tickets
Name your sport - basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, tennis golf! First-class sports action is delivered at stadiums and facilities citywide by the teams that wear the UNM Lobos uniform.

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