Updated: Aug 15
Albuquerque, located in the picturesque state of New Mexico, is a city that seamlessly combines rich cultural heritage with modern innovation. Nestled against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque is renowned for its stunning landscapes, characterized by vibrant sunsets and sprawling desert vistas. The city's Native American, Hispanic, and Western roots are evident in its diverse arts scene, architecture, and cuisine. Home to the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest gathering of hot air balloons, the city is a hub of vibrant festivities and colorful displays against the clear desert skies. Beyond its natural beauty and cultural offerings, Albuquerque boasts a thriving research community, particularly in the fields of aerospace and technology, making it a key player in the advancement of scientific exploration and discovery.
Check out these wonderful fall festivals if you plan on visiting:
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®: Oct. 7-15
It’ll feel like you’re in a dream when you attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. More than 550 balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park at the world’s largest hot air balloon festival. A bonus is Albuquerque is one of the best places to view the annular solar eclipse Oct. 14. Balloon Fiesta and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will have special programming surrounding the eclipse.
ABQ Grecian Festival: Oct. 6-8
Immerse yourself in Greek culture at the ABQ Grecian Festival. Spot eye-catching dancers in colorful costumes and eat traditional Greek cuisine. Take home a souvenir from a selection of imported jewelry, gifts and pastries.
Photo by Jeremy Felipe - Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Albuquerque American Indian Art Week: Oct. 9-15
Celebrate the importance and beauty of American Indian art by watching an array of cultural dances, purchasing art, jewelry and more from local artisans and exploring the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Lowrider Festival: Oct. 7
Albuquerque is known for its lowriders. Come see these works-of-art on wheels at the Turquoise Museum’s Lowrider Festival. Explore the historic Turquoise Museum in addition to checking out these amazing cars.