Concert Series & Festivals-Albuquerque
You’ll find concert events and festivals year round in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. Using Albuquerque as your hub destination, you can travel to any festival location in New Mexico in less than a day. Here is a listing of some of the great music you can find all year long in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico.
The Outpost Performance Space winter and spring concert series, presents some of New Mexico’s best artists in concert as well as great Jazz, Folk and Blues artists from around the world. Some of the talent in the 2018 season will include Tootie Heath, Eric Bibb, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Chucho Valdez. The Outpost also hosts educational events for youth and presents artist’s works throughout the year. Director Tom Guralnik was presented the a 2016 recipient of the Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists Association for his work at the Outpost presenting internationally known Jazz artists and for his work in co-founding the New Mexico Jazz Workshop and is a 2018 Platinum Music Award winner. The Outpost also produces the New Mexico Jazz Festival Annually in July.
April 26th-28th, 2018
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow and Indian Trader market. The event takes place at Tingly Coliseum on the Expo New Mexico
Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. This home grown event, established in 1983, brings together the largest gathering of Native American artists, dancers and musicians for a weekend of performance and celebrations that includes the Miss Indian World competition.
City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Division produces a variety of events that feature everything from Flamenco music and performance to Broadway musicals. Here are a few things you might like to try out.
There is music every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to noon at the Downtown Growers Market beginning April 14th-November 3rd, 2018 and Sundays from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Railyards Market May-October, 2018.
June 2nd-August 12th, 2017
The New Mexico Jazz Workshop produces a variety of concerts and music related events including their Salsa, Jazz & Blues Under the Stars concert series with great Salsa, Cumbia and Bachata dance bands every Friday and live Jazz and Blues artists every Saturday night.
June 4th-10th, 2018
The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience festival combines the best in current and classic films along with great music events that feature the award winning artists in performance throughout the week. The festival takes place at various locations throughout Albuquerque and the 2018 festival will feature a documentary by Jeff Bridges, music from Steve Ferrone, Micki Free, David Santos and Dez Dickerson as well as tribute to Prince.
May 19th & 20th, 2018
The Rio Grande Celtic Arts & Crafts Festival is a wealth of Celtic music, artys & crafts and more. Held at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta park, the 42 acres are filled with music from pipe and drum groups, Celtic bands, choirs and singers celebrating 30 years in New Mexico.
May 26th-28th, 2018
Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer with events to tempt the palate and please the ears. The Albuquerque Wine Festival features acts from around Albuquerque and New Mexico as well as libation from New Mexico’s best vineyards. Festivities begin at noon and go until 6:00 PM.
May 27th, 2018
The Albuquerque Blues and Brews Festival presents killer Blues bands and great craft brews while supporting a number of local charities at Sandia Resort and Casino. ABQ Blues & Brews Returns
with over 70 fantastic breweries, 5 awesome bands and 4 hours of unlimited sampling we understand why this event sells out every year. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance. Earlybirds Save $5 by purchasing your tickets before April 28th. This is a 21 and over event only.
Non Sampling: includes entrance to festival, music, vendors and games. One bottle of water for first 100 ticket holders. 21+ only.
June 2nd, 2018
The Albuquerque Folk Fest showcases the best in Folk, Bluegrass, Singer/Songwriter and Americana and Roots music from around New Mexico and throughout the Southwest on three stages. There are also workshops, jam sessions, dance, storytelling and events just for kids.
June 9th-16th, 2018
Festival Flamenco Internationale de Albuquerque celebrates its 30th year with a weeks worth of performances, workshops and a kids camp to promote and preserve the history and heritage of Flamenco.
June 1st-August 11th, 2018
The New Mexico Jazz Workshop presents Salsa, Jazz & Blues Under the Stars at the Albuquerque Museum from June 3rd through August 13th. The NMJW celebrates 42 years in 2018 and this series is in its 25th year of presenting performances by New Mexico’s finest musicians. Every Friday night Salsa reigns supreme as people dance the night away to great Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata and more. Saturday nights are showcases for Jazz and Blues that feature everything from straight ahead to fusion to progressive Jazz. Alternate Saturday nights feature great Blues bands. This year there will be performances by Son Como Son, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the popular Women’s Voices series; Ladies Sing the Blues and more. For a complete list of the performance schedule this season, go to nmjazz.org.
June – August 2018
The Summerfest series brings in talent from around New Mexico and around the world to perform on summer nights in communities around the city. Summertime. A great season for concerts, treats, and community gatherings.
Summerfests are an Albuquerque tradition dating back to the 1980s. Summerfests are FREE community events. They feature children’s activities such as face painting, inflatables, and climbing walls, a microbrew garden for those who are of age, an artisan market full of handcrafted goods by local craftsmen, food trucks and more. It is fun for all ages!
The best part of Summerfest is the live entertainment. Each Summerfest brings both local and national talent of all genres. Previous national headliners include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Morris Day and the Time, Wynonna Judd, Arrested Development, Ozomatli and Geroge Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Summerfest concerts bring the crowd and keep the party going all night.
Come out and enjoy the sounds of summer.
June 14th-17th, 2018
Guitar New Mexico presents the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival at the University of New Mexico. Guitar New Mexico, a non-profit corporation, encourages and fosters the study and appreciation of the classical guitar in Albuquerque and beyond. Throughout the year, Guitar New Mexico brings world renowned classical guitar performances to local venues and its Outreach Program brings those guitarists to perform and teach in our schools. Guitar New Mexico hosts New Mexico’s largest classical guitar festival every June – the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival – bringing four days of classes, ensembles, and concerts featuring musicians and pedagogues of local, national and international acclaim. The New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival is funded by grants, community donations, fundraisers, and tuition. Guitar New Mexico provides financial aid for talented guitar students who may need financial help in attending the Festival. The Board of Directors together with a volunteer staff organizes the Festival . Some of the finest guitarists in the world perform for students and attendees at this three day event that includes instruction. Featured players in 2017 include Solo Duo, Dale Kavenaugh and Jeremy Mayne
June -August 2018
Every Thursday during the summer there are performances from New Mexico’s best musicians Summer Nights at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. The perfect setting for great music.
June -August 2018
On alternating Friday nights ZooMusic presents local and national acts at the Albuquerque Zoo Amphitheater.
July 4th, 2018
Freedom Forth presents a night of music to celebrate our nation’s birthday that culminates with a spectacular fireworks show from 4:00-10:00 PM at Balloon Fiesta Park in north Albuquerque.
July 11th-14th, 2018
Learn from the Masters of Mariachi at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque. The three day event presents workshops, a master class and performances by some of the most talented mariachi students and professionals in the world culminating in a grand performance by some of the world’s finest Mariachi orchestras. Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque’s (MSA) mission is to promote culture, arts & excellence in art education demonstrating Albuquerque’s ethnic Heart & Soul. Through MSA a foundation for life-long participation in the arts is possible. MSA builds bridges for inter-cultural appreciation in the Mariachi musical genre by encouraging and allowing interested parties who want to learn and develop musical skills, allowing for an increase in understanding of this musical and cultural art form or by providing the opportunity to simply be entertained through concerts offered. All of this and much more can be achieved through programs and opportunities offered in MSA. MSA is continuously contributing to the cultural understanding and appreciation of folk and Mexican music. Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.
July 27th & 28th, 2018
Edgewood Music & Arts Festival brings together national and local acoustic Folk, Americana, Irish, Roots and Bluegrass artists for three days of great music. Hosted by Wildlife West, the Edgewood Arts and Music Festival invites guests to experience three days of artisic expression with a diverse lineup of talented musicians. Featuring workshops, open jams and a free camping option, the event provides guests with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the festival experience. Held in a covered amphitheater as well as at various indoor venues, the performance spaces provide guests with the option to enjoy live shows in a variety of settings. Come join in the festivities and experience one of the best outdoor bluegrass events in New Mexico!
September 21st & 22nd, 2017
¡Globalquerque! takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez). Enjoy musical performances in the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theatre and dance outside on the Plaza Mayor. Learn more about the Global Fiesta free Saturday daytime programming and the Global Village of Crafts, Culture and Cuisine. The world comes to Albuquerque at the 13th Annual Globalquerque! Festival. Enjoy music and ethnic foods from around the world held on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Gates open at 4:00 PM and music begins at 6:00 PM on a variety of stages. The music never stops until 11:30 PM
The Eighth Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival brings participants from around the country who appreciate and promote this medieval instrument. Workshops include dulcimer, Celtic harp, harmonica, mandolin and guitar from master instructors in a variety of styles. Featured performers include Robert Force, Stephen Humphries and Madaline MacNeil.
Outside of Albuquerque
May 27th-29th, 2018. 22nd Annual Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival, Silver City New Mexico. Great Blues featuring the local, national and international blues performers.
July -August 2018 Outside In productions present the Santa Fe Bandstand with performances every weekend on the plaza in historic Santa Fe. Hear 75 performances from award winning artists in every genre.
July 2018 12th Annual Animas River Blues Festival featuring Zac Harmon. Held at the Riverside Park in Aztec, New Mexico you can camp and boogie all day and night.
July 15th-August 22nd, 2018 The Chamber Music Festival of Santa Fe produces a series of concerts under the direction of conductor Guillerrmo Figueora. Amazing countertenor David Daniels joins us next summer as Artist-in-Residence with a bevy of the world’s greatest chamber music stars!
October 2018 Roswell Jazz Festival. An incredible array of straight ahead Jazz players from around the country.