Albuquerque is one of the most exciting cities in the Southwest because it has a tremendous variety of activities to participate in that are unique to the city. Albuquerque is most renowned for is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta that takes place every year. For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from the Balloon Fiesta Park. Whimsical special shapes and Balloon Glows create a magical landscape for spectators to wander. Visit www.balloonfiesta.com for more information.
The Albuquerque Calendar of Events is a smart tool to use when living in the city. Whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, Albuquerque is always bustling with a wide variety of special events. During any given week you’ll be able to choose from cultural festivals, art exhibits, craft fairs theater performances, sporting events and more. For the complete calendar visit http://www.itsatrip.org/events/default.aspx.
Santa Fe is renowned for its world class Opera. From its founding, The Santa Fe Opera has always looked in new directions, taking its inspiration not from the traditional world of opera, but from the sense of a truly American company in its artistic point of view and its uplifting spirit. The Santa Fe’s Opera’s greatest strength is the vigorous pursuit of ambitious goals! Visit www.santafeopera.org for more schedule and ticket information.
Because Santa Fe is one the country’s hottest art markets, the city is fertile ground for many different styles as well as sophisticated shopping. Hundreds of galleries host openings and exhibits all year-round and studio tours take place throughout the year. There’s absolutely no end to the variety of annual events, classes and workshops, historic sites, kids’ activities, nightlife, tours, road trips, and outdoor adventures in this unique gem of a city. Visit santafe.org for a listing of upcoming events and things to do.
A Little Closer to Home…
The Bernalillo Wine Festival wraps up the summer with the premier wine festival of the southwest, the biggest wine festival in the state. Most of all the New Mexico wineries will be there, giving their customers a rare opportunity to taste and purchase New Mexico wines at their best. Lots of great music, arts and crafts, and those summer foods we all love make a perfect backdrop for wine, wine, wine! Visit www.newmexicowinefestival.com for event times and ticket prices.
The Village of Placitas features a very unique artistic community with the Placitas Studio Tour and the Placitas Artists Series occurring in the town each year. The Placitas Studio Tour features hundreds of artists from across the state. Each spring, Placitas holds the annual Studio Tours which attracts people from all over Albuquerque as well. Visit http://www.placitasstudiotour.com/ to learn more about this awesome event. The Placitas Artists Series has grown in stature and reputation throughout the region since being founded in 1987. PAS has established a solid reputation for providing music of consistently high quality and convenient location. All of the funds raised from ticket sales go to benefit a non-profit organization of PAS’ choice. Do not miss out on these amazing benefit concerts. Visit www.placitasarts.org for more information and upcoming concerts.