What To Do After Balloon Fiesta

What to do in Albuquerque during Balloon Fiesta Week!

Here are three excellent local attractions that you don’t want to miss during your visit to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Free Live Entertainment In Historic Old Town Plaza During Balloon Fiesta Week!

Old Town, Albuquerque Flowers

If I had to pick one week of the year that shows Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico at its finest, it would be the week of Balloon Fiesta. Many of the stores and gift shops in Old Town make their locations as inviting and entertaining as possible. However, best of all, you get free live entertainment every afternoon during Balloon Fiesta Week. Wow!

Old Town Music

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town and the city have set up 10 days of live entertainment at the Plaza Vieja Gazebo as a complement to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The entertainment and music will include New Mexican, mariachi, Mexican/Latin folk, acoustic nuevo flamenco, dance groups, Native American, traditional dance from Jemez Pueblo, Latin world music and more. This is the perfect way to spend an afternoon during the Balloon Fiesta!

The Balloon Fiesta week free entertainment lineup includes:

Saturday, Oct. 7

Noon – Mariachi Temampa – Mariachi
1:30 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Dance Group
3 p.m. – Sol Del La Noche Trio – Latin World Music

Sunday, Oct.8

Noon – Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana – Dance Group
1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
3 p.m. – National Institute of Flamenco – Dance Group

Old Town Live Music - Balloon Fiesta Week

Monday, Oct.9

Noon – Mariachi Tradicional – Mariachi
1:30 p.m. – Los Primos – Mexican/Latin Folk
3 p.m. – Trio Los Amigos – Mexican/Latin American

Tuesday, Oct.10

Noon – The Brujo Trio – Acoustic Nuevo Flamenco
1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
3 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Dance Group

Old Town, Mariachi Band

Wednesday, Oct.11

Noon – Los Primos – Mexican/Latin Folk
1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Tradicional – Mariachi
3 p.m. – Sol De La Noche Trio – Latin World Music

Thursday, Oct.12

Noon – Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle – Native American
1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
3 p.m. – The Brujo Trio – Acoustic Nuevo Flamenco

Friday, Oct.13

Noon – Mariachi Tradicional – Mariachi
1:30 p.m. – Trio Los Amigos – Mexican/Latin American
3 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Dance Group

Saturday, Oct.14

Noon – Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle – Native American
12:50 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
1:15 p.m. – Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle – Native American
2:05 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo
2:30 p.m. – Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle – Native American
3:35 p.m. – Sun and Fire – Traditional Dance from Jemez Pueblo

Sunday, Oct.15

Noon – Los Tapatios – Dance Group
1:30 p.m. – Mariachi Nuevo Sonido – Mariachi
3 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana – Dance Group

The entertainment is part of Summertime in Old Town. For more information on events, a map and complete musical lineup, call 311 or visit www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/historic-old-town and click on Balloon Fiesta Week in Old Town.

Old Town, Albuquerque Gift Shop

Many Old Town art galleries have artists demonstrations throughout the week. In addition, strolling mariachis and Native American dancers perform on the Plaza gazebo, adding to the ambiance and cultural appeal of Old Town. Tours of Old Town holds four informative walking tours during the day. With the pleasant fall weather, this is the ideal time for a stroll through Old Town.

gift shop, Old Town, Albuquerque

Old Town offers a wide selection of restaurants within its colorful Adobe-lined streets, along with candy and ice-cream shops. This is also the best place to shop for Balloon Fiesta souvenirs at well-stocked gift shops. Be sure to spend an afternoon or two in Old Town during your visit to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico

My Old Town Photos post shows additional settings and features of this charming travel attraction.

Old Town, Albuquerque Gifts

Old Town is located between Mountain Rd. and Central Ave. (Route 66) just East of Rio Grande Blvd. From the North or South via the Interstate take I-25 to I-40 West. Exit on Rio Grande Blvd. Take Rio Grande Blvd. South to Mountain Rd. Old Town begins on the Northwest corner of Rio Grande Blvd. and Mountain Rd. Parking is located throughout Old Town.


Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - logoThe Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a rich gateway into the history and culture of the 19 Native American Pueblos of New Mexico. It hosts a 10,000 sq. ft. museum featuring the authentic history and artifacts of traditional Pueblo cultures and their contemporary art. It is also well known for the highly regarded Pueblo Harvest Cafe that features fine dining inspired by the cultures of New Mexico. During Balloon Fiesta week, there are numerous dances held for the general public that provide an entertaining and colorful display of Native American Heritage. Normally, the dances are held during a weekend schedule only, but during Balloon Fiesta Week there is an exciting schedule of dance events throughout the week.

Indian Dances

Here is a schedule of events at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center the week of Balloon Fiesta and throughout the year.

Indian Pueblo Center Event Calendar

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104 
505-843-7270

For more info on local events held during the week of the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visit http://alibi.com for an event schedule. The Alibi weekly newspaper is available for free throughout the city of Albuquerque.

What to do During Balloon Fiesta Week


ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden - Balloon Fiesta Week - Things to Do

During the week of Balloon Fiesta, the BioPark Botanic Garden puts on its finest show of the autumn season! The Fall Fiesta of Flowers is a beautiful showcase of the last colorful flowers of the season for the winter rest. What makes this show even more beautiful is are the accents of fall foliage throughout the park that add to the beauty of this show. 

flowers BioPark Albuquerque

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is a great way to recharge after an exciting morning at the Balloon Fiesta. Stop by while it is arrayed in its finest fall colors!

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

The BioPark Botanic Garden is located right next to historic Old Town and is the perfect afternoon event for Balloon Fiesta visitors. 

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Website

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 764-6200


Fascinating Albuquerque Day Trips!

Want more great ideas for attractions to see in and around Albuquerque? Visit my Albuquerque Day Trips page by clicking the link below:

More Albuquerque Day Trips

Of course, you will want to eat in Albuquerque during the Balloon Fiesta! Here are reviews of the best places to eat in Albuquerque:

Albuquerque’s Best Restaurants