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NM ShamRock Fest

Loads of good "Green" Fun!


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Mar 11, 2017
11:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Join us as we Paint Albuquerque Green, with our Celtic community, in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.  Revel in the fun with themed activities throughout the day.

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NM ShamRock Fest highlights:

  • Entertainment on 2 Stages
  • Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers
  • RC Balloon Demo
  • Toy Train Operating Society
  • Duke city Fencing Demo
  • Highland Games: Caber Toss, Stone Put, Hammer Throw, and Sheaf Toss (NM Celtic Athletics)
  • Gaelic Football Demonstration (Albuquerque Gaelic Football Club)
  • Children’s activities: arts and crafts, climbing wall,and face painting
  • A Ton of Fun - Inflatable Kids Area
  • Iron Shepherd Forge Demo
  • Pet Parade and costume contest
  • Liquor Concessions - wine, beer, and spirits provided by O'Niell's.
  • Artisan Vendors offering a variety of products (clothing, kilts, art, jewelry, crafts, etc.)
  • Celtic Long Ears
  • Pot O’Gold Raffle

New This Year

NM ShamRock 'N Roll Zero K (0.0 Mi), 5K (3.1 Mi) Run & Fitness Walk and Kids 1k   View more information.

Featured Food Trucks

  • The Scottish Pie Shop - Steak Pie, Banger & Mash, Shepherd's Pie, Steak Bridie, Banger on a Bun, Scotch Egg, & Sausage Roll
  • Ready To Roll - Beef & Guinness Stew, Irish Colcannon, Purple Cabbage & Pecan Salad and St. Patrick's Day Cake
  • Green Growler Smoothies -About Fresh, organic, raw ingredient smoothies - Growler size! Order today and pick up at the event.
  • Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Truck - Frozen Yogurt - Free samples!Green Growler Logo
  • Royal Empire Catering - Irish baked goods
  • Street Food Institute - Corned Beef and Cabbage Sandwich (Gruyere Cheese, Sourdough, Stone Ground Mustard),

    Smoked Salmon BLT (Potato Loaf, Dill Cream, Capers (with vegetarian version), Green Chile Bangers (Hoagie, Fried Sauerkraut, Irish Cheddar Sauce), and Guinness Ice Cream Brownie- dark chocolate bark

Entertainment - Main Stage

11:00-11:30 AM        Key of A Quartet
11:30-12:00 PM        Opening Ceremonies
12:00-12:45 PM        The Anslover Family Band
1:00-1:45 PM            Shenanigans
1:55-2:40 PM            Los Metamorfos
3:00-3:45 PM            Rye Creek
4:00-4:45 PM            3 Celtic Coyotes
5:00-5:45 PM            A Jug of Punch
5:45 - 6:00 PM          Closing Remarks

Entertainment - Dance Tent

11:45 AM-12:15 PM           McTeggart Irish Dancers of New Mexico
12:30-1:00 PM                     Highland Dance ABQ
1:15-1:45 PM                        Fishback Studio of Dance
2:10 - 2:40 pm                      Celtic Steps
2:45 - 3:30 PM                      Pet Parade & Costume contest
3:35-4:00 PM                        ShamRock N Roll Awards Ceremony & Costume Contest
4:00 - 4:45 PM                      High Desert Pipes and Drum
5:00 - 5:30 PM                      Coleman Academy of Irish Dance


Old Town Celtic Shop
Burnt Mountain Crafts
Willow Sage Scents
The Naughty Plank
Creations by Candice
Tony's Stuff
Bee's Honey
Memory Rings & Lovely Things
Teek's Creature Shop
JoAnne Tucker Art
The Ornatelier
i9 Sports
Winston Foto
Fraternal Order of Police
Apple Mountain Music
State Employees Credit Union
H&R Block
ShamRock Janitorial Supply
Photobooth Rentals
Sunpower Positive Energy Solar


High Desert Pipes and Drums Logo
High Desert Pipes & Drums, was founded in 1993, and won the 1999 Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Grade 4B World Championship in Glasgow, Scotland!  HDP&D is still the only Grade 4B Band from the USA to win a World Championship!  They are proudly celebrating their 23nd anniversary of wearing the Wallace Tartan, and are a piping and drumming teaching organization, offering free lessons in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and East Mountain communities.

Funds raised are re-invested into High Desert Pipes & Drums to be able to implement events like NM ShamRock Fest and meet their mission:  To foster and promote Scottish and Celtic culture and music by teaching the Great Highland Bagpipes and Drums, performing and competing across the Western United States, and representing the State of New Mexico, Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, and the USA at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.


Admission Fee includes Balloon Museum Admission
* Adults 13 and up before March 11 - $6.
* Adults 13 and up on March 11 (Gate Sales only) - $10.
* Children 4 - 12 before March 11 - $2.
* Children 4 - 12 on March 11 (Gate Sales only) - $5.
* Children 3 and younger - Free
* Seniors 65+ and Military - $2 Discount off Admission
Tickets may be purchased on line through March 10, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased, in person, at the Balloon Museum Shoppe through March 10, 2017, at 4 p.m.
After March 10 (4pm), tickets may only be purchased at the gate between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., on March 11.
There is no service charge for tickets purchased on line.

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Linda Hubley
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)