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Fiestas de Albuquerque 2016

Come celebrate Albuquerque's Birthday in Historic Old Town!



Thank you to everyone who attended! Stay tuned for information on next year's Fiestas de Albuquerque!

Fiestas de Albuquerque 2016!

Enjoy the history and traditions of our City with live entertainment, free children's activities, live artist demonstrations, local food, shopping, and fun for the whole family. Fiestas de Albuquerque will be returning to Historic Old Town on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m. Don't miss the Founders' Procession at 3:30 p.m.


Entertainment Schedule

  • 12-12:30 p.m. - Sun and Fire Dance Group (from Jemez Pueblo, NM)
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Kontratiempo (Regional Mexican)
  • 1:45-2 p.m. - Casa Flamenca
  • 2:15-3 p.m. – Cuicani Sin Fronteras (Folklore Music from Latin America)
  • 3-4 p.m. - Mariachi Tenampa
  • 3-3:30 p.m. - Baila! Baila! (Folklorico)
  • 3:30-4 p.m. - Founders’ Procession and Proclamation
  • 4-5 p.m. - The Freddie Chavez Foundation


The Freddie Chavez Foundation

The Freddie Chavez Foundation was founded in 1974. Current members include James Roddy Chavez on congas & backup vocals, Ray "Frito Bandito" Esquivel on tenor sax, flute & backup vocals, David Nunez on lead vocals, guitar, sax & keyboards, Sal Garcia on tenor & alto sax, timbales, accordion & backup vocals & Bennie Torrez "BT" on lead guitar, trumpet & vocals. The band currently performs at a variety of local venues and various events in Albuquerque.

Baila! Baila!

Baila! Baila! is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico where they specialize in the art of Traditional Mexican Folk Dance. Baila! Baila! was founded in January of 1990 and has been spreading their love for their culture through music and dance for over 24 years. Baila! Baila! has entertained countless guests at various events ranging from Church Fiestas to events as prestigious as the “Autumn Dance Festival” at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Mariachi Tenampa

Mariachi Tenampa continues to excel forward, by providing many local establishments, private individuals, mariachi conference organizations and air waves with their harmonic and energetic music.They keep the mariachi tradition alive by educating new generations of the true importance that mariachi music holds in our culture.

Cuicani Sin Fronteras

Cuicani Sin Fronteras plays folklore music from different countries in Latin America like, cumbias, son cubano, huaynos from Peru, etc. The band members come from all around the world, including Chile, Peru, Mexico, and the United States. They play a multitude of instruments such as: guitars, charango, cuatro, bass, saxophone, clarinet, Bolivian flutes, Cuatros, and percussion instruments, including a Bolivian drum, and congas.

Casa Flamenca

Founded by Jesus Muñoz in 2010, their mission is to create a vibrant, friendly community of individuals and artists who support the growth and development of world-class Flamenco art through programming and classes, for children through adults.Casa Flamenca, strives every day to preserve the roots and soul of the art of Flamenco.


Children's Activities 

Fiestas de Albuquerque is fun for the whole family! There will be a large scale rock wall for the adventurous to test their skills at climbing, as well as face painters that will share their colorful designs with event guests. Bring your favorite little prospector and let them pan for gold. Or get creative with arts and crafts like, small wood retablos, papel picado, and Native American ojos.  All of these activities are available free of charge.

Other Entertainment

There are countless activities at Fiestas de Albuquerque! Watch as artists bring to life the art of retablo making. Enjoy food from two local food trucks, All Smoked Out BBQ and Rescue Pizza or try delectable dishes from Old Town restaurants. Discover great deals and specials at participating shops around Old Town and find unique goods at local merchant booths. Treasure House Books will be offering book signings from six different author's throughout the day. Weems Gallery will have demonstrations by Russ Ball and Silverio Gonzales. Discover Balloons will be offering 10% off all day.