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Salsa Fiesta

Who makes the best salsa in Albuquerque? Come to Salsa Fiesta in Historic Old Town and find out!


Start preparing your winning recipe! The next Old Town Salsa Fiesta will be on September 9, 2017.  

Salsa Fiesta

The 13th Annual Salsa Fiesta will be returning to Historic Old Town on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from Noon-7 p.m.

Spice up your day at Salsa Fiesta in Historic Old Town where you get to choose who has the best salsa in the City. Watch as contestants make their homemade salsa on site. Taste delicious salsas and vote for the best recipe. Enjoy free kids’ activities and dance to tunes by local salsa bands throughout the day. End the night with a unique performance by national headliner Frankie Morales, known for his passionate well-crafted voice, and the Albuquerque All-Stars, a group of talented local musicians, as they collaborate to put on an unforgettable show!

Please note that Salsa Fiesta is a rain or shine event!

Tasting Passes

Taste and vote for your favorite homemade salsa for free!

  • Noon- Watch the competitors make their salsa around the Old Town Plaza.
  • 2:30 p.m.- Salsa tasting and voting begins
  • 5 p.m.- Voting ends

Tasting Passes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tasting passes are limited so please arrive with plenty of time to taste, vote and enjoy the music.



There will be parking lots and street parking available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Entertainment Schedule

Stay tuned for the 2017 entertainment schedule!

Family Fun

Among all of the great salsa you can eat, you can grab something a little more filling from food trucks or any of the delicious restaurants throughout Historic Old Town.

Need holiday gifts or looking to treat yourself look no further than the Old Town Shops where you will be able to find handmade goods from clothing, jewelry, soaps, art and more!

Also, bring the kids for free children's activities including a rock climbing wall, face painting and more!


Thank you to all who participated and attended the 2016 Salsa Fiesta!

Salsa Fiesta 2016 Winners!

First Place - Sara Ray: Escape in a Cake

Second Place - Sisto Garcia: Chill Out Salsa

Third Place - Judy Montoya: Salsa Mia

Best Decor - Pablo Milan: Pablo's Salsa

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!



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