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Salsa Fiesta

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

Salsa Fiesta Cover Photo 2017

Salsa Fiesta: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Historic Old Town from Noon-6 p.m.

Start preparing your winning recipe.

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 children's activities and dance to tunes by local bands throughout the day.

Salsa Fiesta is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.

Participate as a Competitor

Think you have the best recipe in town? Bring the heat and enter your salsa creation for a chance to win a cash prize.

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.


Ryan Montano and the Salsa All Stars will perform on The Gazebo from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Ryan is a trumpeter, songwriter and arranger based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ryan has hand picked each musician to create the Salsa All Stars. Local music fans will recognize Jackie Zamora's and Lester Rodriguez' vocals, drums played by Paul Palmer III, Steve Figueroa on the piano, Colin Deuble on bass, percussion by Ricky Carrido, and trumpets by Paul Gonzales and Ziggy Garcia. 

Each musician hails from their own respective bands from New Mexico's growing music scene. Salsa lovers might be familiar with bands such as; Son Como Son, Calle 66, Baracutnaga, Nosotros, Encanto and Casa Blanca, which are only a few of the bands this unique ensemble have been or still are part of. Enjoy their variety of salsa tunes as you sample delicious homemade salsa created by local amateur salsa chefs.

2017 Salsa All Stars Collage

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

2017 Sponsors

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