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Salsa Fiesta

Spend the afternoon in Historic Old Town and enjoy free entertainment, kids activities and shopping.

Salsa Fiesta: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Historic Old Town from Noon-6 p.m.

Join us in for an afternoon of free entertainment in the heart of the city. Enjoy free children's activities, shop and dine at local establishments and dance to tunes by local bands throughout the day. 

Thank you to all who participated and attended the 2017 Salsa Fiesta!

Salsa Fiesta 2017 Winners

First Place - Sisto Garcia: Chill Out Salsa
Second Place - Tanya Cougle: Tanya's Sassy Salsa
Third Place - Carla Gallegos-Ortega: C n C's Salsa
Best Decor - Fiesta Mexican Salsa: Lilia Avila & Silvia Ochoa

Family Fun

Bring the kids for free children's activities including games, arts and crafts, face painting and more!

Historic Old Town offers a wide variety of authentic New Mexican cuisine. The event will also feature some of your favorite food trucks to satisfy your taste buds. 

Shop local in Old Town shops where you will be able to find handmade goods from jewelry, soaps, art, clothing and any souvenir under the desert sun. 

Entertainment Schedule 

  • 12:00 p.m. - Trio Los Amigos 
  • 1:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana 
  • 2:00 p.m. - Picoso 
  • 3:30 p.m. - Mariachi Tenampa
  • 4:00 p.m. - Ryan Montano & the Salsa All Stars 

Ryan Montano & the Salsa All Stars

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 D'anna Tesso'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 today. 

Enjoy their variety of salsa tunes as you sample delicious homemade salsa created by local amateur salsa chefs.

2017 Salsa Fiesta Entertainment Collage 2.0

Mariachi Tenampa

Since 1971, Mariachi Tenampa has provided live music accompaniment on stages across the state of New Mexico with various artists. The name "Tenampa" was chosen while the group performed regularly at a bar called "El Tenampa", located in Santa Fe. The bar was named after a famous establishment in Plaza Garibladi in Mexico City, known as the mariachi capitol of the world. Marichi fans are sure enjoy their traditional style they will being to Albuquerque's Historic Old Town. 


The band Picoso is no stranger to performing at Salsa Fiesta. Members Pete Gabaldon, Benito Encinias, Ray Avila and Christine V are native Nuevo Mexicanos who perform all over the state with a variety of special guests. Their blend of salsa, cumbia and ritmos Latino beats will have audiences dancing the night away. The band is in the process of recording their 3rd album and will be released later this year.

Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana

Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana, Inc. formed in 2014 following the loss of founder and longtime director, Maestro Miguel Caro Zaragoza. The group wants to continue his legacy and decades-long teaching of Mexican Folk Dance in the community. Group members are adult professionals who share the love of authentic Mexican folkloric dancing. Fiesta Mexicana promotes cultural awareness by teaching and performing traditional folklore dances in the Albuquerque area and across the state. 

Trio Los Amigos

Los Amigos have been playing together for ten years across the United States and Mexico. They play a variety of Latin American music including boleros, baladas, huapangos, sones, cumbias, rancheras, valses and more. The band has distinguished themselves in New Mexico and is known for continuing the traditions of Mexican trios. Experience their traditions during this year's Salsa Fiesta. 


Free event parking will be available at the parking lot located on the corner of Bellamah Ave. NW and 18th St. NW just north of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Free shuttles will be available, provided by Airport Parking, and will take event goers to and from the parking lot and the Albuquerque Museum parking lot in Old Town through the duration of the event.

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


Sample and vote for your favorite homemade salsa for free. At noon, competitors will begin preparing their original salsa recipes on-site. Salsa tasting will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced shortly after. Tastings Passes are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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

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