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Salsa Fiesta

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


Thank you to all who participated and attended this years event!

Congratulations to our 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

Salsa Fiesta

The 12th Annual Historic Old Town Salsa Fiesta will be returning to Historic Old Town on Saturday, September 10, 2016, 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

New this year - 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.


Free parking and shuttle service will be available from the lot on 18th St. and Bellamah.

Shuttles will run from the lot on 18th and Bellamah to the Albuquerque Museum parking lot.

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

Free shuttle service provided by Airport Parking.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 12-1:30 p.m.- Mala Maña
  • 1:45-3 p.m.- Terra Plena
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m.- Sabor Canela
  • 5-7 p.m.- Frankie Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars

Frankie Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars

The talented renowned vocal artist Efraín "Frankie" Morales and the Albuquerque All-Stars have joined forces to bring to you a wonderfully unique experience at this year's Salsa Fiesta.

Frankie Morales

Efraín "Frankie" Morales is an artist who has perfected his craft with every stop along the way of his career. This talented vocalist has sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of "El Barrio", New York City’s Spanish Quartet, and climaxing now on the stages of the world.

He has sung backup vocals and coros for artists such as Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Pellín Rodriguez and Cheo Feliciano. He has been featured as a solo artist on several albums and has won Grammy Awards for his incredible songs. One of his most notable collaborations was with Ernest "Tito" Puente, where he had the opportunity to sing for people of al cultures.

When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings "to the people": rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, the passion of a true Cantante.

The Albuquerque All-Stars

The Albuquerque All-Stars are a band of very talented local musicians that play in various groups (salsa, jazz, symphony and Professors) and came together with the purpose of backing up out of state Artists. On their own, they are a force to be reckoned with, as the ABQ All-Stars, they are unstoppable.

The Albuquerque All-Stars are composed of the following members:

  • Jackie Zamora - Back up Vocalist
  • Lester Rodriguez - Back up Vocalist
  • Steve Figueroa - Piano
  • Milo Jaramillo - Bass
  • Ricky Carrido - Conga
  • Victor Rodriguez - Bongo
  • Tomas White - Timbal
  • Sam Nesbitt - Baritone Sax
  • Glenn Kostur - Tenor Sax
  • Chris Buckholz - Trombone
  • Paul Gonzalez - Trumpet
  • Brad Dubbs - Trumpet

Sabor Canela

One of the newer bands to appear on the New Mexican music scene. Sabor Canela is composed of talented local musicians that have always been passionate about music and have gained performance experience through previous music projects.

You will experience a wide variety of up- beat music as Sabor Canela performs, ranging from cumbias from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, sones from Cuba. Puerto Rican upbeat music, and bachata from different Caribbean countries.

Mala Maña

Mala Maña, New Mexico's own Women's Voice and Drum Ensemble, draws its inspiration from the rhythms of Afro-Colombias Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, but does not stop there: woven into the mix are Caribbean reggaeton, African-American traditional, salsa, Mexican cumbia and their own cumbia-inspired original compositions.

Mala Maña, consist of eight women who share diverse backgrounds in African and Latin pop. Flamenco dance and Mexican Norteño music.

Their love for the rhythm-inspired music of Colombia's coastal people brought this vision of diversely talented women together to offer a unique and exciting tapestry of many voices and many drums.

Terra Plena

Terra Plena, is a six-piece salsa band composed of professional musicians. They are well loved by the New Mexico salsa
scene and have been performing together for more than fifteen years.

Enjoy a wide variety of repertoire including merengue, salsa, cha-cha, bolero and timba.

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.

Can't get enough of all the great salsas? See one of our commercial salsa vendors on the plaza for a treat you can take home with you! This year's commercial vendors include Tio Frank's, Ol' Gringo Chile Company, and Chilo's Chile.

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!


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