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Special Events & Festivals

A guide to City of Albuquerque family-friendly music events, street festivals and parades, hosted by the Cultural Services Department.

Discover what makes Albuquerque such a wonderful city for visitors and residents alike.

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Signature Events

Albuquerque Summerfests

Albuquerque's free summertime bashes include music, dance, food, children's activities and so much more.

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Freedom 4th

Bring the family to Independence Day fun and fireworks at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Celebrate the Middle Ages with the City of Albuquerque and the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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Shakespeare on the Plaza

The Vortex Theatre Presents Shakespeare on the Plaza.

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Twinkle Light Parade

Step into the holiday season with floats, bands, antique cars and costumed-characters lighting up the night.

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New Year's Eve on Civic Plaza

Ring in the New Year with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza.

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Local Band Showcase

Jam out as 15 of Albuquerque's up and coming bands rock Civic Plaza.

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Live & Local

Join us at the KiMo for performances from some of Albuquerque's best local bands!

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Tribute Events

Memorial Day

Join this respectful observance of our nation's military sacrifices at Veterans' Memorial Park.

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Veterans Day

Honor the men and women of America's armed forces at Veterans' Memorial Park.

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Venues & Services

Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza

Civic Plaza is the social and ceremonial center of our special community.

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