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Downtown Summerfest

Join us for a free family-friendly event in Downtown Albuquerque.

Collage of Downtown Summerfest.

Downtown Summerfest

From 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Civic Plaza.

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You are invited to Downtown Albuquerque for a night of free entertainment. There will be live music from local bands, leading up to national headliner, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx. Shop the market of handmade goods crafted by local artisans, enjoy free children's activities, sip on some local brews in the Microbrew Garden and grab a bite from one of our many food trucks.

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

Entertainment Schedule

  • 5:00 p.m. - Levi Platero 
  • 6:15 p.m. - Sol de la Noche
  • 7:30 p.m. - The Cumberlands
  • 9:00 p.m. - Dennis DeYoung & the Music of STYX


Dennis DeYoung


National Headliner - Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert with six piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. The set includes all eight top Top 10 hits including "Lady," "Babe," "Come Sail Away," "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Best of Times," "Mr. Roboto," plus classic rock anthems "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Suite Madame Blue," "Rockin' the Paradise," and more.

Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning more than 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans.

All the classic hits. All the memories. One unforgettable evening. One original voice.

2017 Downtown Summerfest Entertainment Collage

The Cumberlands

The Cumberlands, formerly Willy J and The Storytellers, are a folk/rock duo based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group was formed by co-frontmen, Jason Hajny and Willy Jacobson. The Cumberlands are known for their captivating vocal harmonies and original songs that attract listeners everywhere they go. 

Sol de la Noche

Sol de la Noche is an original band inspired in Latin world music. Diego Manrique singer, songwriter, and guitarist, in collaboration with Gabriela Garza, interweave classical guitar, traditional and contemporary Latin music with influences ranging from Spanish flamenco guitar, rumba, Cubano, Colombian porro, and cumbia. With influences like Juanes, Mimi Maura, Carlos Vives and Pearl Jam, audiences are sure to be pleased with their sound. 

Levi Platero

Levi Platero is from the Navajo Nation of the southwest region of the United States. His family band "The Plateros" emerged on the music scene in 2004 as a blues rock power trio compared to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Los Lonely Boys and ZZ Top. After a decade of touring the US with his family band, a 1-year-run as a member of the indigenous blues band, Levi decided it was time to get back to his own music as a solo artist. Levi Platero is a great example of a musician with a gift of guitar intuition of a much more experienced player. With a captivating live show, he ranges from flurries of guitar acrobatics all the way down to soulful expressions. 

Food & Drink

Delicious delicacies, sweet treats and more can be found in the food court featuring a variety of Albuquerque's best local food trucks. The Microbrew Garden will be serving drinks to the 21+ crowd. 

Artisan Market

Stop by our artisan market for anything and everything. One of many local artisans have what you're looking for. Find that special piece that brings any room together, get your next favorite T-shirt or a gift for that special someone. There will be plenty to choose from such as handmade soaps, jewelry, art, housewares and so much more.

Children's Activities

Summerfest is the perfect place to bring the children, there will be loads of free children's activities. Get your face painted or try your hand on the 25-foot rock climbing wall. They can also reach for the stars in one of the many jumpers. All of this and more, free at Summerfest.

Getting There

Civic Plaza is bordered by Marquette Avenue NW to the north, Tijeras Avenue NW to the south, and 3rd Street NW to the east.

Getting There by Bike

Take advantage of the free Bike Valet. Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center will provide free bike valet.


Parking in the underground garage directly under Civic Plaza will be free. Enter the garage from the Tijeras Ave. entrance as Marquette Ave. will be closed to traffic all day for the event. 

Other parking may be found in surrounding areas and in paid lots near the plaza and the Convention Center.



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