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Downtown Summerfest

Join us at Downtown Summerfest August 6, from 5-10:30 p.m. on Civic Plaza!


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Downtown Summerfest 2016!

“Don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright” at Downtown Summerfest on Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 6 from 5-10:30 p.m. Join the City of Albuquerque for an evening of positive vibrations with national headliner The Wailers, the group that brought us hits like “Three Little Birds,” “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry” and so many more! Eat from local food trucks, have a local beer or wine, shop the local artisan market and bring the kids’ for some free family fun.

Admission and Transportation

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


Paid underground/garage parking can be found at Civic Plaza or the Convention Center. Other parking may be found on the street or in the other lots near the event. 

Bike Valet

Ride your bike and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. The Bike Valet will be located on the North side of Civic Plaza. 


Entertainment Schedule

  • 5-6 p.m. - Suacvecito
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Cactus Slim & The Goatheads
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. - The Big Spank
  • 9-10:30 p.m. - The Wailers

National Headliner: The Wailers

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums. They have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year. The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in  
addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers.

The current lineup includes Mr. Barrett’s son, Aston Barrett Jr., a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, drums and organ at varied occasions. He helps bring the music forward to a new generation. Anthony “Benbow” Creary, who recorded and toured with the band in the early years, is on drums. The two lead singers are Dwayne Anglin, known as Danglin, and Joshua David Barrett. Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm plays both lead and rhythm guitar. “Chizzy” also performs backing vocals with Cegee Victory. Keyboard is played by Chaka Taylor.

The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group known for performing high-energy shows to fans across the globe.

The Big Spank

The Big Spank, based in Albuquerque NM, composes and performs with an original musical style that can be loosely described as “Funky-Latin-Punkish-Ska-Pop”. THE BIG SPANK has been performing across the southwest since 1998.

The Big Spank transitioned from playing mostly weekend shows (while maintaining day jobs) into living gypsy-style in a converted school bus and touring full time, spreading their love in the form of feel-good tunes that beg, borrow, and steal from ska, rock, soul, R&B, hip-hop, death metal, polka, Norteño and other genres. Their stage antics and high-energy live performances are not soon forgotten.

Cactus Slim & The Goatheads

New to the New Mexico music scene, Cactus Slim and the Goatheads is a trio that comes from Chicago, Detroit and Albuquerque. Formed less than a year ago this fun little east mountain boogie band can go from Cowboy Funk to Soulful Blues.




Suavecito is a variety six piece band from Socorro, New Mexico. They consist of two guitar players, bass, keys, accordion and drums. They have performed at a wide variety of venues across New Mexico alongside notable performers Al Hurricane, Al Hurricane Jr. and El Gringo. They play a wide variety of genres including country, oldies, R & B, Top 40, and Rock N’ Roll with an emphasis on New Mexico Spanish music.



Fun For Kids'

Searching for fun for the whole family? Look no further! The kids' area is full of different activities for fun-seekers of all ages! Paint your face, climb to the top of the rock wall, or spend time jumping in the inflatables. All of these activities and more can be found for FREE at Downtown Summerfest.

Artisan Market

If you love local hand-crafted goods join us at the Artisan Market. Shop a wide variety of goods at Downtown Summerfest featuring jewelry, baked goods, bath products, flutes and more! With over 20 booths, there is much to explore. Have your wallet in hand in case you find something you just can't leave behind!

Microbrew Garden

Enjoy the summer evening at Downtown Summerfest and cool down with a refreshing brew at the Microbrew Garden featuring local breweries. 

Food & Drink

Delicious delicacies, sweet treats and more can be found in the food court featuring more than 15 of Albuquerque's best local food trucks. Enjoy a wide variety of food from roasted corn to pizza and sandwiches to barbecue. You are sure to find something satisfy your hunger. 


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