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Westside Summerfest

Join us for a free family-friendly event on Albuquerque's Westside.

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Westside Summerfest

From 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, NM-528/Alameda Blvd. between Ellison Rd. & Coors Blvd.

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You are invited to Albuquerque's Westside for a night of free enjoyment. There will be live music from local bands, leading up to national headliner, Chubby Checker and the Wildcats. Shop the market of handmade goods crafted by local artisans, enjoy free children's activities, sip on some local brews and spirits in the Microbrew Garden and grab a tasty bite from one of our great food trucks.

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

Main Stage Schedule

  • 5:00 p.m. - Melanie Anne
  • 6:15 p.m. - The Real Matt Jones
  • 7:30 p.m. - The People
  • 9:00 p.m. - Chubby Checker and the Wildcats

Chubby Checker


National Headliner - Chubby Checker and the Wildcats

In 2 minutes & 42 Seconds, Chubby Checker revolutionized popular culture and changed the music business forever. When he appeared on American Bandstand in 1960 and performed "The Twist," it was the dawn of a new era in Rock and Roll. He stands alone as a one of a kind rock icon, who has had 36 hit records, is the only artist to have a single go to #1 Twice, and according to Billboard, has the #1 Single for the whole decade of the '60s. Chubby was awarded the first Platinum Single, the first Rock Grammy and has sold an astounding 250,000,000 records over the years. That's why Dick Clark has said: "The three most important things that ever happened in the Music Industry are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Chubby Checker."


The People

The People consists of band members from all corners of the country who now call Albuquerque home. The People have 2017 Westside Summerfest Collagemixed the pure, warm and raw sounds of classic rock with contemporary pop, blending the sounds of early Zeppelin records to those of today's Arctic Monkeys and artists alike. 

The Real Matt Jones

The Real Matt Jones is an alt-country/new-country band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Real Matt Jones has played shows all over the world, won awards for musicality and songwriting, and has shared the stage with multiple international acts including Colin Hay of Men at Work, Sister Hazel and Rod Stewart.

Melanie Anne

Melanie Anne is a pop/rock solo artist based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She started her music career in January of 2015. Starting with small coffee and pizza shops, she has been pushing forward, playing larger shows and making more and more fans along the way. 

Food Trucks

Grab a bite to eat from a local food truck or relax in one of the many amazing restaurants in the great Cottonwood area. Westside Summerfest features a wide variety of food options with favorites including: barbecue, hot pressed sandwiches, gourmet hot dogs, New Mexican & Italian cuisine and frozen treats to cool down after a warm summer day. 

Microbrew Garden

Adults can enjoy the best brews, wines and spirits from local breweries and distilleries including: Bosque Brewing Co.Boxing Bear Brewing Co.Broken Trail SpiritsCanteen BrewhouseDesert Valley Brewing CompanyLeft Turn Distilling, Matanza NM Local Craft Beer KitchenRed Door BrewingRio Bravo BrewingSidetrack Brewing Co. & Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. The all-ages Microbrew Garden will also include food brought to you by local neighboring establishments.

Microbrew Garden Stage 


  • 5 p.m. - Cynical Bird 
    Hailing from Nashville and Albuquerque, this trio plays a variety of rock, Americana and pop tunes.
  • 6:45 p.m. - St. Range 
    A four piece desert rock group, described by St. Range as a combination of classic rock and cultural sounds that surround.   
  • 8:30 p.m. - Phil Rocker 
    Musical style includes influences from 1950's American rock 'n' roll, jump blues, country and more!  

Artisan Market

Shop through the artisan market for anything and everything from more than 20 local vendors. Find your next favorite piece of art, or find a gift for that special someone. There will be plenty to choose from such as handmade soaps, jewelry, art, housewares and so much more.

In addition, shop local and support all establishments throughout the Cottonwood area, in and around the event. 

Children's Activities

Summerfest is the perfect place to bring the children, there will be loads of free activities for them to enjoy. Get their faces painted or attempt to get to the top of 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


Free parking will be available at the Cibola High School parking lot (view map


Along with free parking, take advantage of the free shuttle service picking up event goers from Cibola High School, dropping them off on the west end of the event from 5-10:30 p.m. 

Getting There by Bike

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

View Westside Summerfest parking and bike valet locations in a larger map.


Thank you to our sponsors:

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We would like to say thank you to the businesses along the NM-528/Alameda corridor for their hospitality.  

Transportation Sponsor

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