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Harvest Festival

Enjoy autumn in Albuquerque with fall favorites.



Saturday, October 7 & Sunday, October 8, 2023 | Botanic Garden

Fall in love with Autumn all over again. The ABQ BioPark is excited to host the annual Harvest Festival at the Botanic Garden and Aquarium for two fun-filled days in October. Explore a variety of landscapes throughout the Garden and Aquarium, listen to live music, enjoy festival treats, local brews, and celebrate the beauty of the season.   

Harvest Festival Tickets 

Purchase your tickets today! 

Ticket Prices:

  • Adult: $12
  • Senior (65+): $6
  • Youth (3-12): $6
  • Child 2 & Under: Free
  • NMBPS members 50% off with valid ID.

Festival Features

Fall Fun 

Face painters will be getting you ready for a fall photo-shoot. There are plenty of places to take your fall photos as the gardeners have been hard at work with their gorgeous seasonal arrangements displayed throughout the Garden. Leave the backdrops of your photo-ops to them! 

Eats & Treats 

Reward yourself with eats and treats available at the Shark Reef Café and throughout the Garden. A menu full of season specialties will be available including loaded baked potato, BBQ sandwich plate, loaded apple wedges, apple cider, loaded mac & cheese, elote, popcorn, and fresh squeezed lemonade. Pints of cider, made with apples from the Botanic Garden, will be available for purchase. 

Local Artisans

The Festival will be packed with local makers and their handcrafted products. Albuquerque flair will be available from artisans for your shopping and souvenir needs. Local businesses participating include Fizzy Bee Beauty Co., Sunshine Alchemists & Soap Co., Jmohr, Honey Shack NM, Desert Dog Designs, Liz Roberts Pottery, Ancient Earth Apothecary, Oakenwell, Speckle Ware, Dawson Designs, Bee Nice Beauty, Squidly Designs, MomMade Jewelry, Flora & Foliage, Clay Alchemy Studio, Half Full Designs, and Vague Made.

Applications to participate as a vendor in the 2023 Harvest Festival are closed. 

Discovery Stations

Kids of all ages will be able to learn at Discovery Stations. These educational posts throughout the Garden are exciting activities that plant seeds of curiosity. Discovery Stations will include Pollinators, How Flowers become Fruits, Too Bee or Not Too Bee – learn about bees and bee mimics, and a seed ball station, full of native flower seeds that will be great for spring time! The Mangrove Touch Pool will be open both days. Aquarium Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7. 

Entertainment Schedule 

While strolling through the Botanic Garden and Aquarium, guests can enjoy the sounds of local bands as they provide a soundtrack to the Harvest Festival experience. 

Saturday, October 7
Festival Green
10 a.m. – Calle 66- Contemporary Salsa
12 p.m. – Levi Dean and the Mesa Rats- Bluegrass
2 p.m. – High Desert Playboys- Americana 

The Plaza
9 a.m. – Dos Gatos- Southwestern Gypsy/Polka/Waltz/Tejano Blues
10 a.m. – The Cumberlands- Rockabilly/Rock
12 p.m. – NM Marimba- Latin
2 p.m. – MumboJumbo Jazz- Jazz

Gulf Coast
10 a.m. – Ryan Smith Cello Music- Variety
12:30 p.m. – Omar Villanueva- Spanish
2:30 p.m. – Acoustic Secret 7 Duo- Blues

Shark Tank
9:30 a.m. – Eli Del Puerto- Latin Americana
12 p.m.- Eli Del Puerto- Latin Americana
2 p.m.- Omar Villanueva- Spanish

10 a.m.– Alma Quartet- Jazz
1 p.m.- Ryan Smith Cello Music- Variety

Rose Garden
9:30 a.m. – Levi Dean and the Mesa Rats- Americana/Folk
12 p.m.- Vibestrong- New Mexican Rock/Reggae
2 p.m.- Last Call- Jazz/Blues

Sunday, October 8
Festival Green
10 a.m. – Nathaniel Krantz- Country 
12 p.m. – Baracutanga- Latin 
2 p.m. – Watermelon Mountain Jug Band- Country/ Bluegrass 

The Plaza
9 a.m. – NM Marimba- Latin
10 a.m. – Porter Draw- Alt-Country
12 p.m. – Levi Dean and the Mesa Rats- Americana/Folk
2 p.m. – Dust City Opera- Indie Folk/Rock

Gulf Coast
10 a.m. – The Real Matt Jones- Alt-Country
12:30 p.m. – Flambeaux- Jazz
2:30 p.m. – Omar Villanueva- Spanish

Shark Tank
9:30 a.m. – Eli Del Puerto- Latin Americana
12 p.m.- Omar Villanueva- Spanish
2 p.m.- Ryan Smith Cello Music- Variety

10 a.m. – Ryan Smith Cello Music- Variety
1 p.m.- Kyle Martin- Country/ Rock

Rose Garden
9:30 a.m. – Lasotras- New Mexican
1 p.m.- Last Call- Jazz/Blues
2 p.m.- The Cumberlands- Rockabilly/Rock




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