Albuquerque's Birthday Celebration

Festivities featuring all things Albuquerque.


Save The Date! Saturday, April 23, 2022 | Noon-4 p.m. | Historic Old Town 

The Department of Arts & Culture is excited to celebrate Albuquerque's 316th Birthday with food, fun, live music and local flair in the heart of the City. This party will feature birthday must-haves such as face painting, entertainment and specials at a variety of participating Old Town stores. 


Birthday Entertainment on the Gazebo

12 p.m. – Mariachi Tenampa – Traditional Mariachi

1 p.m. – Baila! Baila! – Folklorico Dancing

2 p.m. – Frank Leto & PANdemonium – Caribbean/Brazilian Frank Leto & PANdemonium - Photo

Frank Leto is a multidimensional artist who has found a balance between professional musician and professional educator. His lifelong pursuit of musical knowledge has led him to appreciate the music of many cultures, and his ability as a composer has allowed him to share this love for music with his peers, students, and community. Frank leads his band PANdemonium and is featured on vocals, steel drums, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion. Enjoy this world-renowned band as they entertain from the Gazebo. 


Party Food

Grab a quick bite from the food booths near the Gazebo like corn-on-the-cob from CCR Roasting, pizza from Old Town Pizza Parlor or tacos from Gobble This. The San Felipe de Neri Church will be cooking up their famous burgers in their courtyard. Favorite Old Town restaurants will be serving signature plates and running specials. 

Party People

2022 Bearqueno-Cans

Some local businesses are getting extra ready for Albuquerque's birthday. Boxing Bear Brewing Co. is brewing their Bear-Queno IPA for the second year. Their two locations will be serving the beer on tap as well as selling them by the 16oz can. 
Outpost 1706 Brewhouse will also be serving the Indian Pale Ale on tap. Party guests can find them in Plaza Don Luis. Stay tuned for when it makes it appearance at these establishments! 

Be sure to ask The Taproom at Old Town about their Birthday Celebration Cocktail. This Old Town business is located on the corner of Mountain Rd. and Romero St. 



Birthday Activities 2022 ABQ Bday Climbing Wall

There’s a party throughout Historic Old Town. Enjoy free kids’ activities such as face painting and a 25-foot climbing wall, presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

The ancestors of the Founders will meet at the Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes statue at the corner of Romero St. and Charlevoix St. at 2:45 p.m. The procession of banners will make its way to the Gazebo at Old Town Plaza at 3 p.m. For more information about participating, email [email protected]


Birthday Shopping

Be sure to visit the variety of Old Town Merchants that will have booths around the Gazebo. Support local businesses like ABQ Photographers’ Gallery, Blue Portal, D.E.E.H.’s Candles & More, Enchanted Garden, Genuine Southwest Arts & GiftsLillie’s Handmade Soap with Shaggy & Slicks, Luna and Luz, Old Town Hobbies and Games, Puzzled, Salsa Saint, The Frosted Lilac, Treasure House Books and Gifts, and Wolf Martinez Gallery as they will add to the festivities outside of their stores.


Party Gifts

Certain shops around Old Town want to make sure party guests celebrate to the fullest and to ensure this, they’ve created one-of-a-kind Albuquerque Birthday Celebration specialty items. ABQ Photographers’ Gallery will offer a 316th birthday poster, Lillie’s Handmade Soap has created a limited-edition soap to celebrate, and check out the custom birthday puzzle made by Puzzled. It’s just not a birthday without a treat. The Flying Roadrunner Bakery has cooked up some Albuquerque Birthday Celebration cookies, be sure to pick them up in Plaza Don Luis the week leading up to the celebration on Saturday, April 23. Add these items to your shopping list before they’re gone. 


Getting to the Party

Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking, will be available to take party guests to and from the celebration area. Park for free at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. Shuttles will drop-off guests in the Albuquerque Museum parking lot. 

Albuquerque’s Birthday Celebration is held in Historic Old Town. Streets around Old Town Plaza will close to traffic to prepare for the celebration. Please plan accordingly and be mindful of all posted parking signs in the area.


Party Details

Albuquerque’s Birthday Celebration in Old Town is a rain or shine event. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. 

Opportunities for vending at Old Town events are reserved for Old Town Merchants. 


Thank you for celebrating with us!

We appreciate all of the businesses, artists and Albuquerque institutes that helped bring the fun to our 315th festivities! Watch last year's Thank You Video



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