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Route 66 Summerfest 2023

Free event featuring local businesses and talent in Nob Hill.

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Saturday, July 22, 2023 | 5-10 p.m. | Nob Hill 

This free event includes multiple stages full of local bands, food trucks, and more! This edition of the concert series takes over a mile-long stretch on Central Ave. from Girard Blvd. to Washington St. Bring the family, enjoy the fun and celebrate Route 66. 

National Headliner


QUITAPENAS, one word – all caps, four syllables – gives you a taste of their rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a “pena” and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry. 

QUITAPENAS was founded in 2011. The band was formed around their shared love of dance rhythms from the Tropical Afro Latin diaspora. They assembled a group of like minded friends to share the vision that went on to be QUITAPENAS. The group is made up of first generation son’s of immigrant parents from Guatemala and Mexico.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage: Central Ave. & Girard Blvd. 

Wellesley Stage: Central Ave. & Wellesley Dr. 

NM Jazz Festival Stage: Central Ave. & Carlisle Blvd. 

Route 66 East Stage: Central Ave. & Graceland Dr. 


Local-Food Blue No WordsFood Trucks

Order freshly made cuisine from local food trucks serving a variety of food. Bring your appetite and order from food trucks like El Taco Loco, Kristy's Yum Yums, Meet the Ball, Peace Pizza, Sparky Chicano Dawgs LLC, The Kitchen Sink 505, The Munchie Truck, CCR Roasting, Full of Heart Café, Higher Calling Concessions LLC- Dippin Dots Ice Cream, Hot Stuff Café, With Love Waffles, and Waffle House. Don't forget about the dozens of Nob Hill establishments. Cool off indoors at an Albuquerque restaurant while enjoying a delicious meal. 


Kids-Activities - Blue No WordsKids' Activities

The kids area is full of fun and free activities. Bring the family!



The-Shops - Blue No WordsThe Shops 

Local businesses with handmade products are featured in The Shops at Albuquerque Summerfest. Each artisan booth offers unique items from art to home goods, clothing to jewelry. Shopping local in one place has never been easier. Get something new for the house, for yourself or that perfect gift from a variety of small businesses like AA Tiny Trends, Acero Fashion, Avianna's Botanica LLC, Crystalized Healing, Da Real Sprayz, Desert Jewelry Expressions, Enchanting Soap Collections by Roberta, Galaxia Berillus Jewelry, Inca Arts, K&A Customs, Karmahigh, KayyArkham, Kichwas Souvenirs, Lit Borracha Candle Company, Living Earth, Lujaqui, Messy Bench Creations, Metal the Brand LLC, Papalito's Workshop, Same Image Different Soul, Sumrow Art & Illustration, Super Rad Design, The Reckless Bean, Two Stoned Betties, Visuddha, Wicked, Women Creations, and Zavya Makes.

Brick & Mortar

Nob Hill businesses will be open with plenty to offer the whole family. Check out the unique stores, bars and restaurants in the area and support local. 

Getting There 

Route 66 Summerfest is located on Central Ave. between Girard Blvd. and Washington St. Traffic and bus routes in the area will be effected as Central Ave. will be closed. 


Paid parking lots and street parking are available in the surrounding area. Please be sure to follow all parking laws. 




Thank you to our sponsors! 

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