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NM ShamRock Fest and The All Fun, No Run Zero k 2018

Bring the Entire Family to Albuquerque's Biggest St. Patrick's Day Celebration


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Mar 17, 2018
11:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr.
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Join us as we Paint Albuquerque Green, with our Celtic community, in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.  Revel in the fun with themed activities throughout the day and help support High Desert Pipes and Drums and the Albuquerque Balloon Museum Foundation.

The 4th Annual NM ShamRock Fest will include a jam-packed stage of Celtic music and dance.  Engaging activities for the little ones include craft projects, face painting, bounce houses, circus performers, bike rodeo, climbing wall, and more.

Artisans, hands on demonstrations, Pot O' Gold Raffle, Gaelic Football, and Celtic games will deliver all day fun and entertainment for everyone.  The Cooperage will be selling select of Guinness beers, wine & spirits throughout the day.

Street Food Institute, The Scottish Pie Shop, Cheesy Street, Royal Empire Catering, Malaguena's, La Plante's Soft Drink Specialists, and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will have tasty food selections for purchase. 

The All Fun, No Run Zero K (0.0 Mi) will allow attendees to experience the shortest race of their life while supporting the Balloon Museum Foundation. A Zero K race is for those individuals who wish to have fun without the run.  There is no training required and everyone who participates is on an even playing field. As soon as the race starts it is over.  Well, there will be a little fun in between. Regardless of your heritage or skill level, this race will have you feeling the luck of the Irish. The only requirements: sneakers and lots of green garb.

The ShamRock N Roll will offer a 5k run and fitness walk and a 1k kids fun run.  Use your imagination to dress creatively in your most outrageous costume or wacky race outfit to run, walk, or crawl.

New This Year!  

A "Low Tea" experience presented by Royal Empire Catering.

Poetry Fest
Poetry Readings from works by Irish, Scottish and Welsh poets and bards.  Poets who will be reading include: Nathan Brown (former Oklahoma Poet Laureate), Jules Nyquist, Bill Nevins, John Roche, Don McIver and more.

Film Fest
"Fanatic Heart the Story So Far of Black 47" a dynamic documentary about the great Irish American rock band Black 47 and their singer/songwriters Larry Kirwan and Chris Byrne.

"Saol John Riley (The Life of John Riley)", is a 25 color documentary film directed by Galway, Ireland film maker Kieran Concannon. The film, which is narrated in the Irish Gaelic language with English subtitles, follows Kerry, Ireland singer- songwriter Charlie O’Brien (who has written a stirring song about John Riley and the San Patricio Battalion) as he revisits the sites in Ireland and in Mexico associated with Riley and tries to discover more about the revolutionary hero’s fate.

Get your “Green” on at the Balloon Museum as we celebrate our Celtic community and Saint Patrick’s Day. 

Schedule (subject to change)


Music and Dance on the Main Stage

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

 La Cueva High School Jazz Band

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Mass Bands with High Desert Pipes and Drums

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

McTeggart Irish Dancers of NM

12:40 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

The Anslover Family Band

1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. 

Fishback Studio of Dance

2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. 

Los Metamorfos

3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. 

Celtic Steps

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Highland Dance Albuquerque with High Desert Pipes and Drums

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Coleman Academy of Irish Dance

4:55 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.    

Moonshine Blind


 ShamRock N Roll and Zero K Activities

12:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.

Zero K Warm up Activities - Main Stage

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Zero K Start with High Desert Pipes and Drums - 2nd Stage Start/Finish Line

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

ShamRock N Roll Kids 1K Start at Start/Finish Line - 2nd Stage Start/Finish Line

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ShamRock N Roll 5K Run/Walk Start with HDPD - 2nd Stage Start/Finish Line

3:30 p.m.

Costume Contest and Awards - 2nd Stage


 Other Featured Activities

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The "Low Tea" experience, upstairs in Pugash Hall

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

SyZyGy - inside Balloon Museum, upstairs in Pugash Hall

12:00 p.m.           

Celtic Poetry Reading - inside Balloon Museum, upstairs in Pugash Hall

12:00 p.m.

Metamorfos Collective Circus Roving Art Show - Roving North Grounds

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Screening of “Fanatic Heart The Story So Far of Black 47

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Screening of "Saol John Riley (The Life of John Riley)"

Sorry, we are no longer accepting Arts & Crafts & Food Vendor Applications.

Rain or shine event.
Please no outside food or drink allowed.
Well behaved dogs allowed.
Sorry, no refunds.

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Fest Admission:
$6. in advance or $10. at the gate ages13+
Kids 12 and under FREE
Zero K Entry: Includes Fest admission, t-shirt and race packet goodies. (ages 13+ only )
$15. in advance or $20. at the gate
All sales final.

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Linda Hubley
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)