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Old Town Portal Market

The Portal is re-opening Thursday, July 23 for your jewelry shopping needs. Shop traditional, handcrafted treasures of the Southwest.

About the Old Town Portal

For Program Information

Please contact City of Albuquerque Special Events:

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Historic Old Town hosts the Portal Market located on the east side of the Old Town Plaza. The Market serves as an outlet for local artisans to sell their handmade jewelry. Turquoise, a popular New Mexican gem, along with other precious minerals can be found incorporated in bracelets, earrings, and necklaces alike. If you're looking to purchase authentic, handcrafted jewelry of the Southwest, the Old Town Portal Market is the place to be.

Become a Part of the Portal Market

Interested local artisans are encouraged to join the Albuquerque Old Town Portal Market. The City program is happy to accept applications from vendors of all backgrounds, something that makes this Portal Market unique from other programs around the state. 

Applying to the Portal Market

To become part of the Portal Market an application must be submitted for an Old Town Solicitations Permit. This allows applicants eligibility to participate in the issuance of permits for the H-1 Historic Old Town Zone for a one-year commitment, which ends June 30 of each year. There are 50 active craft units in operation at one time, if the program is full, applicants are added to a waiting list. Applications are welcome throughout the year.

Mid-Year Application is now available
A $25 non-refundable application fee is due upon submission of Portal Market Application. 

Old Town Portal Craft Units


 Space Assignments 

July 23 - July 29, 2020
July 30 - August 5, 2020
August 6 - August 12, 2020
August 13 - August 19, 2020
August 20 - August 26, 2020

Old Town Portal Market Advisory Board

The Old Town Portal Market Advisory Board reviews the policy for solicitations and acts to promote communication and collaboration among the parties affected by the Portal Market activities in the H-1 Historic Old Town Zone by conducting public meetings on a bi-monthly basis.

The Old Town Portal Market Advisory Board is composed of five members including two representatives of the merchants or property owners in the H-1 Historic Old Town Zone, two representatives of the Portal Market and one member-at-large.


Representing Name Term
At Large Ms. Bette A Panos June 1, 2019
Merchant/Property Owners Dr. Sylvia M Ramos June 1, 2021
Merchant/Property Owners Ms. Charlene Kalbfell June 1, 2021
Vendors Ms. Ramona Tafoya June 1, 2020
Vendors Ms. Denise P Pepin  June 1, 2021


Meetings are held at the Sawmill Lofts Meeting Room, 1801 Bellamah Ave NW 87104 (Map) at 5:30 p.m.

Schedule of Meetings

  • July 17, 2019 - Rescheduled
  • July 31, 2019
  • September 4, 2019
  • September 18, 2019
  • November 20, 2019
  • March 18, 2020 - Rescheduled

Agendas & Minutes