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Old Town Portal Market

Shop traditional, handcrafted treasures of the Southwest.

About the Old Town Portal

Join the Portal

For more information about joining the Albuquerque Old Town Portal, please contact City of Albuquerque Special Events:

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When you visit Old Town, you are bound to notice the street of the plaza lined with vendors. These vendors are a part of the Old Town Portal Market. The Market serves as an outlet for local artisans to sell their handmade jewelry. Turquoise, a popular New Mexican gem, is in no shortage and can be found incorporated in bracelets, earrings, and necklaces alike. If you're looking for a place to buy authentic, handcrafted jewelry of the Southwest, the Old Town Portal Market is the place to be.

Become a Part of the Portal Market

Are you a local artisan interested in joining the Albuquerque Old Town Portal Market? We are happy to accept an application from vendors of all backgrounds, something that makes our Portal Market unique from other Portal Markets 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.

The deadline for the Portal Market Application was Friday, May 15, 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