$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Arts, Balloon Fiesta, Shopping

It wouldn’t be Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta without the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival running over the two Balloon Fiesta weekends too!

Regular adult admission is $7, but here’s the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gets you $1 off. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing over the long weekends of October 5 to 7,  and October 12 to 14, 2012.

More than 280 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work in the juried show, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. Around 50 of the artists this year haven’t exhibited in Albuquerque before. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more. Kids can enjoy the Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, or play in the sandbox, all for FREE!

Live entertainment includes Pink Elephant magic shows, and music from maestros such as Syd Masters and the Swing Riders, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mezcla Latina, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.

And, of course, there will be food vendors for lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival discount coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

Other ways to save:

Buy the $8 Festival Pass to cover the entire six days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s $2 cheaper than last year and a great deal if you think you might return even for one more day.

Or get a $15 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2012, November 2012 and March 2013 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and the $1 off coupon can also be used for passes.

  • When: Friday to Sunday October 5 -7, and Friday to Sunday October 12 – 14, 2012
  • Times: Fridays and Sundays 9 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is located on the southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo del Norte, one exit south of the Balloon Fiesta launch site. You can’t miss it: the festival is housed in a gigantic white tent that’s three stories high and longer than a football field. Parking is free.



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