Summerfest August 23: Morris Day & The Time

August 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2014 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm should be quite the street party. The event takes place on Ellison Drive NW between Cottonwood Drive and Alameda and it includes a free concert by Morris Day and the Time. This band must be cool, as it appeared in Prince’s movie Purple Rain and you can’t get much cooler than Prince.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and The Stumbling Steer Corral beer garden with Albuquerque and New Mexico microbreweries. You can also expect an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids including giant inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Westside Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 23 is:

  • 5 pm:  Good Green
  • 6:20 pm:  The Chris Kill Trio
  • 7:45 pm: The JDS – formerly known as The James Douglas Show, the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque
  • 9:15 pm: Morris Day & The Time

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?  Take your own folding chairs if you like and make sure your pooch is on a leash if you take him or her along for the evening.

Parking is available at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Rd NW. If you want to cycle there, take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop on the dirt median.

Enjoy the last Summerfest of the season!

–Tania


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Free Albuquerque Summerfest 2013

June 11, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 offers great free outdoor concerts and family entertainment. This year’s series of Summerfest events kicks off this Saturday June 15 with performers including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

So you can save the future dates, the schedule for Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 is:

  • June 15 – Northeast Heights Summerfest
  • July 20 – Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill
  • August 3 – Downtown Summerfest at Civic Plaza
  • August 24 – Westside Summerfest

For the first event in the series, the Northeast Heights Summerfest is on Saturday June 15 from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. This is the first time the City has held Summerfest at this NE Heights location, on Wyoming Boulevard just north of Paseo del Norte.

They’ve got a great line-up of free live music – you provide the dancing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the star act, celebrating their 20th anniversary! The contemporary swing revival band has played with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. They’ve performed on the TV shows Dancing with the Stars and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday June 15 is:

  • 5 pm:  Ryan Montano – songwriter and trumpeter (and model and actor! Don’t all swoon, ladies.)
  • 6:15 pm:  Cowboys & Indian – classic rockabilly from the Albuquerque band
  • 7:30 pm: The Quality Retreads – mixing it up with high energy Gaelic, Delta and Appalachian music
  • 9 pm: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Take your dancing shoes and prepare to party!

As well as the free live music and dancing, many stores will stay open late, and you can expect local food vendors and a beer garden with Albuquerque microbreweries, an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids.

Parking will be available at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (Carmel and Wyoming) and at La Cueva High School. Note that Wyoming Boulevard itself will be closed between Paseo del Norte and Carmel starting at 6 am on Saturday June 15.

And did we mention the Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 concerts and events are all FREE?

–Tania

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Summerfest August 18: The James Douglas Show

August 15, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2012 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 18, 2012, from 6 pm to 10:30 pm at the Cottonwood Mall includes a free concert by The James Douglas Show.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and a beer garden with Albuquerque microbreweries, an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids and teens including face painting, BMX demonstrations, a rock-climbing wall, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 18 is:

  • 6 pm:  The Breaktone – winners of the 2010 New Mexico Music Award for Best Pop CD
  • 7 pm:  Aladocious – soul, funk and rock from the Albuquerque band
  • 8 pm: Alex Maryol – blues from Santa Fe
  • 9 pm: The James Douglas Show – the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest takes place outside Cottonwood Mall on the north side, Coors Boulevard NW

–Tania

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New Mexico Centennial Summerfest 2012: June 16

June 12, 2012 by  
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New Mexico Centennial Summerfest in Albuquerque promises to be one mega birthday party to celebrate New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial, and best of all – it’s free! If you’re an ABQ local and you haven’t heard about Summerfest already, you must have been living under a rock. But hey, who am I to judge how you spend your time? So here’s the scoop.

The New Mexico Summerfest Centennial event is on Saturday June 16, 2012 along Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, old Route 66 herself, with oodles of free live entertainment, exhibits, a car show, activities for kids, an arts and crafts show, and more. The party kicks off at 12 noon, and culminates with a free concert of star acts: country singer Will Banister, and the Grammy award-winners Robert Mirabal and Los Lobos.

To give you just a taste of the Summerfest schedule, highlights include:

  • Youthfest including games, face painting, music and dance, a climbing wall, and BMX bike demonstration, at the Youthfest area on Central between 4th and 5th streets.
  • Hispanic Heritage Pavilion (3rd and Central) with entertainment including Matachines de Bernalillo, flamenco dancing, and music by Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr.
  • World Pavilion (4th and Central) entertainment is as diverse as it sounds, from Taiko drumming to Irish dancing, Opera Southwest, and Le Chat Lunatique.
  • Native American stage (5th and Central) with Gathering of Nations Inter Tribal Dancers at various times during the afternoon, and a performance at 5 pm by Shelley Morningsong, whose album Full Circle won the Native American Music Awards 2011 Record of the Year.
  • NM Office of African American Affairs Juneteenth stage (7th and Central) is the venue for music by Sweet Life, Cathryn McGill, and an excerpt from Roots Revival by Rainbow Studio Theater.
  • Rock and Rockabilly stage (6th and Central) hosts the Daddy O’s, The Fireballs, and Soul Kitchen with Hillary Smith and Chris Dracup.
  • KiMo Theatre free cartoon movies all day and a free musical about New Mexico at 7 pm by the SouthWest Rural Theatre Project.
  • Storytelling Tent (8th and Central) including cowboy poets and chautauquas on New Mexico history and Billy the Kid.
  • Territorial Village in Robinson Park (between 8th and 10th on Central) with Roy Rogers Jr, Syd Masters, New Mexico Territorial Brass Band, and gunfighters!
  • Vintage Car Show on Central between 6th and 7th.
  • Science and Technology Center (7th and 8th on Central) with exhibits from Explora, Sandia National Labs, Spaceport America, White Sands National Monument, the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science, the Fractal Foundation, and more.
  • 100 for 100 Arts and Crafts show by New Mexico artists on Central between 6th and 7th.
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from noon to 6 pm as a shuttle to save your aching feet!
  • Free evening concerts at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza Centennial Main Stage with country music artist Will Banister at 5:30 pm, Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal at 6:30 pm, and headline act Los Lobos from 8 – 9:30 pm.

This is but a sampling of the free fun on offer – here’s the full New Mexico Centennial Summerfest schedule with all the details and a map.

The City of Albuquerque is expecting up to 80,000 people to attend Summerfest… plus you. So unless you can walk from home to the venues, you’d be wise to check out the Summerfest transportation, parking, and park and ride options at the link.

Party on, New Mexico!

–Tania

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Summerfest August 20: Ryan Star

August 17, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and this is the last one for the 2011 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Summerfest on Saturday August 20, 2011, from 7 pm – 10:30 pm at the Cottonwood Mall includes a free Ryan Star concert. Ryan Star is probably best-known from the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and he’s performed on tours with the Backstreet Boys and American Idol winner David Cook.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food and beer vendors, arts and crafts market, and lots of free kids’ activities, such as face painting, bounce houses, juggling, and magic.

The Summerfest program on Saturday August 20 is:

  • 7 pm: Poema, a local country, folk and rock duo
  • 7:50 p.m:  Students from Interplay School of Music
  • 8 pm:  The Noms, Albuquerque acoustic pop band
  • 8:50 pm: Students from Interplay School of Music
  • 9 pm:  Ryan Star

And did we mention the concert is all FREE?

Albuquerque Summerfest takes place in the Cottonwood Mall North Parking Lot, Coors Boulevard NW

–Tania

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Summerfest May 21: Al Hurricane

May 18, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – proving that Summertime fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Summerfest seems to change every year. In 2011 it takes place only three times – on one Saturday in each month of May, June, and July. So there are fewer concerts – and all the more reason to try to make it to those ones! Not least because the line-up is stellar.  

Albuquerque Summerfest events are at different venues around town, featuring free live music and dancing, and usually demonstrations on the stage, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts market, and lots of free kids’ activities, such as face painting, bounce houses, juggling, magic, and more.

Summerfest kicks off on Saturday May 21 with a free Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. concert from
7  – 10:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

On June 18:  Bobby Hendricks’ Drifters are the stars, from 7 – 10:30 pm at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza

On July 23:  Saxophonist Maceo Parker gives us funk and soul jazz, in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival. The whole Nob Hill Summerfest event runs from 2 – 10:30 pm, although I can’t imagine the poor man will be playing for all that time. It’ll probably be more like the evening times in the previous two events, but we’ll have more detailed info to update nearer the time. For now – save the date! The action is on the history road itself: Route 66 otherwise known as Central Avenue, between Girard and Washington.

See the Albuquerque Summerfest full line up and schedule, and the concert events are free to the public.

–Tania

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Summerfest Kicks Off Saturday June 12, 2010

June 10, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment on Saturday nights proving that Summertime fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Summerfest is a multi-cultural extravaganza featuring free live music and dancing, and usually demonstrations on the stage, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts market, and lots of free kids’ activities, such as face painting, bounce houses, juggling, magic, and more.

In 2010, Summerfest will be held at different locations around Albuquerque,  from 7 pm to 10:30 pm on these dates:

June 12: Starring Ingram Hill, plus Native Roots, Salsa-Baby, Chris Kill Trio, David Kurtz. 
Location: Downtown. On Central Avenue between 2nd St. and 7th St.

June 26: Starring Sonya Kitchell, plus The Rudy Boy Experiment, Interplay School of Music, Asper Kourt, Susan Clark.
Location: ABQ Uptown. Louisiana Blvd. and Indian School Rd.

July 10: Featuring Tobias Rene, at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, on 3rd St. and Marquette.

July 24: Featuring Los Pleneros de la 21 (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival). In Nob Hill on Central Avenue between Girard and Washington.

Albuquerque Summerfest full line up and schedule is at the web site, and the concert events are free to the public.

–Tania

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Free: Silver Skate Jam All-Ages Show

September 30, 2009 by  
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On Saturday, October 3 (2009), from 11:00am til dark, enjoy a day of free jams and much more hosted by Silver Skate Shop, Albuquerque’s skater-owned and skater-run store for all things skateboard. The event will include an outdoor skate park set up next to the shop, an art show and sale featuring local artists, vendors of various kinds, and music by a bunch of local bands, including DJ Tahnee, Sam Irons and the Blank Stares, Cassette on Fire, and many others — at least 12 bands in all! Face painting plus a local celebrity dunk tank round out the activities. Sounds like a great time!

This free event runs all day and is suitable for all ages, according to the organizers.

The Silver Skate Jam will take place at 120 Yale SE, near Yale and Central.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Summerfest Kicks Off Saturday 6/20

June 18, 2009 by  
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Summertime fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Summerfest offers great free family entertainment on Civic Plaza every Saturday!

Albuquerque Summerfest is a multi-cultural extravaganza held every Saturday evening from 6:00 – 10:00pm. The event features free live music, dancing, and demonstrations on the stage, along with food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts market, and plenty of free kids’ activities, such as face painting, bounce houses, juggling, magic, and more.

Summerfest kicks off this Saturday, June 20 (2009), with Cajun/Zydeco night. Them Cajuns know how to par-tay, so this should be great fun!

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are a few suggestions:

  • Park for $6 in the garage beneath Civic Plaza (access from Third and Marquette)
  • Park for free at Wells Fargo Bank or Laz Parking’s surface (outside) lot, both on Third Street just north of Roma
  • Take RapidRide’s “Rapid After Dark” service for just a buck a ride — or buy a $15 pass that gives you unlimited rides all summer long

Albuquerque Summerfest is free to the public. You can bring your own beverages and food, but no glass containers or alcohol.

Civic Plaza is located at 1 Civic Plaza. Der. That’s in downtown Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Free: 2009 Local Food Festival & Field Day

May 13, 2009 by  
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This is always a great event!

The Local Food Festival & Field Day is billed as “a celebration of food from the ground up,” and it’s true to its name. The festival, held Saturday, May 16, starts at 9:00am with the San Ysidro Blessing and Procession at the Sanchez Farm (maps below). Bring your seeds and garden tools to be blessed to ensure a fruitful garden!

The procession marches to the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm, where the main festival runs from 12:00 noon through 3:00pm. It’s hard to characterize the broad range of activities you can participate in, but here’s a sampling:

  • Speakers on topics like beekeeping, backyard composting, and how to use healing herbs
  • Kids’ activities like a puppet show, face painting, and sack races
  • Demonstrations, including jam making and flood irrigation techniques
  • Tastings of local foods prepared by chefs, plus sample local honey, jam, and produce
  • Meet local growers and producers in the agricultural community
  • Buy local produce, herbs, seedlings — even locally made chicken coops! — from over 60 vendors
  • Relax with your family and enjoy the bluegrass music of Young Edward

We recommend you check out this concise schedule of events. To really whet your appetite, check out this slideshow of last year’s event (scroll to the bottom of the page)!

Whether you’re interested in sustainable agriculture, consider yourself a locavore, or just want a fun day that revolves around food (and, seriously, who doesn’t want that?), you should check out the 2009 Local Food Festival & Field Day!

The San Ysidro Blessing will begin at 9:00am at the corner of Arenal SW and Isleta SW, in Albuquerque’s south valley.

The festival will take place from noon to 3:00pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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