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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Route 66 Summerfest: July 19

July 10, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 19, 2014, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 19, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts Raul Midon (7:40 pm) and Arrested Development (9:00 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Son Como Son at 8:20 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Floozy, the Cali Shaw Band and headliner Mil-Tones Brass Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 25% off custom orders during July at Frame City & Gallery
  • 2 free stickers or postcards from Guerrilla Graphix during Summerfest
  • $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • $20 off a pair of work boots at the Red Wing Store
  • 40% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe during Summerfest

–Tania

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Route 66 Summerfest: July 20

July 17, 2013 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 20, 2013, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 20, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts The Relatives (7:40 pm) and Red Baraat (9:20 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Gregg A. Smith at 8:40 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Max Gomez, Felonious Groove Foundation and headliner Larry Mitchell Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-6 pm, as a shuttle to save your aching feet!

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 15% off Tres Boutique
  • $5 off a $25 purchase at Ooh! Aah! Jewelry
  • 10% off your purchase at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • 20% off Izzy Martin menswear
  • 10% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe

–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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Route 66 Summerfest: July 21

July 17, 2012 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than Albuquerque’s old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join in the party on Saturday July 21, 2012, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 21, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • The KidZone offers a schedule of activities including yoga, sumo wrestling, climbing wall, dances, and a jump rope performance, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Aliso, with the 12th Annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • Urban Wheels Show with alternative transportation on Central between Aliso and Morningside, and the motorbikes, scooters and bikes will also join the Neon Cruise at 8:30 pm.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2 pm on two stages, with a great line-up including headline acts Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones at 8 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing at 9 pm on the Main Stage (Central & Girard).
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with music including Mala Mana and En-Joy and local breweries on site, at Central and Sierra.  
  • Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • World’s Longest Stroll Dance attempt to grab the Guinness World Record at 4:30 pm. They need more than 221 people to beat the current record, so join in at Central and Solano, opposite the Route 66 Malt Shop.
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-9 pm, as a shuttle to save your aching feet!

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on various Albuquerque and Nob Hill businesses. Expiration dates vary, some are valid until September. Coupons include:

  • 15% off at Bookworks
  • 10% off at Zinc
  • 20% off at Euphoria Lash Studio
  • Buy-three-get-one-free offer at Satellite Coffee
  • Yanni’s free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two entrees
  • 25% off Bath & Body Bistro
  • 15% off Tres Boutique

And more… all the coupons are in the Summer Guide to Nob Hill.  

–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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Route 66 Summerfest: July 23

July 20, 2011 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join in the party on Saturday July 23, 2011, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 23, and festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, sidewalk sales, and food vendors (of course). Some highlights:

  • The KidZone offers a schedule of activities including yoga, group craft projects, dances, and a jump rope performance.
  • The 11th Annual Neon Cruise from the New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Show and Shine Car Show starts at 8:30 pm, proceeding along Central Avenue between Solano and Graceland
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2 pm on two stages, with a great line-up including Grammy nominated Zenobia, Wagogo, Soul Kitchen, Django Rhythm Meat Grinder and many more. The star act, saxophonist Maceo Parker (from the James Brown Orchestra) gives us funk and soul jazz from 9 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap festival has its own stage with music including Le Chat Lunatique, Sol Calypso, and the Alex Maryol Band with local breweries and wineries on site. You have to buy tickets Route 66 Cork & Tap – $10 gets you admission (over-21s only) and 10 tokens to redeem for your choice of adult beverages!
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-9 pm, as a shuttle to save your aching feet!

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

The City of Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest page has some tips on public transportation and parking.  My best advice is pace yourself, and drink tons of water. You want to be swooning from the fun of it all, not from dehydration. Party on!  

–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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