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GATHERING OF NATIONS
The Gathering of Nations is North America’s largest Powwow, with a massive celebration that brings together thousands of Native American dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes from Canada and the U.S. The event is held annually in Albuquerque on the fourth weekend in April, and is a great event for sharing and learning about Native American cultures.
FESTIVAL FLAMENCO INTERNACIONAL
The Festival Flamenco Internacional has entertained New Mexico audiences for the past 30 years. Held every June, the festival is hosted by the National Institute of Flamenco, and is a celebration of the art form, showcasing a variety of the world’s most talented flamenco performers.
Mariachi Spectacular Conferences’ Arts Education offers an extensive, in-depth presentation of mariachi history through lectures complete with interviews with figures of historical importance. Music classes include instrument technique taught by internationally recognized folk artists. The Spectacular Showcase concert, held at Sandia Amphitheater presents renowned international groups in an ideal setting where students and spectators alike are able to appreciate the music performed by the best mariachi role models in the world.
¡Globalquerque! is New Mexico’s Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture. The annual world music and culture celebration is held each September at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The two-night festival features multiple stages of music from five countries. It’s a true celebration for music lovers. The courtyard of the Fountain Stage offers an intimate setting to listen to some of the world’s most exciting musicians. Enjoy larger bands in the state-of-the-art, 691-seat Journal Theatre, as well as the Plaza Mayor’s outdoor Festival Stage.
ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon event in the world and attracts over one million visitors every year. For nine days at the beginning of October, the New Mexico skies hold hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park during the mass ascensions. Guests come from all over the world to celebrate ballooning, and it is the most photographed event in the world.
In addition to the large, world-renowned events, Albuquerque has many events throughout the year that make our city a wonderful place to be in any season.