Celebrating the 4th…and the Rest of July in Albuquerque

The nation’s 237th birthday is coming up this week, and Albuquerque has a grand celebration planned! But the Fourth of July isn’t the only day that Albuquerque has fun and festivities going on. Check out the events scheduled for the entire month of July:

Freedom Fourth Celebration

Albuquerque presents a spectacular bash for Independence Day at Balloon Fiesta Park. Enjoy food, drink and live local music on the main stage all day long. There will also be a car show, balloon glow and a national headliner closing out the music stage before one of the state’s largest fireworks shows. There’s loads of stuff for the kids, too, including a Youth stage and face painting. The fun starts at 3 pm and goes until about 11 pm, all for FREE!

Get details, including the full music line up at http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/things-to-do/annual-events/freedom-fourth/freedom-fourth.

For Music Lovers

Of course Burqueños can enjoy the big names in the business at the big venues—Isleta Amphitheater, the KiMo, the Kiva Auditorium, Sandia Amphitheater, Popejoy, etc. But music lovers can also enjoy more intimate performances at smaller venues. There are concert series for just about every music taste:

  • The Summer Nights at ABQ Bio Park
  • Zoo Music
  • Jazz & Blues Under the Stars
  • Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque (July 10-14)
  • 8th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 12-27)

If you don’t just want to sit and listen, you are welcome to get up and dance at Salsa Under the Stars.

For Movie Lovers

Clear nights and warm temps make Movies in the Park a great way to spend an evening. Bring your own blankets, chairs and picnics for family-friendly cinema under the stars.

For those with more grownup movie interests, the Stanley Kubrick Retrospective Film Series continues with three movies in July: Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. And the KiMo hosts the Friday Night Film Series.

More Live Performances

Concerts aren’t the only chance to see live people on stage. There are some big name comedy headliners headed to Albuquerque, including melon-smashing Gallagher! Fine art performances to hit Albuquerque theaters include Measure for Measure (The Vortex Theater), Lost in Yonkers (Adobe Theater), Kicking a Dead Horse (Albuquerque Museum of Art & History) and Carousel (UNM Rodey Theater).

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center presents ceremonial dances of several Pueblos throughout the summer, and if you want to venture out of Albuquerque, many Pueblos open their annual feast days and holidays to the public.

For Outdoor Adventurers and Fitness Buffs

You don’t have to settle down and sit still for summer entertainment. There’s plenty to do to keep you active! The Rock N Glow 5K (July 13) is followed by the Chunky Monkey Run (July 14). For those who want to stick to a more leisurely pace, there’s the Bosque Moonlight Hike (July 16), Night Walk at the Botanic Gardens (July 23) and the Twilight Tour at the Zoo (July 30). For those who prefer to stay on wheels, join the Biking Bad Tour (July 13) and the Bikes and Brews Albuquerque Bike Tour (July 21).

The events lists are only part of the entertainment you can find around town in July. For more options, go to the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Calendar, Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation and City of Albuquerque Cultural Services.

Have a fun and be safe this Independence Day and all summer long!