ABQ Special Events

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A guide to City of Albuquerque family-friendly music events, street festivals and parades, hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture. Discover what makes Albuquerque such a wonderful city for visitors and residents alike.

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Fun Fact: Joiner Construction originally started the Twinkle Light Parade! Year after year, they continue to bring their...
12/23/2021

Fun Fact: Joiner Construction originally started the Twinkle Light Parade!

Year after year, they continue to bring their twinkle game to new heights. This year they partnered with the Rio Rancho Event Center and they won 2nd place in their category with their “Yuletide X-mas X-citement”. We hope you enjoyed seeing their giant float!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu. #TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Claus! The crowd pleaser, Santa Pac-Man & His Ghostly Elves by Two Hundee Off-Road Club, placed...
12/22/2021

Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Claus!

The crowd pleaser, Santa Pac-Man & His Ghostly Elves by Two Hundee Off-Road Club, placed 2nd in the Car Club Category! They put a fun holiday twist on an arcade classic and decked out their off-roading vehicles. Pac-Man rocked a Santa hat and three illuminated ghosts chased him down Route 66 during the Twinkle Light Parade.

Happy holidays and game-on!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Greetings, we come to win!The Twinkle Light Parade had some out-of-this-world visitors thanks to Dalkia Energy Solutions...
12/21/2021

Greetings, we come to win!

The Twinkle Light Parade had some out-of-this-world visitors thanks to Dalkia Energy Solutions. They helped some little green men celebrate the holiday season with their, “Aliens’ First Christmas: 1947” entry. Dalkia brought the twinkle, had an original concept, followed all parade rules, and made the Special Event Team’s Nice List.

As the winner of the Staff Favorite Award, Dalkia is definitely welcome back for another parade on this planet!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Newbies for the win! The Gabaldon-Torres Family won the Best First Year Entry Award at this year’s Twinkle Light Parade ...
12/21/2021

Newbies for the win!

The Gabaldon-Torres Family won the Best First Year Entry Award at this year’s Twinkle Light Parade for their “Winter Wonderland” themed float. They dazzled the judges and put a sparkle in everyone’s eye as they proudly rolled down Central Ave. covered in twinkles for the first time.

Let’s hope they make this a family tradition for years to come!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Everyone loves a good comeback story!A big congratulations goes out to Duke City Cares who entered their “Welcome to Car...
12/18/2021

Everyone loves a good comeback story!

A big congratulations goes out to Duke City Cares who entered their “Welcome to Care-Ville” float into the Twinkle Light Parade. They are the recipient of the first ever Most Improved Award. They transformed their truck into Santa’s big red gift sack and had The Grinch pulling the entire float down Route 66. Their twinkle progress impressively increased from years past and for that, they deserve some holiday cheers!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ Duke City Primary Care

We hope everyone enjoyed seeing “Santa’s Model A Helpers Twinkling for the Kids” by Poco Quatro Model A Club. The car cl...
12/16/2021

We hope everyone enjoyed seeing “Santa’s Model A Helpers Twinkling for the Kids” by Poco Quatro Model A Club. The car club of Model A's won 3rd Place Overall in this year’s Twinkle Light Parade! They decorated their vintage rides with gingerbread men, gumdrops, and yes, a candy house with a chimney.

Congratulations to the Model A's and thanks for bringing you’re A-game!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Congratulations to Feliz Navidad by Creative Landscaping who won 2nd Place Overall in this year’s Twinkle Light Parade! ...
12/14/2021

Congratulations to Feliz Navidad by Creative Landscaping who won 2nd Place Overall in this year’s Twinkle Light Parade!

Their entry, with glowing reindeer and a gingerbread house, illuminated Route 66 and added to the holiday spirit.

Show some twinkle love to this float and wish them a sparkly holiday season!

For a full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

The results are in for the Twinkle Light Parade!A big congratulations goes out to The City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste ...
12/10/2021

The results are in for the Twinkle Light Parade!

A big congratulations goes out to The City of Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department for their “Keep Burque Twinkling” float. They dazzled everyone with thousands of twinkle lights, along with a trash talkin’ Oscar the Grouch, and won Best in Show!

For full list of entries that placed in this year’s parade visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management

We came, we saw, we twinkled! Saturday’s Twinkle Light Parade illuminated Nob Hill with snowmen, The Grinch, and Santa. ...
12/06/2021

We came, we saw, we twinkled!

Saturday’s Twinkle Light Parade illuminated Nob Hill with snowmen, The Grinch, and Santa. Thank you to everyone who participated and for everyone who watched and added to the holiday spirit.
Happy holidays!

#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

We came, we saw, we twinkled!

Saturday’s Twinkle Light Parade illuminated Nob Hill with snowmen, The Grinch, and Santa. Thank you to everyone who participated and for everyone who watched and added to the holiday spirit.
Happy holidays!

#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

We’ll see you soon! #CABQ #TwinkleLightParade @1003thepeak @1041theedge @bigi1079nm @94rockofficial @hotabq @powerabq @t...
12/04/2021

We’ll see you soon!

#CABQ #TwinkleLightParade
@1003thepeak @1041theedge @bigi1079nm @94rockofficial @hotabq @powerabq @thebullabq

We’ll see you soon!

#CABQ #TwinkleLightParade
@1003thepeak @1041theedge @bigi1079nm @94rockofficial @hotabq @powerabq @thebullabq

‘Twas the night before twinkles! Plan how you and the family will watch the parade tomorrow in Nob Hill. Get there early...
12/03/2021

‘Twas the night before twinkles!

Plan how you and the family will watch the parade tomorrow in Nob Hill. Get there early, grab some local grub, a warm drink, and be dazzled by the lights of local school groups, businesses, organizations, and families who have worked so hard to bring holiday cheer to all.

Happy Twinkle Light Parade Eve!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ
100.3 The Peak Power 100.9 104.1 The Edge Hot 95.1 98.1 The Bull Big I 107.9 94 ROCK

‘Twas the night before twinkles!

Plan how you and the family will watch the parade tomorrow in Nob Hill. Get there early, grab some local grub, a warm drink, and be dazzled by the lights of local school groups, businesses, organizations, and families who have worked so hard to bring holiday cheer to all.

Happy Twinkle Light Parade Eve!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ
100.3 The Peak Power 100.9 104.1 The Edge Hot 95.1 98.1 The Bull Big I 107.9 94 ROCK

It’s coming! The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is Saturday, December 4. It will start at 5:15 p.m. at Washington St. and Cen...
12/02/2021

It’s coming!

The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is Saturday, December 4. It will start at 5:15 p.m. at Washington St. and Central Ave. Take the free Park & Ride to the parade route and get a good spot to watch the twinkliest holiday parade of the season.

All clear for cheer!

For more information about the free Park & Ride and more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ
100.3 The Peak 104.1 The Edge Big I 107.9 Hot 95.1 Power 100.9 94 ROCK 98.1 The Bull

It’s coming!

The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is Saturday, December 4. It will start at 5:15 p.m. at Washington St. and Central Ave. Take the free Park & Ride to the parade route and get a good spot to watch the twinkliest holiday parade of the season.

All clear for cheer!

For more information about the free Park & Ride and more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ
100.3 The Peak 104.1 The Edge Big I 107.9 Hot 95.1 Power 100.9 94 ROCK 98.1 The Bull

Let the contest begin, may the twinkliest win! The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 will be illuminating a mile-long stretch of...
11/30/2021

Let the contest begin, may the twinkliest win!

The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 will be illuminating a mile-long stretch of Central Ave. in Nob Hill on Saturday, December 4. Local radio personalities Jackie Tony Donnie from 100.3 The Peak will be judging the entries alongside KOAT 7’s Sasha Lenninger KOAT and Byron Morton KOAT, who will be announcing the groups as they glow along the parade route.

Let us know who you think will win Best in Show! Results will be posted after the parade.

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

It’s Small Business Saturday! Support local businesses today and during the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday, December 4...
11/27/2021

It’s Small Business Saturday!

Support local businesses today and during the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday, December 4. Get your holiday shopping done at local stores throughout Nob Hill and eat at new and familiar restaurants in the area. The parade starts at 5:15 p.m.
Don’t miss the twinkliest holiday parade in town!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

It’s Small Business Saturday!

Support local businesses today and during the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday, December 4. Get your holiday shopping done at local stores throughout Nob Hill and eat at new and familiar restaurants in the area. The parade starts at 5:15 p.m.
Don’t miss the twinkliest holiday parade in town!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

We’re thankful that we’re able to gather again for the Twinkle Light Parade! Wishing you and your family a happy and hea...
11/25/2021

We’re thankful that we’re able to gather again for the Twinkle Light Parade!

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll see you Saturday, December 4 in Nob Hill.

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

We’re thankful that we’re able to gather again for the Twinkle Light Parade!

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll see you Saturday, December 4 in Nob Hill.

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Think about where you’ll view the parade! Get to Nob Hill early on Saturday, December 4 for the @Twinkle Light Parade. M...
11/23/2021

Think about where you’ll view the parade!

Get to Nob Hill early on Saturday, December 4 for the @Twinkle Light Parade. Make a reservation for dinner at one of the many restaurants with the family and start your holiday shopping at local stores. Then pick a spot to watch the twinkles as the parade rolls west on a mile-long stretch of Central Ave. The parade starts at 5:15 p.m.

See you soon!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Think about where you’ll view the parade!

Get to Nob Hill early on Saturday, December 4 for the @Twinkle Light Parade. Make a reservation for dinner at one of the many restaurants with the family and start your holiday shopping at local stores. Then pick a spot to watch the twinkles as the parade rolls west on a mile-long stretch of Central Ave. The parade starts at 5:15 p.m.

See you soon!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is two weeks away! Be sure to use the free Park & Ride to and from the parade area and get a g...
11/20/2021

Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is two weeks away!

Be sure to use the free Park & Ride to and from the parade area and get a good viewing spot to see the brightest holiday parade in town. Plan ahead and eat at a local restaurant before the parade on Saturday, December 4 at 5:15 p.m. in Nob Hill.

Twinkle all the way!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is two weeks away!

Be sure to use the free Park & Ride to and from the parade area and get a good viewing spot to see the brightest holiday parade in town. Plan ahead and eat at a local restaurant before the parade on Saturday, December 4 at 5:15 p.m. in Nob Hill.

Twinkle all the way!

For more event details visit: https://bit.ly/3x8hyPu.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

The search is on!The Department of Arts & Culture’s Community Events Team is looking to hire a highly motivated and orga...
11/18/2021

The search is on!

The Department of Arts & Culture’s Community Events Team is looking to hire a highly motivated and organized individual. If you think you have what it takes to help coordinate the City’s largest events like Albuquerque Summerfests and Freedom 4th, and supervise events at a variety of City venues like Historic Old Town, the KiMo Theatre, and Rail Yards, apply today!

To submit your application visit: https://bit.ly/3nvhCGa
#CABQ

The search is on!

The Department of Arts & Culture’s Community Events Team is looking to hire a highly motivated and organized individual. If you think you have what it takes to help coordinate the City’s largest events like Albuquerque Summerfests and Freedom 4th, and supervise events at a variety of City venues like Historic Old Town, the KiMo Theatre, and Rail Yards, apply today!

To submit your application visit: https://bit.ly/3nvhCGa
#CABQ

Twinkle Time!The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is in three weeks. Plan to arrive in Nob Hill before the parade starts at 5:1...
11/13/2021

Twinkle Time!

The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is in three weeks. Plan to arrive in Nob Hill before the parade starts at 5:15 p.m. to get some holiday shopping done at local stores. Grab some hot cocoa and a good viewing spot to watch the twinkliest event of the season. Plan ahead and mark your calendars!

For more parade details visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ #ShopLocal

Twinkle Time!

The Twinkle Light Parade 2021 is in three weeks. Plan to arrive in Nob Hill before the parade starts at 5:15 p.m. to get some holiday shopping done at local stores. Grab some hot cocoa and a good viewing spot to watch the twinkliest event of the season. Plan ahead and mark your calendars!

For more parade details visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ #ShopLocal

There’s still time to be part of the sparkle!Submit an application today and start planning your Twinkle Light Parade 20...
10/25/2021

There’s still time to be part of the sparkle!

Submit an application today and start planning your Twinkle Light Parade 2021 entry. The glow show will light up Central Ave. in Nob Hill on Saturday, December 4. Bring your best this holiday season and help us celebrate!

For an application visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade/twinkle-light-parade
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

There’s still time to be part of the sparkle!

Submit an application today and start planning your Twinkle Light Parade 2021 entry. The glow show will light up Central Ave. in Nob Hill on Saturday, December 4. Bring your best this holiday season and help us celebrate!

For an application visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade/twinkle-light-parade
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

The Twinkle Light Parade is 50 days away!Have you always wanted to participate in this illuminated procession of fun? He...
10/15/2021

The Twinkle Light Parade is 50 days away!

Have you always wanted to participate in this illuminated procession of fun? Here’s your chance to apply to be part of the glow in Nob Hill. Parade entries are businesses, organizations, school groups, and families like yours.

Apply today to become part of the twinkle on Saturday, December 4!
Twinkle Light Parade 2021

For an application visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

The Twinkle Light Parade is 50 days away!

Have you always wanted to participate in this illuminated procession of fun? Here’s your chance to apply to be part of the glow in Nob Hill. Parade entries are businesses, organizations, school groups, and families like yours.

Apply today to become part of the twinkle on Saturday, December 4!
Twinkle Light Parade 2021

For an application visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/twinkle-light-parade.
#TwinkleLightParade #CABQ

Have a spook-tacular time in Old Town! Dress up and come down to Historic Old Town with the family on Sunday, October 31...
10/15/2021

Have a spook-tacular time in Old Town!

Dress up and come down to Historic Old Town with the family on Sunday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. Enter your four-legged friend into the costume contest at 5 p.m. at Plaza Don Luis. Trick-or-treat safely through the plazas at this free, family-friendly celebration. Dress to impress!

For more event information visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/historic-old-town/events/halloween-in-old-town-1.

#HalloweenInOT #AlbuquerqueOldTown

Have a spook-tacular time in Old Town!

Dress up and come down to Historic Old Town with the family on Sunday, October 31 from 4-6 p.m. Enter your four-legged friend into the costume contest at 5 p.m. at Plaza Don Luis. Trick-or-treat safely through the plazas at this free, family-friendly celebration. Dress to impress!

For more event information visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/historic-old-town/events/halloween-in-old-town-1.

#HalloweenInOT #AlbuquerqueOldTown

Toast to tomorrow!Live music, local food, shopping, and craft cocktails can be found at Lift Your Spirits on Saturday, O...
10/08/2021

Toast to tomorrow!

Live music, local food, shopping, and craft cocktails can be found at Lift Your Spirits on Saturday, October 9 from 3-9 p.m. at the Balloon Museum. Both locals and out-of-towners can enjoy a one-of-a-kind craft cocktail festival with over ten local distillers.

Do you have tickets yet?!

For more event information and tickets click on the link in the bio.
#LiftYourSpiritsABQ

Cheers to Albuquerque!Lift Your Spirits, a craft cocktail festival, will have gorgeous weather, local music, an artisan ...
10/07/2021

Cheers to Albuquerque!

Lift Your Spirits, a craft cocktail festival, will have gorgeous weather, local music, an artisan market, food trucks and delightful drinks. Get your tickets to experience the charm of a beautiful evening with all of this on Saturday, October 9 from 3-9 p.m. at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Stop by for a drink before you go down to the field for the glow or watch the fireworks from the lawn.

Lift Your Spirits has the best view in town!

For more event information and tickets visit: https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/special-events-festivals/lift-your-spirits.
#LiftYourSpiritsABQ

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ABQ Special Events always puts on a great event! Thank you to Jackie, Tony, & Donnie 100.3 The Peak, Sasha Lenninger KOAT and Byron Morton KOAT Let us know who you think is Best in Show! Results will be posted after the parade. #TwinkleLightParade #CABQ #abqnobhill #nobhillabq
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On September 8th from 6-8PM, the City of Albuquerque ABQ Special Events is holding an International Evening at the NM Veterans Memorial." The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is partnering with the City on this FREE event and the renowned Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma Pueblo) will be performing. Location: New Mexico Veterans' Memorial 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE #5009 Albuquerque, NM 87108 cabq.gov/artsculture/events/1-international-evenings
Ayurveda Game Night! Come join like-minded individuals for an evening of health and wellness games and great conversation. Current schedule: various Annapurna’s locations, 6-8pm 8/30 Silver 9/4 Eubank 9/25 Santa Fe Tickets are available at DoshaDial.com Hope to see you there! #doshadial #ayurvedagamenight
Members of The Porter Draw, Red Light Cameras & Nosotros hanging out backstage after our performances at Summerfest yesterday. Thanks to all who came out!! Special shout-out to ABQ Special Events for having us!! . . . #nosotros #nosotrosmusic #theporterdraw #redlightcameras #albuquerque #abq #burque #nm #newmexico #505 #summerfest #westside #localmusic #localbands #livemusic #backstage #backstagehang #goodtimes
We are excited to finally bring back our events after the long mass gathering mandates to protect our residents. We hope you can come out and join us in the remarkable fun of live mermaids, and pirate shows, music from local talent like Keely Mackey winner of NM Music Award 2020 known as Celloquacious and Robb Janov known as Electraloop Food vendors like Craft Q BBQ featuring their ribs and turkey legs. Cheers from your host NM Renaissance Celtic Festival
Burque!! We’ll be playing Summerfest at Ventana Ranch this Saturday night alongside some of our favorite local acts including, The Porter Draw, Red Light Cameras, & Joseph General & High Vibration!! It all kicks off at 5pm. Check it out! Brought to you by: ABQ Special Events
Summerfest 2021 Albuquerque The event boasted of several food trucks and other attractions that were not at all available when we arrived at 6:30. There were only sweet foods to eat we left shortly thereafter guess we were hungry for regular food. Was a disappointment.