July starts off with a bang of a different sort, with fireworks and the snap, crackle and pop of July the Fourth. Find out where you want to sparkle that day, along with other July events. July in Albuquerque is a great month for relaxation and a bit of fun. Here are some top picks.
Ongoing Programs for Children and Families
July Fairs and Festivals in the Albuquerque Area
Find fairs and festivals around Albuquerque to enjoy in July.
Family Art Workshops
The whole family can participate in this hands-on exploration of art. Supplies are provided. It takes place at the Albuquerque Museum Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with general admission.
Stories in the Sky
The free story time is designed for children 0-6, with parents, grandparents and family members welcome. Along with stories, children make crafts and play games. The free program is presented by the Balloon Museum.
Summer Reading Program
Albuquerque libraries offer a summer reading program from May 31 - July 25. Special programs include storytimes, crafts and other activities. Keeping track of reading, participants are eligible to win prizes.
For 2014: May 31 - July 25
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden
The traveling exhibition is a collection of works by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs will be at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.
For 2014: June 14 - September 14
Shakespeare on the Plaza
The Vortex Theater runs a Shakespeare festival each summer. For 2014, enjoy Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Plaza downtown. Plays will be directed by David Richard Jones. Tickets are $5-$15; the plays run Thursday through Sunday nights.
For 2014: June 20 - July 13
Get out to Isotopes Park for the all American game of baseball. The Isotopes play arch-rivals the Round Rock Express. After the game is over, stay to enjoy the fireworks display. If you don't want to face the crowds of the big fireworks event, Freedom Fourth, then this is a great alternative. Hurry, though, for the 4th event, as tickets sell fast! Dates listed are for home games in July.
For 2014: July 4 - 10, 17 - 24
Summer Nights at Botanic Gardens
Enjoy live music, entertainment, the Butterfly Pavilion and the Botanic Gardens at Summer Nights on Thursday evenings. Take a picnic or purchase food there.
For 2014: July 10, 17, 24, 31
Go Wild! Benefit Concerts at the Zoo
The all ages concerts at the Zoo is a benefit for the BioPark Society, which supports the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. Food will be available for purchase, or bring your picnic. General lawn seating, so bring blanket and/or lawn chairs. The concert is from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and some zoo exhibits will be open until 8 p.m. Chris Isaak will perform July 20 and The Indigo Girls will perform July 30.
For 2014: July 20 and July 30
4th of July Parades
Get out to the parade to see classic cars, military organizations, clowns and more at parades around town.
For 2014: July 4
The gates open at 3 p.m. and the fireworks begin around 9:15 at Balloon Fiesta Park. In between, there is music, a Kids' Zone, activities, food vendors and more. Park and Ride is available. Don't miss the biggest fireworks show in New Mexico.
For 2014: July 4
Pork and Brew
Over 50 BBQ competitors from around the U.S. will be competing for the chance to go to the nationals held in Kansas City. Get out and taste some of the best BBQ there is in the parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center. There will be activities for the kids as well as arts and crafts vendors. Pork and Brew takes place both indoor and outdoor.
For 2014: July 4 - 6
Western Day in Old Town
Head to Old Town for a BBQ, Western music, stories, historic presentations and demos and lots of family fun. Olivia Hobbs, champion fiddlers Leah and David Sawyer, the Anslovers and the Five Lyman Cowboy Poets will perform. It's happening from noon to 5 p.m. and it is free.
For 2014: July 5
The Tina Howe play comes to the Adobe Theater. An accomplished young artist must come to grips with family and the meaning of success.
For 2014: June 20 - July 13
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Visit with the folks from New Mexico's wineries, enjoy tasting wine, and listen to some great music at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
For 2014: June 5 - 6
Albuquerque Concert Band
Bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or just bring snacks, but hear the Albuquerque Concert Band and relax at the Balloon Museum on a summer evening, all at no charge.
For 2014: July 9 and 23
Experience the sights, sounds and lively music at the many events at this annual celebration of music and dance. The event includes workshops, public events and a special Sunday Mass. The showcase in the downtown Civic Plaza is a free public show.
For 2014: July 9 - 12
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
More than 150 artists from around the world come to exhibit at The International Folk Art Market. Shop till you drop. The market opening party takes place July 12. On Saturday, explore music in the Folk Art Museum auditorium, free of charge.
For 2014: July 11 - 13
The PLAY Conservatory presents the story of orphan Annie and how her life changes after meeting Daddy Warbucks. See it at the Jim Morley Theater at St. Pius High School.
For 2014: July 11 - 19
New Mexico Jazz Festival
Hear the legends and enjoy the music, at the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Hear jazz master Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street Trio, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart, Rndy Sandke & Lewis Nash and more. Free and paid events take place at various locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Don't miss the jazz musicians at the Nob Hill Summefest on July 19, and the Jazz Brunches around Nob Hill on July 20.
For 2014: July 11 - 27