Albuquerque has some amazing parties each summer, and a favorite is the Route 66 Summerfest. Coordinated by the city of Albuquerque and Nob Hill Main Street, there is food, a kids zone, an Old Route 66 car show, an arts market and several stages with entertainment. It's a huge, several blocks long party, and not to be missed.
Head to historic Nob Hill, where Central Avenue will be closed off to cars from Girard to Washington. Instead the street will be lined with a historic car show, food vendors and food trucks, an arts and artisans market, a Cork & Tap garden, and three music stages with live entertainment. It begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 19
2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
What to Expect
The fun includes live music on three stages, food trucks with a variety of cuisines and an Artisan Market. Shops will be open late. There will be a Kid's Zone, a car show and parade, a Cork & Tap and more.
Mother Road Market
Dartmouth to Bryn Mawr
The market will feature two full city blocks of handmade arts and crafts. Do a little shopping.
Kid Zone and Youth Central
2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Between Wellesley to Tulane, look for the Kid Zone, where there will be shows, dances and demonstrations. Enjoy a climbing wall, face painting, inflatables. Acts include the Outpost Youth Homeschool Opera, the Family Von Bartlit Ukulele Band, Warehouse 508, National Dance Institute, Interplay School of Music, Outpost Roust the House teen performers, music from the westside and more. The shows, dances and demonstrations begin at 2 p.m. and change on the half hour, with the last act beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Bring your canine companion to an island paradise that features baths, synthetic grass, treats and lots of shade. Experts will be on hand and local resources, and a photo booth will capture you both.
There will be lots of food vendors, with Food Central food trucks and vendors located from Girard to Washington. The trucks will be having a Food Truck Rumble, battling for the title of Best Street Food. Try the food and vote for the winner. Or try one of the many Nob Hill restaurants along the way. You'll also find great food at some of Nob Hill bars.
Cork & Tap
The Cork & Tap garden features local beverages and the Cork & Tap Stage will feature live music.
Entertainment for 2014 has yet to be announced.
Cork & Tap Entertainment
Central and Montclare
2-3 p.m. TBA
Main Stage Entertainment
Central and Girard
2:45-3:30 p.m. TBA
East Stage Entertainment
Central and Washington
2:30-3:20 p.m. TBA
Neon Cruise and Old Route 66 Car Show
Carlisle to Montclare
Find over 100 cars spiffed to a classic shine. The 12th annual Neon Cruise begins at 8:30 p.m., and the classic cars in the show will start their engines and head west down Old Route 66. The car show begins at 1 p.m. Purchase a $5 ticket for a scooter raffle to win a new Puma 50cc scooter. The scooter winner will be announced at the main stage of the 2014 Route 66 Summerfest (need not be present to win). Tickets can be purchased online.
Free Trolley Rides
The ABQ Trolley Company will give free trolley rides up and down Central from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking and Transportation
Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation to the event. Use the Red Line #766, the Green Line #777 or Route #66 buses. Because Central will be closed between Girard and Washington, drop-offs will be at Monte Vista for eastbound passengers, and Adams for westbound bus riders.
Park & Ride
Park and take the Rapid Ride to the event. Parking is available at Uptown Transit Center, KMart at Central and Atrisco; Unser and Central; and Wynona and Tramway. Park your car and take the bus to the event for free.