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Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival


Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival
© Aileen O'Catherine

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival comes to Albuquerque three times a year. One of its most popular incarnations happens during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The festival also takes place at the Expo New Mexico each spring and late fall.

Every spring, the New Mexico Expo Manuel Lujan building is transformed into a wonderland of arts, crafts and demonstrations. See artists at work. Handcrafted items include jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworks, clothing and other items. There is a creation station for kids, culinary arts booths, and food concession booths. There will be the soothing music of a grand piano.

For 2014, the Spring Festival runs March 7 through March 9. The Expo is located at 300 San Pedro NE, between Central and Lomas. The 2013 festival is the show's 25th year.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$7 adults, free for children under 12.
A three day pass is $9.
Parking at NM Expo is $5 per vehicle. Turn in at Gate 3 or 4 off San Pedro to enter the fairgrounds.

Each October, the big white tent off the interstate at I-25 and Paseo del Norte signals to passersby that the festival is on. With nearly 300 artists, entertainment, art demonstrations and activities for the kids, there's plenty to do. For 2014, because of construction at Paseo del Norte, a new location is in the works. TBA.

October Festival
The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival runs each weekend of balloon fiesta. The show features the work of over 280 artists and craftsmen from all over the U.S. For 2014, the arts and crafts festival takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on October 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 and 12.

Fridays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sundays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, but save money by purchasing a multi-pass. A festival pass during balloon fiesta is $12 for six days, or a grande pass for $16 gets you into the October, November and March 2015 shows.
Children under 12 are free.

Parking is free.

Holiday Fiesta Schedule
The Holiday Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival takes place for three days, on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014. The event takes place at Expo New Mexico, in the Manuel Lujan exhibit building. Take gates 3 or 4 off San Pedro, just south of Lomas.

The festival has artists demonstrations in glass blowing and pottery, as well as a special Holiday Creation Station for the kids. Children can create their own presents for family and friends. There will also be magic shows and a chance to talk to Santa Claus.

For the kids, there is a holiday Kids Creation Station, adjacent to the two exhibit halls, where kids can get creative with crafts and projects.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, or $9 for a three day pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

Parking at Expo New Mexico is $5 per vehicle.

The Harwood Art Center offers arts education and arts activities year round.

The Weems Artfest features art with a southwestern theme.

Shidoni Sculpture Garden features sculpture and a foundry tour.

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