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Albuquerque is home to a number of exciting festivals and street fairs, most of which are held annually. During the summer months, the city comes alive to the sounds of music, the sights of street performers, and the aroma of fine food. Visitors will want to plan their trip to Albuquerque to coincide with one or more of the popular summer festivals, most of which run for only a few days. Below is a short list of some of the cant-miss summer activities.
1) Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque
A long-running festival presented by the National Institute of Flamenco, this highly acclaimed festival includes workshops, performances by some of the world’s most popular and renowned dancers, and cultural exchange activities. Held at the University of New Mexico campus Rodey Theatre, this year’s festival runs from June 11-18. The 17th annual Kid’s Camp runs from June 6-17 and includes instruction on dance, instrument playing, and costume design.

2) Route 66 Summerfest
The old U.S. Highway 66 used to run through Albuquerque, and the city remembers the impact this highway had on the development of the entire Southwest. The Route 66 Summerfest is one of the city’s biggest tourist draws and is held on a mile-long stretch of Central Avenue. A large number of renowned bands are scheduled to perform at this year’s festival. Local vendors and artists set up booths along the street, and there are plenty of free activities for the kids. Plan on coming with an empty stomach because the food booths are plentiful. This year’s festival is held on July 16.

3) Edgewood Arts and Music Festival
Held July 28-31, 2016, and presented by Wildlife West, this years music festival includes a full concert series featuring western swing, bluegrass, and Irish folk. The covered amphitheater is adjacent to indoor venues where adults and kids alike can view exhibits, meet the performers, and learn about a variety of popular music genres. While visiting the festival, be sure to take in the zoo, located right next door.

4) ABQ BioPark Summer Concert Series
A series of concerts running from June 9 to August 18, the ABQ BioPark Summer Concert Series is held outdoors at the park during Thursday and Friday evenings. Located next to the Botanic Garden, the concert setting is informal and is very family-friendly. Visitors will enjoy performances by local and nationally known artists. The Heritage Farm and Aquarium are open extended evening hours on concert dates.

About the Author: Hannah is a guest contributor from Bottger Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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