Fall & Winter
Albuquerque is known as the hot air balloon capital of the world, and you can experience the excitement firsthand at the International Balloon Festival. The festival lasts a full week with almost 600 balloons launched every morning and balloon glows to enjoy every night. This is absolutely a must see!
Check out the Food & Brew Scene
Sopapillas are a traditional dessert in New Mexico and you can find great sopas in tons of places all over the city. For a great treat, check out Sadie’s, El Pinto, or the Church Street Café.
After your sopas, head out for some craft beers which you can find all over Albuquerque. Check out the patio at Marble Brewery or free yoga on Sundays at Red Door Brewing Company. If you’re more in the mood for dinner and drinks, you can try Nexus, Kelly’s Brew Pub, Chama River, and Canteen Brewhouse which all feature full dinner menus.
Enjoy a bus tour of this New Mexico tradition instead of having to deal with the traffic of driving through the neighborhoods yourself. If you can’t get tickets for the bus ride, there are driving tours in Old Town, Country Club, Ridgecrest, South Valley, Barelas, North Albuquerque Acres, Nor Este, North Valley, and Sunset Memorial that you can enjoy on your own.
Experience New Mexico’s largest walk-through light display with over 150 light displays, animated sculptures, and synchronized music.
Spring & Summer
If watching hot air balloons at the International Balloon Festival isn’t enough, you can take a balloon ride of your own in the hot air balloon capital of the world. There are more than 300 resident balloonists flying hot air balloons every day all year long.
Grab a Cup of Joe at Bike-In Coffee
This coffee shop is not your average place to grab a coffee. In order to enjoy coffee or the signature “scookie” (the marriage of a scone and a cookie), you have to arrive at the coffee shop on a bike. The shop is located just off the Paseo del Bosque Multi-Use Trail at Old Town Farm and can only be accessed by bike.
On Fridays in the summer, Civic Plaza hosts ABQ Food Fridays that offer dinner from a different selected restaurant each week. While you’re eating dinner, there will be live bands or you can enjoy a free movie on the plaza. Different family-friendly movies show weekly. There is some seating available, but moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.
Summer isn’t summer without checking out a game at Isotopes Park. Most games have promotional giveaways, there is always entertainment, and you get to cheer on the home team! Plus, who can resist a team named after a Simpson’s joke?