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We're working on 2016 information.

We're back at last year's location: The Albuquerque International Ballooon Museum. We're busy planning what should be the best Albuquerque Folk Festival yet, with camping and jamming Friday and Saturday nights, and entertainment, workshops, and dancing all day Saturday, June 4. As soon as we have final information, we'll put it up here. In the meantime, we've left the 2015 information up so you can get a feel for the fun you'll have at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Event Information

What, where, when and how to get there:

  • What:
    • A participatory festival where you can learn how to sing, dance and play or just jam with other musicians to your heart's content. Plus, great entertainment! See the Festival Overview for more information.
  • Where:
    • Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM (map)
  • When:
    • Saturday, June 6, 2015
      Gates open at 10 am. Activities go from 10:30 am - 10:30 pm.
    • Camping available Friday at 3 pm until Sunday at noon so you can spend the weekend at the Festival.
  • Parking:
    • Parking is FREE!
  • Bicycle Valet:
    • The Balloon Museum is conveniently located just off the North Diversion Channel bike path. This year, you can ride your bike on this trail all the way to our secure bike valet, where volunteers will tag and store your bike for you. The valet will be on the north side of the Balloon Museum (south of the Balloon Fiesta Park; look for a bright yellow flag) and will be open from 8 am until 11 pm or whenever the last bike is picked up (whichever is earlier. Once you've dropped off your bike simply walk to the south entrance of the museum for admission to the Fest.
  • Food and Drink:
      • Basil's Home Cooking - chicken adobo, vegetarian Pansit (Filipino noodles), lumpia (Filipino egg roll), Asian taco (beef sirloin), ribbon fries made with fresh potatoes, passion fruit juice, flavored iced tea, fresh squeezed lemonade.
      • Calle Ocho by Pasión Latin Fusion - Latin American cuisine, specialty tacos, Caribbean BBQ, ceviche
      • Dine and Dash - green chile burger, chile relleno burger, BBQ, sandwiches, subs, wraps, dogs, breakfast burritos, funnel fries, churros, powerade, lemonade, energy drink.
      • Gauchito Catering - Argentinian cuisine - sandwiches of skirt beef steak, portobello, or german style sausage, grilled pineapple, chicken-bacon skewers, empanadas filled with savory ingredients, served with chimichurri sauce. Alfajores de Maicena con ducle de leche dessert
      • Hot Stuff Hawaiian Shave Ice - Hawaiian Shave Ice and fresh fruit drinks
      • Irrational Pie - Authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas and calzones. Made-to-order personal pizzas using the freshest ingredients. We use local and organic whenever possible. Italian sodas, Mexican coca-cola
      • JP's Custard Cart - frozen custard and Italian Ice (made fresh on site), lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee.
      • Kimo Hawaiian BBQ - Teri chicken, Teri beef, pulled pork plates and sandwiches, spam musubi, loco mocos, Hawaiian drinks, mac salad and rice.
      • La Vida Mocha - Espresso truck providing all types of iced and hot coffee drinks: mochas, lattes, fraps, cappuccinos, and regular brewed coffee. Also smoothies, aguas frescas, pastries
      • Scottish Pie Shop - Traditional Scottish cooking featuring Scottish Steak Pie, Scottish Shepherd's Pie, Scottish Bangers, Scottish Sausage Rolls, Scottish Steak Bridies, Scotch Eggs, and Haggis, all made with loving care the old fashioned way.
      • Street Food Boulevard - Gourmet tacos, gourmet nachos, deep fried desserts (twinkies, cupcakes), sports drinks, sodas
      • Street Food Institute - Artisan style cuisine, scratch made tacos, sandwiches, and more. All made with international inspirations and locally sourced foods, featuring Korean BBQ pork tacos, crispy pork belly Bahn-Mi, and other unique offerings
  • Dogs
    • Dogs are not allowed at the Festival.

      However, you may have your dog on a leash at the Festival camp site. If you choose to have your dog at the camp site, remember: Ensure its well-being (don't leave it in a car or on a short chain without water) and be sure to clean up after it.
  • Accommodations
    • Sponsor Hotel: Ramada Albuquerque Airport, at 2300 Yale Blvd (south of Gibson). AFF RATE: $59.00 plus tax, down from $79. To book a room, please call the hotel at (505) 243-2244 and ask for the AFF rate or email Shirley Snell and she will make the reservation and send you a confirmation number. You will not be able to book this AFF rate off the website.

      Amenities: Free hot breakfast with iconic NM green chile stew (it's from Frontier Restaurant so it's delish), free hi speed internet, outdoor heated pool and spa, free airport shuttle and transportation within 3 mile radius of the hotel (Nob Hill Restaurants).

  • Camping
  • Ticket prices:
    • $20 At the gate for all day Saturday (including evening dances)
    • FREE Children 11 and under and seniors (85+)
    • $5 Children 12-18
    • $15 Seniors (65+), military, and students 18-25 (all with ID)
    • $15 Saturday evening after 5:30 pm
    • Advance tickets $15 (see below for ticket sales locations) (Note: There is no advance ticket rate available for already discounted tickets (kids, seniors, evening, etc). For convenience, you can buy tickets online at gate prices.

    See our ticket information page for more details.

  • Advance Ticket Sales:
  • More Questions?

What's Happening:

  • Performances on five stages
  • Music & Dance Workshops all day long
  • Evening Dance programs
  • Open jam sessions, all levels
  • Free Instrument Check Room! (Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
  • Plenty of places for spontaneous jam sessions
  • Vendors selling strings, instruments and folk related items.
  • Free camping (and jamming) on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Bring "closet" instruments (Instruments hanging around in closets) to donate to the festival.