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2016 Schedule

The Folk Festival will run from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, June 4 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

If you want an overview of everything that's going on during the day, download a complete schedule as a PDF file.

Friday, June 3

  • 3:00 PM - Free camping area opens
  • 7:00 PM - Gates open for Ray Wylie Hubbard concert
  • 7:30 PM - Abqfolkfest and AMP joint concert: Ray Wylie Hubbard. Tickets sold separately at the gate or on line. Check the AMP Concerts website for more details. Proceeds to support non-profit music organizations Abqfolkfest and AMP Concerts.
  • Evening - Free camping and/or jamming at the campsite

Saturday, June 4

  • 8:00 AM - Instrument Checkroom available
  • 9:30 AM - Free Welcome Stage in front of the Museum and free interactive balloon display
  • 10:00 AM - Gates open, arts and craft vendors and food vendors open
  • 10:00 AM - Sandia Stage performance kicks off with the Duke City Swampcoolers
  • 10:00 AM - Start signing up for the Band Scramble
  • 10:00 AM - KUNM starts broadcasting live from the festival grounds
  • 10:00 AM - Sunny Birklund and the Puppet Playhouse Giant Puppets start strolling the grounds, including free interaction in front of the Museum.
  • 10:00 AM - Performances and signups start at the Sign-up Stage.
  • 10:00 AM - Planet Music and New Mexico Music Guild's Musical Petting Zoo open
  • 10:30 AM - All venues open
  • 12:00 PM - Kids Showcase at the Sign-up Stage
  • 12:00 PM - Beer sales start
  • 3:45 PM - Final deadline for Band Scramble signup
  • 4:15 PM - Band Scramble assignments announced
  • 4:30 PM - Some venues close for Band Scramble practice
  • 5:00 PM - Planet Music closes
  • 5:30 PM - Band Scramble at the Jemez Stage
  • 6:30 PM - Singalong at the Jemez Stage
  • 7:30 PM - International Folk Dance with music by Rumelia begins in the Downstairs Dance area.
  • 7:30 PM - FolkMADS Contra Dance with the Albuquerque Megaband and Lauren Soherr begins in the Upstairs Dance area.
  • 9:00 PM - Last call to get your instruments from the instrument check room.
  • 11:00 PM - The party's over...until next year! (But they might still be jamming in the camping area!)

Sunday, June 7

  • 2:00 PM - Free camping area closes

Quick Links:

  • Perfomance Stages

    Many great performers are scheduled on three stages from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. Back this year: Several performers are performing more than once, so you'll have more choice balancing all the other things there are to do at the Festival.

  • Sign-up Stage

    In addition to the scheduled performances, the Sign-up Stage is returning this year. There'll be a new act every 45 minutes, starting at 10:00 am plus a special Kids Showcase starting at 12:00 pm.

  • Dance Program

    Get moving with dance workshops in two venues plus two evening dances on Saturday night.

  • Jam With The Band!

    Here’s where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands. It’s ok just to listen too. Come on out and meet the up-and-coming folk and traditional music bands on the local music scene.

  • Hosted Jams:

    At the hosted jams, hosts are there to encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. In addition, hosts bring their own unique flare to the jam.

  • Band Scramble:

    Our popular Band Scramble gives musicians and dancers of all levels a chance to be a Main Stage Performer at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

  • Music Workshops:

    Participation is the name of the game at our wide variety of music and song workshops. Bring an acoustic musical instrument and/or your singing voice and join the fun.

  • Storytelling:

    Hear a wonderful tale from some of our best local storytellers.

  • Children's Tent:

    While all of our workshops are open to participants of all ages, sessions at the Children's Tent are tailored to get kids and families started enjoying home made music.