New Mexico’s Best

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival has long been recognized by the New Mexico Department of Tourism as one of New Mexico’s Top 10 Attractions. The shows are consistently ranked among the top 100 in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, as well as being highly ranked by Art Fair Source Book and the Harris List.


Don’t Miss Three of the Country’s Top Art Shows!

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals have been featuring vibrant collections of fine artists and craftsmen from all over the map for over 25 years. Rio Grande’s three annual juried art shows, each with their own distinct flavor, are ranked among the top 100 art festivals in the nation. Combine those rankings with Albuquerque’s status as a top-ten art destination, and it’s no wonder these bustling markets have lured thousands of shoppers, avid collectors, and a continually evolving lineup of cutting-edge artistic talent!

In October, the leaves fall, hot-air balloons rise, a big tent pops up and is filled with 280 artists, welcoming flocks of Albuquerque residents and Balloon Fiesta tourists.  In its 26th year, the October show is moving its huge tent to a larger permanent venue.  The 2014 festival will be held at the 17 acre racetrack infield at the centrally located EXPO New Mexico, home of the State Fair.  Come November, family and friends pile into cars over Thanksgiving weekend to start holiday shopping on the right foot with handmade gifts at Rio Grande’s holiday show. March brings spring, sunny weather, a tree-lined street at EXPO, and the state’s first major art event of the year. Stay-tuned for the next award winning Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival!