March 10-12, 2017

Lujan Exhibit Complex
EXPO NM Fairgrounds


Oct 6-8 & Oct 13-15, 2017

Sandia Resort & Casino  


November 24, 25, 26 2017

Lujan Exhibit Complex
EXPO NM Fairgrounds


Thank you for your applications!


Artists, thanks for taking the time to apply for our Balloon Fiesta Show at Sandia Resort, as well as our Holiday Show at Expo New Mexico.  You will be notified of your status by May 1st.

Three of the Best Fests in the Southwest!

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals have been featuring vibrant collections of fine artists and craftsmen from all over the map for the past 28 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 200 artists, welcoming flocks of Albuquerque residents and Balloon Fiesta tourists.  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!