October26th Annual Balloon Fiesta Show

Now Ranked # 8 in the Nation! 

Every October thousands of shoppers and collectors from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which coincides with Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This juried show features the work of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.  The people of Albuquerque recognize the show by the landmark ‘Big White Tent’ – which is bigger than a football field!  In addition to a fantastic artist lineup, the festival features great entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, a culinary arts tent with samples of New Mexican fare, artist demonstrations, horse races, a Kids’ Creation Station, great eats and more!

For its 26th year, the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival is moving to a fabulous new location, the 17 acre ‘Racetrack Infield’ at Expo New Mexico!  This well-known location offers easy access from I-40; the entrance is Gate 8 on Lousiana just South of Lomas.  Grande Pass and Festival Pass holders will enjoy free return parking!  (More information below).

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LOCATION

Spring Show Layout

DATES

October 3,4,5 & 10,11,12, 2014

HOURS

Fridays: 9am–5pm
Saturdays: 9am–6pm
Sundays: 9am–5pm

LOCATION

In the BIG WHITE TENT at The Infield at the Racetrack at EXPO New Mexico

PARKING

EXPO New Mexico’s parking fee is $5.  Festival Passes and Grande Passes make this a one-time fee; if you purchase a Festival Pass or Grande Pass and return to the show again with your pass, you do not pay for parking OR admission again.  HANDICAPPED PARKING is available along the front of the tent.  The festival is on flat asphalt and astroturf and is fully accessible.  There are also parking lot shuttles!  

 

Tickets must be purchased at the door

ONE-DAY PASS $8

Kids under 12 FREE

FESTIVAL PASS $15

(Admission for all 6 days, includes free return parking!)

GRANDE PASS $21

(Unlimited Admission AND PARKING to October, November & March Shows – $45 Value.)

280 ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN

Shop from the works of 280 of the best artists & craftsmen from all over the country, including a great selection of artists new to the show!  Click the “View Artist Gallery” link above to see a sample of this year’s lineup!

ENTERTAINMENT

Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing entertainment in our outdoor shaded pavilion.  View entertainment schedule!

AND MUCH MORE

This family–oriented festival features something for everyone – great shopping, dozens of ‘Artists at Work’, an outdoor food court, a large selection of specialty foods booths, beer and wine, the Kids’ Creation Station and More!

For a complete list visit the October Show Highlights Page.