October26th Annual Balloon Fiesta Show

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Every October thousands of shoppers from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which takes place at the same time as 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’ – These soaring white peaks span one full acre of space. Crowds of shoppers return year after year to experience an art festival under a hot air balloon dotted sky, bustling with 280 talented exhibitors from all over the map. In addition to a fantastic juried artist lineup and lively crowds, the festival features entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, good eats, artist demonstrations, complimentary activities for kids, and samples of food and wine!

For its 26th year, the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival is picking up its huge tent and moving it to a fabulous new location, the 17 acre racetrack infield at Expo New Mexico!  This well-known location offers easy access from I-40, less Balloon Fiesta traffic, visibility from Louisiana Blvd, and an expansion of the festival’s parking lot by nearly double. And, Grande Pass and Festival Pass holders will enjoy free return parking!  The festival will make a grand entrance, with active horse races surrounding the event and a stunning panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains.


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


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


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

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Tickets must be purchased at the door


Kids under 12 FREE


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


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


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!


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


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.