31st Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta Show

October 4-6 & 11-13 2019 | @ Sandia Resort & Casino | Albuquerque, NM

Art Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft

This juried show features the work of 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience. The huge white tent rises alongside the PGA-level golf course of Sandia Resort & Casino – right in the heart of the action at the same intersection as the Balloon Fiesta itself.

Entertainment Live Music & Performances

Discover live music all day long in our outdoor pavilion; enjoy tunes from Syd Masters and the Swing Ryders, Mariachi Fiesta, Spanish guitarist Ronaldo Baca, local favorite Oscar Butler, jazz by Calvin Appleberry and more! Kiddos can also enjoy entertainment & art activities just for them!

Food & Drink Culinary Experience

Also beyond the big white tent is our Culinary Arts area, where attendees can browse & sample handmade soups, dips, salsas, chocolate, honeys & more. Grab a locally sourced Indian Taco, or enjoy a cold craft brew or margarita while taking in the views and music!

Festival Details

October 4-6 & 11-13 2019
After the balloons go up!
9-5 Daily: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

This festival takes place at Sandia Resort & Casino, in the big white tent near I-25 & Tramway!

If you're coming from Santa Fe, head South on I-25 to Albuquerque, exit Tramway and turn left at the light. Go East on Tramway and you will see Sandia Resort on your left. Take a left on Rainbow Road into the resort, and follow the signs to the parking garage.

If you're coming from the south side of Albuquerque, head North on I-25, exit Tramway and turn right at the light. Go East on Tramway and you will see Sandia Resort on your left. Take a left on Rainbow Road into the resort, and follow the signs to the parking garage.

$10 Day Pass
$16 "Festival Pass" 6 Day Unlimited Admission
$25 "Grande Pass" Unlimited Admission & Free Parking at all 3 of our shows! A great deal if you're a regular Rio Grande Festivals attendee!
Kids under 12 Free!
Tickets are available at the door!

Parking at Sandia is free in the lot across the street from the tent. This event is handicap accessible, but please note that there is some unpaved natural terrain surrounding the tent. Inside the tent is fully carpeted with turf.

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

In a dynamic market-style addition to our outdoor pavilion, we host culinary and cottage industry booths in a tent of their own. Browse, sample and shop handmade gourmet treats and locally-sourced body products! The following vendors will join us in 'Culinary Row'!

All of Us Soups & Dips | Soup, bread & dip mixes | Louisiana
Bee Chama Honey | Regional Raw Honeys | New Mexico
Burton's Maplewood Farm | Pure, Barrel-Aged Maple Syrups | Indiana
Celina's Biscochitos | Traditional & Flavored Biscochito Cookies | New Mexico
Dippity Duo Dips | Ready-to-Go Spice Packets for Dips & Sauces | Colorado
Mountain Man Gourmet| Seasonings, Spices, Dips, Mac & Cheese Mixes & Rice | New Mexico
New Mexico Sabor | Fresh Salsas | New Mexico
PastaMore Gourmet Foods | Flavored pastas, Olive Oils, Vinegars & Marinades | Colorado
Santa Fe Lavender | Lavender Bath & Body Products | New Mexico
Sogno Toscano Olive Oil Boutique | Gourmet Packaged Italian Truffle Salts, Oils & Vinegars | Arizona
Terra Verde Foods | Award-Winning Hot Sauces, Marmalade, Preserves & Salad Dressings | California
True Honey Teas | Honey-Infused Tea Blends | Virginia