Old Town: Summer Starts Here
Music, Fiestas, Da Vinci, and Jewelry -
All to be Celebrated in Old Town
Summer is right around the corner. Start your summer in the Historic Old Town with shopping, entertainment, and the finest museums and exhibitions around every corner!
June 1, 2, & 3, 2018 | Old Town Gazebo | 2005 N. Plaza Street | FREE
The San Felipe de Neri Parish Fiestas commemorate 312 years as a Spanish Colonial church. The Albuquerque tradition and annual favorite returns to historic Old Town with a three day celebration featuring entertainment, food and fun. Get your dancing shoes on and head down to Old Town starting Friday, June 1.
Friday, June 1
- 6 – 6:05 p.m. - Opening welcome
- 6:05 – 7:50 p.m. - Peter Vigil y Los Hermanos
- 7:50 – 8 p.m. - Introduction of Royal Court
- 8 – 10 p.m. - Tributo
- Salsa/Blues Under the Stars presented by the NM Jazz Workshop.
- The kick off to Salsa Under the Stars begins with a free concert in Old Town with Tributo. Tributo (Tribute) was formed to pay homage to Cheo Feliciano, one of Puerto Rico's greatest vocalists who passed away in a car accident in 2014. Along with the music of Feliciano, the band will feature songs by other great Puerto Rican artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, El Gran Combo, La Sonora Ponceña, and Ismael Rivera. The band wants to focus attention back to Puerto Rico during the difficult time that the island finds itself in as it tries to recover from its worst natural disaster on record.
Saturday, June 2
- 11 – 11:40 a.m. - La Rondalla
- 11:45 – 12:25 p.m. - High Desert Jazz Band
- 12:30 – 1:10 p.m. - Los Tapatios de Frances Lujan
- 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. - Abel Lucero
- 2:50 – 4 p.m. - Big D and The Mutiny
- 4 – 5 p.m. - Silence for Mass
- 5 – 6 p.m. - Procession / Introduction of Royal Court
- 6 – 7:50 p.m. - Tanya Griego
- 8 – 10 p.m. - Gonzalo
Sunday, June 3
- 10 a.m. - Mass on the Grass
- 11 – 11:50 a.m. - Grupo Melodia
- 11:55 – 12:30 p.m.- Baila Baila
- 12:40 – 2 p.m. - Rhythm Divine
- 2 – 2:10 p.m. - Introduction of Royal Court
- 2:10 – 3 p.m. - AJ Martinez & Tara Lynn
- 3 – 4 p.m. - Matthew Martinez & Matt Duran
- 4 – 4:50 p.m. - Jerry Dean and Christian Sanchez
- 5 – 7 p.m. - Dwayne Ortega & Ernie Montoya from Cuarenta y Cinco
- 7 p.m. - Raffle Drawing
June 1, 2018 | 5:30 - 9 p.m. | New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science | 1801 Mountain Road NW
Friday, June 1 is also First Friday: Da Vinci & Technology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. This is an opportunity to discover how mechanical technology from the Renaissance is used to explore other planets.
During this special evening, the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition will be discounted by $5, making the final admission charge: Adults $17, Seniors $15 & Children $10. Anyone wanting to see the permanent exhibits without da Vinci may purchase museum-only admission for only $5 per person, a $3 savings from the usual adult price. Purchase tickets!
Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works, and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank, and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.
June 2, 2018 | 1 - 4 p.m | Albuquerque Museum | 2000 Mountain Road NW | FREE
Albuquerque Museum presents the opening day of “American Jewelry from New Mexico.” The new exhibit tells the stories of diverse heritages simultaneously, as artists live, trade, and adapt with their neighbors.
- Beginning at 1 p.m - Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, presents a talk highlighting the continuous flow of creativity and design in jewelry made in New Mexico from prehistory to the present. This show was curated by Connors to showcase the diversity of jewelers and styles in the state and to encourage visitors to have a more expansive view of what constitutes New Mexican jewelry.
- From 2 - 4 p.m. - Meet Ousmane Macina, 10th generation jeweler, originally from Mali, who will be demonstrating centuries old techniques used by metalsmiths from the Fulani Empire. These techniques will include forming and weaving fine gold and silver used to create his intricately designed necklace featured in the exhibition and the forging of metal into forms that produce the iconic gold Fulani earrings. Macina’s demonstration is part of the Artist at Work Series, highlighting the practices of a diverse range of contemporary jewelers in New Mexico.
Additional activities include:
- 2:30 - 4 p.m. Music by Melissa Rios in the lobby. Melissa Rios is a New Mexican singer songwriter originally from Las Cruces. At an early age, she played guitar and performed with a Mariachi group . Rios graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of New Mexico and released her debut album, Love and Time in 2016.
- 1 - 3 p.m. Make and Take Art Project in the Museum School. Create your own adornments inspired by the exhibition.
To accommodate multiple events and ease navigation in the area on June 1, free event parking will be available at the parking lot located on the corner of Bellamah Ave. NW and 18th St. NW just north of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Free shuttles will be available and will take event goers to Old Town and NM Museum of Natural History through the duration of the event. View map for shuttle stop locations.
Parking lots and street parking is available in the surrounding area. Please be sure to follow all parking laws.