ALBUQUERQUE NM—Mark your calendars for one of the most exciting events in Albuquerque this year. The City of Albuquerque will host the “granddaddy of all Summerfests,” the giant New Mexico Centennial celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
The all-day, free block party on Central Avenue from Second to Tenth Streets will feature dozens of performers at five pavilions, free fun for kids, a special Territorial Village in Robinson Park, an arts market, car show, and much more.
The Native American Pavilion will be next to the historic KiMo Theatre and will feature traditional and contemporary Native American music, dance, crafts and food.
The Hispanic Heritage Pavilion will feature flamenco and folklorico dancers, mariachis and New Mexico music from performers such as Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr. and Gonzalo.
The World Stage Pavilion will highlight music from around the world with bands such as Le Chat Lunatique, Son Como Son and Wagogo.
Be sure not to miss the Route 66 Rock and Rockabilly Pavilion. The Fireballs, Cowboys and Indian, Daddy O’s, Soul Kitchen and more will perform amidst a car show that pays homage to the history of the “Mother Road.”
Step back in time at the Territorial Village and sample authentic Chuck Wagon grub while you witness gunfights and watch blacksmiths, quilters and more display their craft.
The highlight of the event will be the Main Stage 9 p.m. appearance of the popular Grammy Award–winning group, Los Lobos. This crowd-pleasing band will rock the night in celebration of 100 years of New Mexico Statehood and will be followed by a centennial fireworks celebration.
The event will also feature an arts market with artisans from around New Mexico, a food court, free children’s activities, a special historic musical in the KiMo Theatre and a fireworks display after the Los Lobos concert.
The event is free, and more details on programs, parking, public transportation and exhibits will be released in the coming months. For additional details on all special events, please visit www.ABQsummerfest.com or call 331. TTY users call 711.