ABQ Mom’s Guide to Festivals & Fairs


We’d like to thank Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Fairs & Festivals.

New World. New Way. Same Manzano Day School. Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies, the six co-curricular subjects of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology are part of every student’s schedule. Manzano Day School is implementing a reopening strategy that allows the school to remain flexible while responding to the changing situation around COVID-19. They are providing the best educational experience possible while also mitigating risk of exposure or outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community.

Check out these local fairs and festivals. They’re listed below by date.

New Mexico State Fair

September 14-20

One of Albuquerque’s favorite times of year is fair time. This year the fair will be going virtual with competitions and livestock shows. Check it all out on the NM Expo website.

Corrales Harvest Festival

September 24 – October 11

Enjoy all your favorites from the Corrales Harvest festival — including a virtual hayride — online this year. Check it out!


September 30

Bringing all different cultures together for a virtual night of music and entertainment.

Balloon Fiesta Live!

October 2 -10

The International Balloon Fiesta is arguably one of the most popular things New Mexico is known for. While the balloons won’t actually be flying in our skies, Balloon Fiesta Live! will feature daily shows including daily mass ascensions, special shapes, and night glows from years past.

Balloon Fall Fest

October 3, 4, 7, 10, & 11

Small groups of balloons will launch from City parks at 7:30 am on the mornings of October 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, and 11th. No spectators will be permitted at the launch locations. Balloons will be widely spaced, and balloon crews will be limited to five people. Balloons will launch from Vista del Norte Park, Mariposa Basin Park, Ventana Ranch Park, and North Domingo Baca Park.


Let us know of any other fairs or festivals in the Albuquerque area by emailing info {at} abqmom {dot} com.