The International Balloon Fiesta, Cider Festival, National Public Gardens Day—Albuquerque knows how to keep the events schedule packed, and this summer is no exception!
Throughout the summer, the High Desert Jazz Band and Albuquerque Concert Band will be bringing a little liveliness to the Balloon Museum with a five-part concert series. The best part? It’s 100% free!
When & Where
The concerts kick off on June 5th, then will be happening again on June 19th, July 17th, July 31st, and August 14th. Since admission is free, all you have to do is head to the east lawn of the Balloon Museum from 6pm to 8pm!
Quick tip: don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket along, since the concerts are BYOS (bring your own seating).
While the list hasn’t been announced yet, each concert will revolve around a popular theme. In the past, themes have been dedicated to specific genres or composers, like last year’s night of music by Glenn Miller, a popular big-band trombonist from the Swing Era.
In addition to the music, attendees can also enjoy food and drinks from a local food truck, and the Balloon Museum will be extending their hours and offering free admission.
About the Bands
Both the High Desert Jazz Band and Albuquerque Concert Band are totally made up of volunteers from the community!
The High Desert Jazz Band is a registered non-profit that started in 2012, and now has around 17 members that give their free time up to practice and perform American Jazz.
The Albuquerque Concert Band has been around a little longer—over forty years—and has over eighty players in the ensemble. Most members of the band aren’t all full-time musicians, either. You’ll find lawyers, engineers, doctors, teachers, and a whole slew of diverse backgrounds in the group!
Other Happenings this Summer
In addition to the free concert series, you’ll find a few other major events happening around Albuquerque this summer. We recommend checking out these highlights:
- Heights Summerfest: June 8th
- Festival Flamenco: June 15th – 22nd
- Albuquerque Folk Festival: June 15th
- Freedom 4th: July 4th
- Route 66 Summerfest: July 20th
Find Your Home in Albuquerque
Whether it’s enjoying live music, celebrating local arts and culture, or ringing in the summer season, the Albuquerque community is one-of-a-kind.