‘Reintroducing ourselves’: Summerfest returns to North Domingo Baca Park, with a local focus

Eventgoers enjoy a Summerfest at North Domingo Baca Park before the pandemic. (Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque)

Summerfest is back at Albuquerque’s North Domingo Baca Park.

“So for this year, with such a tight turnaround to plan these events, it was very important for us to be able to bring Albuquerque together in a celebratory way to celebrate summer and to gather again,” said Bree Ortiz, the city’s Community Events Division manager. “So what we’re really focusing on, for these events, are local. So seeing the bands that we’ve missed and loved throughout the pandemic, reintroducing ourselves to all of our favorite food trucks and food vendors, we have at North Domingo Baca Park.”

The annual event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, is back on a smaller, more local scale. It will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at 7521 Carmel NE. The event usually showcases local talent opening up for a national music act on one large stage. This year, the stage will be split into two small smaller stages featuring six local bands performing everything from salsa to bluegrass.

Stage 1 will feature Hooks & the Huckleberries at 5 p.m., Reviva at 6 p.m., and Son Como Son at 7 p.m. Stage 2 will showcase Black Pearl Band NM at 5 p.m., Higher Ground Bluegrass at 6:15 p.m. and The Memphis P. Tails at 7:15 p.m.

“They’re very excited,” Ortiz said of the bands returning to the stage. “… Now that everything’s back, I do have a lot of performances booked, which is wonderful news. So they’re very excited. We’re excited to see them again and be with them again.”

A scaled-down microbrew garden will be situated between the live music stages. The microbrew garden, for ages 21 and older, will feature local beer, wine and spirits from Bosque Brewing Co., Hollow Spirits Distillery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Red Door Brewing Co., Sheehan Winery, Tractor Brewing Co., and Vara Winery & Distillery.

In addition to the adult fun, there is plenty for younger attendees to enjoy. Free face painting, inflatable jumps and a 25-foot rock climbing wall will keep the kids entertained.

A number of local food trucks and vendors will be on hand, selling a variety of foods and treats, including ice cream and egg rolls. Vendors include Baskin-Robbins, Burque Eats Food Truck, CCR Roasting, Kamikaze Food Truck, Bev’s Biscochitos, Le Paris Bakery, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Mickey’s Treat NM, Nuts R Us, Snugglecubs Cookies, Sugar Bee’s Sweets, Sugar N Glitz, Tailwaggin Temptations, Tania’s Tasty Kitchen, Tikka Spice Good Truck, The Cornivore and Umami Moto Food Truck.

Eventgoers are welcome to bring their own coolers and picnics as long as they do not include glass containers or alcohol, which are not permitted in the event area. Pets also can attend the rain-or-shine event as long as they are on a leash.

Park & Ride service will not be offered to and from the event.

“Parking is first come, first served,” Ortiz said. “We do not have Park & Ride this year, but there is one lot at the park as well as (at the North Domingo Baca) Multigenerational Center right there on the corner of Carmel and Wyoming. So there’s a parking lot there, a parking lot at the park, as well as street parking is available.”

The festival at North Domingo Baca Park is the first of three Summerfest events. Summerfest in Nob Hill will take place on Aug. 7, and Summerfest at Ventana Ranch Community Park on Aug. 14.

For more information, visit cabq.gov/artsculture.

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