Party time: Summerfest returning to Nob Hill, West Side with live music, food trucks - Albuquerque Journal

Party time: Summerfest returning to Nob Hill, West Side with live music, food trucks

ABQ Summerfest in Nob Hill attendees check out vehicles featured in a car show at an event held prior to the pandemic. (Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque)

Nob Hill and the West Side will come alive with summer fun in early August.

ABQ Summerfest in Nob Hill will take over East Central from Girard to Carlisle from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7. The section will be closed to motorists during the festival.

Local talent will take multiple stages during the Nob Hill event.

The Wellesley Stage will feature the Fabulous Martini Tones at 5 p.m., Nohe y Sus Santos at 6 p.m. and Mondo Vibrations at 7 p.m. The Tulane Stage will showcase Bobcats Trio at 5 p.m., Picoso at 6:15 p.m. and Levi Platero at 7:15 p.m. Citizens of Tape City will perform at 5 p.m. on the New Mexico Jazz Festival Stage, followed Toni Morgan and Just Us at 6 p.m. and Michael Herndon & Jubal’s Children at 7 p.m.

“We have three stages with local bands,” said Bree Ortiz, the city’s Community Events Division manager. “And they’re all new stage locations, because we typically just have the one large, big stage at Girard. And since it’s a different footprint for the event, we have new stages and new places. So that’s pretty exciting.”

Summerfest in Nob Hill is known for its entertainment lineup as well as its Old Route 66 Car Show, which is expected to return in 2022. This year’s show will be on a smaller scale and go by a different name. The curated showcase, Wheels on the Hill, will feature specialty vehicles from local car clubs.

“What we’ve done this year is partnered with some community partners and some local car clubs to just kind of do more of like a curated sampling of all the car clubs and different types of cars in Albuquerque,” Ortiz said. “… The whole street will be full of show cars, all different. This will be something for everybody.”

Several food trucks will be on hand to feed hungry and thirsty eventgoers. They include CCR Roasted Corn, Craft Q a Barbecue Co., Gourmet Doner Kebab, Kamikaze Food Truck, Pop Fizz, Pop Pop’s Italian Shaved Ice, Street Food Institute, and Umami Moto. Some Nob Hill eateries also will be open along the route for attendees to grab a bite to eat.

Summerfest will cross the river on Aug. 14.

ABQ Summerfest at Ventana Ranch Community Park will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 10000 Universe NW. The West Side event will include an artisan market, a microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment on two stages.

On Stage 1, attendees can dance to the sounds of The Porter Draw at 5 p.m., Nosotros at 6 p.m. and Red Light Cameras at 7 p.m. Stage 2 will feature fun local act The Art of Jazz with Tracey Whitney at 5 p.m., Joseph General & High Vibration at 6:15 p.m. and DK & the Affordables at 7:15 p.m.

The artisan market will showcase a variety of handcrafted products, including housewares, baked goods, clothing, body products and jewelry. Participating vendors include Anka Jewelry Designs, Bloomers, Broken Spoke, Chubby Girl Soaps & Candle Co., Dawson Designs, Flora & Foliage, Half Full Designs, Lujaqui, Lust for Dead Oddities, Metal the Brand, MomMade Jewelry, Mum&Pup LLC, Pawsitively Appetizing LLC, Sassy Kakes, Silver Rockit Jewelry, Sunshine Alchemists and Soap Co., Super Rad Designs, Tailwaggin Temptations LLC, The Bijoux Bar, and Upside Goods Co.

A variety of local food trucks will be at the event. Food and drink vendors will include Gourmet Doner Kebab, Kamikaze Food Truck, Mac’s Steak in the Rough, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Pop Fizz, Pop Pop’s Italian Shaved Ice, Royal Empire Catering, The Munchie Truck, Vegan Vato, and Umami Moto.

Adults ages 21 and older can sip on some local beers, wines and spirits in the Microbrew Garden. Vendors include Bosque Brewing Co., Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Hollow Spirits Distillery, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewery, Marble Brewery, Sheehan Winery, Starr Brothers Brewing Co., and Tractor Brewing Co.

For more information on the city’s Summerfest events, visit cabq.gov/artsculture.

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