ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There is more to explore beyond the Balloon Fiesta while you visit Albuquerque. In fact, there is no shortage of art or culture.
The following spots are holding special events during fiesta. Here are some possibilities.
INDIAN ART: The second annual 2014 Albuquerque American Indian Art Festival features more than 100 artists who make traditional and contemporary art in a range of mediums, from clay and silver to leather, glass and more. The two-day festival will also have food, dances and entertainment under a big tent and on the plaza at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $3 for students and children. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. For information, call 843-7270 or look up indianpueblo.org/aiaf.
THE BIG TENT: The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival/Balloon Fiesta Show will be in a different location this year – and you just might get to see a horse race.
“It’s the same great festival in the same great tent but in a new location,” says Ruth Gore, director of the festival.
The juried art show, which will feature 280 artists from around the country, had to move its big white tent from its usual location near Paseo del Norte because of major road construction.
Instead, the arts and crafts market is taking place on the 17-acre racetrack infield at Expo New Mexico. Patrons can still visit with artists, shop and enjoy live entertainment.
It will be Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12, with hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.
Admission is $8 and children under 13 get in for free. The Festival Pass, good for all six days of the festival and includes return parking, costs $15.
The best way to get there is to enter from Louisiana, just south of Lomas. Find information and coupons at riograndefestivals.com.
STATELY VENUE: Another art show that is as traditional as the Balloon Fiesta is the Old Church Fine Art Show, which is in its 26th year. The juried show features New Mexico artists’ works for sale in mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolor, sculpture, photography and more. Held in the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, the venue is as much a draw as the artwork.
The show opens Oct. 3 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. It’s then open daily from Oct. 4-11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12. The church is at 966 Old Church Road in Corrales. Find information at corraleshistory.com or call 301-0042. Admission and parking are free.
FLORAL BEAUTY: For those who love artful Japanese flower arrange-ments, head to the Botanic Garden at the ABQ BioPark where an exhibition called “An Ikebana Autumn” will take place. Local artists will show off their arrangements at the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Ikebana International Chapter No. 41.
It takes place Oct. 4-5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is included with paid admission to the park, 2601 Central Ave. NW. Call 848-7112 for information.
SCENIC DRIVE: Take a scenic drive out to Jemez where a few dozen artisans selling pottery, jewelry, silver, beadwork and more, as well as food vendors will sell their creations at the Jemez Pueblo Open Air Market on Oct. 11-12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
“We get a pretty good amount of visitors because we have a scenic byway and it’s pretty close to Albuquerque,” says Anthony Magdalena, a trail guide and information specialist at the Walatowa Visitors Center.
For information, look up jemezpueblo.com or call 575-834-7235.
IT’S ALL GREEK: For a touch of Greek culture, head out to the ever popular Albuquerque Grecian Festival, which features music, dancing and food.
The festival is Oct. 3-5 and admission is $5; $2 for seniors 62 and older; and children under 12 get in for free.
Because parking can be a pain in that area of the city, Park & Ride buses will shuttle festival-goers from the University of New Mexico parking lot at Lomas and University for free.
For information, go to abqgreekfest.com.
QUILTING BEE: To enjoy a taste of nostalgia, head south to Jarales, N.M., to the Valencia Valley Quilters’ first quilt show. Quilts and quilt-related items will be for sale, as well as demonstrations and raffles.
The free show is Oct. 3-4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at the Don Jose Dolores Cordova Cultural Center (Jarales Community Center) at 426 Jarales Road.
For information, contact Jan Anderson at 363-7588 or Adelyn Grudier at 306-5585.
ABIQUIU TOUR: And no trip to New Mexico would be complete without a drive up to the northern part of the state. For those who want to get out of town and explore the area that inspired renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe, take a drive to the Abiquiu Studio Tour on Oct. 11, 12 and 13. It takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each of those days.
The tour’s website, abiquiustudiotour.org, has maps of the route, as well as information about studio stops. In addition, an app offers info on the artists involved in the tour.
Artworks from more than 86 local artists will be on display at homes and in studios throughout the Abiquiu area.