Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Albuquerque Folk Festival?

A participatory festival where you can learn how to sing, dance and play or just jam with other musicians to your heart's content. Plus, great entertainment! See the Festival Overview for more information.

When is it?
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • Gates open at 10 am. Activities go from 10:30 am - 10:30 pm.
  • Camping available Friday at 3 pm until Sunday at noon so you can spend the weekend at the Festival.
Where is it?

Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM (map)

Who's playing?

We have three stages with a different act every hour...in other words, too many to list here. For a list of performers, check our website.

How much does it cost?

$20 at the gate, $15 in advance. Also there are special rates for students, military, and kids.

Where can I buy advanced tickets?

We have a number of advanced ticket sales locations. You can find a list here.

Can kids come?

Absolutely! There are plenty of activities especially for kids, including a special venue for kids, a place where kids can try out various musical instruments, giant puppets roaming the grounds, Explora! activities, and more. And kids under 12 get in free!

Is there a secure place for bicycles?

Yes! The Balloon Museum is conveniently located just off the North Diversion Channel bike path. You can ride your bike on this trail all the way to our secure bike valet, where volunteers will tag and store your bike for you. The valet will be on the north side of the Balloon Museum (south of the Balloon Fiesta Park) and will be open from 8 am until 11 pm or the last bike has been picked up (whichever is earlier). Once you’ve dropped off your bike simply walk to the south entrance of the museum for admission to the Fest.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No! Parking is plentiful and free.

Can I go in and out?

Yes! You'll get a wristband when you enter, so you can leave and come back as often as you'd like. But why not stay all day?

Is there food available?

Yes! Here's a list of the great food trucks we have lined up for this year. Plus, we have a couple of tents with tables and chairs, where you can eat and listen to music.

  • Basil's Home Cooking - Filipino chicken adobo, Pansit (Filipino rice noodles), BBQ pulled pork, burgers and french fries, ribbon fries, fresh squeezed lemonade, iced tea.
  • Dine and Dash - Green chile burger, chile relleno burger, BBQ, sandwiches, subs, wraps, dogs, breakfast burritos, funnel fries, churros, powerade, lemonade, energy drink
  • Hot Stuff Hawaiian Shave Ice - Hawaiian Shave Ice and fresh fruit drinks
  • JP's Custard Cart - Frozen custard and Italian Ice (made fresh on site), lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee
  • Kimo Hawaiian BBQ - Teri chicken, Teri beef, pulled pork plates and sandwiches, spam musubi, loco mocos, Hawaiian drinks, mac salad and rice.
  • La Vida Mocha - Espresso truck providing all types of iced and hot coffee drinks: mochas, lattes, fraps, cappuccinos, and regular brewed coffee. Also smoothies, aguas frescas, pastries
  • Scottish Pie Shop - Traditional Scottish cooking featuring Scottish Steak Pie, Scottish Shepherd's Pie, Scottish Bangers, Scottish Sausage Rolls, Scottish Steak Bridies, Scotch Eggs, and Haggis, all made with loving care the old fashioned way.
  • Street Food Boulevard - Gourmet tacos, gourmet nachos, deep fried desserts (twinkies, cupcakes), sports drinks, sodas
  • Street Food Institute - artisan style cuisine, scratch made tacos, sandwiches, and more. All made with international inspirations and locally sourced foods, featuring Korean BBQ pork tacos, crispy pork belly Bahn-Mi, and other unique offerings
Can I bring my own food?

Yes! However, you cannot bring in coolers. You can always leave your cooler in your car and go out to get your food.

Also, please don't bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages. There will be beer available for sale after 3:30 pm.

And any backpacks/other bags are subject to search.

I'm from out of town. Where can I stay?

We have a sponsor hotel, Ramada Albuquerque Airport, at 2300 Yale Blvd (south of Gibson). AFF RATE: $59.00 plus tax, down from $79. To book a room, please call the hotel at (505) 243-2244 and ask for the AFF rate or email Shirley Snell and she will make the reservation and send you a confirmation number. You will not be able to book this AFF rate on the website.

Amenities: Free hot breakfast with iconic NM green chile stew (it's from Frontier Restaurant so it's delish), free hi speed internet, outdoor heated pool and spa, free airport shuttle and transportation within a 3 mile radius of the hotel (Nob Hill Restaurants).

You can also camp at the Balloon Museum site. It's dry camping, so be prepared to rough it a little, but you can't beat the convenient location.

I play (name your musical instrument). Can I bring it to the Festival?

Yes! You can jam all day long, both at our two jamming venues, and casually around the grounds. And, when you don't want to carry your instrument around, you can check it at our free instrument check room until 9 pm.

What other things should I bring to the Festival?
  • Sunscreen (or at least put some on before you arrive). All the venues are under tents, but you'll be out in the sun walking between venues.

  • A water bottle. You'll be able to buy drinks from our vendors, but to keep hydrated all day, bring a water bottle and refill it at the indoor water coolers.

  • Cash. There are vendor booths and food trucks and t-shirts and raffle tickets. This year, we'll have an ATM onsite in case you don't bring enough cash.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, no dogs (except certified aid dogs) are allowed on the Festival grounds.