From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU to those from near and far who came through our doors during this year’s Balloon Fiesta and Indigenous Peoples Day! (See photos and videos below)

Our Albuquerque Indian Arts Festival showcased the best of Native artisans from across the state. It was an opportunity for our guests to meet, talk with, and shop directly for pottery, jewelry, art, and much more. Dance groups from numerous pueblos and tribes also performed cultural dances for visitors to enjoy.

Balloon Fiesta week was buzzing with energy at the IPCC. Daily, guests visited our beautiful Courtyard and experienced cultural dance groups, plus Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry. They also took in our immersive exhibits, enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the acclaimed Indian Pueblo Kitchen, and shopped for authentic Native art at the Indian Pueblo Store.

Visitors at Balloon Fiesta Park also got to experience what IPCC offers. We sponsored two dance groups – the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma) and the Cellicion Family Traditional Dancers (Zuni) on the Balloon Fiesta’s Main Street stage; our beautiful balloon, “Eyahne On The Horizon”, piloted by Rainbow Ryders,  was enjoyed by thousands of attendees. IPCC President/CEO Mike Canfield,Visit Albuquerque President/CEO Tania Armenta, Deepesh Kholwadwala, Manager of Avanyu Plaza’s Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Marriott TownePlace Suites, along with friends from the City of Albuquerque enjoyed an amazing flight on the morning of Oct. 7.

For the first time ever, visitors were able to stay on the IPCC campus at exclusive, dry-dock RV campsites within the vibrant Avanyu Plaza. And we started a new Balloon Fiesta tradition with Evenings at Avanyu, which featured dance groups, Native artisans and farmers selling fresh produce, great music from Big 98.5 FM, and sweet treats from local favorite and Avanyu Plaza’s own Rude Boy Cookies.

On Oct. 10, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center invited the public to join its commemoration of the fourth statewide Indigenous Peoples Day. New Mexico’s Native tribes gathered with civic officials and the public to celebrate; the daylong event also included dignitaries, Native cultural dances, a presentation from the State of New Mexico Historian, and artists’ booths and demonstrations.

It was our honor and pleasure to host you during this exciting week – and we can’t wait to see you again soon!

Relive some of the excitement with videos from Indigenous Peoples Day and gallery of photos from the events throughout the week below.

Distinguished Guest Speakers on Indigenous Peoples Day

Black Mesa Dance Group (San Felipe Pueblo)

Indigenous Pueblo Dance Group (Pojoaque/Nambe)

Calpulli Tlacayotl (Chichimeca Mexica Azteca)

Photos from Balloon Fiesta Week, Evenings at Avanyu, and Indigenous Peoples Day 2022