Balloon Fiesta® Week at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Daily, October 1 through 10 from 9a-4p the IPCC courtyard will have multiple Native dances every day and be filled with Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at our acclaimed Indigenous restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen, and shop for authentic Native art at the Indian Pueblo Store. You’re also invited to experience our immersive exhibits and learn about Pueblo history and culture. See Schedule Below

IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

October 1 & 2, 2022 | 9AM-4PM in IPCC Courtyard

The IPCC Albuquerque Indian Arts Festival is an authentic, all-Native American art show. This premier event will showcase the works of 45 artists. Meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also includes cultural dances and artist demonstrations.

Free for members, or included with museum admission. Become a member here.

Evenings at Avanyu

October 3-5 from 4-8PM

Evenings at Avanyu will include a balloon glow by IPCC’s hot air balloon, Eyahne On The Horizon each night (weather permitting) at Avanyu Plaza, across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center! There will also be cultural dances, Native artisans and farmer vendors, S’mores-flavored cookies (offered for purchase by Rude Boy Cookies), and appearances by Big 98.5 radio personalities. Free and open to the public. Thanks to Comcast for its support of Evenings at Avanyu!

New for the 50th Anniversary of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will be offering a limited number of exclusive dry dock RV camping sites in the beautiful Avanyu Plaza, located in 12th Street’s thriving business and cultural district. Get details and reservations.

Balloon Fiesta® Week Cultural Dance Program October 1 – 10, 2022

Each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., IPCC’s mural-lined Courtyard will feature several Native dance performances and be filled with Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry.

Friday, Sept. 30

11AM & 2PM              Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma)

Saturday, October 1

10AM & 1PM              Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma)
11AM & 2PM              Cellicion Traditional Dancers (Zuni)
12PM & 3PM              White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers (Apache)

Sunday, October 2

10AM & 1PM              Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma)
11AM & 2PM              Cellicion Traditional Dancers (Zuni)
12PM & 3PM              White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers (Apache)

Monday, October 3

11AM & 2PM              Howeya Family Traditional Dance Group (Acoma)
12PM & 3PM              Cellicion Traditional Dancers (Zuni)

Evenings at Avanyu    (across street at Avanyu Plaza)
4-8PM                         Contemporary Native American Arts Market and Growers Market
5-6PM                         Howeya Family Traditional Dance Group (Acoma)

Tuesday, October 4

11AM & 2PM              Pueblo Dance Group (Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Hopi)
12PM & 3PM              Kallestewa Dance Group (Zuni)

Evenings at Avanyu    (across street at Avanyu Plaza)

4-8PM                         Contemporary Native American Arts Market and Growers Market
5-6PM                         Kallestewa Dance Group (Zuni)

Wednesday, October 5

11AM & 2PM              Pueblo Dance Group (Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Hopi)
12PM & 3PM              Kallestewa Dance Group (Zuni)

Evenings at Avanyu    (across street at Avanyu Plaza)

4-8PM                         Contemporary Native American Arts Market and Growers Market
5-6PM                         Pueblo Dance Group (Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Hopi)

Thursday, October 6

11AM & 2PM              Howeya Family Traditional Dance Group (Acoma)
12PM & 2PM              Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers

Friday, October 7

11AM & 2PM              Howeya Family Traditional Dance Group (Acoma)
12PM & 2PM              Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma)

Saturday, October 8

11AM & 2PM              Anshe Ko’Hanna Dance Group (Zuni)
12PM & 3PM              White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers (Apache)

Sunday, October 9

11AM & 2PM              Anshe Ko’Hanna Dance Group (Zuni)
12PM & 3PM              White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers (Apache)

IPCC Presents Native Dances on the Balloon Fiesta®’s Main Stage at Balloon Fiesta Park®

Sunday, October 2, 8PM-9PM            Cellicion Traditional Dancers (Zuni)
Thursday, October 6, 9AM-10AM      Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers (Acoma)


Highlights from 2021

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was pleased to host 11 days of special events to coincide with this year’s Balloon Fiesta®, starting on Friday, October 1st and running through Monday, October 11th. Activities included IPCC’s Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival during Balloon Fiesta’s opening weekend on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd, as well as an expanded schedule of cultural Native dances that kicked off on Friday, October 1st and ran through Monday, October 11th. IPCC also hosted an Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Monday, October 11th. See photo and video highlights below.

The IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta. This premier event showcased the work of 45 artists and gave visitors the opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also included cultural Native dances and artist demonstrations.


Each day from 9:00AM-4:00PM, IPCC’S mural-lined courtyard had multiple Native dances and was filled with Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry. Guests were also able to shop for authentic Native art at the Indian Pueblo Store and experienced immersive exhibits and learned about Pueblo history and culture. In addition, visitors enjoyed authentic Indigenous cuisine at IPCC’s acclaimed restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen.

IPCC’s museum exhibits include the permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story” and rotating exhibits “HERitage: Pueblo Women Paving Cultural Pathways” and “ReLocated: Urban Migration, Perseverance and Adaptation”. Guests can also experience the Artists Circle Gallery, which is now showing an exhibit by Laura Fragua-Cota (Jemez Pueblo) called “Our Ancestors:  Our Historical Strength”.

IPCC was also proud to present cultural Native dances by the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers on Balloon Fiesta®’s main stage at Balloon Fiesta Park on the morning of Friday, October 8th.  The well-known dance group drew a large crowd and were very well received.

Immediately following Balloon Fiesta® week on Monday, October 11th, New Mexico’s Native American tribes gathered with civic offi­cials and the public at IPCC to celebrate New Mexico’s statewide Indigenous Peoples Day. This event was open to all and included dignitaries, Native dances, a historical presentation and artist demonstrations.