Balloon Fiesta® Week at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is pleased to host 10 days of special events to coincide with this year’s Balloon Fiesta, starting on Friday, October 6th and running through Sunday, October 15th. Activities include IPCC’s Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival during Balloon Fiesta’s opening weekend on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from 9:00AM-4:00PM, as well as an expanded schedule of cultural Native dances that kicks off on Friday, October 6th and runs through Sunday, October 15th. IPCC will also host an Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Monday, October 9th.

The IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is an authentic, all–Native American art show. This premier event will showcase the work of more than 50 artists and gives visitors the opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also will also include cultural Native dances and artist demonstrations.

Each day from 9:00AM-4:00PM, IPCC’S beautiful, mural-lined courtyard will have multiple Native dances and be filled with Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry. Guests can also shop for authentic Native art at the Indian Pueblo Store and are also invited to experience immersive exhibits and learn about Pueblo history and culture. In addition, visitors can savor authentic Indigenous cuisine at IPCC’s acclaimed Indigenous restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen.

IPCC’s museum exhibits include our permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story” and our South Gallery rotating exhibits “Grounded: Honoring Our Cultural Ties With Strength and Resilience” and “Birds and Feathers: Their Beauty Within Our Traditions”. Guests can also experience the Artists Circle Gallery, which is now showing an exhibit called “Colors That Speak Words” and “Connected: A Collaborative Dreaming” in our Art Through Struggle Gallery.

“We look forward to welcoming guests from around the world for what will be a very special 10 days at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,” said Scott Simmonds, IPCC’s Museum Executive Director. “We will offer a truly unforgettable cultural experience, with amazing art, dance, history, food and—of course—our celebrated Pueblo hospitality.”

IPCC is also proud to present cultural Native dances on Balloon Fiesta’s Main Stage by the Cellicion Traditional Dancers (Zuni) on Saturday, October 7th from 9-10AM, as well as a performance by the Kallestewa Dance Group (Zuni) on Friday, October 13th from 9-10AM.

On Monday, October 9th from 9:00AM-4:00PM, New Mexico’s Native American tribes will gather with civic offi­cials and the public at IPCC to celebrate New Mexico’s statewide Indigenous Peoples Day. This event is open to all and will include dignitaries, Native dances, a historical presentation and artist demonstrations.  This event is free for members and Native Americans or with museum admission. Traditional regalia is encouraged for tribal members.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is located at 2401 12th Street NW, just north of I-40 in the heart of Albuquerque.  Admission to the IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival and Balloon Fiesta week’s special cultural events are all included with museum admission.

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 during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Get details and reservations.

Highlights from past events