what's happening

April through June

NEW MEXICO PHILHARMONIC: THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS
April 1, 8–9:30 PM
Popejoy Hall, ABQ
$22–$75

The music composed by John Williams for the Star Wars films holds a special place in the galaxy of cinematic soundtracks. Since the beginning of the saga in 1977 to the most currents films, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the New Mexico Philharmonic will delight audiences with the best of Star Wars, and more. popjoypresents.com

FIESTAS DE ALBUQUERQUE
April 8, 12 noon–5 PM
Historic Old Town, 303 Romero NW, ABQ
Free

The history and traditions of Albuquerque come alive with entertainment, children’s activities, artists’ demonstrations, plus food, shopping, and family fun. The Founder’s Procession starts at 3:30 PM. cabq.gov

GATHERING OF NATIONS POWWOW
April 27–29, times vary
Powwow grounds at Tingley Coliseum, Expo New Mexico, ABQ
$18 per day

Miss Indian World Competition, April 27, $15
The 34th Annual Gathering of Nations is the world’s largest assembly of Native American and indigenous people, drawing more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. The Miss Indian World Competition is not to be missed. gatheringofnations.com

ALBUQUERQUE RENAISSANCE FAIRE
April 29, 10 AM–5 PM
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum NE, ABQ
$5–$10, children 3 and under free

The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire is an annual rain or shine event with food, drinks, and entertainment at the Tilted Tankard Tavern, the Commoner’s Food Court, shopping at the Village, events at the Children’s Realm, and much more! cabq.gov

CANYON ROAD SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL
May 12–13
Friday evening, 5–7 PM; Saturday 10 AM–7 PM
Canyon Road, Santa Fe
Free

Friday evening the Canyon Road Spring Arts Festival kicks off with gallery exhibition openings, often with live entertainment, light snacks, and wine or beer. On Saturday, 50+ artists from many of the galleries will paint en plein air while visitors watch them create original works. visitcanyonroad.com

29TH ANNUAL RIO GRANDE VALLEY CELTIC FESTIVAL
May 20–21, times vary
Balloon Fiesta Park
5000 Balloon Fiesta NE, ABQ

$7–$20, children under 6 free; discounts for seniors and active military
Visitors to the 29th annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival will be delighted by a wide variety of Celtic music, piping, dance, games, rugby, and numerous clans and vendors. Fun for the whole family. celtfestabq.com

7TH ANNUAL ABQ BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL
May 28, 3–6 PM; 2 PM for non-sampling, early access, and VIP ticket holders
Sandia Resort and Casino, 30 Rainbow, ABQ
$10–$55

This 21+ event is highlighted by live music from numerous blues bands, a souvenir tasting glass, and unlimited samples of beer from craft breweries around the country. There will also be homebrew demonstrations, vendor booths, games, and more. abqbluesandbrews.com

LADY ANTEBELLUM, KELSEA BALLERINI, & BRETT YOUNG
June 1, 1 PM
Isleta Amphitheater, 5601 University Blvd, ABQ
$40 and up

Country music group and award–winning artists Lady Antebellum and solo artists Kelsea Ballerini (nominated for the 2017 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist) and Brett Young come together to wow audiences with new music and current hits. isleta.amphitheaterrealalbuquerque.com

30TH FESTIVAL FLAMENCO INTERNACIONAL DE ALBUQUERQUE
June 11–17
Various times, locations, and prices

Cohosted by the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico, this event invites the best flamenco artists in the world to participate in this project. The overall purpose is to sustain and support the artistry, history, and culture of flamenco among all national and international communities. nationalinstituteofflamenco.org

HERB & LAVENDER FAIR
June 17–18, 10 AM–4 PM
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe
$6–$8, kids under 12 free

This annual summer event features herb garden tours, numerous lavender and herb product vendors, lectures, workshops, and other hands-on activities. golondrinas.org

68TH ANNUAL RODEO DE SANTA FE
June 21–24, various times
3237 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
$10–$37

Now in its 68th year, the annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, a PRCA event, offers fun for the whole family. From “mutton bustin’” to buckin’ broncos, this high-energy entertainment is sure to be enjoyed by all. A parade, carnival, food, and beer garden are also part of the festivities. rodeodesantafe.org