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2017 Fall Activities & Oktoberfest Events in Albuquerque, NM


Now that the heat waves in ABQ have ended—we hope—it’s time to prep for cooler autumn temperatures. Need something fun to occupy your time this October? Plan around any of these Albuquerque Oktoberfest events, local festivals, and family-friendly activities.


Red River Oktoberfest

Date: October 6th-8th, 2017
Location: Red River, NM

Head north from our Albuquerque Nissan dealer for an October weekend getaway, and you’ll be greeted by more than enough sauerkraut, brats, and German beer to last you a lifetime. Red River’s Oktoberfest event is one of the largest and most celebrated in the state, so you won’t ever feel bored. The weekend festival will offer genuine German treats and craft beers, traditional Bavarian music and entertainment, New Mexico wines, arts and crafts, contests, vendors, and so much more.

Family-friendly and full of life, Red River’s Oktoberfest costs just $5 to attend. Talk about a cheap way to make the best of an autumn weekend!

29th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

Date: October 13th-15th, 2017
Location: Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM

Join thousands of fellow shoppers, hobbyists, and artists at this year’s Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival, aka “The Big White Tent.” Known as one of the area’s finest fall events, this festival runs for two full weekends and features work from over 200 auteurs, artists, and designers. Entertainment will be on tap outside on the resort’s pavilion, but inside is where you’ll want to be. With samples of culinary treats, painting demos, exhibitions, and a Kids’ Creation Station, this tent is a must-stop if you’re traveling through ABQ.

Kids under the age of 12 years are free, and one-day passes cost just $10 for adults. That’s a small price to pay for 8 full hours of entertainment.


New Mexico Brew Fest

Date: October 14th, 2017
Location: EXPO New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)

Craft beer from more than 20 local breweries. Local and regional musicians performing on stage. Perks and discounts for cyclists. Delicious food—lots and lots of food. And those are just a few of the offerings listed on the NM Brew Fest website! Labeled as one of the 10 best fall festivals in the entire country, Brew Fest is not to be missed by any adult with taste buds and an affinity for hops. There’s also an Oktoberfest area, so dress to the nines and show your pride.

Tickets are on sale now on their website and range in price.

ABQ BioPark: Zoo Boo

Date: October 28th, 2017
Location: ABQ BioPark Zoo (Albuquerque, NM)

After 29 years, the ABQ BioPark Zoo is still celebrating Halloween with their annual Zoo Boo event. As an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, Zoo Boo provides a safe space for your kids to make the candy rounds. “Haunted Habitats,” costume parties, and many other Halloween-themed activities are also offered—all within the confines of your favorite local zoo. And in the morning, special events will take place at certain animal enclosures, so be sure to keep your schedule open!

Zoo Boo will run throughout the morning and afternoon and is free with membership or paid admission to the facility.

The Lantern Fest

Date: October 28th, 2017
Location: Sandia Speedway (Albuquerque, NM)

An Albuquerque night sky lit up by…lanterns? That’s what will happen on October 28th when hundreds and thousands of lanterns are released into the air! But before “the release,” you’ll get to enjoy the event’s live music, dancing, food, s’mores, and other fun activities. Be sure to pack your vehicle with all the necessities, including a blanket, some chairs, a cooler filled with drinks, and some snacks. If you can’t fit all that inside your dinky two-door, why not make the upgrade to an SUV like the Nissan Murano? (Our Albuquerque Nissan dealership can help with that, by the way.)

The Lantern Fest will open at 3 pm. Admission costs $10 at the gate.

New Fall Car Deals Only at Melloy Nissan

Now that you’re ready to turn your fall into something special, why not give your car the same treatment? With our various Nissan lease deals and financing offers, you can make the fall of 2017 a season to remember. Come browse the various new Nissan models and used cars for sale at our ABQ car dealership, and we’ll help you discover the best discounts available. Contact us at (505) 545-6420 or stop by our Albuquerque Nissan dealer at 7707 Lomas Blvd N.E. to take a test drive.



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