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Albuquerque’s Summerfest comes to life in downtown Duke City

Crowds on Central Avenue
Crowds on Central Avenue
Suzanna Chavez

Albuquerque’s Summerfest summer series is always something to look forward to for locals. Although Summerfest has different locations for each street party, the downtown event seems to get the biggest crowd. Central Avenue was packed with families, friends and pets Saturday, August 9, and everyone from young children to the older generation seemed to have a great time.

There were several activities for the kids to enjoy from jump houses to face painting to a rock climbing wall to skeet ball. The adults had access to the microbrew garden, which featured beers from local breweries like Marble, Illvicino and Santa Fe Brewing Company. A variety of food trucks were available to keep belly’s satisfied and included BBQ, sandwiches and fresh frozen custard. Local artists displayed and sold their unique handcrafted items such as jewelry, pottery and leather goods.

Two stages were set up at each end of Central Avenue with eight musical acts. This year’s downtown Summerfest featured Sheila E and other energetic Latin bands on the main stage and the smaller stage called the Millennial Stage showcased alternative rock bands; this allowed for superb local and abroad entertainment for everyone to dance to.

The next and last Summerfest of 2014 will be located on Albuquerque’s Westside at Ellison Drive between Alameda and Cottonwood. Admission and parking are free with parking available at Cibola High School. Morris Day & The Time will headline this street party with three other soul/funk genre bands performing. There will be a microbrew garden onsite, which will be among the largest yet featuring ten local breweries.

Like previous Summerfests, the Westside has something for everyone. The Kid Zone will be back, pets are welcomed as long as they are leashed and folding chairs will be available although bringing your own is also recommended. Mark you calendars for Saturday, August 23 from 5:00pm-10:30pm so you won’t miss out on the last street party of the 2014 series!