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2017 Schedule

The Folk Festival will run from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, June 3 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.

If you want an overview of everything that's going on during the day, download a complete schedule as a PDF file.

Friday, June 2

  • 3:00 PM - Free camping area opens
  • Evening - Free camping and/or jamming at the campsite

Saturday, June 3

  • 8:00 AM - Instrument Checkroom available
  • 10:00 AM - Gates open, arts and craft vendors and food vendors open
  • 10:00 AM - Jemez Stage performance kicks off with singer-songwriters Kristina Jacobsen, Meredith Wilder, and Seth Hoffman
  • 10:00 AM - Start signing up for the Band Scramble
  • 10:00 AM - KUNM starts broadcasting live from the festival grounds
  • 10:00 AM - Sunny Birklund and the Puppet Playhouse Giant Puppets start strolling the grounds, including free interaction in front of the Museum.
  • 10:00 AM - Signups start at the Unplugged Outlet Sign-up Stage.
  • 10:00 AM - Planet Music and New Mexico Music Guild's Musical Petting Zoo open
  • 10:30 AM - All venues open
  • 12:00 PM - Beer sales start
  • 3:45 PM - Final deadline for Band Scramble signup
  • 4:15 PM - Band Scramble assignments announced
  • 4:30 PM - Some venues close for Band Scramble practice
  • 5:00 PM - Planet Music closes
  • 5:30 PM - Band Scramble at the Sandia Stage
  • 6:30 PM - Singalong at the Sandia Stage
  • 7:30 PM - International Folk Dance with music by Goddess of Arno begins in the Downstairs Dance area.
  • 7:30 PM - FolkMADS Contra Dance with the Albuquerque Megaband begins in the Upstairs Dance area.
  • 9:00 PM - Last call to get your instruments from the instrument check room.
  • 10:30 PM - Raffle drawing (hope you bought a bunch of tickets!)
  • 11:00 PM - The party's over...until next year! (But they might still be jamming in the camping area!)

Sunday, June 7

  • 2:00 PM - Free camping area closes

Quick Links:

  • Perfomance Stages

    Many great performers are scheduled on three stages from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM.

    Back this year: Several performers are performing more than once, so you'll have more choice balancing all the other things there are to do at the Festival.

    Back this year: WeĠre staggering the schedule of the Sandia and Jemez Stages to allow even more flexibility in planning your day. The Jemez Stage will begin at 10 a.m. and run on the hour all day; the Sandia Stage will begin at 10:30, running on the half-hour. Now you can catch performances that might otherwise overlap!

  • Sign-up Stage

    This year, the Sign-Up Stage will start at the Unplugged Outlet venue at 6:30 pm. You can sign up all day for 1/2 hour performance slots.

  • Dance Program

    Get moving with dance workshops in two venues plus two evening dances on Saturday night.

  • Jam With The Band!

    Here’s where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands. It’s ok just to listen too. Come on out and meet the up-and-coming folk and traditional music bands on the local music scene.

  • Hosted Jams:

    At the hosted jams, hosts are there to encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. In addition, hosts bring their own unique flare to the jam.

  • Band Scramble:

    Our popular Band Scramble gives musicians and dancers of all levels a chance to be a Main Stage Performer at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

  • Music Workshops:

    Participation is the name of the game at our wide variety of music and song workshops. Bring an acoustic musical instrument and/or your singing voice and join the fun.

  • Storytelling:

    Hear a wonderful tale from some of our best local storytellers.

  • Children's Tent:

    While all of our workshops are open to participants of all ages, sessions at the Children's Tent are tailored to get kids and families started enjoying home made music.