The Albuquerque-Santa Fe region has become a nationally recognized cultural center, offering audiences everything from the world-class Santa Fe Opera to small theaters, tribal historical museums, historical sites and art. Albuquerque has over 40 art galleries, and Santa Fe, although much smaller, has over 250.
Be sure to visit Old Town Albuquerque
, a beautiful, charming and serene historic village within a modern city. Old Town Albuquerque is a place where centuries of history and modern life merge to blend 18th century architecture with narrow brick paths, world famous artwork, the finest jewelry, delicious food and rare specialty shops offering the creative talents of Spanish, Native American and Anglo heritages.
A shopper's and photographer's dream, Old Town Albuquerque is full of enticing nooks and crannies where you will find quaint merchant shops in the true southwestern style all located within a ten-minute walk from each other. For the romantic in you, horse drawn carriages can transport you back in time allowing you to imagine how life was in Old Town, 300 years ago.
Every April, thousands of visitors come to Albuquerque to celebrate The Gathering of Nations
, a meeting of more than 500 Native American tribes from around the world that features singing, dancing and the crowning of Miss Indian World.
The Popejoy Presents
series at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus brings some of the best productions in the nation to Albuquerque. Albuquerque's Opera Southwest features multiple diverse, quality performances each season.