Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

November 23, 24, 25, 2018

Kick off your holiday shopping at the Rio Grande Holiday Show!

Bring your friends and family to the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, to kick-off that holiday shopping and ease into the season! Every November, this renowned festival comes to life at Expo New Mexico to shake things up during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Here, shoppers can find the most memorable and original gifts for everyone on their list, whether it’s a whimsical piece of pottery, a handmade leather belt, one-of-a-kind jewelry, a cool photograph or a striking piece of fine art. The Rio Grande Holiday Show marks a great opportunity for artists and festival goers to experience one of Albuquerque’s best-loved events while enjoying live holiday music, festive food sampling, and much more. It’s no surprise that this festival takes the turkey when it comes to New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Weekend traditions!


November 23, 24, 25 2018


Friday: 10AM–5PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: 10AM–4PM


Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building: 300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

The Festival will be held indoors in the Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo NM Fairgrounds in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From I-40, exit south on Louisiana Blvd. – turn west on Lomas Blvd. – turn south on San Pedro Blvd. Turn in at Gate 3 or 4 to enter the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds.


Parking at EXPO New Mexico is $5, or free if you are a Grande Pass holder. There is a complimentary shuttle van running from parking lots to the show daily from 10-4.


(Kids under 12 are FREE)


(Admission for all 3 days, includes free return parking)


Unlimited Admission to October, November & March Shows with Grande Pass, parking included for pass holders (Grande Passes were only available for purchase at October show).


Shop from the works of 185 of the best artists & craftsmen from all over the country, including a great selection of artists who are new to Rio Grande!


Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing entertainment in both halls. There are professional pianists, carolers, mariachis and more at the show!



This family–oriented festival features something for everyone – great shopping, dozens of ‘Artists at Work’, food sampling the Kids’ Creation Station™ and More!

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