Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosts its 10th Annual Balloon Fiesta Week
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) located at 2401 12th St NW has a full schedule of engaging cultural and educational events October 5 through 13 to coincide with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Visitors to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center during Balloon Fiesta Week will experience a full schedule of cultural Native dances in the mural-lined courtyard by multiple Native dance groups, including the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, Zuni Olla Maidens of Zuni Pueblo, Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group of Acoma Pueblo, and the Serpent Trail Dancers of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.
Native artists will offer their creations at vendor booths in the courtyard daily, and staff and docents will be available to enrich visitors’ self-guided tours in the museum. The nine-day celebration of Pueblo art and culture includes artist demonstrations, 40 cultural Native dances, and workshops on Native art and jewelry. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is also home to the only all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta, the 7 annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival, taking place on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“We’re pleased to welcome visitors from near and far, and provide an outstanding cultural experience,” says Cultural Programs Manager Alicia Ortiz (Santa Ana Pueblo). “We have multiple cultural dances and authentic Native art and jewelry in our courtyard every single day during Balloon Fiesta Week, plus engaging museum exhibits and lot of wonderful food. Pueblo hospitality is at the heart of everything we do here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.”
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s museum exhibits offer hours of cultural engagement, from the permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” to rotating exhibits such as “HERitage” and the extended-by-popular-demand “Ours | The Zia Sun.”
Shumakolowa Native Arts inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will host a free pottery-making demonstration with Noreen Simplicio of Zuni Pueblo October 5 and 6, 12–2 p.m. Shumakolowa will also present three free educational workshops: “Distinguishing Authentic Native Work from Imitations” on Wednesday, October 9, 1–2 p.m.; “Evolution of Native American Jewelry” on Thursday, October 10, 1–2 p.m.; and “Navajo Rug Traditions” on Friday, October 11, 1–2 p.m.
Visitors can complete their immersion in Pueblo culture with Native Sourced, Pueblo Inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the on-site restaurant, whose award-winning culinary team is popular year-round for such specialties as our pre-European-contact selections, Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes, Tewa Tacos on frybread, and the Pueblo Feast’s array of stews, breads, and more. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Party on the Patio will go into full swing with live bands and a buffet of unlimited fresh horno-baked pizza and street tacos. The party goes from 6 to 9:30 each night with a $12 cover.
Immediately following Balloon Fiesta Week, on Monday, October 14, the Inaugural New Mexico Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration will take place at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. New Mexico’s Native American tribes will gather together with civic officials and the public to celebrate New Mexico’s inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day. This historic occasion is open to all, and will include a tribal entry parade, dignitaries, Native dances, speakers, and special guests. Admission to this event is free.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is located at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Admission to the 7th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival and the week’s special cultural events are all included in normal Indian Pueblo Cultural Center admission:
- Members: Free
- Adults: $8.40
- Seniors (62 & over): $6.40
- Military (Active & Retired): $6.40
- New Mexico Residents: $6.40
- Students/Children (ages 5-17): $5.40
- Children under 5: Free
- Groups (15 or more): $5.40
About the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblos District. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understand by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.