Maybe you haven’t heard of Community Events, but, chances are, you’ve been to one of their events.
From Summerfest, to the Twinkle Light Parade, to Freedom 4th, the folks at Community Events stay busy. They are behind the scenes, organizing free concert series, children’s programming, and cultural performances for everyone in Albuquerque to enjoy.
Since there are so many community events going on, we sat down with Community Events Manager Nikki Peone to find out what’s the best of the best this year.
Q: Are there any “don’t miss” events you suggest?
A: I love the Twinkle Light Parade (it’s been nationally recognized as a “Best Holiday Parade”) and the Dia de los Muertos celebration at South Broadway Cultural Center. Both bring out a great cross-section of our city. Then, I also love the South Broadway and KiMo galleries. They are a really peaceful (and free!) place to go and have a serene moment.
The KiMo Theatre, though… I can’t say enough about that place. Our 91-year-old theater is in the heart ofdowntown Albuquerque. They offer free tours. Around Halloween, the staff host a haunted ghost tour.
Q: What gives you the most happiness and joy about working in the community events department?
A: My favorite thing about our division really, truly is our effort to bring cultural diversity to our programming and to promote local talent through events that are safe, fun, and free or low-cost for families. At the zoo, for example, we can seat 5,000 people “picnic style” for a concert. Where else in Albuquerque can you do that? It’s really special and unique and we love providing these experiences for the public to share. It is really, really cool.
Q: Where are the best secret hideaways in the city?
A: Old Town has the best hideaways. Whether you want a great place to work or read or just get away, it has a lot of nooks and crannies in the patios and stores. You just have to explore and find them!
Q: One factoid. Go!
A: Special Events, within the Community Events division, has 553 interactions with local businesses, vendors, and artisans when organizing Freedom Fourth, Albuquerque Summerfest, Twinkle Light Parade, and Old Town programming.