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Discover the Rich Culture and Historic Appeal of Albuquerque

Albuquerque has a rich and historic culture dating back more than 300 years. The architecture, cuisine and language of the area is encumbering and attracting giving Albuquerque a vibrancy all of its own. Spanish and Native American cultures influence everything in the area from the way that homes and businesses are designed and constructed to the types of food available in restaurants and the merchandise available at local stores. A one-of-a-kind character, old town charm and deep culture attract thousands of visitors and residents to the area each year.

Arts

Albuquerque is ranked one of the top arts destinations in the county inspiring artisans to create some of the most beautiful works of art you'll ever see. A number of art galleries and museums showcase the work of local artists. Works include everything from specialty paintings and sculptures to jewelry and handmade crafts.

In Old Town, a historic village set in the heart of Albuquerque, you can discover centuries old culture and history dating back hundreds of years. The culture seems to blend right in with the modern day life of the city but don't be surprised if you embark on a historic journey through time with a visit to any one of the rare specialty shops or restaurants in the Old Town Albuquerque area where you can enjoy the creativity and splendor of Spanish, Native American and Anglo heritages first hand.

Dining

Culinary flavors truly showcase the cultural diversity that can be found in Albuquerque. Dining in the area features everything from Southwestern cuisine to Native American delights to contemporary dishes. There is something for every palate at one of the nearly two thousand restaurants and gourmet shops that are located in the area. Many restaurants feature what has come to be known as "New Mexican Cuisine" a blend of Native American foods such as blue corn and squash with traditional Spanish ingredients such as chile peppers, pork and wheat flour.

A number of annual events take place in which residents and visitors alike can sample the flavors of New Mexico. Various wine, beer and food festivals take place in Albuquerque throughout the year including the Old Town Salsa Fiesta, the New Mexico Brew Fest and the National Fiery Foods and Barbeque Show. Events like these are tradition in Albuquerque and they provide an excellent opportunity for communities to come together and share in the culture and history of the city.

Holiday Traditions

The River of Lights is a holiday tradition that provides great family fun for residents and visitors to the area. Featuring millions of twinkling lights that are displayed throughout the ABQ BioPark-Botanic Gardens, a mile and a half of garden pathways are lit beautifully from Thanksgiving weekend through December 30th each year. Locally, traditions include luminares that light paths to local churches, businesses and dwellings throughout the Christmas season. Neighbors sing together and keep holiday traditions alive with great culture, family fun and special holiday foods such as tamales, pasole and red and green chile stew.

Although Albuquerque is a major city in New Mexico, diverse population, rich culture and historic charm make this a fascinating place to call home. Traditions are a part of everyday life here and culture encompasses everything from day to day activities at home to education in the schools. For old world charm in a big city, Albuquerque is a great place to live!

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