Mural Fest

'When Nature Calls'

50 Murals . 32 Locations . ONE Albuquerque

We would like to thank all of our partners, volunteers, artists & performers, our crew, The City, County & State of NM for helping Mural Fest 2018 break our own record in producing the largest public art festival in New Mexico as well as creating the largest mural in all of New Mexico!


When Nature Calls

September 22nd - October 13th, 2018

Beautify, Unify & Showcase!

West Downtown, Downtown, EDo, Barelas, Wells Park, Nob Hill, International District, Indian Acres and @Midtown

This year's theme When Nature Calls brings focus to Planet Earth’s climate crisis and how it is effecting all life on this floating rock we call home.  From California being on fire to Houston, Puerto Rico & Hawaii drowning in water and lava to New Mexico facing one of the worst droughts in history - we felt a need to bring our world community together through murals, music and culinary arts to highlight solutions we can all play a part in moving forward.


We aim to build off of last years success and good vibes where we had 45 muralists on 12 locations throughout Downtown, EDo and Wells Park.  This year we plan to bridge the Central Corridor, blessing our city with positive pieces of art, celebrating Mother Earth and all she provides.

 Sustainability, global warming, water protectors, farm-to-table, healthy eating habits and the strength of community to turn crisis into opportunity will be among the themes being painted in this year's festival.


We are bringing artists, non-profits, local businesses, neighborhood associations & main streets, The City of Albuquerque and You together to celebrate our culture and the path to a safer, more sustainable future.

Mural Fest 2018 calendar dates align with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. We will be offering the million visitors to our city with exciting adventures in art, music and cuisine spurring economic growth for local businesses and our artist community.

Mural Fest is a catylist in the development of a more unified, safer, beautiful city. We go about this in several different ways:

• Offering a Festival Pass which has over 100+ businesses along the Central Corridor with free, cool stuff and discounts on goods and services. We want to drive as much traffic as possible to these struggling merchants suffering from the construction of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

• The launching of The Hub ABQ: city guide, magazine, event calendar and on-line shop (August 2018). This is our love affair with The Land of Enchantment showcasing everything we do great! Offering marketing, design and consulting services to local businesses, non-profits and creators throughout New Mexico.

• Turn Albuquerque into an International Arts District for three weeks every year. We aim to keep the million visitors from Balloon Fiesta to stay in Albuquerque as well as attract art lovers from around the world. This will not only boost local, national and International tourism, but plant seeds of empowerment & pride in our local art scene.

• Form a non-profit alliance coalition: Mural Fest will offer non-profit organizations a space to share their mission online, in print and at several events throughout the festival along with year-round representation on The Hub ABQ. In doing so we want to plant seeds of communication and action steps that every organization can make to form greater partnerships with other civic-minded individuals and organizations.

• A marketing & promotional avenue for neighborhood associations, main streets, The City of Albuquerque, non-profits and our artist community. Mural Fest & The Hub ABQ are champions of our neighborhoods and their common mission moving forward as a safer, more economicly viable, inspiring place to raise a family. It has been proven that more foot traffic decreases crime and that murals squash vandalism while raising community pride and tourism.


For twenty two days we aim to turn Albuquerque into an International Arts District, featuring some of the worlds most renowned muralists along side New Mexico’s best. There will also be community walls where emerging artists, youth and the entire family will have the opportunity to create a piece together.

We are coordinating with local businesses and non-profits to offer dozens of art, music and culinary events throughout the festival. There will be a full calendar paired with the Festival Pass giving participants free entry and discounted deals to over 100 restaurants and local shops.

There will also be a film being shot throughout the festival interviewing people of all walks of life on their views of what they love about our city and how we can improve it. Mural Fest is the foundation in which artists, non-profits and local businesses can roll their carts to, plant their seeds and dream up a brighter future for all citizens of our great city!

The problems we face as a city might be bigger than you, they might be bigger than me, but they are not bigger than you and me! Can you dig it?

Our Partners

Every day our community network is getting bigger and stronger!
Join us in making a better, safer, more beautiful Albuquerque.
The Hub ABQ
Worldwide UnderGround
Karma Army
star field collective
Nob Hill Main Street
Rail Yards Market
West Downtown
Bernalillo County
City of Albuquerque
Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
Visit ABQ
Dunn Edwards
Mike's Quality Painting
Sherwin Williams
Montana Colors
Diamond Vogel
Home Depot
Travelhost Albuquerque
Rio Metro
Hold My Ticket
A Good Sign
Field & Frame
Colibri Media House
Andre Ross
Marble Street Photography
Seth Jacob Images
Story Lab Interactive
Walls 360
Octo Fair 2018
Corks & Brews
Banque Lofts
One Central
Keshet dance+center for the arts
Tortuga Gallery
Sister Bar
Gallery Chaco
TAL realty
Artichoke Cafe
OT Circus
Mothership Alumni
Flamenco Works
Empire Game Library
Rustic Star
Positive Energy Solar
Hot Yoga Downtown
Guild Cinema
Painted Lady Bed and Brew
Boese Brothers Brewery
High & Dry Brewing
Three Little Birds Coffee
Durans Central Pharmacy
The Remedy Day Spa
ABQ ArtWalk
Sol Harvest Farm
Vida Verde Farm
Silver Leaf Farms
Richard Levy Gallery
Haven Skate Shop
Maddox Co. Realtors
Bike Coop
Mariposa Music

Non Profit Organizations

We are here to support people & organizations that are working to make Albuquerque and the world a better place.
Karma Army
Fathers New Mexico
Breastfeeding Task Force
Emerson Elementary
Keshet dance+center for the arts
The Kindness Club
Fundacion Culata
21st Century Academy
Two Way Street
Sierra Club
Bosque Action Team
We Are this City
Warehouse 508
Mobilize Walls
St Johns Thrift Shop
Museum of International Folk Art
New Mexico Women's Global Pathways


Check back soon for updates to the calendar!

Friday July 6th & Saturday July 21st
Tortuga Bosque Mural Fundraising Show
@ Tortuga Gallery
901 Edith St SE
South Broadway
more info here

Friday Sept 7th
Tortuga Bosque Mural Fundraising Show II
@ Ghostwolf Gallery
2043 South Plaza St NW
Old Town

Saturday Sept 22nd
Opening Ceremonies
@ Banque Lofts Rooftop
219 Central Ave NW
5:30 - 7:30pm
Due to limited space this event is invite only

Sunday Sept 23rd
The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St SW
10am - 2pm

Fresco Exchange • Collective Exhibition
DJ Josh Burg & Grinch Muzik

@ OT Circus
709 Central Ave NW

Saturday Sept 29th
@ National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW

@Midtown Block Party
@ Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE 87110
3pm - 6pm

Sunday Sept 30th
The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St SW
10am - 2pm

Flamenco Works Block Party
1010 Coal Ave SW
12pm - 8pm

Friday Oct 5th
First Friday Gallery Night

@ Duel, Relic, OT Circus, Boese Brothers, Gallery Chaco & Tortuga Gallery

Saturday Oct 6th
ABQ Corks & Brews

@ The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St. SW

Sister Bar Concert
Alxxs Garza & Nosotros

407 Central Ave NW
8pm - till

Sunday Oct 7th
The Rail Yards Market

777 1st St. SW
10am - 2pm

Nob Hill Block Party
Central & Tulane
Nob Hill
11am - 7pm

Rustic Star Anniversary Party
3407 Central Ave NE
Nob Hill
all day

Saturday Oct 13th
Octo Fair • EDo Block Party

Central & Edith
10am - 4pm
view here

Family Style Vol. II • Collective Exhibition
@ Artichoke Cafe
424 Central Ave SE
12pm - 8pm

Monday Oct 22nd
Emerson Elementary School Block Party

3407 Central Ave NE
International District

Saturday Oct 27th
Mural Unveiling Party • Ashton Phillips

3600 Pan American Fwy
i25 & Comanche

Thursday Dec 4th
Keshet Dance Ribbon Cutting

4121 Cutler Ave NE