Why You Need to Attend Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque

A city rich in history and culture, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is widely known for their exciting annual events celebrating the history and origins of the area.  One that stands out from among the rest is the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque.  Native American, First Nation, and indigenous peoples from over 500 tribes from all over the world gather to dance, sing, and socialize. From colorful and energetic dances and entertainment to fascinating arts and crafts, Gathering of Nations is bound to leave visitors with the memory of a lifetime. Learn more about this unique event and make your reservation today!

All About Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque 2017


The Gathering of Nations was created 34 years ago with the purpose of honoring the traditions and lifestyles of tribes around the country and has grown steadily over the years. The respect and support participants show to each other create a warm, welcoming environment drawing thousands of people every year.  Many volunteers help with this event, contributing to its monumental success.  Held annually on the 4th weekend of April, Gathering of Nations is the largest powwow in the United States.

When & Where

Gathering of Nations events begin on Thursday, April 27th, 2017, continues Friday, April 28th, 2017, and concludes on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, at the UNM WisePies Arena (more commonly known as “The Pit”) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Advance tickets for this event can be ordered online.

Events & Things to Do

Gathering of Nations 2017 begins Thursday evening with the amazing Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations.  Friday’s festivities will begin bright and early with some spirited performances, followed by drum and dancing competitions after lunch.  Friday evening continues with competitive dances, including a dance competition by the Miss Indian World contestants, and a midnight special event.  These performances and competitions continue through Saturday, finishing with award presentations, the crowning of Miss Indian World, and the announcement of the winners of each competition.  Throughout Gathering, artists, crafters, and traders will offer their gorgeous handmade arts, crafts, and foods.  This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in music and cultures from all over the world!

How to Purchase Tickets to the Gathering of Nations 2017

You can buy your Gathering of Nations 2017 tickets in advance online or at the gate the day of the event. This event is rain or shine, so you’ll be able to attend the festivities no matter what!  Be sure to get your tickets today so you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Stay at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast!

Treat yourself to the best accommodations while you’re in Albuquerque for Gathering of Nations!  The Bottger Mansion of Old Town is a historic bed and breakfast in Albuquerque offering comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality.  While you’re here, you can choose from exploring the many amazing features of Albuquerque or simply relaxing in our shady courtyard.  We are conveniently located nearby some of the city’s best attractions and activities, so you’re guaranteed to make the most of your stay here in Albuquerque!  We know you will love your time in our lovely inn in New Mexico, so check our availability and book your stay today!

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