We got lucky and happened to be there on a day of a festival which closed the streets through Old Town (presumably for a parade that we just missed). There was still much to see however, and we got to watch a traditional Native American "Grass Dancer" complete with drums and singers. The costumes were painstakingly handmade and very, very colorful.
You can click on the image of the dancer to watch a short clip.
Lunch followed this at a local Mexican restaurant just off the Old Town Square. We could still hear the music being played out on the street while we ate. Della had already looked into a local theater performance and we were able get get tickets on short notice, so we went to a matinee production of Charlotte's Web. The show was fun to watch and a cool way to experience a local event.
Between the theater and our car was the San Felipe de Neri Church, built in 1706 and rebuilt in 1793 and is still in operation today.
We stopped to take pictures from the outside and made a quiet walk through the sanctuary.
With the rotation of musicians and dancers still going strong in the background, we continued to work our way around the square looking into souvenir shops, reading restaurant menus, and people watching.
One stop that was recommended to us in a guide was at The Candy Lady, where they make dozens of different types of chocolate deliciousness. If you're ever in Albuquerque, it is definitely worth a stop. Their chocolate covered rice crispy treats are really awesome!
We knew when we got up today that there was a chance for some sour weather but we still wanted to make sure we got the most out of our day so we headed for Old Town to experience some of the local culture.