Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend
Looking for some free things to do in Albuqeurque this weekend? Whether you want free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other no-cost ways to enjoy this first weekend of November 2013, here are some ideas for you! If you have any freebie ideas of your own, tell us in the comments box below.
Friday November 1
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission all day on the first Friday of the month!
Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on November 1. If your kids are laden down with more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade it in and help a good cause. Dentist participation varies, and so does the swap value of the candy – cash, coupons, or other rewards. The candy is sent via Operation Gratitude or a similar group in care packages to deployed military. We know that Cosmetic Dentristy of New Mexico is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering kids $1 per pound of candy on November 1 from 3-6 pm and on November 2 from noon – 3 pm. Sandia Smiles Dental Center will have their candy buy back (also $1 per pound of candy) on November 4 & 5 from 3-6 pm. Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code
Saturday November 2
Rio Grande Nature Center Free Bird Walk at 8:30 am in the bosque. The guided walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.
Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to build a tabletop ship! Children can take the ship they’ve made home, and they also receive a a workshop apron, a certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin. Crikey – they’ll remember this day for the rest of their lives! Register at the link.
Take a Free Tour of the Torreón Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from noon – 4 pm to see the masterful Frederico Vigil 4,000 square foot fresco depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.
Bookworks Día de Los Muertos event for kids at 12:30 pm includes a craft activity and refreshments, and the featured book is Clatter Bash! Kids are welcome to go in costume or other Day of the Dead adornment. They request an RSVP – see the link – so they have enough craft supplies and food! Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Saturdays from 2 pm – 5 pm.
If you want to visit the museum earlier in the day and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.
Sunday November 3
Studio Sway is under new ownership and the studio is having a grand re-opening celebration with a free Nia Jam on Sunday at 12 noon. (Find Studio Sway at 1100 San Mateo Boulevard NE, by Ace Hardware on the San Mateo/Lomas intersection.) I haven’t tried Nia but all my friends who do it say they love it – for health and for fun. And hey, this Nia Jam is free! So it’s a great chance to try it out.
Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walks A bird walk at 8:30 am and another naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walks are free, but if you’re parking at the site the fee is $3 per vehicle, at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this Sunday November 3. Take your New Mexico ID. Between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also offer a free guided tour of the museum exhibits. The tours are limited to 14 participants, for ages 13+. It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so I’d ask about it as soon as you arrive at the museum.
South Broadway Cultural Center Día De Los Muertos event is from 12 noon – 6 pm, with an art market, live entertainment, face painting, silhouette making, and refreshments. A Day of the Dead film documentary will be screened at noon. The main part of the Día de Los Muertos event is the opening of the Day of the Dead ofrenda exhibit, with art from local artists and community altars. I love this annual exhibit, it’s always beautiful work.
Día de Muertos Marigold Parade The South Valley Marigold Parade starts at 2 pm, and the event runs through 6 pm. See the map at the link for directions and expect food, arts, ofrendas, and music!
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.
If you want to visit the museum later on Sunday and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm. You can also take a free tour of the Torreón Fresco from noon – 4 pm.
Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.
Hope you find some free Albuquerque fun in there to enjoy your weekend!