Lighter Than Air Fair: Cheap Fun During Balloon Fiesta

September 30, 2009 by  
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The Lighter Than Air Fair offers cheap fun for the family between major sessions of the Balloon Fiesta.

The Lighter Than Air Fair offers cheap fun for the family between major sessions of the Balloon Fiesta.

Looking for something to do between sessions at the Albuquerque Interational Balloon Fiesta? Here’s something fun that’s right in balloon park’s backyard.

The Lighter Than Air Fair showcases the best of New Mexico artists, crafts, food, entertainment, and much more. It’s free with paid admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (which is cheap; see below). The Fair starts Saturday, October 3 (2009), and runs through the last day of Balloon Fiesta, October 11, from approximately 9:00am – 3:00pm each day. The Balloon Museum is offering free shuttle service from Balloon Fiesta Park, so it won’t be a hassle to get there.

Plus, if you print the coupon at the bottom of this page, you can get a FREE gift from the Balloon Museum Gift Shoppe with a purchase of $19.99 or more! Valid during Balloon Fiesta only.

The activities and entertainment change every day during this event, so check the schedule and plan your visit. This place is definitely kid-friendly!

Regular admission to the Balloon Museum is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors age 65+, $1 for kids ages 4-12, and FREE for kids age 3 and under.

The Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes


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BOGO Trolley Tours, Balloon Glow Tours and More

September 28, 2009 by  
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta balloon glow photo by Radzfoto; Creative Commons license

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta balloon glow photo by Radzfoto; Creative Commons license

ABQ Trolley Co. has whipped up a big bowl of trolley deliciousness for October. But the biggest deal of all is this: Buy one full-price trolley fare (adult, senior, or student) for the “Best of ABQ” city tour and get a second fare for just $1! Scroll down to the bottom of the previously linked newsletter for the coupon. Note this deal only applies to fares purchased onboard the trolley. Also, the offer is not valid during Balloon Fiesta, which brings us to our next item…

ABQ Trolley Co. has added a special tour for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Called the “Trolley Glow Tour,” it includes a guided round-trip tour from downtown Albuquerque to the fiesta, access to the exclusive “Chaser’s Club” at the park (a $20 value), and general admission to the Balloon Fiesta. All for only $40! How sweet is that?! Seriously, that sounds waaay more fun than park-n-ride. Only 34 seats available for each tour.

For more information on any of ABQ Trolley Co.’s tours, visit their website. Or just catch the trolley in Old Town Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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One Day Only: NM State Fair All-Day Ride Pass $10

September 14, 2009 by  
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What a deal for those who can get away on a Thursday to take advantage of this!

On Thursday, September 17 (2009), beginning at 10:00am, you can purchase an all-day ride pass that includes gate admission to the New Mexico State Fair for just $10!! Yes, ten smackers. It’s called the Thrifty Thursday Ride Pass, and it gets you¬†admission to the fair plus all the rides you can ride on Thursday, 9/17/09 ONLY!

Normally, Mega-Ride Passes run about $75, so this is a whale of a deal. And there’s no hocus-pocus involved. Simply present yourself at any State Fair Ticket Office to get the Thrifty Thursday Ride Pass. Easy!

You know where the fairgrounds is: Central and Louisiana.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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SAVE $2 ON ADMISSION: GEM & MINERALS SHOW

March 17, 2009 by  
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Green and Blue Cascade photo by Webbaliah. Creative Commons license.

OK, this show provides cheap entertainment, as it is. General admission is just $3. Kids age 13 and under are free. But if you attend Friday’s opening session, you get in for just a buck!

The Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club presents the 2009 Treasures of the Earth Gem & Mineral Show. This year’s theme is ruby. The event takes place at the School Arts/Flower Building at EXPO New Mexico (formerly the State Fairgrounds) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20-22. Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.

This is not just a dry sales room full of specimens, though certainly you can buy all kinds of gems and minerals from the 35+ dealers in attendance. However, in addition, this show includes a ton of fun stuff, such as:

  • Mineral identification booth
  • Visits with a well-behaved and socialized wolf
  • Educational booth by the NM Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
  • Grab bags for the kids
  • Multiple silent auctions per day
  • Raffles
  • Door prizes
  • Educational displays

If you’re interested in buying stuff, you’ll find beautiful specimens from amethyst cathedrals to zebra rock, from cheap to moderately priced, gems of all kinds (faceted, rough, cabochons), beads, jewelry, supplies, books and much more! It’s a great educational outing for the kids.

If you go, use the San Pedro entrance, just north of Central and south of Lomas. Also note: there’s probably an additional parking fee.

Questions? Call 255-5478.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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DISCOUNTED TICKETS: OLD TOWN GHOST TOUR ON FRIDAY THE 13TH

March 10, 2009 by  
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Ghost Tour of Old Town Albuquerque

If you love Halloween, there’s no reason to wait until October to get spooked.¬† And now you can get your thrills at a bargain price.

Tours of Old Town is offering their popular Ghost Tour at a special price on Friday, March 13. Buy one adult tour at the regular price of $20, get the second adult admission for just $13. This offer is good on both the “spooky” 8:00pm version and the “spookier” 10:00pm version.

During this 90-minute, guided tour, you’ll hear true, chilling stories of historic Old Town events while you learn the basics of ghost hunting and search for specters, apparitions, and the ghosts of former residents and Civil War soldiers. Digital cameras are encouraged, but video and audio recording are not allowed. This tour has won a “Best of Burque” award from the Weekly Alibi.

You must make advance reservations by calling 246-TOUR. Then, at the witching hour, meet at the Ticket Window, located at 303 Romero St NW, Plaza Don Luis Space #N-120. Visit the Tours of Old Town website to find out where you can park.

And remember: “Tours are taken at your own risk!”

Happy haunting!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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FREE ADMISSION, FREE ACTIVITIES: OPEN HOUSE AT BALLOON MUSEUM FOR SECRET FUGO BOMB EXHIBIT

February 26, 2009 by  
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This should be quite the extravaganza! The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is hosting a FREE open house to kick off its new special exhibition, Children of War, Voices for Peace: Japanese and American Perspectives.

The exhibit is about the little-known World War II Fugo bomb attacks by the Japanese, which led to the only foreign-inflicted deaths on North American soil. Reiko Okada was one of the young Japanese schoolchildren recruited to secretly make these balloon bombs. She recounts her experience through stirring text and illustrations in this exhibit, which conveys her “fervent wish for peace.”

This all-ages open house will offer a slew of interesting activities and guest speakers. Among them:

  • Make origami peace cranes
  • Fly Japanese kites
  • Experience Taiko Drumming with Bushido Kenkyukai
  • See the beautiful Miyagi Ryu Okinawa Dancing Group
  • Hear elegant Shigin — ancient poetry singing with Yoko Tadda
  • Watch and learn about Ikebana flower arranging
  • Write and hear Haiku peace poetry with ABQ Haiku Champions Jasmine Cuffee and Dustin Brown
  • Reflect in a peaceful tea ceremony with presenters Gary and Valerie Tibbetts
  • Experience live theatre based on Ms. Okada’s illustrations and created by the ABQ High School Thespian Troupe
  • Watch a Fugo documentary called On a Wind and Prayer
  • Live performances by Japanese and American musicians
  • and more…much too much to list it all here.

WHAT: Children of War, Voices for Peace: Japanese and American Perspectives
WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 11:00am – 3:00pm
WHERE: Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., just south of Balloon Fiesta Park

–Elizabeth Hanes

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FREE IRISH DANCE PERFORMANCES

February 26, 2009 by  
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If you’re into that Riverdance thing, this might be the event you’ve been waiting for. The 2009 New Mexico State Championships and Feis takes place Saturday, February 28, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Amateur dancers from children to adults will perform reels, jigs, hornpipes and other traditional Irish dances in a quest for the New Mexico state trophy. Also included are Celtic cultural competitions, in which contestants perform on a musical instrument, sing or recite poetry.

The event takes place at the Radisson Hotel, 2500 Carlisle NE. Admission is FREE to the public.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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FREE ADMISSION: NUESTROS MAESTROS EXHIBIT FEATURING MARGARET HERRERA (CHAVEZ)

February 25, 2009 by  
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National Hispanic Cultural Center photo courtesy www.kipmalone.com via ACVB

Let’s get right to the deal: normally, admission to this exhibit costs $3. That’s pretty cheap. But now you can see it for FREE.

Nuestros Maestros: The Legacy of Margaret Herrera (Chavez) will be on display at the National Hispanic Cultural Center until June. This one-person show highlights Margaret Herrera (Chavez)‘s paintings, watercolors and prints, all dealing with the colorful character of New Mexico. In fact, this collection is the largest in the world of Herrera (Chavez)’s work.

To get free admission, simply go see the exhibit on a Sunday. That’s it.

WHAT: Free admission to Nuestros Maestros: The Legacy of Margaret Herrera (Chavez)
WHEN: Now through June 21, 2009
WHERE: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St SW
COST: FREE on Sundays

–Elizabeth Hanes

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FREE ADMISSION TO STATE MUSEUMS & MONUMENTS PLUS DISCOUNTS AT ABQ & SANTA FE BUSINESSES

February 21, 2009 by  
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New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science; courtesy MarbleStreetStudio.com via ACVB.

Following up on yesterday’s post about how to get free RailRunner tickets, we wanted to let you know about some other dynamite promotions offered by the New Mexico RailRunner.

Didja know you can get a FREE discount card from the conductor or ticket agent aboard the RailRunner? Present your discount card for FREE admission to all the state museums and monuments within the RailRunner corridor, including:

  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • Museum of International Folk Art
  • Palace of the Governors
  • Coronado State Monument
  • Jemez State Monument
  • and others!

But wait… that’s not all.

A slew of Albuquerque and Santa Fe businesses also offer discounts with your RailRunner discount card.

And the discounts don’t end there! The RailRunner has partnered with select Santa Fe hotels to offer you 1-night and 3-day getaway packages.

So, let’s review. Duke City denizens can get a FREE Saturday day pass to ride around Albuquerque all day on the train, use their free fare to acquire a RailRunner discount card while onboard, and then use their free card to get free admission to museums around the city AND get discounts from a bunch of local businesses.

Now that’s a deal worth blogging about.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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CHEAP BOOKS, FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE

February 12, 2009 by  
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You probably won’t find anything by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but you might find something your sweetheart will enjoy even more at the Friends for the Public Library book sale on Saturday.

These are not used library books. Rather, the Friends receive donations of gently used hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs, tapes and other media. They sell these items at bargain prices: paperbacks are 25-cents; hardcover books are 50-cents and up.

Admission is FREE for Friends members and children. Admission is FREE for everyone after 1:00pm on sale day. From 10:00am – 1:00pm, admission is $1 for adults.

So head on down to the main library and stock up on some great reads.

WHAT: Friends for the Public Library book sale
WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: Main Library, 501 Copper Ave NW, Lower-Level Activity Room
MISC: Free parking for 2 hours at the Very Special Arts Garage, 5th and Copper; bring your parking stub to the circulation desk for validation

–Elizabeth Hanes

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