Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: July 23

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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

Here’s a reminder that if you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert Band concerts, the next in the series is Wednesday July 23.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014, and the remaining ones are on July 23 and August 6.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the July 23 Stories in the Sky segment features Nimbus: contemporary Native American music woven with storytelling.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania


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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky

June 23, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night SkyThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky in a series running on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday June 25, 2014, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features a performance of “Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves” by FUSION Theatre Company.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare food, various food trucks and vendors will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the summer 2014 dates for Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky featuring different guest performers each time. They’re all on Wednesdays at the Balloon Museum:

  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 6

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: July 24

July 24, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

Here’s a reminder that if you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert Band concerts, the next in the series is tonight, Wednesday July 24.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2013, and the remaining ones are on July 24 and August 7.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the July 24 Stories in the Sky segment features Tall Paul’s Famous Magic Show.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky: June 12

June 11, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night SkyThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky in a series running on selected Wednesdays in summer 2013. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday June 12, 2013, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features animal songs and stories from Susie Tallman and Friends.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare food, the Conchitas Creations Gourmet Food Truck will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the summer 2013 dates for Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky featuring different guest performers each time. They’re all on Wednesdays at the Balloon Museum:

  • June 12
  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 24
  • August 7

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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American Girl Saige Albuquerque Event

May 8, 2013 by  
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Fans of the Saige American Girl series can meet the author in Albuquerque this week, at an event for kids at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Jessie Hass, author of the book series featuring Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland, is at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque this Friday May 10, in an event that runs from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  The books Saige and Saige Paints the Sky are about the little girl (and the American Girl Saige doll character) who loves hanging out on her grandma’s ranch in Albuquerque,  where she paints and rides horses and apparently spots lots of hot air balloons. (If you’ve actually read the books and can tell us more, please feel free to comment in the box below!)

In the meet-the-author and storytelling event on Friday, you can also enjoy activities including making art, and seeing live horses. Girls can dress up to suit the Saige theme too, if they like – as a cowgirl or an artist perhaps.

Of course you can buy the book too at the event, co-sponsored by Bookworks, and get Jessie Haas to sign it. That would be super-special for any little girls who love that series!

The American Girl: The Year of Saige event requires the regular Balloon Museum admission fee:

  • Adults:  $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents. Take NM resident ID to get the $1 off admission!
  • Seniors aged 65+:  $2
  • Children aged 4 – 12:  $1
  • Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania. FYI this post contains Amazon affiliate links so you can see more about American Girl Saige. However, I’d encourage you to buy the book from Bookworks at the event itself – that way you can get it signed by the author! 

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Balloon Museum Spring Break Family Day: March 13

March 7, 2013 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Spring Break Family Day might be just the answer if you’re looking for something different (and cheap or even free) to do with the kids while they’re off school.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum Spring Break Family Day is on Wednesday March 13, 2013.  Take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn, kids have plenty of space to run around there ;-) and join family day activities.

If you go for the free Stories in the Sky program from 9:30 to 10:15 am  you can stay on for the rest of the day’s activities for free too! After 10:15 am you pay regular museum admission.

The Stories in the Sky program is for kids aged 6 months to 6 years and is free for children and accompanying adults. On March 13, the Stories in the Sky line-up includes music by the Sage Harrington Duo and stories by Laurie Magovern.

The rest of the Spring Break Family day activities run from 10:15 am – 3 pm and include:

  • Kite-flying (take your kite) or make a windsock to fly outside
  • Games with bubbles and parachutes, sidewalk art, and weather scavenger hunts around the museum.
  • Butterfly demonstrations with Wings of Enchantment and a butterfly presentation at 1 pm
  • 11 am – Live music by the Sage Harrington Duo
  • 12 noon – Live music by the New Mexican Marimba Band
  • 1:45 pm – Balloon sculpture with Tall Paul

And of course you can check out the Balloon Museum exhibits while you’re there. I hope they’ll have the hot air balloon simulator in action. I love that gizmo – but always ‘land’ in the river.

Balloon Museum Spring Break Family Day events on March 13 come with regular museum admission from
10:15 am. (It’s free admission earlier if you go for Stories in the Sky from 9:30 to 10:15 am.)

  • Adults:  $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents. Take NM resident ID to get the $1 off admission!
  • Seniors aged 65+:  $2
  • Children 4 – 12:  $1
  • Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

Some activities depend on weather, so let’s hope it’s a warm and calm day. If you miss the Spring Break Family Day, then maybe take the family to the Balloon Museum on Sunday morning - it’s free admission for all every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, barring Balloon Fiesta weeks.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania

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Holidays Take Flight at the Balloon Museum

November 28, 2012 by  
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Santa in a balloon? Well, nearly. Meet Balloon Pilot Santa in this festive free event for all the family!

Holidays Take Flight at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday December 2.  

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will host seasonal merry-making  including live entertainment, decorating cookies, making balloon holiday cards, and the launch of a remote-controlled hot air balloon – weather permitting.  AND of course meet Balloon Pilot Santa and take pictures!

Admission is free, and according to info received from the museum, the entertainment line-up includes:

  • 11 am – New Mexico holiday music from Los Primos and a performance by the Enchantment Handbell Ensemble. Wow, the Ensemble is going to be busy this weekend! They’re playing at the Festival of Trees too. Their bells will be all (w)rung out! Ha!
  • 12 noon – A sing-along holiday concert with Susie Tallman & Friends
  • 1 pm – Carols from the Manzano High School choir
  • 2 pm – Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer and dances

This event also includes a New Mexico Holiday Shopping Village, featuring Rock Me Baby Records, Zap Oh!, Bounce-n-Boogie, Costitas, Glo’s Bows and other retailers, for your gift shopping delight. The museum’s own gift store also has some rather cool things in it – I love browsing in there. Hot chocolate and holiday treats will be available for purchase.

If you care to take along a new and unwrapped toy for Albuquerque kids in need, the Balloon Museum will accept donations during the event for the Toys for Tots program organized by the US Marine Corps.

Holidays Take Flight at the Balloon Museum

  • When:  Sunday December 2, 2012
  • Time:  11 am – 3 pm
  • Where:  Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Price:  Free admission to the museum and event

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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The Lion King Drumming Workshop at Balloon Museum: October 24

October 23, 2012 by  
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I’ve mentioned the free Stories in the Sky program at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum before, but this week it’s an extra-special event that’s bound to drum up interest…  

Reuven Weizberg is the solo percussionist for Disney’s The Lion King and he’s the guest presenter at Stories in the Sky on Wednesday October 24, leading a drumming workshop for kids in two morning sessions from 9:30 to 10:15 am and from 11 to 11:45 am.

During the Balloon Museum’s free Stories in the Sky presentation, kids can drum with Weizberg, make an instrument, dance to music, and (as usual with this weekly program) hear a story. Weizberg has been a solo percussionist on the hit musical Disney’s The Lion King North American tour since 2008, so presumably he knows his way around a drum.

If you miss this special guest event, the Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. There are two session times, from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the Balloon Museum during Stories in the Sky is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up each week, led by Curator of Education and storyteller Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Free and Cheap Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 5, 2012 by  
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It’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta time (hurrah!) but there are plenty of free Albuquerque events this weekend too.  We’ve mentioned some of them before, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-budget ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 6 and 7, 2012. 

Saturday October 6

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to make a Fire Truck. (From 10-11 am parents can also join a free fire-safety workshop to make a fire prevention plan for the home.)

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy tickets online in advance using the promo code Chocolate - the discount only works on adult one-day tickets.  Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under. This includes entry to the Balloon Museum where there will also be live entertainment, and parking is free from 10 am – 2 pm, outside the busy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hours.  If you pay on the door take cash – they’ll add a $2 per ticket fee to any credit card payments.

Kirkland’s Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday at the Coronado Center includes a free personalized design consultations with interior designer Deborah Smith from 1 – 4 pm both days. Take floor plans or photos of the rooms you’re decorating. They’ve also got some giveaways. (More info at our previous post.)

Author Karen Baldwin Meet & Greet from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at Barnes & Noble in the Coronado Center. I have to declare favoritism here, as New Mexico writer Karen Baldwin wrote her wonderful book Ruby’s World while taking one of my writing seminars so I know how good it is! Karen was recently appointed American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa. Go hear her read from Ruby’s World and say hi for me!

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Albuquerque Old Town Plaza from 9 am to 5 pm, with traditional Spanish religious arts, and music and dancing at the Gazebo. It’s all free – unless you buy something!

Albuquerque Grecian Festival offers all things Greek with live entertainment, cooking classes, Greek language classes, and (of course) food vendors. Admission is $5, or $2 for Seniors 62+, and free for kids under 12. It’s also free for police, fire, emergency, and military personnel. Find it at St George Greek Orthodox Church (308 High Street SE) on Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open through October 31. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, and admission is free from 9 am – 6:30 pm.  Find it at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival runs all weekend. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon - regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts, enjoy the entertainment, and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre frog-themed corn maze is open on Saturday from 1o am – 9 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. However, here’s a  50% off Albuquerque Maize Maze admission deal at $7 for two people or $14 for four people, available via Groupon till Sunday, for a maze visit through October 14.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids aged 3-11. On Saturday they open from 9 am to 10 pm, and in the evening they host a night maze with a campfire. (Sunday is 9 am to 6 pm.)

Albuquerque Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is free to visit this weekend, from 9 am to 5 pm both days at EXPO New Mexico Creative Arts Center.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History when vistors show a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID. The offer is also at around 150 museums nationally. The free admission is only for the card holder, but Albuquerque Museum children’s admission aged 4 – 12 is only $1, and it’s free for kids under 3.

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Right now you can get a 50% off Tinkertown Museum deal of Family Four Pack of four admissions for $7, at the link via SweetJack. FAQ’s say they’ll email your admissions certificate within 10 minutes of purchase.  Otherwise, admission is $3.50 for adults,  $3 for seniors aged 62+, and just $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am - 6 pm, seven days a week, with the last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier – you need at least an hour (two!) to explore this extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  These and an amazing collection of American ephemera are housed in a rambling building constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles.  Head to the highlands and Tinkertown Museum, on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail).

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2012 You might have heard of this event ;-) The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Twilight Twinkle Glow and the launch of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, followed by the fantastic fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Free Star Party from 6 pm to 10 pm, by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. Study to the heavens with the astronomers’ telescopes, get a green laser guided tour of the night sky, and hear talks on amateur astronomy and asteroids.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 7 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. The trilingual Náhuatl, Spanish, and English production with music presents 500 years’ worth of Mexico’s best poetry. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). The production repeats on Sunday at 2:30 pm.

It’s the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival this weekend, October 6-7,  if you’re in the mood for a day trip (about 150 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40). Expect traditional dances, a human and horse relay race, and a horseshoe tournament.

Sunday October 7

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the morning mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am.  (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) That’s followed by the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show. The evening session starts at 5:45 pm with the Balloon Glow, followed once again by fireworks. Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy one-day adult tickets online in advance using the promo code: Chocolate.  Otherwise it’s $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.  Other details are the same as in the Saturday mention of this event, above.

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 walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 2:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). See the Saturday show above for more details.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza continues, from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, with traditional Spanish religious arts and live entertainment. New Mexico santero Adan Carriaga gives a lecture at 12:30 pm at the San Felipe church.

A ChamberCHOPS Free Concert at 2 pm on Sunday includes Mozart’s Serenade No. 11. ChamberCHOPS is the Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest and while admission is free, they accept donations. The concert is at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Boulevard NE. Find any updates on the Chamberchops Facebook page.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this week – Sunday October 7. Take your New Mexico ID. From 11 am – 3 pm it’s Meet The Experts Day with behind-the-scenes insights from curators and staff in the museum atrium

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon (Print one coupon per person.) Regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.   Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday and other details are as per the Saturday mention above.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all from 9 am to 4 pm, for hiking and wildlife-spotting, and viewing the sun with solar telescopes! A presentation on Family Nature Mapping is at 10 am.  This property is usually closed to the public, you can only visit on the first Sunday of the month.

Albuquerque Maize Maze is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. See the Saturday mention above for details and how to get 50% off tickets.  

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm

Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Hope you find some cheap or free Albuquerque fun in there to enjoy your weekend!

–Tania. There are some affiliate links in this post.

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Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival: September 30

September 27, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival is a science fest, with live entertainment, solar telescopes, and planetarium shows…

The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on Sunday September 30, 2012, from 1 to 5 pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, with an afternoon of explorations into the world of science. Oh and some music, which always helps my science go down nicely.  Students also have a chance to win a telescope.

The event is included in Balloon Museum admission – make sure you take your New Mexico ID to get the $1 discount on admission for locals. Then it’s $3 for adults, $1 for kids aged 4 – 12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. Seating is limited for the planetarium shows so the minute you arrive, go and collect a free ticket for one of the showings. They run every half an hour from 1:30 pm till last show at 4 pm. Then, once you’ve got your ticket, you can smugly browse around the Cosmic Carnival till your show time arrives.  

Other participants in Cosmic Carnival include the National Museum of Space History, the Fractal Foundation, Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Solar Observatory, and the Very Large Array, which I always think has a very on-point and no-messing-about name. It IS a very large array, so that’s what they call it.  Following that example, Walmart should be renamed:
A Humungously Huge Store that Mrs Cheap Always Gets Lost In.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

Here’s the schedule as I have it at time of writing, including live entertainment:

  • 1 pm:  Friends Forever
  • 1:30 pm: Planetarium shows start every 30 minutes
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music – talented teens with popular songs
  • 2 pm: Introduction to Telescopes talk by Barry Spletzer
  • 3 pm: Sage Harrintgon and Nikelle Gessner
  • 3 pm: Learning the Solar system talk by Roger Kennedy
  • 4 pm:  Breaking Blue
  • 4:45 pm: The Albuquerque Astronomical Society giveaway of a telescope to a student. The giveaway is free but the winner must be present at the time of drawing.

I went to Cosmic Carnival last year and it really was fun and kinda cosmic, man!

Balloon Museum Cosmic Carnival

  • When: Sunday September 30, 2012
  • Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Where: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Price:  Adults:  $3 for New Mexico residents with ID. $4 for adults unfortunate enough to live elsewhere.  Seniors aged 65+:  $2. Children 4 – 12:  $1. Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.

–Tania

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