Twinkle Light Parade and Holiday Art Festival

November 29, 2011 by  
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The Albuquerque Twinkle Light Parade takes place Saturday December 3, 2011, all nicely coordinated with the Downtown Holiday Art Festival on Civic Plaza that starts in the afternoon.

The Downtown Holiday Art Festival is yet another holiday shopping opportunity to buy from local artisans, plus Santa, and other activities for kids (last year it was jumps and face painting).  Shoppers can also enjoy free entertainment during the afternoon, before the sparkly and spangly Parade struts its stuff. I love that parade and had the greatest time last year, although my feet froze. (No blood flow south of my brains. Not much blood flow in my brains, come to mention it.)

In 2011, the Twinkle Light Parade goes backwards… by which I don’t mean that the floats and lowriders reverse along the route, but that they’re starting on Tingley Drive and ending up at Civic Plaza, which makes a lot of sense.  So here’s what to expect:

The Holiday Art Festival on December 3 runs from 3 pm – 9 pm at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, and here’s the line-up of live entertainment:

  • 3 pm – West Mesa High School Chorus
  • 3:45 – Victorian Carolers
  • 4:30 – Valley High School Chorus
  • 5:15 – Harmonicats
  • 6 pm – Sandia High School Chorus
  • 6:45 – Catherine McGill
  • 8 pm – Albuquerque Concert Band

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm at Tingley Drive/Central Avenue, proceeding east along Central, and turning on Third Street to end at Civic Plaza at around 8:30.

Obviously there will be disruptions to traffic access in the area, and it could be a bit of a bun fight getting there and finding area parking if you leave it too late. Expect to pay $6 at the City parking lots.

And if you have a donation of a new or gently used child’s coat to offer, the Department of Family and Community Services will be pleased to accept it at the Holiday Art Festival information booth from 3 – 9 pm, for Albuquerque families in need.

Don’t forget about the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event in Corrales. It’s also on Saturday evening between 5-8 pm and overlaps with the Twinkle Light Parade, so you’ll probably have to pick one holiday celebration or another, unless you have a handy sleigh to fly between the two.

–Tania


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Free Festival: We Art The People

September 8, 2011 by  
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We Art the People? Yes we art.

The We Art the People free festival of folk art goes arty this Sunday September 11, 2011, from 10 am – 4 pm.  Organized by the OffCenter Community Arts Project, it’s a day of family fun at Robinson Park, including a giant puppet parade, live entertainment, and (of course) lots of art to browse and buy with more than 100 folk arts and crafts vendors, and the chance to make art yourself.

We Art the People festival highlights include:

  • Giant puppet parade at 11 am
  • Community art for adults and kids to make their own creations
  • White elephant sale
  • Baked goods sale
  • Live music and entertainment on two stages, with tribal belly dancing, Hawaiian dancing, and Aztec dancers, and music from bands including Cajun rhythm and blues from Joe Daddy and Hoodoo Jeff’s Swamp Fried Duo. That’s a name to conjure with…. talking of which, there are also magic acts, fortune tellers, and face painting.

The full We Art the People schedule gives music performance times, and the free festival runs from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday September 11.

Robinson Park is located in Downtown Albuquerque at 801 Central NW, at 8th Street and Central Avenue.

–Tania

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Twinkle Light Parade and Holiday Arts Festival

December 3, 2010 by  
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The Downtown Twinkle Light Parade takes place Saturday December 4 this year, and new for 2010 is a Holiday Arts Festival on Civic Plaza in the afternoon, starting at midday.

The Downtown Holiday Arts Festival is yet ANOTHER holiday shopping opportunity to buy from local artisans, plus Santa, and other activities for kids like jumps and face painting. Naturally there will be food vendors, because who can shop without sustenance? Plus free entertainment during the afternoon, before the sparkly and spangly Parade heads off at around 5:30, just after the official lighting of Civic Plaza.

The Holiday Arts Festival runs from noon to 6 pm at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, and here’s the line-up of live entertainment:

  • 12 noon – Sunshine Generation
  • 12:45 – Valley High School Choir
  • 1:30 – Mariachi San Jose
  • 2:15 – Buckerettes
  • 3:00 – Washington Middle School Choir
  • 3:45 – Fanfare Victorian Carolers
  • 4:30 – Joanie & Combo Special
  • 5:30 – Civic Plaza Holiday Lighting followed immediately by the Twinkle Light Parade. Participants will light up Downtown while competing for the best of parade awards fitting the theme Light Styles of the Southwest. (This I can’t wait to see!)

The Twinkle Light Parade route leaves Civic Plaza, going south on 3rd Street, then west on Central Avenue, finishing south on San Pasquale.  Central Avenue between 3rd and San Pasquale will be closed to traffic between 3 – 9 pm and it could be a bit of a bun fight getting there and finding parking if you leave it too late.

Expect to pay $6 at the City parking lots, and you can’t drive into the Civic Plaza parking garage after 5:30 pm when it closes for the parade. But, if you’re already parked there, Santa won’t hold you hostage. According to City info you’ll still be able to drive OUT of the garage…

I’m arriving early to be sure not to miss anything!

Don’t forget about the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event in Corrales. It’s also on Saturday evening between 5-8 pm and overlaps with the Twinkle Light Parade, so you’ll probably have to pick one holiday celebration or another, unless you have a handy sleigh to fly between the two.

–Tania

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Free Admission: VSA Arts & Crafts Festival

April 29, 2009 by  
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What better gift for Mom than a piece of original artwork? If you think you can’t afford it, read on!

VSA of New Mexico is holding a Mother’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 2 (2009), from 10:00am – 3:00pm. FREE admission! You’ll find all kinds of affordable, handmade art work for Mom (or anyone else) in media such as painting, prints, crafts, and even papier mache. There’s sure to be something to please everyone, and proceeds directly benefit the artists.

VSA (“Very Special Arts”) provides art education and exhibition opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. The organization also performs community outreach programs and offers arts programs for children with autism and people with mental health concerns.

By the way, VSA’s Arts & Crafts Festival is being held in conjunction with the opening of their latest exhibition, “Moving in from the Margins: Works by VSA Exploratory Arts Program,” featuring “lyrical abstract works on paper,” which is opening with a free reception Friday, May 1, 5:00 – 7:00pm. As of this writing, we can’t find anything about this exhibition on VSA’s website yet, but here’s a link to past exhibitions, to give you an idea of the fantastic, high-quality artwork you’ll find there.

We would say “get out to these events for the benefit of the artists,” but we really believe you’re the one who will come away enriched.

Both events will be held at VSA North Fourth Art Center, 4904 Fourth St NW, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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