Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family creates a festive glow and includes cider and biscochitos!  The monument’s name was changed just over a year ago.  Don’t forget that it is now called the Coronado Historic Site.

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 7, 2014, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 7, 2014
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.

–Tania


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Fiesta of Cultures: October 19

October 16, 2013 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free event this Saturday for all the family…

The Fiesta of Cultures at Coronado State Monument celebrates New Mexican traditions on Saturday October 19, 2013, starting at 10 am.

Admission is free and you can expect to see arts and crafts people and demonstrations too, including drum carving and forging a horseshoe. The event is very much geared towards families with activities to keep the kids occupied. They usually have live musical entertainment too, although I haven’t had any word on that this year. Of course, it’s also a nice opportunity to tour the murals in the Painted Kiva and enjoy the John Gaw Meem architecture at the Visitors’ Center. Food vendors? Yep, so you can snack while enjoying the view.

Coronado State Monument Fiesta of Cultures  gets festive:

  • When: Saturday October 19, 2013
  • Time: From 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado State Monument is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.

–Tania

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Fiesta of Cultures: October 20

October 17, 2012 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free event this Saturday for all the family…

The Fiesta of Cultures at Coronado State Monument celebrates New Mexican traditions on Saturday October 20, 2012, starting at 10 am.

Admission is free, and live entertainment includes Mariachi music and Spanish dancers. You can expect to see arts and crafts people and demonstrations too, including pottery firing. A baby llama is among the guests (aah!) and kids can check out arts activities at the kids’ table. Of course, it’s also a nice opportunity to tour the murals in the Painted Kiva. Food vendors? Yep, so you can snack while enjoying the view.

Coronado State Monument Fiesta of Cultures  gets festive:

  • When: Saturday October 20, 2012
  • Time: From 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado State Monument is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.

–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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Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

November 28, 2011 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family, including cider and biscochitos!

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado State Monument lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 4, 2011, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities kick off at 5:30 pm and include Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament, followed at 6:30 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 4, 2011
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado State Monument is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

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There are lots of free Albuquerque events this weekend, so 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 picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on November 5 and 6, 2011. 

Saturday November 5

Build. Learn. Create. Workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 is free from 9 am to noon at Home Depot. The project is making a Veterans Day picture frame, and kids also take home a free kids workshop apron, a commemorative pin and a certificate of achievement.

Free Bookworks Kids’ Event A real miniature burro will attend this reading of The Proud Little Burro. How cute is that?.  It’s at 10:30 am, with authors Lisa Bear Goldman and Patrice Schooley. And what do you think the mini burro is called? Burrito! I’m just too cuted out.

If you happen to be in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Harvest Festival Restaurant Relay is free to watch at 11 am. It’s a race by restaurant servers with piled high trays around Santa Fe Plaza.

Rio Grande Cup Regatta at Tingley Beach runs on both November 5 and 6 with radio-controlled model sailboat races by the Duke City Model Yacht Club.  On Saturday, races are from 11 am – 4:30 pm,  with a lunch break at noon.

Michaels Stores Make it and take it free for kids aged 3+, making a Veterans Day flag from 12 noon – 2 pm. Also decorate a tote bag at 11 am, but for that you have to buy the tote.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally) for a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID.

Albuquerque Museum family art workshop from 1 – 2.30 pm on Saturdays are open to all museum visitors and included in museum admission.  Supplies are provided, and budding artists of any age can show up to create art inspired by the Museum’s exhibits.

The Raven Art Opening from 4 – 6 pm and dramatic reading by actor Leonard Madrid, as the closing reception to Albuquerque’s Big Read celebrating the works of Edgar Allan Poe works. They’re holding a silent art auction too.  Free at the Main Library, 501 Copper NW.

Jericho Nursery 20% off shrubs, trees, and perennials through Sunday November 6, at all Jericho locations. I believe they have other stuff on sale too.

Sunday November 6

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest holds a free open day this Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, with hiking, a presentation on Winter Plants in the Sandias at 10 am, and solar telescopes to view the sun from  11 am - 2 pm.

Rio Grande Cup Regatta at Tingley Beach continues with radio-controlled model sailboat races by the Duke City Model Yacht Club.  On Sunday, races are from 11 am – 3 pm,  with a lunch break at noon.

Free admission to The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science for New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of the month, November 6. Take your NM ID!

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A 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.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

Petroglyph Pals on the Patio free activities and storytelling for kids aged 7 – 11 with Ranger Allison from 2 – 3 pm at Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center. (If you can’t make it, they’re also holding this event on the next two Sundays!)

Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra free concert at 2 pm with classics by Stravinsky, Hohvaness, and Prokofieff, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are free from the NHCC box office, available an hour before the concert.

Albuquerque Concert Band free concert at 3 pm in the George Nason Performing Arts Center at Eldorado High School, 11300 Montgomery Boulevard NE. (Entrance on Juan Tabo just south of Montgomery).

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 pm. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm.

Día de Muertos Y Marigold Parade The South Valley Marigold Parade starts at 4 pm and the event runs through 8 pm with music, food, and arts. See the map at the link for directions.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally) for a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID.

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!

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

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There are lots of free Albuquerque events this weekend again, although we’ll have to watch the weather… so here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor fun stuff. 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 picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 8 and 9, 2011. 

Saturday October 8

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum during Balloon Fiesta is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. See the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for details. Highlights today include a US Navy flight simulator, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

Who’s Who in the World of Black Birds Bird walk and presentation by Ranger Karen Herzenberg at 8:30 – 10:30 am. Free at the Rio Grande Nature Center, but parking is $3 per vehicle.

Albuquerque Just Between Friends maternity & childrenswear consignment sale from 10 am to 2 pm.  Admission is free, and most items are half priced today, at NM Army National Guard, 600 Wyoming Blvd NE.

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 2 pm each day. Activities include cider making and sampling, crafts and games, building scarecrows, sawhorse steer roping, demonstrations by farriers, quilters, bakers and chicken keepers, and live music. It’s free with Botanic Garden admission. (Which also covers admission to the Aquarium.)

Albuquerque Museum family art workshop from 1 – 2.30 pm on Saturdays are open to all museum visitors and included in museum admission.  Supplies are provided, and budding artists of any age can show up to create art inspired by the Museum’s exhibits.

Poe’s Weekend of Woe from 1 – 3 pm at Cherry Hills Library with family activities including Spin the Wheel of Misfortune (ha!), creepy puzzles, scavenger hunt, and readings.

Turning NO to ON: The Art of Parenting with Mindfulness book talk and signing at 2 pm with Author Dr. Beth Gineris at Page One Bookstore, 11018 Montgomery NE. While you’re there, use this Page One $5 Off Coupon to save $5 on any $30 or more purchase, whether new or used.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is a cute space and lovely for kids, open daily to October 31. Admission is free from 9 am – 6 pm, 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 couponregular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show. Take one coupon for each person in your party! Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free.  See directions to Wagner’s Farmland Experience.

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Admission is $3 for adults,  $2.50 for seniors aged 62+, and $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am6 pm, last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier to explore this extravaganza of folk art, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  Tinkertown Museum is on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail), about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011 The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Night Magic Glow, followed by fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Albuquerque Maize Maze UPDATE: CLOSED SATURDAY. You might want to check in advance that they’re open, as they were closed on Friday Oct 7 due to rain/mud in the fields. Otherwise the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Abiquiu Studio Tour If you feel like a trip out of town into red rock country, the Abiquiu Studio Tour runs over the Columbus Day weekend from October 8 – 10, from 10 am – 5 pm daily.

Sunday October 9

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the final mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am. (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm. Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. See the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include Irish and African music, a US Navy flight simulator, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

Kirtland AFB Open House from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join Kirtland’s free 40th anniversary celebrations, with aircraft exhibits and aerial demonstrations including the Thunderbirds at 3 pm.  See the schedule at the link.

Local Food Festival and Field Day from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm. The free festival offers free workshops and talks on food preservation, gardening and urban farming; chef demos and food samples, free face painting, agames, and live music. See the full Local Food Festival and Field Day schedule.

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A 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.

Traveling Poe Performance 2 – 3 pm as part of Albuquerque’s The Big Read. Campbell ‘Lou’ Harmon presents a dramatic reading about Edgar Allan Poe with audience interaction, at Cherry Hills Library.

Arts in the Park at Ventana Ranch Park from 1 – 5 pm with free music and entertainment and the Artisan Market. Learn to drum and play music with Drumfest, free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, magic from Pink Elephant Theatre and teaching kids juggling skills.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival couponregular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve. Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show.  (Print one coupon per person.) Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

Albuquerque Maize Maze You might want to check in advance that they’re open, as they were closed on Saturday October 8 due to rain/mud in the fields. Otherwise the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Sunday from 9 am - 6 pm. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.  Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 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 whatever the weather! Happy Columbus Day weekend!

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 1, 2011 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 1 and 2, 2011. 

Saturday October 1

Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club garage sale from 7:30 am – 2 pm with free admission to hunt for baby and kids’ clothes, nursery equipment and gear for children like car seats, toys, furniture, plus maternity clothing and household items. Find the fall sale at Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE.

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to make a Fire Rescue Helicopter, and take home a free child’s workshop apron, commemorative pin and a certificate of achievement.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs throughout the period of the Balloon Fiesta to October 9, and is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. The theme and activities change each day, so see the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include the Smokey Bear Mascot, a US Navy flight simulator, a 1970′s Car Club, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, with traditional Spanish religious arts, music and dance at the Gazebo, food vendors, and activities for kids.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is due to open today October 1, through the end of the month. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, and admission is free from 9 am – 6 pm.  Find it at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Albuquerque International Festival is free for all from 10 am – 5 pm at Talin Market (corner of Central Avenue/Louisiana Boulevard.) The Festival includes crafts, a kids’ zone, world foods, and entertainment from country artist Kathryn Soapes and others.

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 and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show. Take one coupon for each person in your party! Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free. On Saturday evening they host a night maze with a campfire. See directions to Wagner’s Farmland Experience.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally.)

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Admission is $3 for adults,  $2.50 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, 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), about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011 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.

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

It’s the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival this weekend, October 1 – 2,  if you’re in the mood for a day trip (about 150 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40). Expect traditional dances, watermelon eating contest, and on Saturday a free Street Dance from 8pm. On Sunday there’s a horseshoe tournament. Call (505) 782-7238 for info.

Sunday October 2

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. See the Balloon Fiesta schedule for today and the rest of the week.  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs during Balloon Fiesta to October 9, and is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. Activities change each day, so see the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include the Smokey Bear Mascot, a US Navy flight simulator and static helicopter, pet adoptions, kite flying, Model T Club antique automobiles, and (from 9 – 10 am) the New Mexico Territorial Band playing antique and repro instruments.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza continues, and New Mexico santero Carlos Otero talks at 2 pm on “‘Perspectives of Traditional Spanish Religious Arts – A Santero’s Experience.’

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A 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.

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 2. Take your New Mexico ID.

Arts in the Park  at at El Oso Grande Park from 1 – 5 pm with free music and entertainment and the Artisan Market. Learn to drum and play music with Drumfest, free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, magic from Pink Elephant Theatre and teaching kids juggling skills,  and picnic in the park with your own basket or buy food from vendors.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. 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 and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show.  (Print one coupon per person.) Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all from 9 am to 4 pm, for hiking and wildlife-spotting. A presentation on Seasonal Changes in the Sandias is at 10 am, and solar telescopes to view the sun from 11 am - 2 pm. Admission is free.

Museums on Us program gives one free admission this weekend to a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally.)

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Sunday from 9 am - 6 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 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 ease you into October!

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

September 23, 2011 by  
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Once again there is an abundance of great free Albuquerque events this weekend!  We’ve already mentioned some of them, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-wallet ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on September 24 and 25, 2011.  (Apologies to subscribers who receive this twice: We’ve had some strange things going on with our feed.)

Saturday September 24

Bookworks Big On Animals at 10:30 am. A free mini art workshop for kids and families with local artists, plus apple cider, pumpkin pie, and apple slices! At Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW

Mommy’s Market  fall consignment sale free admission from 8 am – noon when they clear any remaining items at half price. Berean Baptist Church, 3800 Eubank Blvd NE, at Eubank/Montgomery.

National Parks free admission day with free entry for all to ten New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee.  

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to two people with the coupon you can receive by email at the link(If you missed our earlier post on this, I believe they’ll still be emailing the coupons on Saturday morning for any remaining spaces.)  New Mexico museums taking part include five Albuquerque museums.

NM Black Expo 2011 Everyone is invited to the free Black Expo, with kids’ activities from 10 am – noon including urban dance and skateboard, and entertainment from noon – 6 pm, when performers Soul Kitchen, Michael Herndon, Racine Creole, and the New Hope Full Gospel Choir (amongst others) do their thang.  The Office of African American Affairs throws the party at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza.

International Community Day from 11 am – 4 pm at Hyder Park.  A free pops concert at 12:30 pm by the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus other live music, dance, flamenco, and a musical instrument petting zoo for kids to try out the instruments.

Old Town Salsa Fiesta from 1 pm. Full details are in our earlier post at the link, but highlights include salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, kids’ activities and crafts, and the Best Homemade Salsa contest. The evening concert is by Spanish Harlem Orchestra – and it’s all free (except the tastings at $4).

Tennessee Williams Today Free Panel Discussion at 2 pm in the Bank of America Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center. A host of experts talk with the audience about “The Changing Legacy of a Great American Playwright” and contemporary stagings of his plays. Next week, A Streetcar Named Desire opens at the NHCC.

Albuquerque Maize Maze is open as usual this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), and on Saturday September 24 is open late till 10 pm for the Starlight Maze, with The Albuquerque Astronomy Society and their telescopes. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

Sunday September 25

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A naturalist-led tour at 10 am through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum  Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 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.

Albuquerque Japanese Fall Festival from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 as a fundraiser for a new Japanese Cultural Center. The festival includes Japanese dancing, drumming, martial arts, Kabuki film, Japanese arts and crafts, and (oh heaven!) Japanese food. There are also free health screenings. Follow the sound of Taiko drumming to the festival at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Arts in the Park  at Carlos Rey Park from 1 – 5 pm with music and entertainment, the Artisan Market, and picnic in the park with your own basket or buy food from vendors.

Hope you find some free Albuquerque fun in there to suit your fancy. Mr Cheap and I are indulging in a romantic staycation in a B&B as a very late celebration of my birthday, and if I can tear myself away from the hot tub I’ll maybe make it to a few of these events too! I’ll be the one with wet hair.

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Kids, Live Performances

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Once again there is an abundance of great free Albuquerque events this weekend!  We’ve already mentioned some of them, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-wallet ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on September 24 and 25, 2011. 

Saturday September 24

Bookworks Big On Animals at 10:30 am. A free mini art workshop for kids and families with local artists, plus apple cider, pumpkin pie, and apple slices! At Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW

Mommy’s Market  fall consignment sale free admission from 8 am – noon when they clear any remaining items at half price. Berean Baptist Church, 3800 Eubank Blvd NE, at Eubank/Montgomery.

National Parks free admission day with free entry for all to ten New Mexico National Parks that usually charge a fee.  

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to two people with the coupon you can receive by email at the link(If you missed our earlier post on this, I believe they’ll still be emailing the coupons on Saturday morning for any remaining spaces.)  New Mexico museums taking part include five Albuquerque museums.

NM Black Expo 2011 Everyone is invited to the free Black Expo, with kids’ activities from 10 am – noon including urban dance and skateboard, and entertainment from noon – 6 pm, when performers Soul Kitchen, Michael Herndon, Racine Creole, and the New Hope Full Gospel Choir (amongst others) do their thang.  The Office of African American Affairs throws the party at the Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza.

International Community Day from 11 am – 4 pm at Hyder Park.  A free pops concert at 12:30 pm by the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus other live music, dance, flamenco, and a musical instrument petting zoo for kids to try out the instruments.

Old Town Salsa Fiesta from 1 pm. Full details are in our earlier post at the link, but highlights include salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, kids’ activities and crafts, and the Best Homemade Salsa contest. The evening concert is by Spanish Harlem Orchestra – and it’s all free (except the tastings at $4).

Tennessee Williams Today Free Panel Discussion at 2 pm in the Bank of America Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center. A host of experts talk with the audience about “The Changing Legacy of a Great American Playwright” and contemporary stagings of his plays. Next week, A Streetcar Named Desire opens at the NHCC.

Albuquerque Maize Maze is open as usual this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), and on Saturday September 24 is open late till 10 pm for the Starlight Maze, with The Albuquerque Astronomy Society and their telescopes. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

Sunday September 25

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A naturalist-led tour at 10 am through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum  Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 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.

Albuquerque Japanese Fall Festival from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5 as a fundraiser for a new Japanese Cultural Center. The festival includes Japanese dancing, drumming, martial arts, Kabuki film, Japanese arts and crafts, and (oh heaven!) Japanese food. There are also free health screenings. Follow the sound of Taiko drumming to the festival at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Arts in the Park  at Carlos Rey Park from 1 – 5 pm with music and entertainment, the Artisan Market, and picnic in the park with your own basket or buy food from vendors.

Hope you find some free Albuquerque fun in there to suit your fancy. Mr Cheap and I are indulging in a romantic staycation in a B&B as a very late celebration of my birthday, and if I can tear myself away from the hot tub I’ll maybe make it to a few of these events too! I’ll be the one with wet hair.

–Tania

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