Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 31, 2013 by  
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Looking for some free things to do in Albuqeurque this weekend? Whether you want free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other no-cost ways to enjoy this first weekend of November 2013, here are some ideas for you! If you have any freebie ideas of your own, tell us in the comments box below.

Friday November 1

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum  Free admission all day on the first Friday of the month!

Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on November 1. If your kids are laden down with more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade it in and help a good cause.  Dentist participation varies, and so does the swap value of the candy – cash, coupons, or other rewards. The candy is sent via Operation Gratitude or a similar group in care packages to deployed military. We know that Cosmetic Dentristy of New Mexico is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering kids $1 per pound of candy on November 1 from 3-6 pm and on November 2 from noon – 3 pm. Sandia Smiles Dental Center will have their candy buy back (also $1 per pound of candy) on November 4 & 5 from 3-6 pm.   Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code

Saturday November 2

Rio Grande Nature Center Free Bird Walk at 8:30 am in the bosque. The guided walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to build a tabletop ship! Children can take the ship they’ve made home, and they also receive a a workshop apron, a certificate of achievement, and a commemorative pin. Crikey – they’ll remember this day for the rest of their lives! Register at the link.

Take a Free Tour of the Torreón Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center from noon – 4 pm to see the masterful Frederico Vigil 4,000 square foot fresco depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.

Bookworks Día de Los Muertos event for kids at 12:30 pm includes a craft activity and refreshments, and the featured book is Clatter Bash! Kids are welcome to go in costume or other Day of the Dead adornment. They request an RSVP – see the link – so they have enough craft supplies and food! Bookworks  is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Saturdays from 2 pm – 5 pm.
If you want to visit the museum earlier in the day and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.

Sunday November 3

Studio Sway is under new ownership and the studio is having a grand re-opening celebration with a free Nia Jam on Sunday at 12 noon. (Find Studio Sway at 1100 San Mateo Boulevard NE, by Ace Hardware on the San Mateo/Lomas intersection.) I haven’t tried Nia but all my friends who do it say they love it – for health and for fun. And hey, this Nia Jam is free! So it’s a great chance to try it out.

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walks A bird walk at 8:30 am and another naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walks are free, but if you’re parking at the site the fee is $3 per vehicle, at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this Sunday November 3. Take your New Mexico ID. Between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, they’ll also offer a free guided tour of the museum exhibits. The tours are limited to 14 participants,  for ages 13+. It’s a first-come, first-served basis, so I’d ask about it as soon as you arrive at the museum.

South Broadway Cultural Center Día De Los Muertos event is from 12 noon – 6 pm, with an art market, live entertainment, face painting, silhouette making, and refreshments. A Day of the Dead film documentary will be screened at noon. The main part of the Día de Los Muertos event is the opening of the Day of the Dead ofrenda exhibit, with art from local artists and community altars. I love this annual exhibit, it’s always beautiful work.

Día de Muertos Marigold Parade  The South Valley Marigold Parade starts at 2 pm, and the event runs through 6 pm. See the map at the link for directions and expect food, arts, ofrendas, and music!

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.
If you want to visit the museum later on Sunday and you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card, you can get into the ABQ Museum for free as part of the Museums on Us program on the first weekend of the month. Take the card, and your photo ID.

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

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm. You can also take a free tour of the Torreón Fresco from noon – 4 pm.

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

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

–Tania

 


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Día De Los Muertos Old Town: November 3

November 1, 2012 by  
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It’s the Day of Dead, and Albuquerque Old Town’s Día De Los Muertos celebration is on Saturday November 3, 2012, with entertainment that’s free and open to everyone.

The Old Town Día De Los Muertos event is on Saturday November 3 from 6 pm to 10 pm with a parade, costume contest, a community altar,  live music from Mariachi Nuevo Mexico and more, and an art show and giveaways.

The details and timings I’m giving you here are combined from a press release from the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and from the event’s web page, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were changes. It might be a case of turn up and go with the flow… I’ll update if I hear any more details.

  • 6 pm: The Dia de los Muertos parade starts at the east entrance of Old Town, proceeding around the Plaza and ending at Poco a Poco Patio, 328 San Felipe Street NW, where you’ll find an art show until 10 pm featuring award-winning art from local artists including Johnny Salas, Manuel Salas, Kenny Chavez, and Suzanne Baca.
  • 6 pm: New Mexico Tex Trio
  • 6:30: Las Flores Del Valle
  • 7 pm: Costume Contest
  • 8 pm: Mariachi Nuevo Mexico

–Tania

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Free Día de los Muertos Sandra Cisneros Event: November 2

October 31, 2012 by  
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Hear the fabulous Sandra Cisneros, in a free event to celebrate Día de los Muertos – book your free tickets in advance or turn up on the door to try your luck at any remaining seats.

Sandra Cisneros is the author of The House On Mango Street, a book I loved and read again and again. Her new book, with artist Ester Hernández, is Have You Seen Marie?

See both Cisneros and Hernández at the Sandra Cisneros event on Friday November 2, 2012, at 7:30 pm in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre, where they’ll read from and discuss their new book.

Although tickets are free, an email from the NHCC recommends booking tickets in advance, by 5 pm on November 1, then collect them from the Box Office between 6:30 and 7 pm on Friday. Any tickets unclaimed by 7 pm will be released to the public, so if you didn’t reserve yours, you can just try your luck on the night.

To reserve tickets, call (505) 246-2261, extension 189. Or email for tickets to this email address, a maximum of 6 tickets per person.

Before the reading you can also join the free Día de los Muertos Altares Despedida community gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Pete V. Domenici Education Center Ballroom, to remember loved ones with offerings, and celebrate with music, poetry and chocolate.

The NHCC Art Museum will also be open before and after the presentation to see works by Hernández and the exhibits in A Room of Her Own: My Mother’s Altar.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Día De Los Muertos at SBCC: October 28

October 27, 2012 by  
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Day of the Dead Albuquerque They’re celebrating the Day of the Dead in fine Albuquerque style at the South Broadway Cultural Center, with music, dance, art, and an art market. Best of all, it’s free!

The Día De Los Muertos event will be held on Sunday October 28, 2012, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, from noon to 5 pm. You can also spook yourself with a free presentation by Purple Sage Paranormal on History and Haunting in Bernalillo, from 3 to 4:30 pm in the library, where they’ll share evidence of ghostly spirits at the 300-year-old La Hacienda De La Luna B&B on the historic Camino Real.

The main part of the Día de Los Muertos event is the opening of the art exhibit, with art from local artists and community altars. I love this annual exhibit, it’s always beautiful work and I’m especially chuffed when I spot work displayed by an artist I know – this year my friend Elaine Soto’s art is in the line-up again.  Say hi to her if you meet her there!

The reception also includes:

  • Performances in the theatre by La Rondalla de Albuquerque, La Compania de Danza Xallitic-Cesar Velazquez, and Mariachi Nuevo Mexico.
  • Arts and crafts in the library, and face-painting for kids in true Día de los Muertos fashion by expert artists.
  • An art market featuring work from a variety of folk artists.

Admission is free and if you can’t be there on Sunday, the Day of the Dead art exhibit continues through November 17, 2012.

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.

–Tania

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Día De Los Muertos at SBCC

October 25, 2011 by  
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They’re celebrating the Day of the Dead in fine Albuquerque style at the South Broadway Cultural Center, with music, art, comedy, a movie, and an art market. Best of all, it’s free!

The Día De Los Muertos event will be held on Sunday October 30, 2011, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, starting at noon to about 5 pm.

It’s the opening day of the Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit, with altars and art from local artists. I love this annual exhibit, it’s always beautiful work and I’m especially chuffed when I spot a friend’s art on display 😉 The reception also includes:

  • A screening of Su Excelencia starring Cantiflas (12 noon – 2:15 pm)
  • Comedy by Goldie Garcia (2:15 – 2:30 pm)
  • Live music from 2:30 pm, with performers including Mariachi San Jose
  • Refreshments
  • Face painting and silhouette making
  • An art market

See the Día De Los Muertos schedule for October 30 for more info, and admission is free!

The Day of the Dead art exhibit continues to be displayed through November 26, 2011.

South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.

–Tania

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Free Day of the Dead Events: October 23-24, 2010

October 22, 2010 by  
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Day of the Dead is just around the corner… get ready with these free events, expo, and art workshops this weekend!  

Día de Muertos Family Day – Saturday October 23
Free for all including art-marking led by local artists Catalina Delgado Trunk and Kenny Chavez, see ofrendas, plus live music, and learn about Día de Muertos history and traditions. $1 suggested donation. If you bring your own T-shirt (or canvas bag or jeans) Trillion Art Space will screenprint a Día de Muertos design on it for just $10. Cool! Or buy a new T-shirt from them ($15) with the print.  (There’s also a free Día de Muertos ofrenda workshop in the morning but spaces are limited and it may be full at this stage – contact NHCC (505) 246-2261 ext. 189 for info.)
•  When: Saturday October 23, noon – 4 pm 
•  Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center – in the Pete V. Domenici Education Center

Arte de Muertos Expo – October 23-24
Free admission to this expo that runs four times a year, but I guess this is the big one! It features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Artists are from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California, and much of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. The event includes artist demonstrations, music, face painting, tarot readings and paranormal and metaphysical experts on hand to share their knowledge. Ghost story author Antonio R. Garcez will be there to sign books.
•  When: Saturday (10 am – 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am – 5 pm) October 23-24 
•  Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Free Art Workshop: Altars: History Traditions and Symbols – Saturday October 23
La Raza Unida y Cambio South Valley Día de los Muertos Celebration offers a free art workshop to learn about altar construction and other Día de los Muertos traditions, suitable for all ages.
•  When: Saturday October 23, 1-4 pm
•  Where: SW Network for Environmental and Economic Justice Studios, 803 La Vega SW (corner of Armijo)

And it’s Day of the Tread on Sunday October 24 – starting from the Embassy Suites Hotel. Give the costumed participants a ghoulish cheer as they walk/run/cycle by!

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo July 10 & 11

July 7, 2010 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held four times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, 2010. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Artists are from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California, and much of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. 

The event includes artist demonstrations, music, face painting, tarot readings and paranormal and metaphysical experts on hand to share their knowledge. Ghost story author Antonio R. Garcez will be in attendance to sign books.

The free Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at the new Agave del Sol Event Center on:

  • Saturday July 10 from 10 am to 6pm
  • Sunday July 11 from 10am to 5pm

Agave del Sol Event Center is located at 7500 Montgomery NE, east of Louisiana.

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo

April 15, 2010 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held four times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, 2010. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Most of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. 

The event includes artist demonstrations, music, face painting, paranormal and metaphysical experts on hand to share their knowledge, and ghost story author Antonio R. Garcez will be in attendance to sign books.

The free Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at the Albuquerque Garden Center on:

  • Saturday April 17 from noon to 6pm
  • Sunday April 18 from 10am to 5pm

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, off Eubank Blvd and I-40

–Tania

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Free Dia de los Muertos Art Expo

November 4, 2009 by  
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Why celebrate Día de los Muertos only once a year when you can celebrate it all year long? That’s the philosophy behind the Arté de Muertos Expo, held three times a year.

If you’re a Day of the Dead aficionado, check out the expo this Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8 (2009), from 9:00am – 5:00pm both days. Admission and parking are FREE!

The expo features all manner of Day of the Dead folk and fine art, but they have a bunch of other stuff, too, like shadow boxes, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, and wind chimes. Most of the art is exhibited by the maker, so you can chat directly with the artists as you browse. Also on hand will be paranormal metaphysical experts willing to share their knowledge. Artist demonstrations, live music, and a book signing by Antonio Garcez round out the event.

The Arté de Muertos Expo will be held at Santa Ana Star Casino, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Take I-25 north to US 550 and head west. You’ll see it. More info: (505) 771-3307.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Free: Day of the Dead Art Reception & Green Chile Stew Cook-Off

November 3, 2009 by  
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This event seems to have it all — and it’s all FREE to the public! All ages welcome!

The Talking Fountain Gallery/Boutique is holding an art reception to celebrate the Day of the Dead with a show titled “Somos Los Dos” on Friday, November 6 (2009), from 5:00 – 10:00pm. Enjoy the art and also enjoy some fabulous green chile stew during the cook-off. Come on…what could be better on a fall Friday in the Q?

The Talking Fountain features all locally made art and goods, including custom clothing, jewelry, bags, accessories, posters, music, fine art, and much more! So get out and celebrate (and support) your local artists.

The Talking Fountain is open seven days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm and is located in Nob Hill at 4207 Lead Ave SE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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