ABQ Downtown Summerfest: August 9

August 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 9, 2014, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest comes to Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th St this Saturday August 9 from 5 pm – 10:30 pm.  We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Sheila E.  An Emmy nominated solo artist, Sheila G is well known for her many musical talents as a percussionist and drummer.  This multi-talented artist also writes, produces and has her own music label! Since the young age of 17, she has recorded and toured with famous musical artists such as Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food vendors, an arts and crafts market, and free kids’ activities. You can also hang out and chill out in the Microbrew Garden with Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre, Marble Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company, Il Vicino and Santa Fe Brewing Company.

The Summerfest program for the Main Stage on Saturday August 9 is:

  • 5 pm:   Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies
  • 6:20 pm:   Roberto Griego
  • 7:45 pm:   Migeulito
  • 9 pm:   Sheila E

The following schedule is for the Millennial Stage which will feature alternative rock music:

  • 5 pm: Great States
  • 6:45 pm: The Lymbs
  • 7:45 pm: Josh Burg
  • 9 pm: Repel the Robot

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are some suggestions:

  • Parking is available for a flat fee of $6 per vehicle at both the Civic Plaza and Convention Center lots.
  • Use the free bike valet at the event if you want to go on two wheels.
  • Take ABQ Ride bus and exit at the stop at 2nd Street and Marquette, one block from Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest takes place on Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th in downtown Albuquerque.

–Tania


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National Train Day: May 10

May 7, 2014 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s  2014 National Train Day event on Saturday May 10 at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 10 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars
  • Displays of model trains
  • Mini train rides
  • Explora does its stuff with kids’ activities
  • A rock climbing wall, face painting with Jingles the Clown, solar telescope and other activities
  • Meet the new Rail Runner mascot
  • Hourly raffles with prizes – no purchase necessary
  • Local food vendors (of course!)

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

When: Saturday May 10, 2014

Time: 1 – 5 pm

Where: Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center

Price: Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

–Tania

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ABQ Downtown Summerfest: August 3

July 30, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 3, 2013, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest returns to Civic Plaza this Saturday August 3 from 5 pm – 10:30 pm.  We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Ozomatli, an “urban-Latino-and-beyond” band from Los Angeles – they’ve actually got an official day named after them by the City of LA. The group has starred several times at the Hollywood Bowl, and been named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. From the Hollywood Bowl to Albuquerque Civic Plaza, huh? They’re going UP in the world :-)

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food vendors, an arts and crafts market, and free kids’ activities. You can also hang out and chill out in the Microbrew Garden with Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre, Il Vicino and Santa Fe Spirits Distillery.

The Summerfest program on Saturday August 3 is:

  • 5 pm:   Brown Sugar
  • 6:20 pm:   The Blue Ventures
  • 7:40 pm:   Sabor
  • 9 pm:   Ozomatli

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are some suggestions:

  • Parking is available for a flat fee of $6 per vehicle at both the Civic Plaza and Convention Center lots.
  • Use the free bike valet at the event if you want to go on two wheels.
  • Take ABQ Ride bus and exit at the stop at 2nd Street and Marquette, one block from Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest takes place at the Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza in the heart of downtown Albuquerque.

–Tania

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National Train Day: May 12

May 7, 2012 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s second annual National Train Day event on Saturday May 12, 2012, at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 12 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars
  • Entertainment including La Rondalla de Albuquerque,  Mariachi San Jose, and Mustang Pride Marching Band.
  • Displays from model train clubs.
  • Explora does its stuff with kids’ activities
  • Wheels Museum free shuttle and Harvey House display.
  • Kids’ interactive train display from Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • Train safety info and prizes.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

When: Saturday May 12, 2012

Time: 1 – 5 pm

Where: Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center

Price: Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

–Tania

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ABQ Public Art Open House

January 16, 2012 by  
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A free art open house at City Hall on January 20, with refreshments and live music…

Albuquerque has an impressive public art collection for everyone to enjoy, and one of the oldest public art programs in the country. I think that’s something to be proud of  – whether or not you like Chevy on a Stick 😉 
A free public art open house at City Hall on Friday January 20 from 5 – 7 pm gives the chance to see selected highlights of more than 240 works of art from the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County collections.

The event includes light refreshments and live music, and highlights include:

  • Collections including relocated Sunport artworks and acquisitions by the County Collection Committee, Real Deal and APS Metro Youth.
  • The community art project ‘El Otro Lado; The Other Side’, a joint venture with 516 Arts and The Academy for the Love of Learning.
  • Preview the new mini-documentary ‘Flyway’ by Anthony DellaFlora and GOV-TV.
  • Launch of the official 2012 Albuquerque Public Art brochure with pix and maps of where to find artworks in the collection throughout the city.
  • Public Art trading cards for kids and possibly anyone else who asks very nicely.

I can’t make Friday’s event as I’m leading a writing seminar, but I really want one of the new Public Art brochures!

City Hall Open House

  • When: January 20, 2012
  • Time: 5 – 7 pm
  • Where: City Hall
  • Price: Free for all!

City Hall is located in Downtown Albuquerque – use either the 400 Marquette Street entrance or the One Civic Plaza entrance.

–Tania

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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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Food Freebies & Deals: November 4 – 11, 2011

November 4, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include freebies for Veterans – we’ll be posting our big list of Veterans Day deals for service members AND everyone else soon, so tells us if your business offers Veterans Day deals, or if you spot a deal around town!

Free Drink at Albuquerque Firehouse Subs 4 – 6 pm today! Freestyle Happy Hour celebrates the arrival of the Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain at the Albuquerque Firehouse Subs, and you can try it out with a free drink today from 4 – 6 pm and no purchase necessary! Apparently the “fountain of the future” offers 120+ beverage brands and all kinds of drinks combinations that I can’t even imagine. Firehouse Subs is at 8050 Academy Road NE.

$15 for a $25 gift card for Boston Market Save $10 on the gift card – it’s mailed to you and free shipping is included. The limited time deal via Saveology is for a max of 2 per household, and the card has no expiry date. Check the fine print, and make sure that you fill in all the info to redeem it.

Free Project Acoustic Pre-Party tonight November 4, from 7 pm at Corrales Bistro Brewery. Expect music from Shane Wallin, Strawman Sloop and Nathan William Graff, plus free CDs and prizes, and discounts on Project Acoustic tickets for the Project Acoustic show on November 5 at the Historic El Rey Theater. (Regular show tickets are $10 in advance, $15 on the door.) Corrales Bistro Brewery is on THE main road that runs through Corrales. 😉

50% off Santa Fe School of Cooking $35 for one cooking demonstration class of your choosing with regional chefs. (Value up to $80). The offer is via Groupon and you can take the class through May 7, 2012.

Subway BOGO free sub Buy a 6″ sandwich any morning by 9 am through the month of November, and get another Subway sandwich free!

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee’s with a free entrée for active duty military personnel and veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Proof of military service required.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Veterans Eat Free Again: Golden Corral also provides a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

Three carry out pizzas from Cici’s Pizzas for $9.99 The offer is for three Cici’s medium pizzas. Albuquerque Cici’s Pizza Buffet is at 4770 Montgomery NE.

Mimi’s Cafe 50% Off a lunch or dinner entree, when you buy another entree and two beverages, using the coupon valid to November 10.

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Save on groceries with SavingStar. SavingStar is a new eCoupon service that’s totally paperless – so there’s nothing to clip or print. You link to your loyalty cards (in the ABQ area, that’s for Albertsons, Smiths, and also CVS Pharmacy).  I haven’t tried SavingStar yet (via MySavings) but I’m going to give it a try, it looks easy enough even for me. Coupons include (for example):

Jubilation Wine & Spirits wine tasting on Saturday November 5 from 2 -4 pm. This is their “It’s Not Early to Think about Thanksgiving” Wine Tasting, which made me laugh. They’re tasting sparkling Prosecco, and reds and whites from France, New Zealand, California, and Argentina.

50% Off Q Bar Food Get half off any one food item at the Hotel Albuquerque Q Bar, using the coupon valid to December 30, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

Seasons Roessler Open House Wine Tasting on November 12 is a very reasonable $15 for wine samplings and light appetizers at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill. Although it’s a casual drop-in event (12 noon – 3 pm), you need to reserve the Seasons wine tasting and prepay. If you buy a case of wine, the $15 admission will be deducted from the case price.

50% off Nativo Lodge Food Get half off any one food item at the Nativo Lodge hotel restaurant with the coupon to December 30.

Wienerschnitzel coupon for $1 off a Pastrami Sandwich to December 31, 2011.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine!

If you missed our earlier post on the Santa Fe Harvest Festival events and restaurant discounts pass, get the scoop at the link!

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, and Saveology affiliate links on those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Food Freebies & Deals: Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2011

October 28, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant Halloween treats without tricks, including kids eat free, Halloween weekend specials, and more for the week ahead. We’re still following up some Halloween deals – so check back later for updates!

Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for kids today, Friday October 28. It’s one free pancake per child aged 12 and under at participating locations till 10 pm.

Souper Salad Free Kid’s Buffet when you dine in and buy an adult entree, today through November 1, using the coupon at participating locations.

Boston Market Free Kid’s Meal when you buy an adult meal (looks like minimum purchase must be $10) from October 29 – 31, using the coupon at participating restaurants. There’s also a Boston Market $2 off coupon valid on a $10 purchase to November 6.

Word on the grapevine is that Kids Eat Free at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes when they visit in costume between October 29-31. The freebie is for children under 12, with one kid freebie per purchase of an adult meal.

TGI Friday’s Halloween free appetizer when you go in Halloween costume this weekend through October 31. The free appetizer choice is fried mozzarrella, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries, at participating locations. Haven’t had chance to call the ABQ TGI Friday’s to see if it’s on board, but they did participate last year.

TGI Friday’s BOGO Free Coupon to get a free entree when you buy one entree and two beverages for dine-in through November 1. It’s one coupon per table, per visit, at participating locations, and check the fine print for some exclusions on promo menus.

You *might* get a freebie at Old Town Pizza Parlor, if you eat fast! For their Halloween Ghost Chile Challenge, customers who order a sausage, cheese, and chile-smothered 10″ pizza (read hot) and eat it ALL up in 20 minutes, get the pizza free! Plus a $20 gift card. Personally I’d rather take my time to enjoy it and just pay for the pizza, but if you’re a fast eater anyway…. the Old Town Pizza Parlor offer runs through November 6.

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: TREAT from tomorrow, October 29 to October 31. They announced the Halloweed deal on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

El Pinto Free Guacamole Appetizer on November 1, all day, with the purchase of an entree and when you ask for the “Best of the City guacamole please” at El Pinto, 10500 4th Street.

Pizzeria Espiritu in Santa Fe Half Price Pay $19 for a pizza meal for two with one salad, one pizza, and two beers, valued at about $38.  The Groupon offer is available today, although they’re not clear on expiration date to use the certificate.

Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market Dog Boo on October 29 with judging at 10:30 am, and it’s free to watch and to enter your dog in costume for the contest, with prizes from Tail Waggin Treats. You need to register a dog at the Tail Waggin Treats booth. They’re also giving away some pumpkins to carve at the market. Although the market was due to close on October 29, word is that they’re staying open another week till November 5, at Robinson Park, 801 Central Avenue NW.

Napoli Coffee $2 Off a $9 purchase with the coupon courtesy of QponABQ, valid until October 31.

Mimi’s Cafe 20% Off Your Check using the coupon on a purchase of minimum $20 dollars. The offer doesn’t apply to alcohol, nor tax and tip, and you can’t use it for gift cards and some promo menu items, otherwise it’s good till November 3.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine! As the cost of vino is always a large part of the check when I dine out with Mr Cheap (because Darling, I hardly eat a thing) I think I’ll be timing a trip there for the wine offer nights!

These Heritage Hotel coupons for their restaurants are all valid to December 30, 2011, so we have plenty of time to take advantage of them, including:

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PUMPKIN at checkout through October 31. Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10 or $15) now costs $2 or $3
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • Buy at Restaurant.com through October 31, using promo code PUMPKIN at checkout.
  • No expiration date on certificates, and no shipping fees for email certificates.
  • Check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend) to make sure they’re a good deal for you, and some certificate prices may vary from the typical examples above.

Bailey’s on the Beach Yoga Deal It’s the last few days to spend $20 at Bailey’s on the Beach and get a voucher for a free yoga session at Hot Yoga Downtown. Eat first, work it off later. I like that! Offer good to the end of October.

Cheap Chicken: How does 5 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, and 2 biscuits sound? How about for only $6.99? Use the Popeyes Chicken Coupon for the San Mateo location, or the Popeyes Coupon for the Coors location. Both are good to December 31, 2011. Or find Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen coupons for another location. It does bother me that they don’t put an apostrophe in *Popeye’s* but it’s a good deal so I’ll forgive them.

Taco Bell Free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo when you buy a $20 gift card.  Plan ahead for holiday gifts and get a freebie!

Landry’s Seafood Free Appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, using the coupon through December 31, 2011. The coupon (scroll down at the link) is good for a free app up to $9.99 and is ONLY valid at the Albuquerque Landry’s Seafood, 5001 Jefferson NE.

Get a free $25 dining certificate with the Entertainment Book and free shipping for the new 2012 edition (you can use the 2012 coupons now). The Albuquerque/Santa Fe Entertainment Book includes restaurant and shopping coupons and deals at attractions, including discounts, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc. The $40 book (for ABQ, many other city books cost $35) claims to offer over $92,000 in local savings, including 275 restaurant coupons.

Jack in the Box $1 Off an Outlaw Burger or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the coupon, valid to December 25, 2011. That would be Christmas.

Pizza Nine Coupons include:

  • Free 2 liter soda with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • Free dessert with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • $5 off any $20 purchase
  • Free medium pizza when you buy a large specialty pizza (only for carry-out orders)

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, Entertainment Book, and Restaurant.com affiliate links on those specific deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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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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National Train Day: May 7

May 5, 2011 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s first annual National Train Day event on Saturday May 7 at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with tons of free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 7 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars and locomotives and an antique 1927 bus. (I probably went to school on that.)
  • Entertainment incuding The Duke City Stars dance troupe, La Rondalla de Albuquerque Mexico and Latin American music, flamenco, hip-hop, ballet folklorico, and a choir.
  • Displays from model train clubs.
  • Wheels Museum tour and Harvey House Museum display.
  • Kids’ corner with free arts and crafts.
  • Games, free raffles, and prizes.

And of course there will be food vendors too.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

  • When:  Saturday May 7, 2011
  • Time:  1 – 5 pm
  • Where:  Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center
  • Price:  Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

And if you’re traveling farther afield, National Train Day 2011 is celebrated at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum too, and across the country.

–Tania

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