ABQ Home Expo $2 Off Admission: August 23-24

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The ABQ Home Expo returns for 2014 on the weekend of August 23 and 24, and you can get $2 off admission by buying tickets online in advance.

I’m pretty sure the ABQ Home Expo used to be called the ABQ Home and Lifestyle Expo way back in the dark ages. But whatever they choose to call it, we like to see discounted admission! So here’s the deal.

Get $2 off ABQ Home Expo adult admission at Expo New Mexico if you buy tickets online. That makes it $6 per ticket instead of $8 on the door. There’s no online discount for seniors’ and kids’ tickets for this show, but they cost less in the first place. Admission is $6 for seniors and kids.  Children aged 11 and under go free.

The August 2014 ABQ Home Expo runs on:

  • Saturday August 23 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday August 24 from 10 am to 4 pm.

I love these events because we get to see everything that’s new in home decor and improvements, kitchens, design trends, gadgets, products, and more. For the very first time, the Expo will feature a Local Artisan’s Market.

The ABQ Home Expo is held in the Manuel Lujan Buildings at EXPO New Mexico, home of the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. If you drive there, the parking fee is $5.

–Tania.  


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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

March 5, 2014 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring show is coming up this weekend but don’t pay the full admission price… get $1 off using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico from March 7 – 9, 2014.  Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking and painting to pottery and jewelry… and much more.

Kids can enjoy creating their own work of art at the Kids’ Creation Station, and naturally there will be food vendors to feed you everything from fajitas to gyros, plus specialty food items to buy from the culinary booths - and plenty of free samples! The festival also includes live entertainment, although at time of writing their website doesn’t give the entertainment schedule yet. Hmm, that’s strange, they usually have the line-up in place by now. But previous performers have included Syd Masters and the Swing Riders and Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, so expect some good grooves whoever is on the roster this year.

Regular adult admission is $7 or you can get a 3-day pass for $9, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

If you use the $1 discount coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday March 7 through Sunday March 9, 2014
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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ABQ Home Expo $2 Off Admission: August 24-25

July 30, 2013 by  
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The ABQ Home Expo returns for 2013 on the weekend of August 24 and 25, and you can get $2 off admission by buying tickets online in advance.

I’m pretty sure the ABQ Home Expo used to be called the ABQ Home and Lifestyle Expo way back in the dark ages. But whatever they choose to call it, we like to see discounted admission! So here’s the deal.

Get $2 off ABQ Home Expo adult admission at Expo New Mexico if you buy tickets online. That makes it $6 per ticket instead of $8 on the door. This is actually cheaper than the ticket price last year when it was $10/$9. So maybe that higher price admission didn’t work out so well for them. There’s no online discount for seniors’ and kids’ tickets for this show, but they cost less in the first place. Admission is $5 for seniors and kids.  Children aged 11 and under go free.

The August 2013 ABQ Home Expo runs on:

  • Saturday August 24 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday August 25 from 10 am to 5 pm.

I love these events because we get to see everything that’s new in home decor and improvements, kitchens, design trends, gadgets, products, and more.

The ABQ Home Expo is held in the Manuel Lujan Buildings at EXPO New Mexico, home of the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. If you drive there, the parking fee is $5.

–Tania.  

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MasterWorks of New Mexico Free Spring Art Show and Events

April 3, 2013 by  
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The MasterWorks of New Mexico Spring Art Show returns for its 15th season, and admission is free, including arts demos and events.

MasterWorks of New Mexico at EXPO New Mexico combines four state-wide juried fine art shows from Pastel Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Watercolor Society, Miniature Arts Bardean, and the Rio Grande Art Association. All the works are by New Mexico artists and it’s a free exhibit, so let’s get out there and see what they’ve got to share with us, and possibly buy some art, depending on your budget.

The show opens with a free reception, awards ceremony and a chance to meet the artists on Friday April 5 from 5 – 8pm. Then it remains open for public viewing until April 27, 2013.

Along the way, free MasterWorks of New Mexico eventsinclude:

  • April 8:  Oil painting demonstration by Frank Lalumia from 9:30 – 11 am
  • April 14:  Open House Paint-In from noon to 4 pm, where any artist (even if you’re not in the show) can turn up with your own supplies to sketch, paint, or sculpt together, with still life displays and models provided. I LOVE seeing artists at work!
  • April 17: Watercolor Demo by Penny Thomas-Simpson from 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • April 21: Pastel Demo by Dawn Emerson from 9:30 – 11 am

MasterWorks of New Mexico takes place:

When: April 6 – 27, 2012, daily except Mondays
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: EXPO New Mexico Hispanic Arts Building
Price: Admission is free!  But expect to pay regular EXPO NM fees for parking.

–Tania

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ABQ Home Expo $2 Off Admission

January 30, 2013 by  
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The ABQ Home Expo returns on February 16 and 17, 2013, and you can get $2 off admission by buying tickets online in advance.

This home and lifestyle expo gives visitors the chance to see all the latest home trends and pick up tips from the experts. To give you an idea of the diverse array of exhibitors you’ll see there, participants include Hot Tubs Albuquerque, Creative Kitchens Designs by David, Sandia Sunrooms, Accent Southwest Windows & Doors, Desert Suns Heating & Cooling, New Mexico Synthetic Turf,  Bath Planet, and Cabinets Unlimited. And a whole host more.

I always like to see discounted admission, too! So here’s the deal, and it’s worth getting organized now, so you can save dollars later.

Get $2 off ABQ Home Expo adult admission at Expo New Mexico if you buy tickets online in advance.  That makes it $8 per adult ticket instead of $10 on the door. Sadly, there is no discount option for seniors and kids this year – both seniors and kids kids aged 12 to 18 pay $8 online and on the door. But children aged under 12 go free!

The February 2013 expo runs on:

  • Saturday February 16 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday February 17 from 10 am to 5 pm.

I love these events because we get to discover everything that’s new in home decor and improvements, kitchens, design trends, gadgets, products, and more.

The ABQ Home Expo is held at EXPO New Mexico. Expect to pay $5 for parking.

–Tania.  

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Festival $1 Off Admission

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 13th Annual Holiday show runs during this Thanksgiving weekend, and you can get $1 off admission using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, from November 23 to 25, 2012, at EXPO New Mexico. Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art. They can also become a work of art with facepainting, or play in the sandbox. Entertainment in the Jingle Bell Square includes visits from Santa Claus (11 am – 3 pm daily) and at various times you might hear a storytelling elf, Victorian carolers, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Mariachi Fiesta International, and other musical performers.

Of course there will be food vendors for lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  If you use the $1 discount admission coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair: Free Admission September 19

September 18, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque continues until September 23 and in case you’re one of the seven people who haven’t heard, State Fair admission is free to everyone, all day on Wednesday September 19.

As an aside: Kudos to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz who so firmly put an end to the driver who barrelled into the State Fair Parade on Saturday. Mr Cheap and I were standing right by when the driver zoomed at a dangerous speed past us, and all too close to families and kids watching the parade and gathering candy along the roadside. Then the Chief rode up on his Segway like a modern day cowboy, blowing his whistle fit to bust, and stopped the driver in his tracks. It’s amazing more people weren’t hurt. Other than that, it was a great parade!

So back to the State Fair. Regular admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website – although I don’t see the free admission on Wednesday September 19 announced there at time of writing.  But here are the deal details I know about for the remainder of this year’s Fair.

  • Wednesday Thursday 19: Free gate admission to all
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

Thanks to reader Carrie for dropping me a note about the free State Fair admission day. I had already heard about it, but I always appreciate your eyes and ears to pass on deals I might have missed to our readers!

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair 2012 Discounts and Freebies

September 7, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque runs from September 12 to 23, 2012, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole affair) on Saturday September 15.  Note that on opening day September 12, Fair admission starts at 2 pm. After that, the grounds open daily at 9 am.

Admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the full New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website.  But if you’re looking for a deal, here are the promotion days with discounts, and with free admission for our hero members of the community.  These are the ones I’ve found so far… I’ll update as and when others are announced, and please do leave a comment in the box below this post if you know of any other NM State Fair deals!

  • Free Arts Preview Night on Tuesday September 11, from 5 pm, to see the art at the various galleries within the Expo NM Fair Grounds.  
  • Wednesday September 12: The Fair opens at 2 pm with an opening day special of $2 Midway rides – the price is per ride.
  • Thursday September 13: Law Enforcement Day with free admission to uniformed law enforcement officers… you must be an officer and you must be in uniform!
  • Friday September 14: Firefighters Day with free admission for uniformed firefighters – again, you must be in uniform.
  • Saturday September 15: The New Mexico State Fair Parade is free to watch of course – starting at approximately 8:30 am and ending about three years later. (It’s a jolly long parade!) The parade leaves from the Expo NM Fairgrounds and heads east along Central Avenue to Eubank.
  • Tuesday September 18: Two-Dollar Tuesday with $2 Midway rides and $2 deals from participating Midway games and food vendors.
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania

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NM State Fair Rodeo-Concerts and Free Fair Admission

August 27, 2012 by  
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New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner, from September 12 to 23, 2012, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole affair!) on Saturday September 15.

But I’m here to tell you that if you’re buying tickets for the NM State Fair Rodeo-Concerts, grab them now!  Rodeo-Concerts tickets purchased by August 31 include free admission to the State Fair too, valid for the day of the concert.  That saves you $10 on the regular adult admission. State Fair admission for seniors (62+) and kids aged 6-12 will be $7 in 2012.

The Rodeo-Concerts at Tingley Coliseum combine the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo with a different music concert each night. Ticket prices are $19, $28 or $39, depending on the seats.  That’s already a good deal for the evening’s entertainment. Throw in free State Fair admission and it’s even more likely to please the cowboys (and gals)!

The Rodeo-Concerts mainly start at 7 pm and performers this year are:

  • Poco/Firefall on September 18
  • Marty Stuart on September 19
  • Jake Owen on September 20
  • Eddie Money on September 21
  • Jerrod Niemann on September 22
  • Michael Jackson Tribute Laser Spectacular on September 23 – this one starts at 2 pm.

Buy New Mexico State Fair Rodeo-Concert tickets from the EXPO New Mexico box office or from Ticketmaster through August 31 to get free gate admission to the NM State Fair too. (This TicketMaster link takes you directly to all shows at Tingley Coliseum, including the NM State Fair PRCA Rodeo concerts.) After that, you’re paying your own way into the State Fair!

–Tania

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ABQ Home Expo $1 Off Admission: August 25-26

August 24, 2012 by  
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The ABQ Home Expo returns this weekend, August 25 and 26, 2012, and you can get $1 off admission by buying tickets online in advance.

I’m pretty sure the ABQ Home Expo used to be called the ABQ Home and Lifestyle Expo, but whatever they’re calling it, we like to see discounted admission! So here’s the deal.

Get $1 off ABQ Home Expo adult admission at Expo New Mexico if you buy tickets online. That makes it $9 per ticket instead of $10 on the door. Unfortunately, there’s no online discount for seniors and kids tickets for this season’s show as there has been in the past. Seniors and kids pay $8 whether you buy in advance or pay on the gate. But children aged 11 and under go free.

The August 2012 expo runs on:

  • Saturday August 25 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday August 26 from 10 am to 5 pm.

I love these events because we get to see everything that’s new in home decor and improvements, kitchens, design trends, gadgets, products, and more. 

The ABQ Home Expo is held at EXPO New Mexico. The parking fee is $5.

–Tania.  

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