ABQ Home and Remodeling Show: Free Admission Times

January 15, 2015 by  
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We all love our homes. But that doesn’t stop us wanting to rip down walls, redesign our kitchens, overhaul the bathroom, and install spas. Yes, remodeling is America’s obsession.

If you want to get some new ideas to give your own home a facelift, the Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show is this weekend, January 17 and 18, 2015.

I’ve never been to this show so I don’t know what to expect of it, but I DO know that you can get in free if you go in the first hour each day. Visit the Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show between 10 am and 11 am each day and admission is free.

After 11 am adult admission is $5. Kids aged under 12 get in free at all times. (Well, the poor little darlings have to get in free, don’t they? I’ve never known a child who actively enjoys going to home shows.)

The list of exhibitors includes all the things you’d expect to see at a home and remodeling show: bathrooms, kitchens,  sunrooms, landscaping, hot tubs and spas, windows and window coverings, floor coverings, home furnishings, and a lot more. You can talk with builders and contractors and find out about green and solar technologies too. It all happens at Expo New Mexico.

The January 2015 Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Shows runs on:

  • Saturday January 17 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday January 18 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Admission is free before 11 am on both days

The Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show 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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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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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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MasterWorks of New Mexico Free Exhibit and Art Events

April 5, 2012 by  
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The MasterWorks of New Mexico Spring Art Show returns for its 14th season, and admission is free, including arts demos and events.

MasterWorks of New Mexico at EXPO New Mexico combines four 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 6 from 5 – 8pm. Then it remains open for public viewing until April 28 2012. 

Along the way, free MasterWorks of New Mexico events include:

  • April 11:  Watermedia Demo by Helen Gwinn from 1-2 pm
  • April 14:  Book Art Talk by Gail Murray from 1-3pm, showing how to make an accordion fold book and a pamphlet stitch book, using regular household materials.
  • April 15:  Open House Paint-In from noon to 4 pm, where any artists can turn up with your own supplies to sketch, paint, or sculpt together, with still life displays and clothed models provided. I LOVE seeing artists at work!
  • April 16: Demo by Santiago Perez from noon to 12:45 pm.
  • April 17: Pastel Demo by Terri Ford from 9:30 – 11 am
  • April 21: Oil Demo by Albert Handell at 9:30 am

MasterWorks of New Mexico takes place:

When: April 7 – 28, 2012, daily except Mondays and Easter
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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Southwestern Muscle Car Nationals $2 Discount Coupon

March 27, 2012 by  
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Save on admission to the Southwestern Muscle Car Nationals in Albuquerque from March 30 to April 1, 2012.

Regular admission to the Southwestern Muscle Car Nationals 2012 at Expo New Mexico is $12 for adults, but you can print out a Racing Southwest coupon to get $2 off!

They say it’s for Facebook friends, but I can’t see that Facebook has anything to do with it; the coupon is right there at the Racing Southwest website – click the car coupon/photo to get it, or if you’re having trouble with that, go direct to the Southwestern Muscle Car Nationals ticket discount coupon here.

You might also be able to get the advance ticket deal from NAPA Auto Parts stores I mentioned earlier this month, although I notice they’ve changed the discount from $3 off to $2 off since then. So the coupon deal is just as good, and NAPA may have run out of advance tickets by now. But, some people don’t like printing coupons, so if tickets remain, the offer is$2 off advance tickets to  Southwestern Muscle Car, at NAPA locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Belen, Santa Fe, and Edgewood. 

The admission price for children aged 9 to 12 years is $3. However it looks like you can also get free tickets for children from Wendy’s – so just check it out when you’re in there.

Show admission is free for kids aged 8 and under with a paying adult.

I love seeing these amazing cars – although I’d be terrified to drive one. I’ve never had a driving accident or scrape in my life (touch wood) but you know I’m just going to reverse into a lamp post in one of these beauties and ruin the gleaming paintwork.

Southwestern Muscle Car Nationals takes place at Expo New Mexico from Friday March 30 to Sunday April 1, 2012. Hours are:

  • Friday March 30:  5 pm – 10 pm. 
  • Saturday March 31: 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Sunday April 1:  10 am to 6 pm

–Tania

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Ultimate Home Showcase Discount or Free Admission

March 14, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque’s 2012 Ultimate Home Showcase takes place on March 17-18, with several ways to get discount admission or maybe even free admission!

The Ultimate Home Showcase home show at Expo New Mexico on March 17-18, 2012, includes the International Green Ideas Show and the Construction and Architectural Suppliers Show, with exhibitors showing ideas for home design and decor, remodeling, sustainable lifestyle and energy, and green technology.

Regular admission to the show is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors over 65 and kids aged 13-18. Admission is free for children aged 12 and under.  But here’s how to get discount or even free admission:

  • Print this BOGO coupon to get two admissions for the price of one, via New Mexico Market Place (or just pick up a copy of NM Market Place to get the coupon!)
  • Get $3 off adult admission using the coupon at the Ultimate Home Showcase website, or here’s the direct link to the PDF $3 off coupon.
  • Free admission for seniors on Sunday morning (no coupon needed).
  • Free admission for bike riders and for those who take the bus and show a receipt or pass.
  • Pay $1 for admission if you take a computer for recycling.

The show has a bit of a St. Patrick’s Day theme going for kids, with a visit by the leprechaun Sir Hugh Elliott (sounds like a very leprechauny name) on Saturday March 17 from 10 am to 3 pm, when he’ll be telling stories and giving out chocolate coins. Anyone dressed as a leprechaun or other nature spirit or sporting a British Isle theme costume can get a professional free photo taken!

Other fun activities include a scavenger hunt, hydrogen-powered car races, a PNM giveaway of compact florescent light bulbs, and a lasso demonstration.

Stephanie Kaylan of Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue will also be at the show on Sunday March 18 from 10 am to 4 pm with a couple of her wolves.

Ultimate Home Showcase takes place:

  • When:  March 17-18, 2012
  • Time:  Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Expo New Mexico, Manuel Lujan Buildings A and B.

The Expo New Mexico parking fee is usually $5. I believe the Ultimate Home Showcase used to be called the Albuquerque’s Home Builders & Remodelers Showcase; all these home shows seem to be changing their names this year!

—Tania

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