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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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

March 4, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring 2012 show is coming up this weekend, from March 9-11, but don’t pay full price to get in…

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.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico. Over 225 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 Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, play in the sandbox, or enjoy a magic show — all for FREE! And, of course, there will be plenty of food vendors, offering everything from fajitas to gyros, and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday March 9-11, 2012
  • 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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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival $1 Off Admission

November 21, 2011 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 12th Annual Holiday show runs over this Thanksgiving weekend.  

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.  

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive over the weekend of November 25-27, 2011 at EXPO New Mexico. Over 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, play in the sandbox, enjoy a magic show or maybe see Santa — all for FREE!  Of course, there will be food vendors and speciality food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples.  

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a coupon for each person going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 25-27, 2011
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 9 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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NM Ski Swap 2011: Free Admission with the Coupon

October 27, 2011 by  
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The Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap is New Mexico’s biggest winter sports show, taking place this weekend on October 29-30, 2011. If you missed our earlier post, here’s how you can get in free and grab a deal on ski lift tickets…

Print this free admission coupon to the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap 2011 , saving $2 on the regular admission. To get in free you need one coupon for each person.

We’ve also discovered that the New Mexico Ski Card that we mentioned in an earlier post will be on sale at a further discount during the Ski Swap. The card usually costs $125 for 10 adult lift tickets to ski resorts in New Mexico and Colorado, but during the Ski Swap it’ll be discounted to $99.

The New Mexico ski and board swap event benefits the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol and usually boasts over 15,000 winter sports items for sale, including:

  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Clothing
  • Helmets
  • Goggles
  • Snowshoes
  • Kid’s Department with winter gear for children
  • …and more!

On Friday night, October 28, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, a presale First Tracks VIP event gives shoppers the first choice on equipment and promotions. Print the First Tracks VIP Invite and take it, along with a $20 donation to Sandia Peak Ski Patrol, to the First Tracks VIP Event. It’s $20 donation per person, including kids, to get into the advance sale, but parking is free on the Friday night.

You can also sell your ski gear at the New Mexico Ski Swap to raise a few extra bucks to spend on new stuff! There are specific hours on Friday to drop consignments off, and terms for selling, so check the details at the link.

Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap 2011 takes place:

  • Saturday October 29 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday October 30 from 11 am – 4 pm

All events are held at the Manuel Lujan Complex at EXPO New Mexico. Enter the fairgrounds from San Pedro near Copper. Be prepared to pay $4 for parking, although parking is free for sellers dropping off their gear on the Friday and for visitors to the First Tracks VIP event.

–Tania

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NM Ski Swap 2011: Free Admission with the Coupon

October 20, 2011 by  
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The Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap is the biggest New Mexico winter sports show, returning for its 44th year on October 29-30, 2011.

Print this free admission coupon to get in free to the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap 2011 , saving $2 on the regular admission. To get in free you need one coupon for each person.

The New Mexico ski and board swap event benefits the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol and usually boasts over 15,000 winter sports items for sale, including:

  • Skis
  • Snowboards
  • Clothing
  • Helmets
  • Goggles
  • Snowshoes
  • Kid’s Department with winter gear for children
  • …and more!

Plus, there will be various promotions and giveaways for lift tickets, trips, lodging and other great ski stuff.  Follow NM Ski Swap on Twitter or Facebook for latest details.

On Friday night, October 28, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, a presale First Tracks VIP event gives shoppers the first choice on equipment and promotions. Print the First Tracks VIP Invite and take it, along with a $20 donation to Sandia Peak Ski Patrol, to the First Tracks VIP Event. It’s $20 donation per person, including kids, to get into the advance sale, but parking is usually free on the Friday night. (We’re waiting for the Ski Swap guys to confirm that and will update here.)

You can also sell your ski gear at the New Mexico Ski Swap to raise a few extra bucks to spend on new stuff!

Sandia Peak Ski Patrol Ski Swap 2011 takes place:

  • Saturday October 29 from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday October 30 from 11 am – 4 pm

All events are held at the Manuel Lujan Complex at EXPO New Mexico. Enter the fairgrounds from San Pedro near Copper. Be prepared to pay $4 for parking, although parking is free for sellers dropping off their gear on the Friday and usually (see above) for visitors to the First Tracks VIP event.

–Tania

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