The Antiques Roadshow TV program visits Albuquerque this summer, and you can get free tickets to see the old-time fun. Maybe even discover that the gorgeous / hideous / just very strange antique thingamabob you inherited is actually worth a fortune!
The Antiques Roadshow will be in Albuquerque on Saturday July 19, 2014. The program is PBS’s highest-rated ongoing primetime series. As part of the summer production tour, New Mexico PBS will host Antiques Roadshow for the all-day appraisal event.
Now through Monday April 7 you can apply online for a pair of Albuquerque Antiques Roadshow free tickets. The form asks if you prefer a morning, midday, or afternoon admission time although they say there are no guarantees.
Applicants will be selected at random to receive two tickets to visit the Antiques Roadshow set and be considered for broadcast. I understand that 6,000 ticketed guests will receive free valuations of their antiques and collectibles from specialists from the country’s leading auction houses and independent dealers. Each guest is invited to take two items for appraisal.
Also, if you have some antique furniture that is just waiting to become famous on TV, the program is now accepting antique furniture applications. A few pieces will be selected for appraisal and display on the set. Those chosen items will be transported from your home to the Antiques Roadshow set for free. Send photos of your furniture to audition at this link. Note that they only want antique furniture for this, not other kinds of antiques. (Your collection of antique chile memorabilia won’t cut it. You’ll just have to apply for free tickets, hope you get in, and take them along yourself.)
This is the third time Antiques Roadshow will have filmed in New Mexico and they expect guests to take more than 10,000 items in total to be appraised. The Albuquerque taping will appear in three episodes of Antiques Roadshow in the 2015 season.
While admission to Antiques Roadshow will be free, you do need to have tickets and apply in advance at this Albuquerque Antiques Roadshow link. You can also call toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Whatever you do, do it on or by Monday, April 7, 2014 to get your name in the random drawing.
Hey, if you find out you have a masterpiece on your hands, please leave a comment here to tell us before you set off for your Caribbean island…
Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra gives two free concerts before Christmas, so if you can’t make one evening, go to the other!
The two free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts are on December 20 and 22, both at 7:30 pm.
Both classical concerts feature the same program of the popular Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 4 by Robert Schumann.
The violin soloist will be David Felberg, who is usually the Albuquerque Philharmonic conductor. As we have the pleasure of hearing Mr Felberg fiddling this time, the guest conductor is Thomas Shoebotham, formerly Music Director of the Palo Alto Philharmonic, and guest conductor of the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra of Redwood City and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. He’s also done quite a few stints with the Albuquerque Philharmonic before, so his baton will feel quite at home here.
The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts take place:
- Friday December 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Carlisle & Silver SE.
- Sunday December 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE.
I went to one of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts in October and it was a real knockout. It was beautiful to hear this incredible music in a relatively intimate setting – so close that you can feel just about every vibration in your body.
Thank you very much to the Albuquerque Philharmonic for giving us the chance to hear such wonderful classical music by such accomplished musicians – not even on the cheap, but totally free!
Meet a friendly wolf (or two!) and celebrate the “Howl-i-days” on Sunday December 15, 2013.
This free wolf encounter event is one to note on your calendar for Sunday if you’re as fascinated as I am by these beautiful and mysterious beasts. Meet the real thing for yourself in a Wolf Meet and Greet presentation on December 15 at 12:30 pm at the Open Space Visitor Center.
Stephanie Kaylan of the Wanagi Wolf Fund will take at least two of her friendly wolves or wolf-dogs along. Hokshila the timber wolf will be there, and Bindi the wolf too. I know from experience that Stephanie is a very lively and interesting speaker on the subject of wolves and their relationship with humans. In fact, you can read my profile of her in a series I wrote of MSN.com Albuquerque Insider Profiles for their Re:Discover Albuquerque project.
The family-friendly event is free, although donations to the non-profit Wanagi Wolf Fund are welcome as this is a holiday fundraiser. There will also be a photo-op with a wolf for a donation. You can shop for wolf calendars, stocking stuffers and wolf-fur filled ornaments, and check out the raffle.
It’s usually wise to arrive early to be sure of a seat at the beginning of the presentation, as late arrivals are not always guaranteed admission.
Interesting note: Wanagi is Lakota for “The one who guards and protects the spirits of those who have passed onward.”
- When: Sunday December 15, 2013
- Time: 12:30 pm
- Where: Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center
- Price: Admission is FREE but donations to the Wanagi Wolf Fund and Rescue are very welcome.
Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)
The Bugg Lights Christmas Display twinkles on selected evenings until December 24, 2013.
Albuquerque’s traditional show of the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free to visit through the holiday season, although it’s not open every evening – see the schedule below. The intricate display featuring animals and popular characters was originally created by the Bugg family (talk about one-upmanship on your holiday lights!) but has found a home for the last several years at Menaul School.
You can also see Santa Claus and enjoy festive entertainment with a different line-up of performers each evening including Sunset Mesa Choir, Dukes of Albuquerque, First United Methodist Church Choir, Folklorico del Valle, and more.
Although the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free and open to all, you gotta bet your big black Santa boots that they do accept donations.
The Bugg Lights Christmas Display 2013 is on show on the evenings of:
- Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14, at 6 pm to 9 pm
- From Friday December 20 every night through Monday December 23, at 6 pm – 9 pm
- Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24, at 6 pm – 10 pm
The Bugg Lights Christmas Display is located at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Boulevard NE, just east of the Broadway intersection. Access the campus from the Menaul entrance.
Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family puts a festive glow in the ruins and includes cider and biscochitos! The monument’s name was recently changed. It is now called the Coronado Historic Site, but a lot of people won’t have caught on to that yet. I can’t get into the habit of calling it anything but the Coronado State Monument (sounds a lot more impressive to me too!) but I will be a good girl and refer to it by the correct name from now on.
The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 8, 2013, from 5 pm.
The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right. I believe there will also be night sky viewing with the Rio Rancho Astronomical Group.
Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.
Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:
- When: Sunday December 8, 2013
- Time: From 5 pm
- Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
- Price: Admission is free!
Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.
You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.
This year the Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll are both combined again in Nob Hill on the same day: Saturday December 7, 2013.
The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll runs from from noon to 10 pm on December 7, when everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with street performers, mariachi groups, and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit. They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington between those hours, so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66. Of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with many boutiques staying open late, some stores offering discounts, and a lively atmosphere in the restaurants.
- There will be photo ops with Santa Claus – he usually rolls by on the Twinkle Light Parade too.
- A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run free shuttle rides along Central between noon and 4 pm.
- Albuquerque Film & Media Experience will show a free outdoor screening (bundle up!) of the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:45 pm. That’s at 3712 Central Ave, between Hermosa and Solano.
- O’Niell’s Pub will serve free coffee and cider on the enclosed patio.
The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll map gives all the skinny and shows what’s happening where.
If you download the PDF of the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll program you’ll find a few coupons too, although not as many as in previous years.
- 10% off one item at Gertrude Zachary
- $10 off at Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill when you order two entrees (valid to January 1, 2014)
- 10% off at Yanni’s new Lemoni Lounge (valid to September 1, 2014)
The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm on December 7, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard. Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 100 floats (cars, horses, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year. I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.
Celebrate Noche de Luces at the historic Casa San Ysidro. It’s free for all the family on December 7, 2013.
Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults. In any case it’s closed during December and January. UNLESS….you get in the holiday spirit and join them for the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event this Saturday, December 7 from 5 – 8 pm.
Casa San Ysidro celebrates the holiday season by welcoming one and all to enjoy its decorations of farolitos and holiday greens. The free event includes a craft activity, a display of traditional New Mexican artifacts, and music by Breaking Blue in the grand sala. They will also be serving hot cider and cookies. Tra-la-la! Wrap up warmly as much of the activity is outdoors.
Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces celebration takes place:
- When: Saturday December 7, 2013
- Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
- Price: Free admission for all
Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales.
The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and they’re staying true to form with a free concert of holiday music.
The Albuquerque Concert Band free holiday concert is this Sunday December 8, at 3 pm, at the KiMo Theatre. I love holiday music and I had a wonderful time at this free concert the last time I went with friends.
It’s all very rousing and jovial, with plenty of family favorites to tap your toes to. The Albuquerque Concert Band and conductor even wore different festive headgear to accompany each song. I can’t guarantee they’ll be doing the same this year, but I can guarantee that they are terrific entertainment.
Short of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer crash-landing on my head, I’ll be there first in line!
Doors open at 2:30 pm and it’s wise to arrive promptly as it’s a pretty full house in my experience.
Here are some free audio samples from Albuquerque Concert Band recordings to get you in the mood.
The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.
The annual Return of the Sandhill Cranes celebration is back on November 16 and 17, 2013, offering plenty of free fun, including Tai Chi. (You do it with the cranes, although who knows if the cranes will join in?)
Albuquerque’s Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration this weekend at the Open Space Visitor Center gets us all in a flap on Saturday and Sunday November 16 – 17. It’s a great opportunity to join with others to see the sandhill cranes traveling south for the winter. Whenever I see the large flocks of cranes migrating along the Rio Grande Valley I’m awed by their beauty and grace. I often want to fly away with them but I haven’t got the hang of that bit yet.
The free family event is not just about birdwatching through the viewing scopes, however. The line up includes:
- A guided Bosque bird walk (8:30 am on Saturday) plus a couple of fly-in and fly-out walks
- Tai Chi with the cranes at 9 am on both days
- Silk painting demonstration at 11 am on Saturday
- A tin punch workshop at 11:30 am on Saturday
- Two performances of the musical Love in the Bosque by Phil Bock, about a romance between cranes who pass through Albuquerque along the Rio Grande. (Cute! The performances are on Saturday at 1:30 and 3 pm.)
- See Wildlife Rescue birds from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday (I always love that!)
- The Albuquerque Origami Society – they usually get everyone making origami cranes
- Films including Waking Up Crane and Stories of Wolves
- Children’s games and crafts, and solar scopes for everyone!
See the full Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration 2013 schedule as some events only happen once. And check the times for anything you especially want to do, as all events are subject to change.
Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)
Here is our 2013 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day deals and freebies. Even if you’re not a service member, look in the For Everyone list below to find some Veterans Day deals for all.
There are tons of freebies for veterans and current military – as is only right and fitting. A heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Some offers are valid only on November 11, others on other days, and most require proof of military service – check details at the links. Know of any other Veterans Day deals? Tell us in the comments box below!
Veterans Day Deals For Everyone
Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 9 to November 11. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2013, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.
Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the U.S. Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The U.S. Navy Hymn), When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more.
New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 8 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 9/10, November 15/16/17 and November 22/23.
Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on Monday November 11, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.
Savers Veterans Day Sale offers 50% off clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath on November 11.
Living Social 10% Discount from November 8 – November 11 using the promo code: VETERANS10
The offer is valid on purchases site-wide and you get 10% off any order, up to a maximum discount of $20. There are some terms and conditions and redemption instructions here. At time of writing there are 68 Albuquerque deals on Living Social, from restaurants to massages, manicures, yoga, fly fishing, kids’ stuff and quite a lot more!
Veterans Day Deals For Military Only
Free Musical Theatre for Veterans. Thanks to Elizabeth at Desert Rose Playhouse for telling us that they are offering free admission for veterans to performances on Saturday November 9 at 8 pm or Sunday November 10 at 2 pm. The show is Dogfight the Musical, set in 1963 as three young Marines have a boys’ night out before heading to the conflict in Southeast Asia. Desert Rose Playhouse is located at 6921 Montgomery Blvd. NE. To redeem your freebie, make a reservation at (505) 881-0503 or email the box office.
Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.
Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 11 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.
Free Hair Cut at Great Clips salons on November 11. OR it looks like you can just drop into the salon that day and pick up a card to redeem your free hair cut later, until December 31. Non-military folk who purchase a service at Great Clips on November 11 get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Check for participation by calling ahead. (A head = pun, I just realized.) See the list of Albuquerque Great Clips salons
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on November 11 if you take your ID.
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill Free Meal Thanks to reader Michael for alerting me to this Tucanos offer! Current and former military members get a free meal on November 11, with military ID or proof of past service. Active service members and their families also get 10% off their entire meal from November 8 – 11. So if you go for the freebie on Veterans Day and take your family, they’ll get a 10% discount too. Tucanos also has a Facebook promotion to get a free dessert coupon when you send an Instagram photo of a family member or friend in uniform. Tucanos is Downtown, at 110 Central Avenue on the corner of 1st. (As if we could miss it!)
Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 11 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants. The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.
Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 11 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with side dishes and beverages.
Olive Garden Free Meal for veterans and active military on November 11, with ID. Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Family dining with you get a 10% discount on their meals. Throughout the month of November, Olive Garden is giving 10% off to current military service members and their families.
Boston Market Free Whole Chicken with purchase. According to Boston Market’s Twitter post and Facebook page, you can get a free whole chicken on November 11 at any Boston Market when you purchase a family meal and show military ID.
Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11 at participating locations. Menu options include margarita chicken, “Old Timer” with cheese, pizza, and more, with proof of military service.
Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service. You get a free entree from a selection including house sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, bacon cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.
California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.
Outback Steakhouse Veterans Day Freebie A free Bloomin’ Onion and any Coca-Cola drink on November 11. Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 12 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze and tax. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)
Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members. This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 11 from 4 – 9 pm.
Red Robin Free Burger and Fries on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service. The freebie is a Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries.
Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel & Schmear on November 11 between 5:30 am and 5 pm. The offer is for a free bagel and shmear or any other topping, for active, inactive and retired military personnel.
Free Krispy Kreme Donut and Coffee on November 11 in stores (not drive-through) when you wear military uniform or show proof of service. Participating locations include Albuquerque Krispy Kreme stores at Ellison, Wyoming, and Coors.
Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer from November 11 – 14 for veterans and current service members, according to a press release. Choose from 10 appetizers, including Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp.
TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans and active duty military on November 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.
Starbucks Free Coffee for veterans and active duty service members AND their spouses on November 11.
Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation invites service men and women to eat free on November 11.
Hooters Free Meal on November 11. Veterans and active duty military personnel can score a free meal worth up to $10.99 with any drink purchase. Valid at all locations, but take military ID or proof of service!
Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.
–Tania FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.