Summerfest August 23: Morris Day & The Time

August 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest offers great free family entertainment – and the Westside Summerfest is the last one for the 2014 season. They’re going out with a great line-up…

Albuquerque Westside Summerfest on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm should be quite the street party. The event takes place on Ellison Drive NW between Cottonwood Drive and Alameda and it includes a free concert by Morris Day and the Time. This band must be cool, as it appeared in Prince’s movie Purple Rain and you can’t get much cooler than Prince.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect local food vendors and The Stumbling Steer Corral beer garden with Albuquerque and New Mexico microbreweries. You can also expect an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids including giant inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, jumps, and balloon animals.

The Westside Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday August 23 is:

  • 5 pm:  Good Green
  • 6:20 pm:  The Chris Kill Trio
  • 7:45 pm: The JDS – formerly known as The James Douglas Show, the nationally touring band based in Albuquerque
  • 9:15 pm: Morris Day & The Time

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?  Take your own folding chairs if you like and make sure your pooch is on a leash if you take him or her along for the evening.

Parking is available at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Rd NW. If you want to cycle there, take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop on the dirt median.

Enjoy the last Summerfest of the season!

–Tania


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Route 66 Summerfest: July 19

July 10, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 19, 2014, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 19, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts Raul Midon (7:40 pm) and Arrested Development (9:00 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Son Como Son at 8:20 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Floozy, the Cali Shaw Band and headliner Mil-Tones Brass Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 25% off custom orders during July at Frame City & Gallery
  • 2 free stickers or postcards from Guerrilla Graphix during Summerfest
  • $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • $20 off a pair of work boots at the Red Wing Store
  • 40% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe during Summerfest

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2014, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2014. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 31 2014 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 29: The New Hit Squad
  • July 6: Twisted Mojo
  • July 13: Rio Rancho Jazz Band
  • July 20: Little Hawk
  • July 27: Flyin A’s
  • Aug. 3: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 10: The New Hit Squad
  • Aug. 17: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 24: Rio Rancho Concert and Jazz Bands
  • Aug. 31: Recurve

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Founders Day Fiesta

April 9, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Founders Day FiestaAlbuquerque Founders Day Fiesta 2014 celebrates the city turning the grand old age of 308, and the Fiestas de Albuquerque party includes music, entertainment, kids’ activities, demonstrations, and more…

Founders Day Fiestas de Albuquerque  is on Saturday April 12, 2014, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Here’s a reminder that all the day’s fun is focused around Old Town, with various activities to celebrate the city’s history and culture.  The festivities feature Albuquerque’s heritage from the Native American Era, the Spanish Era, the Mexican Era, the Territorial Era, and the Albuquerque Now Era.

Founders Day Fiestas de Albuquerque free activities on April 12 include:

  • Children’s activities including a rock wall for climbing, face painting, and panning for gold.
  • A paper art workshop by the Consulado de Mexico en Albuquerque for all ages,
  • Entertainment including National Institute of Flamenco, Buffalo Bill, Cowboys & Indian hillbilly band, musician Gonzalo, Valley High School Ballet Folklorico Del Sol,  Maraichi Sonidos del Monte and Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana
  • 3:30 pm Founders Day Procession
  • 3-Time Boxing World Champion Danny Romero and MMA Superstar Keith Jardine will make an appearance as part of the New Mexico Sports Ambassador Program.

See the full Fiestas de Albuquerque schedule.

Happy birthday Albuquerque! You look better with every new candle on the cake!

–Tania

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Route 66 Summerfest: July 20

July 17, 2013 by  
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There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join the Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest party on Saturday July 20, 2013, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill kicks off at 2 pm through 10:30 pm on July 20, and the free festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, and sidewalk sales.  Some highlights:

  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Montclaire, with the annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • The KidZone offers performances by and for children and teens, and a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2:45 pm on the main stage (Central & Girard) and at 2:30 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington). A great line-up of performers including Main Stage headline acts The Relatives (7:40 pm) and Red Baraat (9:20 pm). The headline act on the East Stage is Gregg A. Smith at 8:40 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with local breweries on site, a food truck rumble, and music including Max Gomez, Felonious Groove Foundation and headliner Larry Mitchell Band, all at Central and Montclaire.
  • Mother Road Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • Free Group Wedding at 6 pm by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel, with the county clerk present to issue marriage certificates, at the Main Stage (Central and Girard).
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-6 pm, as a shuttle to save your aching feet!

Check out the full schedule of Route 66 Summerfest events and times. They also have a very handy map so you can see what’s where.

If you download the Summerfest Program PDF, you’ll also find coupons with discounts on Nob Hill businesses during Summerfest. The coupons I spy are:

  • 15% off Tres Boutique
  • $5 off a $25 purchase at Ooh! Aah! Jewelry
  • 10% off your purchase at Gertrude Zachary Jewelry (either location, Central or Lomas)
  • 20% off Izzy Martin menswear
  • 10% off Golden Eagle, home of West of Santa Fe

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2013, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2013. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 25 2013 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 16: Twisted Mojo
  • June 23: Point Blank
  • June 30: Bosque Blues
  • July 7: Saint Wolf
  • July 14: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band
  • July 21: Rio Rancho Community Concert Band
  • July 28: Interplay
  • Aug. 4: The Hit Squad
  • Aug. 11: The Otherside
  • Aug. 18: Code 29
  • Aug. 25: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Free Albuquerque Summerfest 2013

June 11, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 offers great free outdoor concerts and family entertainment. This year’s series of Summerfest events kicks off this Saturday June 15 with performers including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

So you can save the future dates, the schedule for Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 is:

  • June 15 – Northeast Heights Summerfest
  • July 20 – Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill
  • August 3 – Downtown Summerfest at Civic Plaza
  • August 24 – Westside Summerfest

For the first event in the series, the Northeast Heights Summerfest is on Saturday June 15 from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. This is the first time the City has held Summerfest at this NE Heights location, on Wyoming Boulevard just north of Paseo del Norte.

They’ve got a great line-up of free live music – you provide the dancing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is the star act, celebrating their 20th anniversary! The contemporary swing revival band has played with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. They’ve performed on the TV shows Dancing with the Stars and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The Summerfest entertainment program on Saturday June 15 is:

  • 5 pm:  Ryan Montano – songwriter and trumpeter (and model and actor! Don’t all swoon, ladies.)
  • 6:15 pm:  Cowboys & Indian – classic rockabilly from the Albuquerque band
  • 7:30 pm: The Quality Retreads – mixing it up with high energy Gaelic, Delta and Appalachian music
  • 9 pm: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Take your dancing shoes and prepare to party!

As well as the free live music and dancing, many stores will stay open late, and you can expect local food vendors and a beer garden with Albuquerque microbreweries, an arts and crafts market from local artisans, and activities for kids.

Parking will be available at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (Carmel and Wyoming) and at La Cueva High School. Note that Wyoming Boulevard itself will be closed between Paseo del Norte and Carmel starting at 6 am on Saturday June 15.

And did we mention the Albuquerque Summerfest 2013 concerts and events are all FREE?

–Tania

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Albuquerque Old Town Valentine Celebration

February 7, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Old Town Amor y Más event takes place this Saturday February 9, 2013, from noon till 5 pm. I recall this used to be called the Old Town Sweetheart Stroll but whatever they’re dubbing it these days, get your romance pants on.

Amor y Más offers an afternoon of live entertainment and romantic music, and free horse carriage rides from 2 – 5 pm from Old Town Plaza to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Other Valentine’s fun includes a Puppy Love Kissing Booth and a $14 dog adoption special by Animal Welfare for dogs aged 4 years and older; a free photo booth to take home a memento, and actors performing Shakespearean love scenes.

If you’re feeling completely carried away, you can even get hitched with a free walk-up wedding by A Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel. They’ll have six ordained ministers present and the county clerk to issue marriage certificates. I gather Elvis may feature somewhere in this nuptial frenzy.

At 3 pm there’s also a free group wedding and a renewal of vows for couples who are already married, and at 4 pm an Interfaith Blessing of Love and Devotion for everyone who wants to join the non-denominational blessing at the Gazebo.

Expect some sweet discounts and deals too. For example, Treasure House Books & Gifts is promoting an offer to buy three books and get a fourth book free, and Bright Rain Gallery is giving 20% off anything in the gallery that contains the color red. If you know of an Old Town Amor y Más deal, let us know in the comments box below!

The most recent schedule I’ve received of  live entertainment in the Old Town Plaza on February 9 is:

  • 12 noon: The popular Native American singer Shelly Morningsong, winner of awards including the New Mexico Music Award for Best Native Contemporary Music and the Native American Music Awards for Debut Artist of the Year.
  • 12:30 pm: Shakespeare On Site
  • 1 pm: Trio Latino with romantic music from the 1950s
  • 1:45 pm: Shakespeare On Site
  • 2:20 pm: Angelo Pagliocco, who has apparently played for bigwigs including Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Pagliocco is inspired by the romantic music of “Rat Pack” performers such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
  • 3:15 pm: Shakespeare On Site
  • 4 pm: The instrumentalist group Alma plays romantic jazz.

For latest official details, check out the City of Albuquerque event details and the Albuquerque Old Town flyer.

–Tania

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Festival of Trees 2012

November 26, 2012 by  
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Christmas Tree Lights by BrihoThe Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees is just what it says on the packet: Check out the decorated holiday trees and enjoy free live entertainment too!

Even Scrooge would probably get in the holiday spirit at the annual Festival of Trees this weekend, from November 30 to December 2, 2012 at the Sandia Resort and Casino. The family event is totally free, and gives a chance to enjoy beautiful Christmas trees, crafts for kids, live entertainment, and a ho-ho-ho from Santa Claus.

Entertainment and activities include:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Berry on Friday November 30 at 11 am
  • Excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet by the Ballet Repertory Theatre on Friday November 30 at 6 pm
  • It’s also Senior Day on November 30, sponsored by Prime Time
  • Belisama Irish Dancers
  • Albuquerque Enchantment Handbell Ensemble
  • Choirs and bands galore
  • Visits from Santa Claus
  • Kids can make tree ornaments for the children receiving care at the Carrie Tingley Hospital
  • People’s Choice Award for Best Tree on Sunday December 2
  • Buy Christmas trees and holiday wreaths

See the daily Festival of Trees line-up to plan your visit.

The Jingle and Mingle opening night event on Thursday November 29 at 6:30 pm in the festival ballroom is the only event requiring tickets. The price is $50 each for the fundraiser, including entertainment, dancing, appetizers, and a silent auction.

Everything else for the Festival of Trees weekend is free to turn up and enjoy. It’s all in a good cause, with funds raised from tree sponsors, tree sales, and any donations you care to make going to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, to help special needs children and their families.

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees

  • When: Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2, 2012
  • Time: 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Noon – 5 pm on Sunday.
  • Where: Sandia Resort & Casino
  • Price: Admission is free (Except for the November 29 opening night Jingle and Mingle)

Sandia Resort & Casino is located at 30 Rainbow Road NE. Take Exit 234 East from I-25. The resort is huge and kinda hard to miss but if you’re an Albuquerque visitor, here’s a map to Sandia Resort & Casino.

–Tania

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Día De Los Muertos Old Town: November 3

November 1, 2012 by  
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It’s the Day of Dead, and Albuquerque Old Town’s Día De Los Muertos celebration is on Saturday November 3, 2012, with entertainment that’s free and open to everyone.

The Old Town Día De Los Muertos event is on Saturday November 3 from 6 pm to 10 pm with a parade, costume contest, a community altar,  live music from Mariachi Nuevo Mexico and more, and an art show and giveaways.

The details and timings I’m giving you here are combined from a press release from the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and from the event’s web page, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were changes. It might be a case of turn up and go with the flow… I’ll update if I hear any more details.

  • 6 pm: The Dia de los Muertos parade starts at the east entrance of Old Town, proceeding around the Plaza and ending at Poco a Poco Patio, 328 San Felipe Street NW, where you’ll find an art show until 10 pm featuring award-winning art from local artists including Johnny Salas, Manuel Salas, Kenny Chavez, and Suzanne Baca.
  • 6 pm: New Mexico Tex Trio
  • 6:30: Las Flores Del Valle
  • 7 pm: Costume Contest
  • 8 pm: Mariachi Nuevo Mexico

–Tania

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