ABQ Free Valentines Weekend Balloon Rally

February 8, 2015 by  
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We don’t have to wait till Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see the skies dotted with a fleet of balloons!

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, with the Free Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally on the mornings of February 14 and 15, 2015. More than 135+ balloons including special shapes will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, and it’s free to roll up and watch, so take your sweetie or family to cuddle up to in the cool morning. Balloons launch at sunrise – just a couple of minutes before 7 am.

The balloon rally by local pilots is a Valentine’s tradition, organized by the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association.

–Tania


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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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ABQ Downtown Summerfest: August 9

August 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 9, 2014, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest comes to Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th St this Saturday August 9 from 5 pm – 10:30 pm.  We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Sheila E.  An Emmy nominated solo artist, Sheila G is well known for her many musical talents as a percussionist and drummer.  This multi-talented artist also writes, produces and has her own music label! Since the young age of 17, she has recorded and toured with famous musical artists such as Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder.

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food vendors, an arts and crafts market, and free kids’ activities. You can also hang out and chill out in the Microbrew Garden with Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre, Marble Brewery, Abbey Brewing Company, Il Vicino and Santa Fe Brewing Company.

The Summerfest program for the Main Stage on Saturday August 9 is:

  • 5 pm:   Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies
  • 6:20 pm:   Roberto Griego
  • 7:45 pm:   Migeulito
  • 9 pm:   Sheila E

The following schedule is for the Millennial Stage which will feature alternative rock music:

  • 5 pm: Great States
  • 6:45 pm: The Lymbs
  • 7:45 pm: Josh Burg
  • 9 pm: Repel the Robot

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are some suggestions:

  • Parking is available for a flat fee of $6 per vehicle at both the Civic Plaza and Convention Center lots.
  • Use the free bike valet at the event if you want to go on two wheels.
  • Take ABQ Ride bus and exit at the stop at 2nd Street and Marquette, one block from Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest takes place on Central Ave from 2nd St to 7th in downtown Albuquerque.

–Tania

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Kids Bowl Free Summer 2014: Still Time to Play!

July 24, 2014 by  
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I mentioned the Kids Bowl Free program at the beginning of summer, but if you haven’t taken advantage of the deal yet there is still time for kids to play two free games every day. Plus you can purchase an optional family pass for $24.95 for up to four adults to play two games each a day.

Kids Bowl Free is a great summer program with bowling centers around the country, giving kids the chance to play two free games every day throughout the promotion. You need to sign up to the Kids Bowl Free 2014 promotion to get free bowling coupons every week.

Fewer Albuquerque area bowling centers are taking part this year, but kids can still get free games at Silva Lanes and at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho. If you were registered with the program last year, you need to re-register for 2014.

Start by registering your child or children for one or more of these bowling center programs. If you sign up for more than one, you’ll need to use a different email address for each account:

Silva  Lanes Kids Bowl Free runs to September 20, 2014, for kids aged 18 and under. Their free games are on Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm; on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tenpins & More Rio Rancho Kids Bowl Free program runs through August 31, 2014, for kids aged 15 and under. Their free games are valid on Monday to Wednesday and on Friday: 11 am to 2 pm; and on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. This year, Tenpins & More has added a pair of night sessions.  Now kids can bowl their free games on Wednesday and Thursday nights between 9 pm to 11 pm.

  • You can register up to six children on each registration form – if you have a bigger brood, you need to create an additional account with a different email address for the other children.
  • Then watch your email to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get an email with info to log in to your account and print out the coupons for 2 free games per day.
  • If the young bowler’s family members also want to play, then once you’ve registered a child for the free bowling, you have the option to buy a family bowling pass for $24.95, which allows up to 4 adults to each play 2 free games a day too.
  • If you don’t have your own bowling shoes, you still have to pay regular shoe rental rates
  • Check the FAQ for any other details on how Kids Bowl Free works.

If you don’t know where these Albuquerque bowling centers are located, you’ll find them here: Silva Lanes is at 3010 Eubank Boulevard NE. Tenpins & More is at 1416 Deborah Rd SE, Rio Rancho.

–Tania

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Free Hotel Cascada Waterpark

July 12, 2014 by  
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If you don’t already love Jackie, Tony, and Donnie (we do!) then you’ve got to love them for their Free Summer Fun Roadshow which gives you the chance to frolic in the Hotel Cascada Waterpark for free on Monday.

This fun free morning at the Hotel Cascada Waterpark is courtesy of our friends Jackie, Tony & Donnie in the Morning at 100.3 The Peak.  Just turn up to get free admission to the Hotel Cascada Waterpark on Monday July 14, 2014, from 6 am to 9:45 am, while Jackie, Tony & Donnie are broadcasting at the Albuquerque waterpark.
To get the maximum splash from the freebie, you need to dive in at the right time. Here’s how it works. There will be two sessions of swimming time at the Hotel Cascada waterpark. They have a limit of 600 people each time. (Hey, the waterpark is big but we’re not talking about the Pacific Ocean here! Space is limited.)
The session times are:
  • First session: 6am – 7:45 am
  • Second session: 8am -9:45 am

If you turn up in the middle of a session, you’ll still have to leave at the end time so the next group can come in. Logic tells me, Spock, that you get the best value and the most free fun if you arrive early for the 6 am or 8 am sessions. (Also, it gives you a better chance of getting in before they are full.)

Cool off and celebrate the free admission to the Hotel Cascada Waterpark.  With Jackie, Tony & Donnie you know you are always guaranteed a great time anyway!

Albuquerque’s Hotel Cascada Waterpark is located at 2500 Carlisle Boulevard NE.

–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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Opera Southwest Free Event For Kids

March 26, 2014 by  
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If you’ve got kids and want to introduce them to opera in a fun, participatory way, this Puccini & Popcorn event might be just the ticket.

The Opera Southwest Puccini & Popcorn event on Saturday April 5, 2014 at 2 pm is free to children and their parents, although you need to make reservations in advance.  The event is usually suitable for youngsters aged 5 – 15. Opera Southwest runs the program at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. This session will feature Oliver Prezant, the music director and conductor of the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. He’ll be joined by soprano Cecilia Leitner singing arias by Mozart and Puccini.

In addition to exploring opera,  they’ll serve light refreshments to help inspire the muse!

Puccini and Popcorn runs from 2 – 3:30 pm on April 5. If you want to tune-up to opera, book your space using the form at the Opera Southwest site as they make it very clear they need to know who’s coming, spaces are limited, and you can’t just arrive without notice.

Mr Cheap often sings his version of opera in the shower and boy do I wish he’d take a workshop. Unfortunately, he’s a little over the target age range for this event. No, I’m not going to sing a duet with him as that would only make the suffering worse.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is located at the corner of Mountain Road and 19th Street, in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Local Food Festival and Field Day: October 13

October 9, 2013 by  
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The Local Food Festival and Field Day at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House is a celebration of Albuquerque history, culture and farming.  It’s true to its name, with family fun including free food tastings from Albuquerque chefs, gardening and food preservation workshops, kids activities, tours, live music, and even a homemade pie contest!

The 2013 Local Food Festival and Field Day is held this Sunday October 13  from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm.  In previous years, the organizer told me around 3,000 people went, so it should be lively down on the farm!

Admission is free to all, and celebrations at the sixth annual Local Food Festival and Field Day include:

  • Free food tastings and Albuquerque chef demonstrations
  • Free tours of the historic Historic Hubbell House and farm, and walk the nature trail.
  • Free homesteading workshops and talks on food preservation, gardening and urban farming, and beekeeping, plus a seed giveaway.
  • Kids’ activities include a climbing wall, face painting, petting zoo, story time, kids’ sack races, and seed spitting contests.
  • Workshops for kids include leather crafting!
  • A Youth Showcase Parade.
  • Free film screenings.
  • A South Valley cycling tour
  • Live music including Mala Mana and Cactus Tractor.

If you want to enter the home cook pie contest sponsored by Edible magazine, sign up fast! Admission is free and there are prizes to be won. The emphasis is on local pies featuring at least one ingredient grown or produced in New Mexico, such as fruit, pecans, or pumpkin. There are categories for adult cooks and for kids too. You have to register online for the Edible Pie Contest by 5 pm on October 10, then take your pie to the Local Food Festival on Sunday.

The Local Food Festival and Field Day is held at Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, 3 miles south of Rio Bravo.

–Tania

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Kids Bowl Free Summer 2013: Still Time to Play!

August 14, 2013 by  
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I mentioned the Kids Bowl Free program at the beginning of summer, but if you haven’t taken advantage of the deal yet there is still time for kids to play two free games every day. Plus you can purchase an optional family pass for $24.95 for up to four adults to play two games each a day.

Kids Bowl Free is a great summer program with bowling centers around the country, giving kids the chance to play two free games every day throughout the promotion. You need to sign up to the Kids Bowl Free 2013 promotion to get free bowling coupons every week.

The participating bowling centers in Albuquerque are Leisure Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Silva Lanes, and Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho. Even if you were registered with the program last year, you need to re-register for 2013.

Start by registering your child or children for one or more of these bowling center programs. If you sign up for more than one, you’ll need to use a different email address for each account:

Leisure Bowl Kids Bowl Free program runs until September 17, 2013, for youngsters aged 18 and under. They can play seven days a week from Noon to 6 pm.

Holiday Bowl Kids Bowl Free program runs until September 17, 2013, for bowlers aged 18 and under. At Holiday Bowl, kids may bowl free seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm.

Silva  Lanes Kids Bowl Free runs to September 10, 2013, for kids aged 18 and under. Their free games are on Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm; on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tenpins & More Rio Rancho Kids Bowl Free program runs through August 31, 2013, for kids aged 15 and under. Their free games are valid on Monday to Wednesday and on Friday: 11 am to 2 pm; and on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

  • You can register up to six children on each registration form – if you have a bigger brood, you need to create an additional account with a different email address for the other children.
  • Then watch your email to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get an email with info to log in to your account and print out the coupons for 2 free games per day.
  • If the young bowler’s family members also want to play, then once you’ve registered a child for the free bowling, you have the option to buy a family bowling pass for $24.95, which allows up to 4 adults to each play 2 free games a day too.
  • If you don’t have your own bowling shoes, you still have to pay regular shoe rental rates
  • Check the FAQ for any other details on how Kids Bowl Free works.

If you don’t know where these Albuquerque bowling centers are located, you’ll find them here: Leisure Bowl is at 7400 Lomas Blvd NE. Silva Lanes is at 3010 Eubank Boulevard NE. Skidmore’s Holiday Bowl is at 7515 Lomas Blvd NE. Tenpins & More is at 1416 Deborah Rd SE, Rio Rancho.

–Tania

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ABQ Downtown Summerfest: August 3

July 30, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 3, 2013, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest returns to Civic Plaza this Saturday August 3 from 5 pm – 10:30 pm.  We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Ozomatli, an “urban-Latino-and-beyond” band from Los Angeles – they’ve actually got an official day named after them by the City of LA. The group has starred several times at the Hollywood Bowl, and been named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. From the Hollywood Bowl to Albuquerque Civic Plaza, huh? They’re going UP in the world :-)

As well as the free live music and dancing, expect food vendors, an arts and crafts market, and free kids’ activities. You can also hang out and chill out in the Microbrew Garden with Broken Bottle Brewery, Bosque Brewing, La Cumbre, Il Vicino and Santa Fe Spirits Distillery.

The Summerfest program on Saturday August 3 is:

  • 5 pm:   Brown Sugar
  • 6:20 pm:   The Blue Ventures
  • 7:40 pm:   Sabor
  • 9 pm:   Ozomatli

And did we mention the concerts are all FREE?

Transportation and parking are always an issue with downtown events, so here are some suggestions:

  • Parking is available for a flat fee of $6 per vehicle at both the Civic Plaza and Convention Center lots.
  • Use the free bike valet at the event if you want to go on two wheels.
  • Take ABQ Ride bus and exit at the stop at 2nd Street and Marquette, one block from Civic Plaza.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest takes place at the Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza in the heart of downtown Albuquerque.

–Tania

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