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.



Free Interior Design Advice at Kirklands Opening

October 2, 2012 by  
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The Kirkland’s home decor and gifts store debuts in Albuquerque, with a grand opening this weekend October 6 and 7, 2012.

I’d never heard of Kirkland’s before they sent me a press release, but that may not be surprising as although they have more than 300 stores nationwide, the new Albuquerque location at the Coronado Center is the first in New Mexico. I scoped out the Kirkland’s website and they sell all kinds of decorative items including furniture, home accents such as lamps, mirrors, clocks, bedding, and table linens, plus gifts and seasonal goods – tons of Halloween goodies right now of course.

So why am I telling you about this? They’re doing some fun stuff at the Kirkland’s Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday October 6 and 7, 2012, including free design consultations.

Local interior designer Deborah Smith will be on hand both days from 1 – 4 pm to give free personalized design advice. Take floor plans or photos of the rooms you’re decorating for the design consultation. I guess you could just do a jolly good job of describing the space (much gesturing of hands and disagreement with the spouse over exactly where the window is and how you’d define purple… believe me, I’ve been there) but a snapshot or other image will probably be most helpful. Smith is the owner of Cornerstone Interiors, and has been featured on HGTV.com’s Designers’ Portfolio.

Kirkland’s will also be giving away free sachets with purchase while supplies last, and two $50 gift cards. To enter for the free gift cards drawing, register at the store, no purchase required, and you don’t need to be present to win when they draw the winners on October 7 at 4 pm.

Albuquerque Kirkland’s Grand Opening takes place:

  • When: Saturday and Sunday October 6 and 7, 2012
  • Time: Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm
  • Free Design Consultations with Deborah Smith: Both days from 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Kirkland’s store, Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul Boulevard NE.




March 25, 2009 by  
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We’re in love with our houses. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to rip down walls, repaint, install bathroom spas, and overhaul our kitchens. Yes, remodeling is America’s obsession.

That’s why the Home Builders and Remodelers Showcase at EXPO New Mexico is the largest home show in New Mexico and one of the biggest such events in the entire southwest. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showing off the latest products and technologies for home building, remodeling, design, and decorating. Admission is $5 for adults, but we found a buy-one-get-one-free coupon. Kids 12 and under get in free!

The Home Builders and Remodelers Showcase takes place Saturday, March 28, from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, March 29, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at EXPO New Mexico (formerly the state fairgrounds). We’re guessing it’s in the Manuel Lujan Building, though the website doesn’t specify. Also note that a parking fee may apply.

–Elizabeth Hanes