When Albuquerque BioPark increased admission fees last year, they introduced two-tier pricing. New Mexico residents get cheaper admission to the Zoo and the Aquarium and Botanic Garden than out-of-state visitors. So all you locals, always remember to take your ID! Tots aged 2 and under continue to go free.
Everyone near or far gets a price break on admission during the quarterly Albuquerque BioPark Half-Price Weekend on October 19 and 20, 2013.
All individual tickets are discounted by 50%. That means admission to either the ABQ BioPark Zoo or the Aquarium and Botanic Garden on those dates for New Mexico residents is $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for seniors aged 65+, and $2 for kids aged 3-12.
For visitors to New Mexico, the half-price weekend admission fees are $6.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, and $2 for children.
This is the one of a series of slated ABQ BioPark half-price weekends, scheduled every three months. So the next discount weekend won’t be until January. Plan ahead and make the most of this one!
It’s a great opportunity to see Rozie the elephant’s new baby elephant. The girl calf was born on October 2 and she has started to venture out into the yard for a few hours each day. You can see the baby elephant’s schedule here. She will be called either Jazmine, Roxy, Nita, or Chamiza. Got an opinion? Vote on your favorite name here at Facebook. I voted for Chamiza… because it’s a native plant but the Z pays fit nicely with other family names. I hope older sister Daizy doesn’t get too jealous of all the attention on the new arrival.
Military families listen up! Remember that military (both active and non-active) always get $2 off adult admission and $1 off children’s admission, with your military ID.
Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged 2 and under, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.
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.
Regular adult admission is $8, but you can get a Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gives you $1 off. Put an email address and zip code into the form at the link, and then you’ll see the coupon in your browser to print out immediately. Remember that kids aged under twelve always get free admission. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing over the long weekends of October 4 to 6, and October 11 to 13, 2013.
More than 280 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work in the juried show, 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, or play in the sandbox, all for FREE!
Live entertainment includes Pink Elephant magic shows, and music from maestros such as Syd Masters, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, Mezcla Latina, John Martinez, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.
Of course, there will be food vendors to serve up lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!
The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival discount coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a separate coupon for each person going to the show.
Other ways to save at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival:
Buy the $12 Festival Pass to cover the entire six days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s a great deal if you plan to return for even one more day. The $1 off coupon can also be used for passes, so the Festival Pass is only $11 with the coupon.
Or get a $16 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2013, November 2013 and March 2014 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and with the discount coupon it’s just $15.
- When: Friday to Sunday October 4 -6, and Friday to Sunday October 11 – 13, 2013
- Times: Fridays and Sundays 9 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm.
The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is located on the southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo del Norte, one exit south of the Balloon Fiesta launch site. You can’t miss it: the festival is housed in a gigantic white tent that’s three stories high and longer than a football field. Parking is free.
Park free at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when you get on your bike and beat the traffic.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta bike valet service lets cyclists park free again this year, throughout the 2013 Fiesta from October 5-13. That saves the $10 per car parking fee, and probably some sitting-in-traffic stress!
The service has been likened to a “coat check for bicycles” and bikes are stored securely while the rider is at the Balloon Fiesta sessions during these hours:
- Morning Sessions: 5:30 – 10:30 am
- Evening Sessions: 5 – to 9 pm
Take the bike trail running along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel, underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending at the north of the Balloon Museum in the bike valet parking station.
I always see loads of cyclists whizzing past my (slower) car on the way to the morning ballon ascensions and they always look very smug about it. They are smugger still for free parking! Balloon Fiesta officials remind cyclists that you’ll be arriving in the dark in morning sessions (well, you know that already). But easier to forget: although you’ll arrive in daylight for evening sessions, it’ll be dark when leaving after the evening events and fireworks, so bike lights and proper gear are essential.
If you do decide to drive instead of taking advantage of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta free bike valet, it’s cheaper to buy a $50 parking pass if you are going for more than five separate sessions. You can also use the Park & Ride options.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place from October 5 – 13, 2013.
Score Harlem Globetrotters discount tickets to see the game at the Santa Ana Star Center on February 23, 2014 in this limited time presale. Options include a Magic Pass to go hands-on with the players at a special event before the game.
I’m not strong on basketball but even I enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters. They are so funny and entertaining with their athletic displays! Their Albuquerque and Rio Rancho exhibition game at 4 pm on February 23 is at the Santa Ana Star Center. The discount tickets in this presale deal gives you up to 40% off and the offer includes a Magic Pass option.
There are several choices in the Harlem Globetrotters discount tickets deal, and the prices include all ticketing fees:
- $35 for a ticket in rows A–F of section 203, 206, 213, or 216 (regular value up to $58.50, including all fees)
- $41 for a ticket in rows P-S of sections 203, 206, 213, or 216, plus a Magic Pass (up to $67.50 value)
- $48 for a ticket in rows A–F of section 203, 206, 213, or 216, plus a Magic Pass (up to $80.50 value)
The Magic Pass gives access to a special exhibition of tricks and “hands-on basketball fun” with the players before the game, and the chance to meet the Globetrotters and their mascot Globie and get autographs.
You can buy Harlem Globetrotters discount tickets up to a maximum of 8 tickets per person if you want to take the whole family/office/street. But of course the quantity of tickets available in the 40% off deal via Groupon is limited, and the deal is only available for a few days. So if you want to see the Globetrotters, nab this one soon!
The game starts at 4 pm on Sunday February 23, 2014. I will never again forget that the Globetrotters’ team song is Sweet Georgia Brown because it was an answer to a question in one of my bitterly-contested games of Trivial Pursuit with Mr Cheap.
The Santa Ana Star Center is located in Rio Rancho.
–Tania FYI This post contains my Groupon affiliate link to plug you directly to the Harlem Globetrotters discount tickets deal.
The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale is a big garage sale with plenty of bargains. I’ve already mentioned the Mommy’s Market fall consignment sale this weekend, and here’s another chance to save!
Savvy Albuquerque parents know better than to pay full price for clothes the kids quickly outgrow. That’s why these types of consignment sales and garage sales of gently-used children’s stuff have become so popular. Everyone saves dollars, you recycle perfectly good clothes to a new family, and, let’s face it, it’s just fun to rummage around in search of a deal!
In the massive Albuquerque Mother of Twins Sale on Saturday September 28, 2013, Albuquerque moms (and dads) can shop for cheap children’s and baby clothing plus maternity items, toys, nursery equipment, furniture and more. The garage sale isorganized by the ABQ Mother of Twins Club and admission is only $1.
Obviously the bargains you find will vary according to who is selling what, but the sale usually includes a selection of gently-used:
- Baby and children’s clothes and shoes for fall and winter
- Toys and games
- Nursery equipment
- Maternity clothing
- Kids’ costume and dress-up gear
- Kids’ furniture and items such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs
- Plus household items, electronics, books, CDs and DVDs
The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale features 85+ vendors offering gear for fall, so there should be plenty to choose from. The fundraiser usually also includes a bake sale.
The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale for fall will be held:
- When: Saturday September 28, 2013
- Time: 7:30 am – 2 pm
- Where: Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE
- Price: Admission is $1
The Albuquerque Mother of Twins Club is a non-profit organization.
According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2013 when it’s legal to fish without a license in the state of New Mexico. I already told you about the first one earlier this summer and the second date is coming right up!
On Saturday September 28, 2013, anyone may fish without a license in New Mexico. This gives newbies a chance to try out the sport of fishing without having to buy a license. The perfect place to go fishing in Albuquerque is at Tingley Beach, so there might be quite a few people gathering for the Tingley Beach Fish Without a License day. The Tingley Beach ponds will be open so you can fish without a license for free from dawn to dusk on September 28. That’s from 7 am until 7 pm.
This is all part of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Tingley Beach free fishing might be a bit of a party and it should be fun for kids who want to try out their skills! You could go crazy and take a picnic too, or just have a leisurely hike around the ponds. Note that all other fishing rules and regs still apply even on the days when you can fish without a license.
Tingley Beach is always so peaceful. You’re just a stone’s throw away from the city buzz, but out there by the ponds it’s very tranquil. I don’t know if they will have the model boats sailing around too on Saturday (it could be too much congestion!) but I find those delightful to watch. And I always love the statue of Clyde and Carrie Tingley at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching and cheer-inspiring statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.
Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.
In the Albuquerque Mommy’s Market children’s consignment sale for fall, you can’t consign the kids but you might pick up a bargain! And we’re giving away FIFTEEN pairs of Mommy’s Market Presale Passes worth $10 each to ABQontheCheap readers, so you can shop early to nab the deals! See how to enter the giveaway below, through Wednesday September 25.
Change of season, change of clothes… but kids are changing all the time. (Did ya notice?)
The Albuquerque Mommy’s Market fall consignment sale on September 28 – 29, 2013 could be just the place to find gently-used kids’ clothing to children’s size 14, and save a few bucks on dressing the offspring both for the new season and their new size. Plus the sale includes maternity wear, children’s furniture, toys, and equipment for moms, kids and babies.
Judging by the guidelines for sellers, Mommy’s Market has pretty high standards and sale items must be in good shape and clean, so it shouldn’t be a game of ‘spot-the-rip’. Just a game of ‘grab the bargain’. Clothing is organized by gender and size so you can zone in on what you’re looking for.
The Mommy’s Market fall sale is held at Berean Baptist Church, 3800 Eubank Boulevard NE, and admission costs:
- $1 on Saturday September 28 from 9 am – 5 pm. Assuming you find even one thing to buy you’ll save that dollar many times over.
- Admission is free on Sunday September 29, from 1 pm – 4 pm, when they clear many remaining items at half price.
There is also a Mommy’s Market presale on Friday September 27 from 7 pm – 9 pm. No kids are allowed at the presale (although it’s fine to take infants under 9 months in slings) and tickets cost $10 on the door. UNLESS you enter our giveaway and maybe win yourself a pair of presale passes….
How to Win A Pair of Free Mommy’s Market Presale Passes
Thanks to Danielle at Mommy’s Market, we have 15 pairs of free Presale Passes to give away to ABQ on the Cheap readers.
This is for the Albuquerque Mommy’s Market presale on Friday September 27, 2013, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Berean Baptist Church. It’s a chance to shop for the best deals early with free passes that usually cost $10 at the door. Because they like to make this exclusive event a ‘mom’s night out’, they request no kiddos at the presale (infants under 9 months in slings are ok).
Fifteen winners will each receive two Mommy’s Market presale passes, one for themselves and one for a guest. Take your partner, friend, or relative.
Enter the giveaway by 9 pm on Wednesday September 25, 2013.
To enter: Leave a comment below this post saying what you hope to find for your family when shopping at the Mommy’s Market presale. However, any comment will do – about ABQ on the Cheap, about what free/cheap thing you’re doing this weekend, anything to get your name in the hat. Just please keep it decent… we are a family site
- Submit your comment by 9 pm on Wednesday September 25, 2013
- Comments need to be approved before they’re published, so if yours doesn’t show up at once, don’t worry. As long as it’s submitted by 9 pm Wednesday , you’re cool.
- 15 winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. That is, submitted as a comment, not by email.
- Winners will be informed by email on Thursday September 26, so give us an email you will check that day.
- One entry per person please, only from U.S. residents aged 18+. Multiple entries by the same person (yes, we can tell!) will be disqualified.
- All times are local Mountain Time
That’s the rules. Add your comment below this post to enter the Mommy’s Market Presale pass giveaway. (Once only per person, and give me a chance to approve it if you don’t see it published straight away). Good luck!
UPDATE: September 26
The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! The 15 winners have been selected via a random drawing, and they have all been notified by email.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day gives free admission to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, El Rancho de las Golondrinas and more, when you use the free admission coupon to print out or show on your smartphone.
Two people get free admission to participating museums across the country on Saturday September 28, 2013, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Albuquerque museums joining the party are:
- The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
- Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
- New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
You can’t just turn up and get in free. Sign up for a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day free admission ticket and they’ll email it to you. The ticket covers two people’s admission and is only valid on Saturday September 28, 2013. Some museums allow you to show the ticket on your smart phone to save printing it out. (Check the relevant museum page at the participating New Mexico Museums link to see if they offer that option.)
Other New Mexico museums offering the free admission are:
- El Rancho de las Golondrinas (Santa Fe)
- Bradbury Science Museum (Los Alamos)
- Los Alamos Historical Museum (Los Alamos)
- Kit Carson Home and Museum (Taos)
- Haak’u Museum (Acoma Pueblo)
- Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs)
- Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (Roswell)
- Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum (Tucumcari)
- University Museum, New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)
- Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame (Hobbs)
Savvy cheapos might use their ticket for the higher cost museums – such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, especially as it does not have a regular free admission day. But however you spend it, enjoy your free museum day!
National Yoga Month heads to the mat in September 2013, and new students at participating yoga studios get a week of free yoga in September or October with the Yoga Month Card.
National Yoga Month aims to educate us on the benefits of yoga and inspire everyone to live healthier, happier lives. Can’t argue with that, can you?
As part of the celebration, new students can get a free week of yoga classes with the Yoga Month Card, throughout September and October until October 30, 2013.
The card for a free week of yoga is for NEW students only, to give you a chance to try out yoga at participating studios. Our understanding from conversations with the yoga teachers in previous years is that ‘new student’ means new to a particular studio – you don’t have to be a beginner. But check in advance with your chosen studio with any questions.
Participating Albuquerque yoga studios at time of writing (more may be added) are:
- Midtown Sports & Wellness (4100 Prospect NE)
- Holistic Wellness Co-Op (1024 Eubank NE)
- Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga (206 Dartmouth Drive NE)
- Kundun Yoga in Cedar Crest
Register for the Free Yoga Month Card, choose a studio, then print out the card. The offer is for one yoga card per person, and you can only choose one studio. You can’t change your selection later, so confirm any questions in advance with the studio to be certain you’ve picked the one you want. It’s possible that more studios may join the program so you can always wait a few days if the ones listed aren’t so convenient for you.
Then use the card for a week’s worth of free lessons until October 30, 2013.
Sadly there don’t seem to be any other Albuquerque free yoga events this year – sometimes there have been special free classes. But perhaps some will come on board or let us know if they’ve got National Yoga Month specials on offer. If so, I’ll update.
Still, the luxury of a week of free yoga classes is rather fab. And if you’re going to do a sun salutation, what better place to do it than sunny Albuquerque?