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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Save on Globalquerque Tickets 2014

August 3, 2014 by  
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September still feels like a long way away, but you’ll save big if you plan ahead and buy your Globalquerque tickets in advance of the show.

Discounted advance tickets are already on sale for ¡Globalquerque! – Albuquerque’s annual celebration of world music and culture. The Globalquerque 2014 event  takes place on September 19-20 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with performers including the fantastic Guatemala’s Gaby Moreno. Other acts in the line-up include Cuba’s Afro-Cuban All Stars, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town from Trinidad & Tobago, China’s Liu Fang, and America’s own Los Texmaniacs.

You’ll save yourself money if you plan ahead and buy advance Globalquerque tickets rather than waiting to buy on the door. For example, an advance adult 2-day pass costs $59 — a savings of $10 off the day of show price! An adult one day tickets saves $5  in advance, and advance children’s tickets save $2 for one day and $5 for the 2-day pass.

You can buy the advance Globalquerque tickets online, but expect to pay a service charge of $3.50 per ticket. The much cheaper option is to buy tickets at the National Hispanic Cultural Center box office (1701 4th Street SW) with no service charge. Or call the NHCC Box Office on (505) 724-4771 and you’ll also avoid paying ticketing fees.

If you can’t afford to buy Globalquerque tickets at all, or just plain don’t want to pay up for the festival, there will be a free Global Fiesta day on September 20 with family-friendly entertainment and activities.  It’s not really the same as seeing all those fabulous concerts, but it’s still a great day of music and dance.

I’ll keep you posted on the free Global Fiesta day nearer the time, so if you’re not a subscriber remember to Subscribe FREE to Albuquerque on the Cheap by RSS or email. You’ll receive updates in a handy email digest, listing all the new deal posts from the past 24 hours. No new deals that day… no email.

–Tania

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Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: August 6

July 31, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

If you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert, you still have a chance to attend the final event on Wednesday August 6.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014, and the remaining one is August 6.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the August 6 Stories in the Sky segment features musicians, storytellers, and artists who will demonstrate the challenging art of improvisation.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

Come and enjoy the talents of Balloon Museum Jazz Music Ensemble with band leader, Brian Bennett & storyteller, Laurie Magovern.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Starbucks Treat Receipt Promo for Summer

July 30, 2014 by  
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The Starbucks Treat Receipt promo is running again, and it’s one for serious coffee hounds…

In the Starbucks Treat Receipt promo, customers who get their fix with a Starbucks purchase in the morning up until 1:59 p.m (on any day) can mosey on back the same day after 2 pm with their receipt to get a Grande sized cold drink for $2, plus applicable tax.

The offer runs until August 17, 2014, and the $2 deal is on the 16 fluid ounce size of Starbucks cold beverages including iced coffee, Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, Starbucks Refreshers, and Frappuccinos, at participating locations. No coupon is required, just remember to return with your Starbucks receipt from that morning.

If you want any more temptation, drinks in the Treat Receipt deal include the new Teavana Shaken Iced Teas, which sounds like just the right pick-me-up for summer. It’s rather hot slaving over my laptop, and I could do with one of those right now, or maybe an iced latte or just about anything to help me chill out. I do have a cold cup of chai tea sitting next to me, made with a teabag, but I assure you that’s not the same thing at all.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in the Starbucks Treat Receipt offer – call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2014

July 24, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday This year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 3, 2014. During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out these two PDF files:

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 1 to 3, 2014!

Retailers across the city will be participating in the New Mexico Tax Holiday, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2014 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–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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Discount Golf for NM Residents on Santa Fe Trail Courses

July 23, 2014 by  
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New Mexico golf courses are beautiful to play, especially when you’re saving dollars on green fees!  New Mexico residents can get a great deal on New Mexico golf that works out to just $25 per round including top notch courses like Paa-Ko Ridge, Twin Warriors, and UNM Championship. The offer is only for New Mexico residents.

This twilight golf pass gives a discount on Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses, letting you play all eight for just $200. That’s 25 bucks per round, a very low par for these courses, saving over $150.

Twilight hours start at 2 pm, allowing plenty of time for a relaxed game, and the pass can be used Monday to Thursday. The pass is valid for one year from purchase date, to play all the Santa Fe Trail golf courses once each – see the trail map at the link. Six are around Albuquerque, the other two are north of Santa Fe:

  • Paa-Ko Ridge
  • Twin Warriors
  • Sandia
  • UNM Championship
  • Santa Ana
  • Isleta Eagle
  • Black Mesa
  • Towa

They say pass numbers are limited, although some form of this pass deal has been ongoing for a while now.  Still, golfers who want to try all these excellent area courses will stumble on their soft spikes to snap this one up.

To summarize the very fair deal conditions for the discounted Golf on the Santa Fe Trail pass:

  • You must be a New Mexico resident and can play each course only once
  • The pass can be used Monday to Thursday for tee times starting from 2 pm
  • Book tee times up to seven days in advance, for groups of no more than four players
  • The pass is good for a year from date of purchase

If you don’t play yourself, this could make a good gift for the golfer in your life. Buy the discount golf pass online.

If you’re not a New Mexico resident or if you’re taking an out-of-state guest, regular green fees are still very competitive (especially compared to other national courses of similar quality) at all the Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses.

–Tania

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Entertainment Book = Two for $10

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The Entertainment Book is on sale at $10 for any two books plus FREE Shipping at this Entertainment Book website link. The regular price is $40 for the Albuquerque book.

We’re now into the Entertainment Book summer liquidation sale season for any city books remaining (some may have sold out already).  With some of the deals in the book, you literally only have to use one coupon to get the $5 back that you’ve paid for the sale-price books in the limited time two for $10 deal.

The two for $10 offer is good on any city’s book for about 120 locations nationally, including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Denver, New Orleans, New York, various cities in Texas, Utah, and Hawaii.

The Albuquerque / Santa Fe Entertainment Book for 2014 contains more than 500 coupons including 2-for-1 coupons, 50% off discounts, freebies with purchase, and other ways to save. The coupons are for local attractions, entertainment, leisure, shopping and casual and fine dining. Right now I’m seeing 236 restaurant coupons and 115 shopping coupons, to name just two categories.

The book purchase includes online and mobile coupons, and the book is valid until December 2014.

Coupons may have changed, but last time I looked I spotted coupons for Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Golden Pride Chicken & Ribs, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Arby’s, Boston Market, Mary & Tito’s, Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Albuquerque Indoor Karting, several bowling venues, Rattlesnake Museum,  Putt-Putt Golf & Games, ABQ Jump,  iT’Z, National Museum Of Nuclear Science & History, Best Buy, Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, Family Dollar Stores, Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Gap, and too many more to mention…

See more details on the Entertainment Book 2 for $10 and Free Shipping sale at the link. The offer is on the coupon books for all American cities nationally, so you can buy two for Albuquerque, or also find one for another destination if you’re planning a trip elsewhere this year.

The limited time sale runs until July 27, 2014. UPDATE: The ‘last chance’ sale has been extended to July 31 2014, as they clear the shelves to make way for the 2015 book.

 

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Entertainment Book affiliate links to help support this ABQ on the Cheap site.

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Free Fun Movies Wednesdays

July 21, 2014 by  
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Here’s a nice addition to the other family-friendly free or cheap summer movies series I’ve mentioned recently.  The South Broadway Cultural Center is screening a series of fun movies on Wednesdays, completely free!

The films will definitely appeal to kids if you are still looking for ways to entertain your little darlings. But you don’t have to be a child to go – these films appeal to kids of all ages. The movies are screened at 2 pm on Wednesdays in the John Lewis Theatre.

Here’s the schedule of free movies at the South Broadway Cultural Center:

  • Wednesday July 23 at 2 pm:   The Incredibles
  • Wednesday July 30 at 2 pm:  Wall-E
  •  Wednesday August 6 at 2 pm:  Zoo Keeper
  • Wednesday August 15 at 2 pm:  Finding Nemo

The John Lewis Theater is located in the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE.

You’ve also got a little time left this summer to enjoy the movie deals mentioned in my previous posts: Free Movies Under the Stars screenings and $1 Family Movie Tickets at Cinemark and Regal cinemas.

–Tania

 

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Stories in the Night Sky & Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concert: July 23

July 21, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band and Stories in the Night Sky

Here’s a reminder that if you haven’t been to one of this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky and Albuquerque Concert Band concerts, the next in the series is Wednesday July 23.

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some fun evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

The events run on selected Wednesdays in summer 2014, and the remaining ones are on July 23 and August 6.

The Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

Admission is free, and the July 23 Stories in the Sky segment features Nimbus: contemporary Native American music woven with storytelling.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) If you don’t want to prepare a picnic, food providers will be on site to serve up something yummy.  Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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