Holiday Twinkle Light Parade

December 4, 2014 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.  This family-friendly event is a holiday favorite and a must-see for all.

This year the Twinkle Light Parade takes place on Saturday December 6, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Expect to see floats, lowriders, AFD fire trucks and classic cars, equestrian clubs – even a small train – all dressed up for the holidays. The City of Albuquerque reckons there will be more than 1,000 walkers, plus all the usual high school marching bands I love watching. The bands are always festive and smart, and the kids are so very brave as they march through the cold.  Santa Claus and Mrs Claus usually roll by in the Twinkle Light Parade too. (Santa, of course, is used to the cold.)

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing with more than 300,000 twinkling lights at 5:15 pm on December 6, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard.  Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 90 floats (cars, horses, bicycles, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year.

I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.  At time of writing, it’s looking a bit rainy out there, but the Twinkle Light Parade will sparkle on no matter what – it’s a rain or shine event.

–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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Twinkle Light Parade & Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 4, 2013 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.

This year the Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll are both combined again in Nob Hill on the same day: Saturday December 7, 2013.

The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll runs from from noon to 10 pm on December 7, when everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with street performers, mariachi groups, and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit.  They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington between those hours, so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66. Of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with many boutiques staying open late, some stores offering discounts, and a lively atmosphere in the restaurants.

  • There will be photo ops with Santa Claus – he usually rolls by on the Twinkle Light Parade too.
  • A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run free shuttle rides along Central between noon and 4 pm.
  • Albuquerque Film & Media Experience will show a free outdoor screening (bundle up!) of the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:45 pm. That’s at 3712 Central Ave, between Hermosa and Solano.
  • O’Niell’s Pub will serve free coffee and cider on the enclosed patio.

The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll map gives all the skinny and shows what’s happening where.

If you download the PDF of the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll program you’ll find a few coupons too, although not as many as in previous years.

  • 10% off one item at Gertrude Zachary
  • $10 off at Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill when you order two entrees (valid to January 1, 2014)
  • 10% off at Yanni’s new Lemoni Lounge (valid to September 1, 2014)

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm on December 7, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard.  Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 100 floats (cars, horses, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year. I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.

–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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Route 66 Summerfest: July 21

July 17, 2012 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 Albuquerque’s old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join in the party on Saturday July 21, 2012, 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 21, 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:

  • The KidZone offers a schedule of activities including yoga, sumo wrestling, climbing wall, dances, and a jump rope performance, on Central Avenue between Wellesley and Tulane.
  • New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Car Show all afternoon on Central between Carlisle and Aliso, with the 12th Annual Neon Cruise starting at 8:30 pm.
  • Urban Wheels Show with alternative transportation on Central between Aliso and Morningside, and the motorbikes, scooters and bikes will also join the Neon Cruise at 8:30 pm.
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2 pm on two stages, with a great line-up including headline acts Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones at 8 pm on the East Stage (Central & Washington) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing at 9 pm on the Main Stage (Central & Girard).
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap has its own stage and beer garden, with music including Mala Mana and En-Joy and local breweries on site, at Central and Sierra.  
  • Art and Artisan’s Market showing local arts and crafts between Dartmouth and Bryn Mawr.
  • World’s Longest Stroll Dance attempt to grab the Guinness World Record at 4:30 pm. They need more than 221 people to beat the current record, so join in at Central and Solano, opposite the Route 66 Malt Shop.
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-9 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 various Albuquerque and Nob Hill businesses. Expiration dates vary, some are valid until September. Coupons include:

  • 15% off at Bookworks
  • 10% off at Zinc
  • 20% off at Euphoria Lash Studio
  • Buy-three-get-one-free offer at Satellite Coffee
  • Yanni’s free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two entrees
  • 25% off Bath & Body Bistro
  • 15% off Tres Boutique

And more… all the coupons are in the Summer Guide to Nob Hill.  

–Tania

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Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll: December 1

November 30, 2011 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.

The 2011 Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll takes place Thursday December 1 from 5 to 10 pm. Everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with live entertainment, street performers, mariachi, and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit. They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66, and of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with boutiques staying open till 10 pm, and some stores offering discounts, and a lively atmosphere in the restaurants. 

O’Niell’s Pub will serve free coffee and hot chocolate on the patio, and during Shop and Stroll O’Niell’s also offers a free Irish coffee with the purchase of an entree.

Download the PDF of the Nob Hill Shopper’s Guide for details on special offers during Shop and Stroll – such as 10% off at Zinc with a minimum $25 spend, and 25% off Olo Yogurt Studio gift cards. There are also some other coupons in the Guide that remain valid after Shop and Stroll.  

Plus expect a model train display, and a visit from Santa. Not sure where he’ll be exactly…. follow the reindeer.

A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run free shuttle rides along Central from 5 – 10 pm, and look for free parking at Central and Washington with easy access to the trolley.

Wrap up warm to enjoy the street entertainment (I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off in previous years), and turn up on Thursday December 1 from 5 to 10 pm to join in the 17th annual Nob Hill Shop and Stroll.

–Tania

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Yanni’s Free Turkey Dinner for Military & Vets

November 21, 2011 by  
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A free turkey dinner, just before Turkey Day, to thank the soldiers who protect us – yay for Yanni’s!

***UPDATE: We’ve heard that Nick & Jimmy’s is also offering a free turkey dinner to active military and veterans on November 23 – thanks to Ron for the tip! ***

On Wednesday November 23, 2011, Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is serving up a free turkey dinner for active duty service members and veterans with military ID. This is all I know about the freebie, probably best to contact Yanni’s directly in Nob Hill for reservations and find out any more details: (505) 268-9250.

For everyone else, they have a deal for 50% off wines with dinner, for selected wines either by the bottle or by the glass, on Sundays through Wednesdays. And Happy Hour in the Opa! Bar is on weekdays from 4 – 6:30 pm.

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is located in Nob Hill at 3109 Central Avenue NE.

–Tania

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$20=$40 at Toad Road & Aqui

November 9, 2011 by  
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Two fashion deals at Nob Hill Boutiques, in v-e-r-y limited quantities!

I love both these boutiques, and in fact just wrote about Toad Road in an  Albuquerque fashion feature for the November issue of Local Flavor magazine.

So here’s the deal, or actually two half-price deals:

Both offers are via Urban Swipe, and both are in very limited quantities. Only a maximum of twenty deals are available per boutique, and some have already sold.

I’d normally hesitate to mention a deal with such limited availability, but they are such great fashion stores, and I’ve been watching the deals for a couple of days, in case they sold out at once. As they haven’t, I’m trusting that there will still be enough left for ABQ on the Cheap subscribers if you’re fast on the buzzer!

I haven’t purchased through Urban Swipe so haven’t been through the whole sign-up process, but they seem like good people with a mission to support locally-owned Albuquerque businesses. And we especially like that when it means fab fashion discounts! As usual I’d just suggest checking all offer details to make sure it’s a good deal for you.

–Tania

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Route 66 Summerfest: July 23

July 20, 2011 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 in the party on Saturday July 23, 2011, 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 23, and festivities include a car show, live music and dancing, kids’ activities, an arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, sidewalk sales, and food vendors (of course). Some highlights:

  • The KidZone offers a schedule of activities including yoga, group craft projects, dances, and a jump rope performance.
  • The 11th Annual Neon Cruise from the New Mexico Route 66 Association’s Show and Shine Car Show starts at 8:30 pm, proceeding along Central Avenue between Solano and Graceland
  • Summerfest music (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 2 pm on two stages, with a great line-up including Grammy nominated Zenobia, Wagogo, Soul Kitchen, Django Rhythm Meat Grinder and many more. The star act, saxophonist Maceo Parker (from the James Brown Orchestra) gives us funk and soul jazz from 9 pm.
  • Route 66 Cork & Tap festival has its own stage with music including Le Chat Lunatique, Sol Calypso, and the Alex Maryol Band with local breweries and wineries on site. You have to buy tickets Route 66 Cork & Tap – $10 gets you admission (over-21s only) and 10 tokens to redeem for your choice of adult beverages!
  • Free trolley rides courtesy of ABQ Trolley Co along Central Avenue from 2-9 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.

The City of Albuquerque Route 66 Summerfest page has some tips on public transportation and parking.  My best advice is pace yourself, and drink tons of water. You want to be swooning from the fun of it all, not from dehydration. Party on!  

–Tania

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Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 1, 2010 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.

The 2010 Nob Hill Shop and Stroll takes place Thursday December 2 from 5 to 10 pm. Everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with live entertainment, street performers and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit. They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66, and of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with boutiques staying open till 10 pm, and some stores offering discounts so it’s even more tempting to support local retailers!

Also expect a lively atmosphere in the restaurants, some with special menus or tastings. PLUS a visit from Santa. Not sure where he’ll be exactly…. follow the reindeer.

Last year I remember it was SO cold at the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll that even Frosty the Snowman would have thought twice. It was freezing, but great fun! And of course you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or something a little stronger.

A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run a free shuttle along Central, and look for free parking behind O’Neills Irish Pub on Central and Washington with easy access to the trolley.

Turn up on Thursday December 2 from 5 to 10 pm to join in the 16th annual Nob Hill Shop and Stroll.

–Tania

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