Travel + Leisure Top 50 Places to Travel in 2018 – Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rising above its associations with the annual hot-air-balloon festival, Albuquerque will this year set out to prove itself as a fully-fledged destination. The Sawmill District, just north of the historic Old Town, is being revived as a creative center, anchored by the arrival of the Hotel Chaco. The design of this boutique property, which opened in April, is inspired by the state’s indigenous culture, with handmade Navajo wool textiles and pueblo-inspired motifs. Come spring, downtown ABQ will also see the arrival of a new entertainment hub: the $40 million One Central, which will have a sleek bowling lounge, as well as upscale stores and restaurants. And just outside town, visitors will soon be able to experience the striking Sandia Mountains in a nail-biting new way. The proposed Mountain Coaster, an alpine sled-style ride that plunges riders down the mountainside in a total vertical drop of 380 feet, is due to open this fall. Getting to Albuquerque is becoming even easier, thanks to new nonstop flights from major U.S. cities via Southwest, United, and Alaska Airlines. —Melanie Lieberman

Annual Holiday Market @ The Rail Yards Market

    • Time: 12pm-4pm
    • Recurrence: Recurring daily
    • Admission: Free Admission
    • Location:Rail Yards Market

You spoke..We listened…The Holiday Market will be TWO Days this year: Saturday-Sunday! Keep it local for the Holidays, enjoy a historic experience, and discover the best of Burque’s local small businesses. Over 100 vendors of made-from-scratch delicious food and quality handmade crafts will convene for Albuquerque’s locavorian spirit this year for the 4th annual Holiday Market on December 9th &10th, 2017.

The event is co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ and Rail Yards Markets together to bring food, art, and music together for the Holidays. Sample New Mexico’s finest cuisine, peruse all the local gifts, create some fun in the Children’s zone, participate in our famous Ornament Exchange, and give back to your community at our Donation Station.

  • 777 1st Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: 505-304-8584

Nob Hill Shop & Stroll December 7th

Please join the merchants in Nob Hill as we kick off the holiday season! Central Ave will be closed for convenient walking. Interactive Activities, Pop-Up Gifts, Special Decorations and of course Live Music! This is a free event that is fun for all ages.

    • Admission: Free
    • Location: Nob Hill
  • 4310 Central Ave. S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: 505-280-3633

River of Lights

The holidays sparkle each year at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and more than 500 dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show! River of Lights was named one of “The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S.” by MSN in November 2016. Come see why! Learn more about how this amazing light show comes to life each year.

Entertainment

Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 6 – 8 p.m.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit until 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express is a magical, nighttime experience aboard the Rio Line Train on a journey to meet Santa & experience the glow of River of Lights!

History

In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen.

Event Sponsors

The New Mexico BioPark Society would like to thank all its sponsors: Bank of Albuquerque, KOB-4, 100.3 The Peak, 104.7 KABQ, KZRR 94 Rock and ACE.

Plan Your Visit

When: Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2017

  • Open 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Tickets

Tickets are available through Hold My Ticket. Please contact Hold My Ticket for questions on your ticket. 1-877-466-3404.
support@holdmyticket.com

Prices

  • Adults (13+): $12
  • Children (3-12): $6
  • Babies (under 3): Free

No senior or member discounts for this special event. There is no will call for River of Lights tickets.

Group Discounts

  • 50 or more: 10 percent discount
  • 100 or more: 20 percent discount

Group tickets can only be purchased by e-mailing events@bioparksociety.org or calling 311.

Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent during River of Lights. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis for $7. Visit the Wildflower Cafe in the plaza for rentals.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the New Mexico BioPark Society at 505-764-6280 or events@bioparksociety.org.

Wolf Awareness Days to Celebrate the Lobo

Wolf Awareness Days to Celebrate the Lobo
Visitors can learn more about the Mexican gray wolf
re-introduction program, talk with keepers
A Mexican gray wolf at the ABQ BioPark.
Photo: ABQ BioPark.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Mexican gray wolf was nearly extirpated during the last century, but thanks to breeding efforts like those at the ABQ BioPark, the apex predator is making a slow comeback.

Learn more about Mexican gray wolf conservation and re-introduction efforts in the Southwest at Wolf Awareness Days from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,October 18-20, at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.
“The ABQ BioPark Zoo has five Mexican gray wolves, including one pair recommended for breeding – Apache and Kawi,” said Audrey Lenzi, ABQ BioPark Zoo science education coordinator. “We have successfully bred 63 Mexican gray wolf pups over the years, which have contributed to the captive gene pool.”
Visitors who want to learn more about the BioPark’s wolf pack can speak to zookeepers during scheduled talks at 11 a.m. each day. Visitors also will have the opportunity to see wolf pelts, study bones and explore the adaptations that make wolves agile, expert hunters.
The event is included with regular admission.
The ABQ BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. For more information, visit www.abqbiopark.com or call 311 locally or 505-768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium

Each year at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium there is ALWAYS stellar entertainment, ALWAYS a chuckwagon cook-off, ALWAYS great family fun, and ALWAYS a great exhibition of western wares with over 100 vendors and their unique products for you to buy. Plus mounted shooting competition and equestrian demonstrations.

Thursday Night Concert ($75)

Friday Night Concert ($75)

Saturday Night Dance ($50)

Daily Admission ($20; Sunday admission $5)

Chuckwagon Lunch ($25)

Chuckwagon Breakfast ($15)

**There are also a variety of ticket packages available this year. Call 575-378-4140 for details.

October 12, 2017
7pm – 10pm

October 13, 2017
9am — 5pm
7Pm — 10pm

October 14, 2017
9am — 5pm
7pm — 11pm

October 15, 2017
9am — 2pm

Whether you are looking for the profound thoughts of a philosopher of the saddle or the skillful sawing of a fiddle, we have your music and entertainment options covered.  With three separate stages running every day and one big stage at night you will always be able to find first class entertainment.  If your dancing shoes need to show what they are made of, feel free to make use of our dance floors and open spaces. Get your tickets soon!

Musical performances in 2017 Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium will include the following stage entertainers:

 

THURSDAY OCT. 12, 2017 CONCERT (TENT EAST END)

 

RAY REED STAGE (Tent East End)

7:00pm Dave Alexander & The Big Texas Swing Band

8:30pm Red Steagall with Asleep at the Wheel

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017

 

RAY REED STAGE (Tent East End)

11:00am Mary Kaye

11:30am Mikki Daniel

1:00pm Flying J Wranglers

2:30pm Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys

4:00pm Playboy Tribute

5:00pm TENT CLEARED

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT

7:00pm Bri Bagwell & The Banned

8:30pm Tracy Byrd

 

LARRY McWHORTER STAGE (Grandstand West End)

9:00am Carin Mari

9:45am Don Edwards

11:00am Floyd Domino Trio

12:00noon Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers

1:00pm Billy Mata & Texas Tradition

2:30pm Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band

 

TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE (Grandstand Entrance)

9:00am Cowboys Unplugged

12:45pm Neal McCowan & The Good Time Gang

2:30pm Cowboys Unplugged

4:00pm Neal McCowan & The Good Time Gang

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 14, 2017

 

RAY REED STAGE (Tent East End)

11:00am Carin Mari

11:30am Texas Young Guns

1:00pm Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band

2:30pm Billy Mata & Texas Tradition

4:00pm Playboy Tribute

5:00pm TENT CLEARED

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE

7:00pm Floyd Domino Trio

7:30pm Mickey Gilley

9:30pm Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys

 

LARRY McWHORTER STAGE (Grandstand West End)

9:00am Mary Kaye

9:45am Don Edwards

11:00am Flying J Wranglers

12:00noon Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers

2:30pm Mikki Daniel

 

TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE (Grandstand Entrance)

9:00am Cowboys Unplugged

10:00am Neal McCowan & The Good Time Gang

11:30am Cowboys Unplugged

1:00pm Neal McCowan & The Good Time Gang

2:30pm Cowboys Unplugged

 

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

 

RAY REED STAGE (Tent East End)

9:00am Dave Alexander Gospel Show

11:15am Flying J Wranglers

12:30pm Texas Young Guns

 

LARRY McWHORTER STAGE (Grandstand West End)

9:00am Frank Potter & Friends

11:30am Jack & Deb Stone

 

TOMMY ALLSUP STAGE (Grandstand Entrance)

9:00am Lonnie Jo Howell

11:30am Earl Gleason

 

GROUPS

 

Playboy Tribute

Billy Mata

Bobby Flores

Dave Alexander

Floyd Domino

Jody Nix

Mikki Daniel

Texas Young Guns

 

Texas Young Guns

Corrina Ripple

David Sawyer

Hailey Sandoz

Leah Sawyer

 

Dave Alexander Gospel Show

Billy Cate

Carin Marie

Dave Alexander

Jack & Deb Stone

Mary Kaye

Pete Laumbach

 

Cowboys Unplugged

Billy Cate

Chuck Cusimano

Pete Laumbach

Sam Houston

 

Floyd Domino Trio

Andrew Popham

Floyd Domino

Nathan Phelps

 

Frank Potter & Friends

Buddy Hewitt

DJ Pete

Jamie Estes

Ronny Allsup

Sam Shackleford

We are proud to feature the Albertson’s Market LCCS World Championship Chuckwagon Cook-off Competition (featured on the Food Network’s All American Festivals and Cowboy Challenge) with prizes totaling $13,000. Competitors are judged on categories of food; meat, potatoes, bread, beans, and dessert as well as an overall food winner.  Not only do our wagons compete in cooking, but on the authenticity of their wagons and attire.

Ruidoso Downs Race Track
26225 U S Highway 70
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
575-378-7282

2017 Albuquerque Grecian Festival

Friday October 6th – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday October 7th – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday October 8th – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the bouzóuki, the tastes of authentic Greek cuisine, and the eye-catching sights of dancers streaming by in colorful costumes. Enjoy shopping for imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries. Learn about the changeless Orthodox Christian faith with a tour of our own St. George Church. And most importantly, be happy and have fun! Na Zíse!

$5 Admission ($2 for Seniors 62 yrs +)
Free admission for active duty military, police, fire, EMT personnel and kids age 11 and under.

Free Park and Ride in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Lomas and University NE.

Church Tours…     Learn about the Orthodox Church.
Taverna…     Dancing, demonstrations and lessons.
Coffee House…     Greek coffee and loukoumades.
Baklava Sundae…     Greek yogurt, too.
Pastries…     Delicious handmade sweets.
Deli…     Imported olives, cheeses, candy, spices and more.
Orthodox Corner…     Religious icons, books and incense.
Fine Jewelry…     Lovely gold and silver Greek/Byzantine designs.
Gifts & Souvenirs…     Greek-themed clothing, accessories and artifacts.
Fine Art…     Landscape and still life themes in oils and acrylics.

Music and Dancing

Dance has played an important role in the life of Greeks all through their history. We celebrate that at the Albuquerque Grecian Festival!

In ancient Greek societies dance was held in high regard. In fact, in his writings, Plato expresses his belief in the virtue of dancing by saying that a man who cannot dance is uneducated and unrefined. In Byzantine times, the Greek people danced in personal or public feasts associated around religious holidays. During 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the Hellenes continued the tradition of dance, even developing new dances praising the heroism of resistance fighters and their desire for independence and freedom.

In Greece today, and in Greek communities all over the world, traditional dances are still performed. Some dances are considered pan-Hellenic, such as the Kalamatianos (a 12-step dance that is traditionally the first danced by a bride and groom) and the Tsamikos (an intricate dance usually only performed by men), and are known among all Greek communities. In addition, each region in Greece has preserved its own dances, which are performed at local feasts.

Some of these local dances are at risk of becoming forgotten. Fortunately there are systematic efforts by local dance groups like our own to encourage older dancers to pass their talents and knowledge to the next generation. During Grecian Festival, the St. George groups will perform dances from various regions of Greece, from the mountains of Epirus to the shores of the Dodecanese Islands.

Interested in having a St. George Dance Group perform at your school or party?
Please contact the St. George Church office at 505.247.9411.

Buy raffle tickets to win up to $3,000! Just $5 each!

Dancer’s Schedule

Friday, Oct. 6
5:30 Levendákia
6:00 Aegean Sounds
6:30 Morákia
7:00 Astéria
7:30 Dance Lessons
8:00 Aegean Sounds
8:45 Palamákia
9:30 Aegean Sounds

Saturday, Oct. 7
11:30 Morákia
12:00 Levendákia
12:30 Aegean Sounds
1:15 Astéria
1:45 Aegean Sounds
2:30 Palamákia
3:00 Morákia
3:30 Levendákia
4:00 Astéria
4:30 Palamákia
5:30 Levendákia
6:00 Aegean Sounds
7:00 Astéria
7:30 Dance Lessons
8:00 Aegean Sounds
8:45 Palamákia
9:30 Aegean Sounds

Sunday, Oct. 8
12:00 Aegean Sounds
12:30 Morákia
1:00 Levendákia
1:30 Aegean Sounds
2:30 Astéria
3:00 Dance Lessons
3:00 Aegean Sounds
4:00 Palamákia

Morákia: 5-8 year-olds · Levendákia: 8-12 year-olds · Astéria: 13-18 year-olds · Palamákia: Adults

Greek Food Menu

Kóta Riganáti (Oregano Chicken) 12 tickets
Melt-in-your-mouth baked chicken delicately flavored with oregano, lemon and spices.
Served with festival rice and salad.

Psitó Arní (Roast Lamb on the Spit) 12 tickets
Tender leg of lamb cooked over charcoal, served with festival rice, salad and tzatzíki sauce.

Pastítsio (Casserole) 12 tickets
Slow-baked layers of macaroni and ground beef
in a savory Greek tomato sauce topped with
luscious béchamel. Served with rice and salad.

Souvláki (Skewered Meat) 8 tickets
Chunks of tender marinated pork (hirinó) or
chicken (kóta) seared over charcoal and served on warm pita bread. Topped with onion, tomato and fresh tzatzíki sauce.

Gyros 7 tickets
Sizzling slices of the famous beef and lamb combination on fresh pita bread. Topped with chopped onion, tomato and delicious tzatzíki sauce.

Megáli Saláta (Large Salad) 9 tickets
A tantalizing vegetarian combination of crisp lettuce, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini and Feta. Topped with Greek dressing. Served with spanakópita and meatless dolmádes.

Spanakópita 4 tickets
Homemade! Spinach, cheese and selected
herbs rolled in filo.

Patátes (Potatoes) 4 tickets
Slow-baked oven potato wedges tossed with savory Greek spices.

Piláfi (Rice pilaf) 3 tickets
Our famous Festival rice.

Dolmádes 4 tickets
Grape leaves stuffed with rice and subtle spices.

Mezédes 3 tickets
Feta, pepperoncini, Kalamáta olives

Tavern

Local Craft / Domestic Draft Beer 5 tickets
Greek Draft Beer 6 tickets
Greek Wine 6 tickets
Ouzo 7 tickets
Soft Drinks 2 tickets
Bottled Water 2 tickets

Pastries

Baklavá
This most popular Greek dessert is baked with layers of walnuts, butter, filo, cinnamon and clove, then laced with lemon-orange honeyed syrup.
2 piece package 4 tickets
4 piece package 8 tickets
8 piece package 15 tickets
1 piece 2 tickets

Chocolate Baklavá
The original plus velvety chocolate drizzle. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 2 tickets

Baklavá Combo
Baklavá and Chocolate Baklavá. Pastry booth only.
2 piece package 4 tickets
4 piece package 8 tickets
8 piece package 15 tickets

Paximádia
Crunchy twice-baked almond cookies.
12 piece package 6 tickets

Chocolate-dipped Paximádi
The original plus velvety chocolate.
1 piece 1 ticket

Kourambiédes
Melt-in-your-mouth butter and almond cookies covered in powdered sugar.
3 piece package 5 tickets
6 piece package 10 tickets

Ravaní
Semolina cake flavored with coconut and sweetened with lemon-infused syrup. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 2 tickets

Koulourákia
Heavenly butter cookie twists.
12 piece package 6 tickets

Baklavá Cheesecake
The famous Greek dessert with a center layer of rich cheesecake. Pastry booth only.
1 piece 3 tickets

Baklavá Sundae is now 4 tickets

Greek Cookie Pack
4 Koulourákia, 4 Paximádia and 4 Chocolate Paximádia (chocolate baked through)
12 total pieces 8 tickets

Tsourékia
Lightly sweetened braided bread.
1 loaf 6 tickets

Baklavá Sundae 4 tickets
Rich vanilla ice cream mixed with Baklavá pieces.

Land of Enchantment Blues Festival 2017

Saturday, October 7

Two or Four Admissions, One Season Pass, or Parking at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park (Up to 37% Off)

 

What You’ll Get – Click the Banner Above To Link to Deal
Choice of:

Two Vouchers: Each Valid for One Admission
Four Vouchers: Each Valid for One Admission

One 2017 Season Pass including season parking
One Parking Pass for One Vehicle

The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 30, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person for single-admission options; limit 7 per person for season-pass option, may buy 2 additional as gifts; limit 8 per person for parking-pass option, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must print voucher prior to visiting park. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

About Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
It was 1890 when the first people arrived at Elitch Gardens, then a zoological park. Those early Denver citizens would likely be excited to hear the park had added its fifth new ride in six years. Fly high on Star Flyer, the all-new thrill seeking ride that soars riders, feet dangling and hair flying 17-stories in the air with breathtaking mountain and city views. The park also includes one that looks like the world’s largest hula hoop balanced on its side. The Brain Drain is no hula hoop, however. It’s a ride towering seven stories high, with back-to-back seats that allow its riders to stare into each other’s eyes as they go upside-down in high-speed revolutions.

Elsewhere in the park, there is something for everyone. Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies face wooden and suspended coasters. Kids can enjoy the 14 pint-sized rides in KiddieLand plus a variety of daily shows and entertainment. Guests may also enjoy the water park with open and enclosed slides, some of which plunge from heights of up to 75 feet. Cabanas located in the water park are perfect for the ultimate sun-bums.

In addition to the rides and water park, the park provides a variety of entertainment that is fun for all ages. The arcades and game stations, which include the classic ring toss and rope ladder climb, put players’ skills and strategy to the test as they compete for prizes. During the summer months, guests enjoy a lineup of free concerts and family-friendly dive-in movies. The family fun doesn’t stop there, as park-goers of all ages may also enjoy a multitude of dining and shopping options.

Happy Croctober! October Crocodile-themed event @ ABQ BioPark Zoo

Happy Croctober!
October kicks off with special crocodile-themed event
at the ABQ BioPark Zoo
Crocodile teeth

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Did you know that the crocodile has dozens of teeth but swallows its food whole?

Learn more about this large reptile and its cousin, the alligator, during the ABQ BioPark Zoo’s annual Croctober. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on October 1.
Attendees can visit hands-on discovery stations and try their hand at croc-themed crafts. There will also be special keeper chats and feedings throughout the day. A full schedule can be found on the event website.
“There are some amazing facts about crocodilians and alligators, and this is the day to learn all about them,” said Audrey Lenzi, ABQ BioPark Zoo science education coordinator.
“Plus, attendees can chat with our staff, who are participating in a multi-year effort to help save the West African slender-snouted crocodile, one of the most endangered crocodiles in the world.”
Four ABQ BioPark staff members return to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (The Ivory Coast) this October to continue with to assist the Zoo National d’Abidjan in conserving the West African slender-snouted crocodile. Learn more about the project here.
The event is included with regular admission.