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.

Balloon Fiesta Family Day Fun!

Sunday October 15, from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Your Family Day Ticket Includes:
Exclusive Indoor and Outdoor Viewing of the Fiesta Field
Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Access to the Tim Anderson 4D Theater & brand new Weather Lab
Interactive Activities for the whole family to enjoy
Food available for purchase
Family Day Tickets
$5 per person, $15 parking pass
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

ABQ BioPark Volunteer Fair

ABQ BIOPARK NEWS
September 5, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deborah Zavala

ABQ BioPark volunteer specialist

505-848-7172 | dzavala@cabq.gov

ABQ BioPark city seal
ABQ BioPark Volunteer Fair
Learn more about being a volunteer at this free event
Touchpool volunteers at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium. Photo: ABQ BioPark.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – If you have ever been interested in becoming a volunteer at the ABQ BioPark, now is your chance to find out all about it.

The ABQ BioPark will hold a volunteer fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on September 9 at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden Plaza.
“We have several different volunteer opportunities,” said Deborah Zavala,
ABQ BioPark volunteer specialist.”Talk with our existing volunteers to learn which would be the best fit for you.”
The event is free and open to the public.
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).

Boots and Badges Balloon Glow – Rio Rancho, NM

Boots and Badges Balloon Glow - Rio Rancho, NM

Boots and Badges Balloon Glow – Rio Rancho, NM

New play area at the ABQ BioPark Zoo now open

 

New play area at the ABQ BioPark Zoo now open
Two distinct areas will cater to children 2-12 years old

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Visitors to the ABQ BioPark Zoo are in for a treat now that the new Colores Play Area has opened. Kids can climb, slide and hop from gator to gator thanks to voter-approved general obligation bonds and the city’s capital implementation program.

Today Mayor Richard J. Berry announced during a ribbon cutting ceremony that the new play area is a vast improvement over the previous structure, which became very costly and difficult to maintain in recent years resulting in frequent closures. According to J.T. Allen, the BioPark’s chief executive, the city was spending approximately $50,000 to $75,000 a year to maintain and repair the older play area. The new play area cost $512,000 to design, fabricate and install.

The nature-themed play area includes two distinct colorful structures – one for ages 2-5 and the other for ages 6-12 – that resemble tree houses. The design allows more freedom of movement for those playing and a greater visual for parents and adults watching from the side. The area allows for wheelchair access onto the spongy surface and both structures comply with the American with Disabilities Act.

“In designing the new play area, we wanted to address accessibility, safety, sustainability and – of course – fun,” Mayor Berry said to a group of home-schooled students from the East Mountains that attended the ceremony. “I am pleased that visitors to the Zoo will no longer encounter disappointing and lengthy closures.”

The larger of the two structures has a metal roof and was designed to complement the architecture of surrounding buildings. It has three slides and is fully enclosed at the top with a 360 degree view of the Zoo. The whole play area includes alligator and hippo head stepping pods, a custom Eastern box turtle climber, a log crawl tunnel, two dinosaur fossil eggs and one seashell fossil egg. These are made of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) and are hand painted for an authentic look and feel. Kids will have fun looking for the “residents” of the tree houses who appear throughout the area.
Special “residents” call the Zoo’s play area home.

ExerPlay, incorporated and headquartered in Cedar Crest, designed the play area. Other local projects of ExerPlay include the popular A Park Above in Rio Rancho and the Cesar Chavez Spray Pad in southeast Albuquerque. ExerPlay has designed, installed and serviced more 18,000 play and park projects over the last 26 years. It serves New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, southern and western Texas, Nevada and Hawaii as an authorized distributor for Landscape Structures, Inc., the leading playground equipment manufacturer.

 

Materials used in the Zoo’s play area were primarily aluminum, steel, Permalene (a hard, durable plastic), Polyethylene (a softer, durable plastic) and rubberized coatings. The structures are made from 68% post-consumer recycled materials and are 98% USA-made. The ropes have steel aircraft cable braided into every strand, ensuring longevity. The posts hold a 100 year warranty and the manufacturer makes all replacement parts for structures built since 1972.

According to Douglas Carp, territory manager for ExerPlay, all the equipment used was required to pass strict rules and regulations guided by American Society for Testing and Materials as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Everyone involved in designing, selling and installing the equipment must be licensed and recertified every three years.

The play area will eventually see updated landscaping and more shaded seating areas. A time lapse video of the construction can be seen here or at https://youtu.be/aELdNWFYlGY.

Las Cruces Salsa Fest FREE

Salsa Fest

Salsafest 2017 will run 7pm – midnight at the Plaza de Las Cruces! See you there!

This year’s event is shaping up to be more exciting than ever with live music, a catered outdoor dining experience, salsa dancing classes, live performances and music, a kids tent, and great food vendors and, of course, our salsa making competition! Check back for more info and a schedule of events.

Downtown Main Street
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 525-1955

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour 2017

Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour

  • No introduction needed: Nobody does catchy dance hooks and R&B ballads better than Janet Jackson—a six-time Grammy winner who also has two Emmys and a Golden Globe to her name.
  • She’s back: After taking a year off to have her first child, the youngest Jackson sibling charges back onto the stage to sing classics like “Rhythm Nation” and “Nasty” and tracks from her 2015 Unbreakablealbum.
  • And better than ever: With over 160 million records sold worldwide, Ms. Jackson remains one of the most influential entertainers of all time. She returns to the stage to inspire fans with her socially conscious repertoire of hits and new tracks alongside state-of-the-art production.

Click on the Groupon Banner below to find discounted tickets


ABQ BioPark Upcoming Plant Shows and Sales

Upcoming Plant Shows and Sales
African violet show and sale, cactus and succulent show coming to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
African violets in bloom.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The ABQ BioPark has two upcoming plant shows at the Botanic Garden.

The annual African Violet Show and Sale will take place from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 19-20 at the Botanic Garden’s Heritage Farm. The event will feature African violets grown by members of the Albuquerque African Violet Club. Club members will show successful techniques for growing, maintaining and propagating these cheerful plants. Standard and mini African violets will be available for purchase.
“African violets are one of the most popular house plants around and bloom almost continually with proper care,” said Catherine Hubbard, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden manager.
The Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico will have an exhibition of prize-winning plants along with some presentations and demonstrations during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4. Schedule for the Cactus and Succulent show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Monday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“Join us at the Botanic Garden to learn about the cold hardy plants that work well in Albuquerque landscapes,” said Hubbard.
Both events are included with regular admission to the Botanic Garden.

Santa Fe Indian Market

DATES: August 19-20, 2017
Sat: 7am – 5pm, Sun: 8am-5pm

What is SWAIA?

SWAIA stands for Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. It is the non-profit organization that produces the Santa Fe Indian Market the Winter Indian Market. SWAIA’s mission is “Bringing Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.” 

What is the Santa Fe Indian Market?

The Santa Fe Indian Market® is a 96-year-old Native art market. It is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwest. The yearly event is held during the third weekend of August. Over 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork. The Indian Market attracts 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market. 

What is Indian Market Week?

Indian Market Week precedes the Indian Market. It is a series of events in Native film, literature, music, fashion and visual art that lead to Indian Market weekend.

 

What is the Best of Show Ceremony?

The centerpieces of Indian Market Week are the Best of Show Ceremony and Previews of Award Winning Art, where more than $100,000 in prize money is awarded. Held on the eve of the Indian Market (Friday, Aug. 18, 2017), a work of art is selected from hundreds of submissions as the winner of Best of Show. It is the most prestigious and important award in the Native arts world. This intimate ceremony that begins 11:30 am is reserved for SWAIA members only. The Sneak and General Previews are held on the same day beginning at 5:30 pm. This is the first opportunity for SWAIA members and the general public to view the award winning artwork for the first time. To learn more about becoming a SWAIA member, click here.

I’m confused. Is it a market or a festival?

Both. It is a week-long celebration of Native arts and culture anchored by a Native arts market. 

What kind of art can I buy at Indian Market?

There are 10 kinds of art in both traditional and contemporary forms you can buy at the Santa Fe Indian Market: Jewelry, Pottery, Sculpture, Textiles, Paintings, Wooden Carvings (Kachinas), Bead Work, Baskets and Diverse Arts, which encompass a variety of items including drums, bows and arrows, cradle boards, etc., There are literally thousands of handcrafted works of art for sale. 

Who are the artists?

The artists are Native/Indigenous people from over 220 U.S. Federally recognized tribes and First Nations’ Tribes (Canada). It’s important to remember that the Indian Market is above all a family event. To the causal observer, it may not be evident that there may be generations of artists sitting together under the same booth. Some artists have been participating in Indian Market 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60+ years. The Indian Market is a direct reflection of the lives of Native people and the communities they represent; their artwork is the universal language, which speaks and becomes a part of our lives. 

That looks like the stuff I can buy at the airport. What’s the difference?

Although the subject of authenticity is complicated and one that deserves a close look, it is easy to understand the difference between real and fake Native art. Foreign made “Native” art is tangential to “Natural” flavoring in food. In other words, there is no substitute for the real thing. SWAIA guarantees that its artists adhere to strict production and material guidelines. Best of all, you buy directly from the artist. The result is that you support an artist and by default his/her community, not to mention guaranteeing the value and appreciation of your art piece. 

I’ve heard it called “Indian Mark-Up.” Why is it so expensive?

Aside from the racist undertones of this term, it’s also misleading. With the ubiquity of cheap, foreign made and generally fake “Native” artwork and jewelry, authentic Native artwork available at the Indian Market is comparatively more expensive. The majority of artists at Indian Market are accomplished and full-time professional artists. We know this because the Indian Market is a juried show. From private collections to museums across the globe, many of these artists create some of the most coveted works of art in any market. Most importantly, your purchase supports the artist directly. So as some of the artwork may be expensive–although much of it is very reasonable–it is also a guarantee of quality and authenticity. 

Does SWAIA collect any of the proceeds from artist sales?

Absolutely not. As a non-profit organization, SWAIA raises its modest operating budget every year without a percentage of artist sales. In return, the Santa Fe Indian Market generates approximately $100 million in revenues for the City of Santa Fe. To find out how to support SWAIA and its programs, click here to become a member of SWAIA, or to sign up as a volunteer or for information on donating to SWAIA.

What does literature, film and skateboarding have to do with Native art?

Native culture is a confluence. It is fed from internal and external worlds that intermingle and eventually erupt in creative practice. You will be hard pressed to find a Native artist at the Indian Market that works exclusively in only one artistic genre. SWAIA’s expansion into other forms of expression that can be found “outside” the artist booth is a reflection of Native cultures realized through other mediums. In the end, it’s all interconnected. 

Where does the Santa Fe Indian Market happen?

The Santa Fe Indian Market is located in the heart of Santa Fe, NM on its historic plaza. The Indian Market covers 14 downtown city blocks with over 700 artist booths.

What’s a Booth Sitter?

The Indian Market officially begins on Saturday, 7:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 – 5:00 pm. Saturday is typically when the die-hard collectors come to shop. Don’t be surprised to find “Booth Sitters” camped out by their favorite artist booth the night before for a chance to buy a coveted piece of art. Other eager customers come as early as 4:00 am on Saturday. Sunday morning, on the other hand, is less busy and preferred by those Market goers who wish to take their time discovering and rediscovering the hidden gems of Market.

What is the Native American Clothing Contest?

The clothing contest is a cherished Indian Market tradition. It is held on Sunday morning 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Participants, who range from small children to adults, model traditional and contemporary Native clothing. This event is considered to be the most photographed event of Indian Market. 

What else can I do at Indian Market?

There are three ways to learn about a city: its food, its outdoor markets and its music. The Indian Market features a vast selection of traditional and contemporary Native foods. With a focus on locally and family owned businesses vendors from all over the southwest celebrate Native identity through their culinary offerings. From roasted mutton and fry bread to more cosmopolitan fare inspired by trained Native chefs, there is something for everyone. 

Under the Plaza Stage, music can be heard midday during Indian Market Weekend. Performances by traditional Native groups can be heard and enjoyed under a comfortably shaded seating area in front of the stage. 

Films are becoming a central component in Native art. The Native Cinema Showcase, presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, features some of the most exciting Native films produced today.

I’ve never met a Native person before. Is there anything I should know?

To quote the title Native scholar Paul Chaat Smith’s book: “Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong.” The beauty of Indian Market is the cross-cultural dialogue that happens effortlessly. Unlike grade-school textbooks, museums or Hollywood movies, Indian Market is centered on Native self-representation. It is here that your perceptions and pre-conceived notions about Native people and culture will be changed forever. 

What are the dates for next year’s Indian Market

August 18-19, 2018 
August 17-18, 2019 

REDISCOVER ALBUQUERQUE IN SOUTHWEST: THE MAGAZINE

Rediscover Albuquerque in Southwest: The Magazine

Now is as perfect time as any to take to the skies, and depending on your airline of choice, you just might stumble upon a stunning feature of a certain city as you flip through an airline magazine.

Southwest Airlines features Albuquerque in a thoughtful and inspiring 26-page centerfold spread for their August issue of Southwest: The Magazine. From innovative technology, to education, to craft beer, to art and culture, this particular piece leaves nothing out.

In case you aren’t going to find yourself with an issue of Southwest: The Magazine this month, here are the highlights and fantastic local listings included in this glowing Albuquerque feature.

Albuquerque’s Distinct Neighborhoods

Downtown

A Hub for Innovation

  • Fat Pipe ABQ
  • WESST
  • BioScience Center

Empowerment Through Education

  • University of New Mexico
  • Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • Popejoy Hall
  • Tamarind Institute

Expanding and Timeless Additions

Hotel Chaco

High Desert Luxury

A Taste and Toast of the Southwest

Take to the Skies

Art and Culture

Kimo Theater

Old Town Adventures

Unmistakable Craftsmanship

Discovering Fun and Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation
 

Southwest Airline’s feature highlights the tapestry of moving pieces that make Albuquerque’s character so boundless, only reinforcing why Albuquerque should be the next set of plane tickets you purchase for that vacation you’ve been meaning to take. Pick up your copy of Southwest: The Magazine today.