Easter is coming up on April 12, 2020, and there will be no shortage of festivities happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from parades and egg hunts in parks around the city to the annual, pet-popular Eggs ‘N Beggin’ event.
Restaurants in the region will offer Easter brunch with an Albuquerque twist—Mexican breakfast chilaquiles and green chile biscuits at El Pinto's holiday buffet, for instance—so be sure to fill up on local flavors before heading out to one of the many festivals around town. More information about parking, admission, and tickets can be found on each event's website.
The folks of Albuquerque enjoy the annual Eggs N' Beggin Pet-acular Event almost as much as their pups do. This extravaganza—hosted by the City of Rio Rancho Parks, the Recreation and Community Services Department, and Pet Food Gone Wild at Cabezon Park—is for the dogs. Pooches and their owners tend to dress up in their holiday best for pictures with the Easter Bunny, bearing baskets in-hand (or mouth) for the pet egg hunt. The event features an adopt-a-thon, a pet parade, and a costume contest. Categories include "Best Pet/Owner Look Alike," "Best Little Dog," and "Best Big Dog" and winners get a prize.
The Eggs N' Beggin Pet-acular Event will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the pet parade begins at 9 a.m. and costs $5, which is donated to local shelters after the event. Pet participants must be kept on a leash, wearing tags, and have proof of vaccinations.
The Cottonwood Mall gets festive for this springtime holiday, featuring pictures with the Easter Bunny from March 20 to April 11 and a special pet picture day on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shopping center's biggest Easter event, however, is Hide & Peep, a free egg hunt with music, face painting, and crafts. Hide & Peep will be held on the lower level Center Court on Wednesday, April 8, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The first 200 attendees will win a goodie bag and egg basket to use for the scavenger hunt, so get there early.
Easter isn't often associated with swimming, seeing as much of the country is just beginning to welcome warmer temperatures. The Rio Grande Indoor Pool in South Valley, however, is warm enough to swim in year round and there's no better excuse to dive in than its Easter extravaganza. For the price of general admission (which varies by age group, but costs a maximum of $2.50 per person), anyone is welcome for swimming, visits with the Easter Bunny, free snow cones, popcorn, music, and an egg hunt.
The event takes place from noon to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. The first hunt begins at 12:30 p.m. and the second begins at 1:30 p.m. The first-place prize is a family monthly swim pass for up to 10 people.
Bring your own basket to the annual Los Ranchos Easter Egg Hunt and you might just go home with a special prize from one of the handful of golden eggs hidden throughout Hartnett Park. This free, youth-only (12 years old and under) egg hunt separates kids into age groups and lets them loose to look for candy-filled treasures. The Easter Bunny and the Bernalillo County Fire Department will also be there to mingle and take pictures with. The 2020 egg hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, so arrive early.
Kids will find eggs filled with tumbled stones, beads, fossils, and minerals instead of the usual Easter treats at Mama's Minerals' annual Easter Egg Hunt. Attendees can bring their own baskets for collecting, meet the Easter Bunny, crack geodes, get their faces painted, and meet adoptable bunnies from the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. The event will take place in four sessions on Saturday, April 11, 2020: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 per child (12 and under) and can be purchased only online. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP far in advance.
Easter Personal Best Half Marathon
If you find yourself in need of counteracting all those chocolate eggs and Peeps, then you could always run off the calories at Albuquerque's Easter Personal Best Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. This is a self-coordinated race, which means participants register for the event and get all the perks—a t-shirt, swag bag with Easter candy, and a medal at the end—but run on their own along a route of their choice. The race will take place on Saturday, April 11, and participants must register online ($35 for the 5K, $37 for the 10K, and $39 for the half marathon) in advance.
If you happen to be celebrating without kids in tow, then perhaps a mimosa brunch might better suit you. The family-owned Gruet Winery—housed in a pseudo mansion decorated with aging barrels in the dining room, grape-draped vines in the garden—is where you'll find some of Albuquerque's best sparkling wine. The Saturday before Easter, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the winery will be mixing up mimosas along with a special holiday brunch. Menu items have yet to be announced, but tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite. You must RSVP by April 3.