If you're visiting Albuquerque at the end of March and beginning of April in 2018, you're just in time to catch some fantastic Easter celebrations around the city.
From fun community events like egg hunts and parades to getting your family photos with the Easter Bunny himself, you're sure to find something to do this Easter weekend in New Mexico. You can celebrate with a delicious Easter brunch, take the kids out on an egg hunt, or hop out for some baseball fun all within reach of downtown Albuquerque.
Remember to make reservations in advance and double check each event's website for information about parking, admission costs, and timing of the events. While most of these events take place from Good Friday, March 31 to Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, some happen the weekend before Easter, too.
There are many great Easter celebrations around the Albuquerque region, and while most take place on Easter weekend, some do happen before or after. Be sure to double check before you plan your trip to New Mexico this holiday weekend.
- Eggs N' Beggin Petacular Event takes place a week before Easter on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Rio Rancho's Cabezon Park. Pooches and their owners will hit the park dressed in Easter-themed gear for the annual pet costume contest and parade. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the costume contest takes place after the parade. Winners in each category get a prize, and categories include "Best Pet/Owner Look Alike," "Best Little Dog," and "Best Big Dog."
- Easter Eggstravaganza at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be an egg hunt, jump house, crafts, special treats, and a lesson about the reason for the season: the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Admission is free, but the church is accepting donations of nonperishable food items.
- Easter Enrichment at the ABQ BioPark Zoo takes place on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Throughout the day, zoo animals will get special papier-mache toys, egg-shaped cereal bars, treats, and hard-boiled eggs. Families are invited to come see the primates, hoofstock, carnivores, and elephants get their Easter treats.
- Easter Events at the Cottonwood Mall take place from March 8 through 31, 2018, but the highlights of the festivities take place on March 25 and 26: Pet Pics With the Bunny and Kid X Eggstravaganza. You can visit with the bunny or get your pets' pictures taken with this holiday mascot on Pet Pics day, and the Kid X Eggstravaganza features an egg hunt, exciting prizes, and fun activities like egg decorating.
- Easter Events at the Coronado Mall take place throughout the month of March, with plenty of chances to take photos with your kids or pets and the Easter Bunny until March 31.
- The Easter Egg Hunt at the Los Padillas Community Center will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The Easter Bunny will host the afternoon's activities and invites kids aged 1 to 14 to hunt for thousands of eggs hidden on the open field. The event is free to attend, but be sure to check out the Los Padillas Community Center for ways you can give back to this local organization.
- The annual Los Ranchos Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Hartnett Park and will start promptly at 10 a.m. The village of Los Ranchos will hold its annual egg hunt for village kids up to age 12, and kids will be divided into age groups. In addition to plastic eggs filled with toys and candy, there will be six golden eggs. Those who find them can turn them in for an Easter basket at the end of the hunt.
- The Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center Easter Egg Hunt will take place on March 25, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Northwest Albuquerque. This community center will serve hot dogs at 11 a.m. and various egg hunts starting at noon. The egg hunts are for children up to 12 years old and must bring their own basket to participate. However, the event and the hot dog lunch are free to the public.
- Mama's Minerals Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with three sessions to choose from. Kids will find eggs filled with tumbled stones, beads, fossils, and minerals instead of the usual Easter treats. There will also be free face painting and presentations by the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. Kids can bring their own baskets for collecting and meet the Easter Bunny, too. A ticket is required, and you must RSVP as space is limited.
- The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Old Windmill Dairy will take place on both Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Windmill Dairy had its first Easter Egg hunt in 2012, and it was such a hit that they've continued it every year. Have the kids hunt for eggs and then have some artisan cheese, visit the baby goats, or ride on the carnival rides. Costs range from free to $25, depending on what activities you plan to take part in.