February Events Calendar for Albuquerque

Find Out What's Happening in Albuquerque this Month

By Aileen O'Catherine

February in Albuquerque shows signs of spring, from the forsythia blooms to the glints of romance brought on by Valentine's Day. If you know of an event that should be included in the calendar, please email me at albuquerque@aboutguide.com.

See what's happening in February with events for Black History Month.
Find out about Valentine events happening around town.

George Winston
George Winston will perform at the Center Stage in Santa Fe on February 5 and 6, and at the Outpost in Albuquerque on February 3.
For 2016: February 3 - 6

First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome for these live presentations. Fractals Rock has more rock music and less talk. See it the first Friday of every month at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
For 2016: February 5

First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating, you can choose which ones to visit to find out what's happening with guilds, individual artists and ongoing shows. The free Artscrawl happens the first Friday of every month.
For 2016: February 5

Carnaval Celebration
The annual Carnaval celebration at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is a festive evening of music and dance. See the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium.
For 2016: February 5 - 6

Escape the ordinary and see Riverdance on their 20th anniversary world tour. See it at Popejoy Hall for five shows.
For 2016: February 5 - 7

Two Eagles Premiere
The documentary about the Two Eagles and crossing the Pacific by balloon will premiere at the KiMo Theatre.
For 2016: February 6

Family Art Workshops
The Albuquerque Museum offers hands on workshops that encourage creative thinking and explorations into art. The workshops are free with regular admission.
For 2016: February 6, 13, 20, 27

Sunday Chatter
Every week at Sunday Chatter, folks gather to hear classical music, poetry and more. Arrive at the Las Puertas event center. Each program of ensemble music and poetry/spoken word begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets available online. Frequent passes are available.
For 2016: February 7, 14, 21, 28

Winter Fire Color
The Mediterranean Conservatory at the Botanic Gardens will feature a floral display of hot colors to warm up the cold winter days. Free with admission.
For 2016: Through February 21

Great Backyard Bird Count
Join bird watchers for this annual nationwide birding event. Citizen scientists will collect information on migratory birds at the Botanic Garden. RSVP/register by calling BioPark Education at (505) 848-7180.
For 2016: February 12

Southwest Burlesque Showcase
The annual showcase brings together burlesque performers from the west as well as a few from New Mexico. The style is classic 40s and 50s and is full of song, dance, and a bit of naughty fun. See it at the KiMo.
For 2016: February 12- 13

New Mexico Shrine Circus
The three ring Shrine Circus runs for three days and eight shows. All proceeds benefit Ballut Abayd Shrine Center, which gives to children who need medical care. See it at the New Mexico Expo; you have eight shows to choose from.
For 2016: February 12 - 14

The 14th annual KlezmerQuerque is a festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties over the three day President's day weekend. Enjoy the traditional dance and music of the eastern European Jews--klezmer. Dance parties are for all ages. The three days of concerts, dance parties and workshops take place at Nahalat Shalom.
For 2016: February 12 - 14

The Odd Couple
Neil Simon's Odd Couple is the story of a mismatched set of roommates. See it at the Adobe Theater.
For 2016: February 12 - March 6

Love Bugs
A special love bugs, adults-only event takes place at the Bugarium at the Botanic Garden. You'll have live bug encounters, appetizers from 6 - 7 and can have dinner at the Shark Reef Cafe. $30 for the BUGarium admission, talk with a zookeeper and appetizers, and $45 with dinner. Registration required.
For 2016: February 13 at 6 p.m.

Salsa Love Fest
The Salsa Love Fest features dance classes with visiting instructors, and dancing Saturday night. Have a romantic dinner and go to the historic El Rey Theatre downtown. There will be chocolate fountains, desserts, drink and a cash bars as well as an enormous dance floor. This is an 18+ event.
For 2016: February 13

Cupid's Chase 5K Run
The Cupid's Chase run is a national 5K event that takes place in 24 cities, on the same day, at the same time. Proceeds benefit Community Options, which provides supports to people with disabilites. There will be giveaways and prizes, and of course, the chance to see balloons! Walkers are welcome. The run will be at the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque and Villa Linda Park in Santa Fe.
For 2016: February 13

Harlem Globetrotters
The world famous antics of the Globetrotters comes to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
For 2016: February 13

Valentines Day
Looking for something special or a day out or even just a romantic restaurant? There's something for everyone,
For 2016: February 14

Valentine's Day at the Zoo
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the zoo, where you'll learn about species survival plans and the reproductive habits of animals. Animals include snow leopards, reticulated giraffes and koalas.
For 2016: February 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Valentine's Enrichment
The zoo's animals will receive special Valentine's gifts and treats. See how the animals react and talk to the zookeeper, who will explain the importance of enrichment.
For 2016: February 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

That's A-Moray!
The adults-only tour at the Aquarium will look at the exotic and erotic behavior of aquatic animals. Enjoy appetizers and one adult beverage, and have dinner afterwards at the Shark Reef Cafe.
For 2016: February 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally
The balloon rally takes place at the Balloon Fiesta Park.
For 2016: February 13 - 14

Rickie Lee Jones
Music legend Rickie Lee Jones will perform at the KiMo at 7:30 p.m.
For 2016: February 16

Italian Film and Culture Festival
The Italian Film and Culture Festival features Italian films, food and culture, in Albuquerque.
For 2016: February 16-21

In the Mood
Swing dancers will dance to some of the greatest hits of the 1930s and '40s at Popejoy Hall at 8 p.m.
For 2016: February 19

Monster Jam
The indoor hot rod and custom car event features monster trucks and more. See it at New Mexico Expo.
For 2016: February 19 - 21

Ailey II
The Alvin Ailey dancers present with new repertoire and some of Ailey's classics. See them performon the Popejoy stage at 8 p.m.
For 2016: February 20

Nakamatsu and Manasse
Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasee will perform piano and clarinet at the Old Ysidro Church in Corrales at 7:30 p.m.
For 2016: February 20

Protege Series
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform with young Phoenix Avalon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 2 p.m.
For 2016: February 21

Kids Fishing Fair
Children, ages 4-12, can learn about fishing by visiting the interactive Discovery Stations. No registration is required. The free event takes place at Tingley Beach, and also features free fly-fishing lessons for kids.
For 2016: February 21

The acclaimed show is an explosion of 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who put on a foot stomping performance. See it at the Dirty Bourbon.
For 2016: February 24

Raisin' Cane - A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Harlem was a center for art and culture in the early twentieth century. Raisin' Cane celebrates that time with poetry, song, dance and more, set to a jazz score. See it at Popejoy Hall at 8 p.m.
For 2016: February 26

Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show
Find everything you need to know about home and landscape at the remodeling show at New Mexico Expo.
For 2016: February 27 and 28

A Night with Nakamatsu
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform Barber, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninoff with Jon Nakamatsu on piano and Case Scaglione conducting. See it at Popejoy Hall at 6 p.m.
For 2016: February 27

Winter Wool Festival
Learn about wool, dyes, fabrics and plants and how to turn Navajo Churro sheep wool into blankets and sweaters. Meet the churro sheep at the Heritage Farm. Hands on demonstrations and more take place at the Botanic Garden, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For 2016: February 27

The Little Mermaid
The Ballet Repertory Theatre will perform the well known fairy tale ballet at the KiMo Theatre.
For 2016: February 27 - March 6

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