January Events Calendar

Aileen O'Catherine

Find out what's happening around Albuquerque in January. Find a place to spend time indoors and stay warm, or choose an outdoor recreation activity. There's plenty to keep you busy in what is one of the coldest months in Albuquerque. Hats off to another New Year.

If you know of an event that should be included in the calendar, please email me at albuquerque@aboutguide.com.

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. This is a free event.
For 2016: January 1

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 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
For 2016: January 8

Justin Shandor: Elvis Tribute
Justin Shandor will perform the ultimate Elvis tribute at the Isleta Casino. The show begins at 8 p.m.
For 2016: January 8

Family Art Workshops
These hands on workshops encourage creative thinking and explorations into art. Free with general admission at the Albuquerque Museum.
For 2016: Saturdays 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Stories in the Sky
Children and their adult explorers can enjoy story time followed by crafts and games at the Balloon Museum. The program is designed especially for infants through six years. The program is free.
For 2016: Two showtimes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m. and 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Mumm's the Word
The dinner theater interactive mystery can be accompanied by a four course dinner or not if you choose. See it at the Foul Play Cafe inside the Sheraton Uptown Friday and Saturday evenings.
For 2016: Through February 27

Sunday Chatter
Every week at Sunday Chatter, patrons gather to hear classical music, poetry and more. Find a different venue each week.
For 2016: Sundays: January 3, 10, 17, 24

Kadomatsu in the Japanese Garden
Begin the new year with the Japanese tradition of Kadomatsu, the arrangement of pine and bamboo arrangements. The show is free with general admission at the Botanic Gardens.
For 2016: Through January 17

Free Community Opera: Pirates of Penzance
The opera will be staged in Santa Fe at the Scottish Rite Temple. The free performances are accessible to all ages and no tickets are needed. The show is condensed to about an hour.
For 2016: January 8 - 10

Albuquerque Comic Con
See anime screenings, comic book artists, and celebrate stars such as Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca of Star Wars, and Jason David Frank the Green Power Ranger,  at the annual event that keeps getting bigger. Purchase tickets online ahead to save. This year's special guest is Michael Dorn, also known as Star Trek Lt. Wharf, and Nichelle Nichols, also known as Lt. Ohuru.
For 2016: January 8 -10

The Adobe Theater presents a play with twists, turns and surprises, and lots of laughter. See it weekends at the Adobe.
For 2016: January 8 - 31

The Vortex Theatre presents the classic Shakespeare tragedy.
For 2016: January 8 - February 7

Winter Bird and Bat Festival
Join the staff and volunteers of the Rio Grande Nature Center for the Winter Bird and Bat Festival,  to learn about the bats of New Mexico, some of the special projects happening at the center, and more. There will be speakers, guided bird walks, nature walks, rescue birds, and crafts for kids.
For 2016: January 9

Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic
The 3.6 mile snowshoe race is on rolling terrain at 10,000 feet. There is a one mile race distance for kids. Snowshoe rentals from REI will be available at the race.
For 2016: January 10

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
The New Mexico Philharmonic will perform Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons, which combines jazz and tango with classical music. David Felberg is featured as soloist and conductor. See it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2016: January 10

Dave Rawlings Machine
The award winning guitar player, singer and songwriter will perform with band members from Led Zeppelin, Punch Brothers and more. See it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2016: January 11

Revolutions International Theatre Festival
The 16th annual Revolutions festival begins with a grand opening party at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory. Performers from around the world will perform a variety of plays at different locations.
For 2016: January 12 - 30

Peking Acrobats
The dance spectacular comes to Popejoy with one gravity defying feat after another.
For 2016: January 15

Hitchcock Movies
See several of Hitchcock's movies at the KiMo Theatre, to include Rear Window, Rebecca and Vertigo. Rebecca screens January 15; Vertigo January 22, and Rear Window January 29.
For 2016: January 15, 22 and 29

Martin Luther King Parade
Although the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, the holiday to celebrate his life and work takes place the third Monday of January. The MLK Parade provides a community voice in his honor on the Sunday before the official holiday.
For 2016: January 16

Albuquerque Home and Remodeling Show
The show features remodeling ideas, landscape tips, furnishings and equipment for the house and garden and more. Find more than 300 booths and professional experts to help you with your home ideas. Find it at the New Mexico Expo.
For 2016: January 16 - 17

Chama Chile Ski Classic
The annual cross country ski event includes both freestyle and classic style races, as well as a snowshoe race and combined snowshoe and ski events. Races take place in the Rio Grande National Forest.
For 2016: January 16 - 18

Spielberg Classics
See Jurassic Park, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen at the KiMo Theatre. See Jaws January 16, Raiders January 23 and Jurassic Park January 30.
For 2016: January 16, 23 and 30

Driving Miss Daisy
A widow and her African American chauffeur discover friendship despite very different lives. See it at Popejoy Hall for one show only.
For 2016: January 17

Free Admission to National Parks
The national parks offer several free admission days each year Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is one. In Albuquerque, we have the Petroglyph National Park, which has four hiking trails; however, they don't charge admission though they do charge a parking fee. The list for entry fee parks in New Mexico includes Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Capulin, Carlsbad, Chaco, El Morro, Fort Union, Gila, Pecos and White Sands.
For 2016: January 18

Kyle Kinane with Special Guests
Kinane has performed on Comedy Central, Conan and Comedy Bang! Bang! He performs with special guests at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2016: January 19

Third Thursday: New Mexican Tin Work
The Albuquerque Museum's Third Thursday features the art of tin work. See tinsmith Jason Delgado from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at this free event.
For 2016: January 21

Monster Truck Tour
The car crushing action returns to the Santa Ana Star Center.
For 2016: January 22 - 23

The Aux Dog Theatre and Sol Acting Academy present a special festival Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For 2016: January 22 - January 31

Sandia Peak Snowshoe Race
The annual snowshoe race is a 5k (3.2 miles). Race begins at Sandia Crest House lower parking lot and winds through the National Forest. Register online or at REI.
For 2016: January 23

Mozart, Mozart, Mozart!
The New Mexico Philharmonic will present Mozart with Grant Cooper conducting. See it at Popejoy Hall.
For 2016: January 23

KOB Health Fair
The fair has lots of information on staying healthy, and is a great place for tests and screenings, many free while supplies last. More than 200 vendors will be there, and free flu shots for those 9 and older while supplies last. Find it at New Mexico Expo.
For 2016: January 23 - 24

Frank Leto Children's Concert
Award-winning composer and musician Frank Leto will perform his original songs in this interactive concert. See it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2016: January 28 and 29

Stupid F***ing Bird
The play has won the Charles MacArthur Award and the Helen Hayes Award. See it at the Cell Theatre.
For 2016: January 28 - February 14

The Producers
A scheming producer and an accountant set out to produce a flop but end up with a blockbuster. See it at Popejoy Hall.
For 2016: January 28 - 31

Lucy, whose father is the doctor in charge of a sanitorium, has a mysterious illness, and a specialist believes she has been bitten by a vampire.  See it at the Albuquerque Little Theatre.
For 2016: January 29 - February 14

The annual Matanza will take place at Eagle Park in Belen on Saturday, January 30 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Pay admission and then it's all you can eat of chile, biscochitos, tortillas, and of course, lots of pork. The event has cooks compete for different food categories and visitors get to taste. There will also be entertainment, a kid's corral and an arts and crafts fair. This one of a kind event is the largest of its kind in the world. Entrance fee is $15 for adults, with kids 12 and under getting in free.
For 2016: January 30

Souper Bowl Benefit
The big fundraiser to benefit Roadrunner Food Bank has dozens of participating restaurants. Eat savory soups and desserts while enjoying the entertainment. Prize drawings take place at the event; tickets for drawings available for purchase at the event.
For 2016: January 30

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