May Events Calendar

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Picnic at Tingley
••• © Aileen O'Catherine

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. Locations vary; visit the website for a printable map. The event is free.
For 2016: May 6

First Friday Fractals
The fractal shows at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's planetarium contain a spectacular array of fractals in a full dome show.

See First Friday Fractals at 6 and 7 p.m. and Fractals Rock! at 8 and 9 p.m.
For 2016: May 6

AlbuQuirky House Fundraiser
The Little Houses silent auction fundraiser will have over 125 little houses to bid on that will be made by well known and emerging artists. It takes place  Friday, May 6 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Sumner & Dene Gallery, 516 Central. 
For 2016: May 6

Orchid Show and Sale
If you love flowers as much as I do, you won't want to miss the orchid show at the Botanic Gardens. Experts will be on hand from the New Mexico Orchid Guild to guide you and answer any questions you might have about these special blooms. The show features hundreds of orchids in the Mediterranean Conservatory, the Aquarium lobby, and the Garden Showroom, where they will be available for purchase. Consider purchasing an orchid for Mother's Day. The show is included in the price of regular admission.
For 2016: May 7

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art Festival
The folk art festival takes place at La Parada in Los Ranchos. Find folk art, arts and crafts, live music and a whole lot of fun and funky stuff you'll find nowhere else.
For 2016: May 7

Planting for People and Pollinators
Learn about pollinators and how they help grow our food.

Celebrate bees, bats and butterflies at the Open Space Visitor Center on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a presentation and a seed planting.
For 2016: May 7

Herbfest 
The Herbfest takes place at the Rio Grande Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be bird walks, crafts for kids, live music and more.
For 2016: May 7 and 8

Wind Festival
The festival takes place at Wildlife West in Edgewood. Enjoy stunt kite flying demonstrations, kite flying contests, falcon demos and more.
For 2016: April 30 - May 1

Zoo Moms Discovery Day
Learn about orangutans at a special Mother's Day at the Zoo. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 8, learn about the challenges orangutan moms face.

Mother's Day Concert
On Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate Mother's Day with music from the New Mexico Philharmonic at the Zoo. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Bring a picnic and spend the day.

Mother's Day Celebration
Enjoy a free concert on Old Town on Mother's Day, from 1 to 3 p.m. Entourage Jazz will perform jazz favorites. Enjoy music and dancing at the gazebo.

Mother's Day Downtown Tour
The Downtown Neighborhood Association will hold a historic home tour on May 8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Tour old homes and enjoy the food trucks that will be parked at Lew Wallace Elementary.

Tickets are needed for the tour.

Mother's Day Delicacies in the High Desert Rose Garden
Have a meal with Mom at the Rose Garden. There will be food, champagne and tea, Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Botanic Garden.

Corrales Studio Tour
The annual tour through Corrales brings you over 65 artists who open their studios and homes for the tour. See how art in various mediums is made, from sculpture to watercolors and oils. Several stops will feature multiple artists. Free.
For 2016: April 30 - May 1 

Idalia Road Marketplace
The outdoor market features fresh foods, gifts, plants, music and more each weekend, in Rio Rancho. Free.
For 2016: April 30 through October on weekends.

Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More
El Rancho de las Golondrinas will re-enact the times with military drills, camp life, lectures, demonstrations and battle reenactments.


For 2015: April 30 -May 1

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Festival Ballet Albuquerque presents the Shakespeare play at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2016:  May 6 - 7

Run for the Zoo
Run for the Zoo and raise funds, while getting fit. Participate in a 10K or 5K run, a 5K fitness run/walk and a one mile run/walk. Pre-registration is required. Fees allow participation in the run, a t-shirt and admission to the Zoo that day. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
For 2016: May 1

Burque Derby
A Kentucky Derby bash takes place at the Balloon Fiesta Park. There will be live music, lawn games, a beer garden and more. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.
For 2016: May 7

Cinco de Mayo
Check listings on the linked article for locations, dates and times of various events.
For 2016: May 5

National Public Gardens Day
Join in a special celebration at the Botanic Gardens that includes talks, lectures, demonstrations and more. Learn about gardening, the environment, and how to conserve water. Get tips on landscape design. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., included with regular admission.
For 2016: May 6

Hotel California
Hotel California will salute the Eagles at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.
For 2016: May 7

Festival of Asian Cultures
The free event takes place at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial on Louisiana, with food vendors, educational activities, music and dance. Cultures include Cambodian, Japanese, Lao, Thai and more.
For 2016: May 1

Placitas Studio Tour
Artist studios in Placitas are open to the public for two days on Mother's day weekend. The annual event features behind the scenes peeks at how to make woodwork, jewelry, mosaics, metalwork, paintings and more. A map to the studios will help you find your way. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For 2016: May 7 - 8

Herbfest
This springtime celebration brings together native plants, herbs and wildflowers, guided bosque tours, bird and nature walks, and activities for the kids at the Rio Grande Nature Center. There will be live birds with Wildlife Rescue, a silent auction and live music. The events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided bird walks begin at 8:30 a.m.
For 2015: May 9 - 10

Mother’s Day
Find out about events and places to take your mom this Mother’s Day. The article includes information on Mother's Day brunches, special events, where to find chocolate and more.
For 2015: May 10

Mother's Day Concert at the Zoo
Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo with music by the New Mexico Philharmonic. There will also be discovery stations, an 11 a.m. world animals encounter show, and special ape activities. The Philharmonic concert begins at 2 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch.
For 2015: May 10

Heritage Day at Casa San Ysidro
Explore the agricultural and historic roots of New Mexico at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales. There will be performances, weaving, blacksmithing and horno baking demonstrations. The free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is kid friendly.
For 2016: May 14

CrawDaddy Blues Festival
Hear national and local blues acts, and see Madrid for the day. Acts include Jr. Brown and Wayne Hancock along with New Mexico talent. Cajun food will keep the hunger at bay. Next to the Mine Shaft Tavern at the Madrid Old Coal Town Park.
For 2016: May 21-22

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival features food, dance, music, games and more. Live music, dancers, a classic British car show and more will be on hand at this annual favorite, to take place at Balloon Fiesta park. Enjoy vendor booths, competitions and events such as hurling, Gaelic football, celtic ponies, clan gatherings and more.
For 2016: May 21 - 22

Filipino Celebration
The annual celebration of Filipino culture begins with the traditional 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass at San Felipe de Neri church, followed by a procession around the plaza. A free event in Old Town. On Sunday, May 9, the Asian Festival of Cultures takes place at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (see below).  
For 2016: May 21

Albuquerque Wine Festival
Head out to for three days of fun over the Memorial Day weekend at the Albuquerque Wine Festival, where you can sample wine from over 20 wineries, all while listening to great music. The festival takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be on hand. Monday is Military Day; admission $3 for military with photo ID. Sample wines from the many wineries throughout the state.
For 2016: May 28 - 30