Memorial Day Weekend Events in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Memorial Day, always observed on the last Monday in May, is a time to remember those who died while serving our country in the military. It also marks the unofficial start of summer. Start off the season at these top Memorial Day weekend events in Albuquerque, New Mexico—from official Memorial Day ceremonies to theater productions to beer and wine festivals. 


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    New Mexico Fairgrounds
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    See works of art by the New Mexico Watercolor Society through Sunday, May 27, at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds. Artwork will be available for purchase. Held in the Fine Arts Building, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. It's free but parking fees may apply.

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    Albuquerque Little Theatre
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    This uplifting musical set in Buffalo, New York, follows six unemployed steelworkers who decide to make some quick cash by becoming male strippers. Opening night is Friday, May 25, and the production runs on weekends through June 17 at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Note that it's not recommended for children.


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    Memorial Day weekend is also opening weekend for the Adobe Theater's production of "Moon Over Buffalo." Set in the 1950s in Buffalo, New York, this screwball comedy shows what happens as two aging stage actors anticipate a visit from famous Hollywood film director Frank Capra. Opening night is Friday, May 25, and the production runs on weekends through June 17. All tickets during Memorial Day weekend are discounted at $15.

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    Robinson Park new mexico
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    The downtown market offers fresh produce, live music, yoga, and a wide variety of vendors. Parking is not a problem, with 500 free parking spaces within two blocks of the market. The market at historic Robinson Park runs on Saturday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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    Tingley Coliseum
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    The Gladiators are a professional indoor football team and they take on the Amarillo Venom at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico on Saturday, May 26, at 6:05 p.m. Children 5 years old and younger get in free.

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    At the ABQ Biopark Aquarium
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    The New Mexico Philharmonic will play patriotic tunes during its "Hooray for Heroes" concert at the Albuquerque Biopark Zoo. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy American favorites as well as the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' competition winners.

    The concert is Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Get there early to enjoy the pre-concert entertainment. Military discounts available and children 12 years old and younger get in free.

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    Balloon Fiesta Park
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    Head out for three days of fun, rain or shine over the Memorial Day weekend at the Albuquerque Wine Festival, where you can sample wines from the many wineries throughout the state. Listen to great live music, taste mouth-watering selections from food vendors, and view the work of talented arts and crafts vendors. 

    The wine festival, suitable for all ages, runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, and noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 28, at Balloon Fiesta Park. Tickets required and parking is free. 


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    Kellys Brew Pub in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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    The annual Albuquerque Beer Week runs from May 24 through June 3. Enjoy beer tastings, beer tappings, trivia, live music, beer stein painting, and other events around town. This is your chance to discover some of the city's best breweries and pubs showcased throughout the week.

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    Sandia Resort & Casino

    At the annual Blues and Brews, you'll hear live music from top blues bands, enjoy unlimited samples from dozens of regional craft breweries, participate in raffles and games, check out the cocktail bar, and more. The event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, at Sandia Resort & Casino.


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    Treadmill at the Flea Market

    Wander the aisles of the flea market searching for treasures on Memorial Day weekend at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The state's largest open-air market is open Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

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    Team Kirtland volunteers participated in the parade of state flags during the Memorial Day observance at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial.
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    Remember veterans who sacrificed their lives in service at a special Memorial Day ceremony at New Mexico Veterans' Memorial Park. The ceremony on Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to noon will feature patriotic music and guest speakers.


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    Veteran's mother shows her allegiance to her soldier husband and son.
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    On Monday, May 28, the City of Rio Rancho will have a remembrance ceremony for service members who died while serving the country. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park and includes speeches from the mayor and military personnel. The new Metro Area First Responders Monument will be dedicated following the ceremony.