Memorial Day Weekend in Albuquerque

Weekend Festivals and Events

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Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served our country. It also serves as the unofficial start of summer. Most Albuquerque kids are out of school and ready for those long and lazy days of swimming, picnics and fun. Here are some of the weekend's activities; get summer off to a good start!

New Mexico Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition
See works of art by the New Mexico Watercolor Society at New Mexico Expo, through May 31.

Hairspray
The play is set in Baltimore in 1962 and follows plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad as she follows her dream to dance on the popular Corny Collins show. See it at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends May 27 through June 19.

Model Boat Regatta
The Duke City Model Club will hold their annual model boat regatta at Tingley Beach on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to observe.

Memorial Day Concert at the Zoo
The New Mexico Philharmonic will play patriotic tunes at the Zoo. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy patriotic favorites as well as the 2016 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' competition winners. The concert is Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Get there early to hear the Territorial Brass Band perform near the Cottonwood Cafe and a tuba group will greet you at the gazebo area.

Duke City Gladiators Home Game
The Gladiators are a professional indoor football team .

They'll play at Tingley Coliseum at the New Mexico Expo on May 28.

Memorial Day Concert
Enjoy a concert in historic Old Town on Memorial Day, May 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. The 15 piece band of Westside Sound will perform everything from swing to polka. Enjoy shopping and the classic cars that will surround the plaza.

Staged Reading: A Tender Thing
The tale of Romeo and Juliet is a reimagined into a drama about a married couple who realize their lifetime together is drawing to a close and they cannot live apart. See it at the Adobe Theater May 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The Drunken City
The Duke City Repertory Theater performs a play about three twenty-something bachelorettes out for a last night of freedom. See it at the Cell Theatre through May 29.

Guns and Poses
Join the Foul Play Cafe at Sheraton Uptown for a mystery dinner theater. Private eye Stan Drake investigates the disappearance of a supper club partner. See it Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through May 28.

Chinatown
See this classic film about a private detective caught in a web of deceit, at the KiMo Theatre on May 28 at 2 and 6 p.m. and May 29 at 2 p.m.

Harwood Summer Art Camp Fundraiser
The Harwood Art Center is a cultural treasure, and one of its biggest fundraisers takes place every year at Marble Brewery. Eat, drink and enjoy local music at the downtown location from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The event is one of many beer events during the annual ABQ Beer Week.

Downtown Growers Market
The downtown market offers food, music, entertainment and a wide variety of vendors.

Parking is not a problem, with 500 free parking spaces within two blocks of the market. The market will be a great place to be on Saturday, May 28.

Idalia Road Marketplace
The outdoor Rio Rancho market features fresh foods, gifts, plants, music and more, every Saturday and Sunday through October. The marketplace is free.

Flea Market
One of my very favorite things to do is wander the aisles of the Flea Market on a Saturday or Sunday. It's free at New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

Albuquerque Beer Week
The 2016 Albuquerque Beer Week runs from May 26 through June 5. Enjoy beer tastings, a special golf tournament, beer tappings and other events around town. Discover some of the city's breweries and pubs.

Albuquerque Blues and Brews
The annual Blues and Brews takes place at Sandia Casino on Sunday, May 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (2 p.m. admission for VIP ticketholders).

You'll hear live music from top blues bands, sample dozens of beers from regional craft breweries, participate in raffles, games and more. 

Albuquerque Wine Festival
Head out for three days of fun over the Memorial Day weekend at the Albuquerque Wine Festival, where you can sample wine while listening to great music. The festival takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park and features live music as well as wine tasting. Monday, May 25 is Military Day; $3 discount for active military with photo ID. Sample wines from the many wineries throughout the state. Food vendors and arts and crafts will also be on hand. The wine festival runs May 28-30.

Turkey Feather Blanket Weaving Demonstration
A cultural demonstrator from Santo Domingo Pueblo will weave traditional turkey feather and rabbit fur blankets. Other demonstrations include making shell inlay jewelry. The free event takes place at the Petroglyph Monument on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centennial Celebration at Petroglyph Monument
Musicians Miguel Duran and Ruben Hernandez will perform at the Petroglyph Monument Visitor Center on May 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free event.

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
On May 30, Rio Rancho will have a parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Country Club Drive. Follow the route down Southern Boulevard to Veterans Monument Park on Pinetree Road. Following the parade, a remembrance ceremony will honor military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day Ceremony
A special ceremony to honor our nation's veterans will take place at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 30. A musical prelude takes place at 9 a.m., and a ceremony at 11 a.m. This is a free event.

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