We are fortunate in Albuquerque to have a plethora of events taking place here each year. If it's been a while since you've gotten out to take advantage of some of those events, we've got you covered. In fact, there are so many things to do in our city, we decided to highlight one event each day for the next 365 days. Starting today, March 6th at 5pm (3-6-5pm), we'll be providing a weekly look at what's happening on ABQ365.com. The effort is called #365DaysOfEvents, and we welcome you to follow along.
This week takes us from happy hours and flower shows to coffee chats and an arts crawl. Let us know in the comments if you checked out one (or more!) of these events, we just might have some tickets to share with a few lucky folks.
Thursday, March 6
Happy Arte Hour, HAH! at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (a Women & Creativity event)
These monthly, crafty happy hours allow you to enjoy some excellent drinks & tapas while creating a fun art project. All of the project materials and the guidance of a local artist are provided for this free event, but a small donation is encouraged to help cover the cost of the materials. This week you'll be making a 2x2 mixed media project. Bring a friend! This one is fun.
Friday, March 7
First Friday Citywide ARTScrawl - Citywide
The Albuquerque ARTScrawl is a self-guided gallery tour that takes place twice each month. They provide you with a listing of member galleries with details about their current shows, and you use their guidance to put together a self-guided tour. This Citywide event covers galleries from Old Town and Downtown, to Nob Hill and the Northeast Heights. There's art to be seen in a neighborhood near you.
Saturday, March 8
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival - Spring Show
The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival puts on three juried arts and crafts shows each year in Albuquerque, and the first one of the year is this weekend at EXPO New Mexico. It's one of the largest shows in the state and features work from more than 225 fine artists from all over the nation. There's also live music, great food and a free ‘Kids Creation Station.'
Sunday, March 9
United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus
Check out the Sea Chanters, one of five performing units of the United States Navy Band, this Sunday at the KiMo Theatre. This twenty-voice chorus, accompanied by piano, bass and drums, will take you from sea chanteys and patriotic selections to folk songs, sacred hymns and even the diverse sounds of opera and Broadway. These singing ambassadors have appeared throughout the U.S. and perform frequently at the White House.
Monday, March 10
March Madness Flower Show
Spring has already arrived at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and bright yellow daffodils and calla lilies are don display at the Mediterranean Conservatory. Celebrate the warming weather with a splash of spring colors.
Tuesday, March 11
Tea in Wonderland
Escape to Wonderland for an evening of madness at the St. James Tearoom. Guests will watch as some of the famous Lewis Carroll characters reenact the beloved tea party antics. Full afternoon tea will be served and a prize will be awarded to the guest with the maddest hat.
Wednesday, March 12
Coffee and Conversation: Deeply Rooted-The Generations of Mosaic Thunderbird Necklaces
The Thunderbird jewelry art form has been passed down from generation to generation, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is currently featuring a beautiful exhibit in its honor. Master Jeweler Martine Lovato and Apprentice Reyes Rosita Pacheco are featured artists in the center's current Thunderbird Exhibition, and they are here to speak with the public about their craft. This is an excellent opportunity to engage and learn from this remarkable and creative Kewa family.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Gruet Exclusive 25th Anniversary Wine Release
Celebrate 25 years of Gruet with owners with an exclusive preview of one of their two anniversary cuvees at the winery. Owners Laurent and Nathalie Gruet will be in attendance sharing stories of the family's history in New Mexico. Door prizes and a sampling of the newest Gruet release will be on hand. Be the first to go home with a bottle before it is officially released to the public. Cheers!
Friday, March 14, 2014
2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Indoor Track & Field National Championships
See the top NCAA track & field athletes compete at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The two-day event features the best of Division I athletes. Head on over and cheer the athletes on!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Cats (The Musical)
The beloved musical is the second longest-running show in Broadway history and it is here at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Follow the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, in this fun musical. Showing Friday-Sunday through March 23rd.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Bikes & Brews: Albuquerque Bike Tour
Take a VIP Tour of Albuquerque's best microbreweries with Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours. Combine the spectacular scenery of Albuquerque's bike paths, the nice spring temperatures and professionally guided beer sampling and you have yourself one good Sunday. Space is limited.
Bonus Event: March 14-16, 2014
45th Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Show - "Treasures of the Earth"
This three-day event at EXPO New Mexico features over 45 dealers selling everything from amethyst cathedrals to Zebra rock, rocks and minerals. They will have a mineral ID booth, an educational booth, decorator items, books and supplies and lots more. There will also be about 20 displays provided by junior and adult members of the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club.
Albuquerque, it looks like it's time to remove "there's nothing to do here" from your vocabulary.