Community events in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Due to the March 23, 2020 NM DOH Public Health Order, These Event Listings Are Not Accurate!
All non-essential businesses are closed, public gatherings are prohibited!
(One day some of these events will be rescheduled or will resume, but they are not happening now!)

Community events

Sunday Nov 18, 2018
  • Riding the Big, Tin Goose

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    There's something so incredibly romantic about the dawn of commercial travel: the idea of riding a passenger train with tweed luggage, a hat box and formal dress or the notion of getting on one of the first commercial airplanes and being treated like royalty by well-dressed stewardesses. That dream comes alive at the Double Eagle II Airport with the ability to Fly the Ford Tri-Motor. Viewing the marvel of modern travel is absolutely free. However, this is a fundraiser for the EAA Chapter 179's aviation scholarship fund. So why not book a flight? Single tickets are $70 in advance, $75 for walk-ups and $50 for youth. Experience what was referred to upon its 1928 debut as the “Tin Goose” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 2 to 5pm or Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16 to 18 from 9am to 5pm. In addition to rides on the first Transatlantic Air Transport, or TAT, learn the history of the airliner, see displays, pick up a book and have it signed and enjoy free lunch and refreshments from Susie Reimer. If this isn't the coolest fundraiser of the year, we don't know what is. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    Double Eagle II Airport
    Fly the Ford TriMotor
  • Silk and Lights and Everything Nice

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    A wealth of delightful and dazzling cultural events are cropping up for Burqueños this month, including the Dragon Lights Festival, formerly known as the Chinese Lantern Festival. And guess what! This year has all new, handcrafted lantern sculptures to marvel at. The artists from Zigong, China, have brought out their vast creativity to bring their exquisite culture to the renamed fest. Kicking off on Friday, Oct. 5 and running Tuesdays through Sundays until Dec. 2 at Expo New Mexico, see the wonders of the orient including demos in inner-bottle painting, traditional Chinese calligraphy and crystal engraving. If that's not enough, check out revolving performances in face changing, contortion and Chinese Yo-Yo as well as food choices for all in American munchies and Asian delicacies from Asian Home Cooking. The festival runs each night from 6 to 10pm and tickets range in cost from $0 to $18 with a separate charge for parking. This event is open to all ages. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    Expo New Mexico
    Dragon Lights Albuquerque
  • Show Your Colors

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    Their mouths are small, but their eyes are big. Let your fandom freak flag fly at the sixth annual Con-Jikan festival this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, from 10am to 6pm at the Ramada Midtown Hotel. Join an army of nerds to celebrate the world of manga, anime and video and tabletop gaming with panel discussions, a trip to the Cosplay Café and special guests Michele Knotz and James Carter Cathcart (the voices of Pokémon's Team Rocket). Tickets start at $15 for kids and $30 for adults. (Joshua Lee)

    Ramada Albuquerque Hotel and Convention Center
  • A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

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    Some of us crave human touch more than others. This sometimes desperate need for connection can bore a hole into the soul that no other feeling can fill. The Source provides this service, known as The Cuddle Revolution, on Sundays, including Sept. 2, starting at 6pm and potentially stretching into the wee hours. While this is both platonic and PG-rated, it is for adults only. The first snuggle sesh is free, but donations are always appreciated and accepted. Please arrive on time, as essential exercises in the first hour are meant to build authentic connection and an understanding of consensual touching for the ultimate therapeutic experience. No one is required to cuddle, snuggle or embrace and you can leave at any time. Feel free to bring snacks and anything else that makes you comfortable and get ready for some serious, restorative nuzzling. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    The Cuddle Revolution
Tuesday Nov 20, 2018
  • Expo New Mexico
    Dragon Lights Albuquerque
  • It's Not a Hula

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    Don't get it twisted. Tahitian dance is not the hula. Tahitian dance is centered around the hips for storytelling instead of the hands, and it's from … wait for it … Tahiti, not Hawaii. This style, also called 'Ori Tahiti, is a far more aggressive style in most cases, especially from the male dancers. Shock. Kellie Villicano of the Ka Lā Kapu Polynesian Dance School brings this Tahitian Dance Workshop to Maple Street Dance Space's front door studio Tuesdays in November only, including Nov. 13 from 7 to 8:30pm. Bring $25 for each class and get ready to move those hips like you've never moved them before. Twerking's got nothing on this raucous island style. This series is for ages 15 and older. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    Maple Street Dance Space
    Tahitian Dance Workshop
Wednesday Nov 21, 2018
Thursday Nov 22, 2018
Friday Nov 23, 2018
  • Expo New Mexico
    Dragon Lights Albuquerque
  • Hit All the Dusty Trails

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    Black Friday gets more and more absurd every year. In fact, for many retailers, the humanity-crushing shopping rush begins on frigging Thanksgiving Day. What a fun, sexy time. Avoid all of that this year with the Opt Outside event as all 34 New Mexico State Parks wave their day-use fees. Which means seeing our beautiful state wilderness is absolutely free. With the support of retailers such as REI, the entirety of Friday, Nov. 23 turns into a day of functional family time or serene solitude as you traverse the trails of what makes New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Break the brutal sale shopping traditional with a beautiful day in the sunshine. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    New Mexico State Parks (N.M.)
    Opt Outside
Saturday Nov 24, 2018
  • My God, It's a River of Lights!

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    That's right fellow kids, yule time is upon the face of the northern hemisphere again and more than anything, a sublime sesh with twinkly, multi-colored and otherwise sculpturally presented holiday lights is just the ticket to transcendence that remains so elusive during the otherwise dark and gloomy winter months that are upcoming and guaranteed not to be bright. An Albuquerque tradition, this sparkling spectacular, The River of Lights happens at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The lights blink on at 6pm daily but fizzle out about 9:30pm, so get there early, home-piece. The whole deal is closed on Dec. 24 and 25—hey if you wanna see lights on those nights, give me a buzz and we'll look into it!—but the price is right if you are looking for marvelous holiday enchantment any other time during the 2108 holiday season. For true light loving visitors, the Polar Express, a small train, is available to take riders out to meet Santa himself. Admission to the largest walk through festive lighting display in the state starts at $6 for children 3 through 12 years old. Adult admission begins at $12 and babies under 3 are free. A ride on the Polar Express is extra. Please inquire at the Botanic Garden, knowing that meeting the jolly old elf is well worth the extra feria. (August March)

    ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
    River of Lights
  • Baby, It's Seriously F#@!ing Cold Outside

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    Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Yeah, neither are we. Fortunately, a little community spirit and fellowship can be infectious. The good ol' city of the 505 is doing their damnedest to provide a little Christmas conversion therapy with this year's Winterfest. Civic Plaza becomes a holly, jolly winter wonderland just two days after Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 3 to 7pm. Just what makes this so jolly? What the hell could be more merry than the opening of the Holiday Ice Qube Skating Rink with free skating and $3 skate rentals? Local vendors ease the blow with handmade goods and retail therapy. Not to mention, wintery comfort foods, hot cocoa, eggnog and adult libations are abound, thank goddess. The seasonal décor is up and the fat dude in the red suit is there to listen to requests for all the needless crap on your wishlist. This is a free and all-ages event. So put on a coat, skate like a Peanut and get in the damn spirit. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

    Civic Plaza
    Winterfest 2018
  • Expo New Mexico
    Dragon Lights Albuquerque
  • Edgy

    City on the Edge is a breezy, smart podcast looking at the stories from Albuquerque history that have often been overlooked. Each episode takes a deep dive into a topic like the 1955 crash of TWA flight 260, Sandia Man or the 1918 quarantine. Worthwhile listening that will spur your curiosity about things you didn’t even know about in the city where you live. It’s free and available wherever you get your podcasts. (Clarke Condé)

    City on the Edge

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