Friday, Oct. 9

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Friday, Oct. 9
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* 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol

* 7 to 8 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™

* 7 to 10 a.m. Key Grab Competition

* 8 to 9 a.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)

* 4 to 5 p.m. Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest (north end of launch field)

* 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Shape Glowdeo

* 8 to 9 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show presented by the Albuquerque Journal

Hit the Downtown Music and Bar Scene

Friday’s the night to be out in Albuquerque’s most vibrant music and bar district. All these venues are in walking distance of each other.


Best Rock Bar

Tonight, a ska-infused lineup by La Junta, Liquid Cheese, Law of Attraction and DJ Halcyon hits the stage. It’s a 21+ show, but check the schedule for frequent all-ages offerings here and at the Launchpad’s sister venue, the Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW,

$5, 618 Central SW, 764-8887,

Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Best Dive Bar, Best Bar Decor/Theme/Atmosphere

We don’t know who’s playing, but the music’s always good, the tiki-themed drinks and knickknacks are always plentiful, and it’s always free.

313 Gold SW, 247-BURT,

Anodyne Pool Hall and Cocktails

Best Bar in Which to Lay Low, Best Bar Staff

No live music, just generous drinks, a great jukebox, a line of pool tables and a friendly dog or two.

409 Central NW, 244-1820

Sauce and Raw

Best Bar for Dancing

Get ready to shake your tail feather and witness a parade of short skirts.

405 Central NW, 242-5839,
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