Sweat-Free Summer Events Guide: Cool Activities To Cool You Down

Cool Activities To Cool You Down

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Sweat-Free Summer Events Guide
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Ice Skating

Outpost Ice Arena, 9530 Tramway NE, 856-7594

Cost: $10 adults; $2 children; $3 all skate rental

Just as ice skating is a great way to freeze during the winter, it’s a great way to cool down during the summer. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience on a Coolloop session, when there are two sheets of ice open and two ice tunnels connecting them.

Wild Ocean

Lockhead Martin Dyna Theater at the
Natural History Museum, 1801 Mountain NW, 841-2800

Open daily, showings at 10 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 4, and 5 p.m.

Cost: $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 children

Venture under the sea to witness the epic underwater struggle for survival between giant whales, rabid sharks and herding dolphins. Then join the more peaceful migration of billions of fish up the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast.

Bird Walks

Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW, 344-7240

May through August, Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.

Cost: $3 parking

Take a walk through the Bosque and have an experienced tour guide interpret the wildlife around you. Keep your eye out for beautiful birds and the other forms of life that come out in the cool morning air.

Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces From the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255

Runs May 15 through August 8

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; closed Monday

Cost: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $8 teens; $6 children

View masterpieces by world-renowned artists such as Monet (nothing cools you down like impressionist water lilies) and van Gogh from the collection at the National Museum Wales.

Albuquerque Wine Festival

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE, 880-0500

Saturday, May 29, through Monday. May 31, noon to 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 (includes souvenir glass for tasting), 21-and-older only

Browse through art, listen to music, and sample delectable
New Mexico wines and foods.

16 th Annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament

Rio Bravo and Second Street,

Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.

Cost: $500 for a team of 12 (about $42 per person), must be 18 or older to play

Cool off in the “mudd” at the the Mudd Volleyball Tournament. Hosted by The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, it is a charity event to raise money for special needs kids.


Ghost Tours of Old Town Albuquerque

Plaza don Luis in Old Town, 303 Romero NW, Space N120, 246-TOUR

Every evening, 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 adults; $18 seniors; $10 youths; children are free

Take a chilling
tour of historic Old Town to learn about and experience its haunted history firsthand. Reservations required.

TAAS Public Nights

UNM Campus Observatory, 800 Yale NE, 277-2616

Every Friday night (weather permitting), May through September, 8 to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Observe the beautiful night sky through a variety of cool telescopes. After 3 p.m. each Friday, check
panda.unm.edu/observatory to confirm whether the observatory is open.

Stars, Stripes and the "1812 Overture"

Rio Grande Zoo, 903 10 th Street SW, 768-2000

Monday, May 24, 8 p.m.

Cost: $30 all chair seating; $15 grass seating; $5 child grass seating

Enjoy a pastiche of patriotic music under the stars, performed by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the esteemed Roger Melone.

Moon Walks at the Rio Grande Nature Center

Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW, 344-7240

Wednesday, May 26, and Saturday, June 26

Cost: $3 parking

Take a moonlit walk through the Bosque when the nocturnal animals are coming out—but don’t expect to see much through the dark. You’ll have to rely on your other senses to decipher the environment around you.

NMJW Salsa, Jazz & Blues Under the Stars

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Amphitheater, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255

Fridays and Saturdays, June 4 through August 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $13 adults; $11 seniors; $10 students; children free

Different bands each night play a variety of cool music in the open-air amphitheater. Don’t worry about the weather: Concerts happen rain or shine.

Summer Nights Concert Series at Botanic Garden

Rio Grande Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 848-7192

Thursday, June 17 through August 12 (no concert Thursday July 2)
, 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults; $5 seniors; $2 child

A variety of local and regional music in the beauty of the botanical gardens. Feel free to stroll the grounds during the concert. Enjoy a magic show and the train. The Heritage Farm is open from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Aquarium is open during the concerts.

Free Yoga Class Before Summer Nights Concerts

Japanese Garden Deck at the
Rio Grande Botanic Garden

Thursday before Summer Nights Concerts, 6 to 6:50 p.m.

Cost: Free

A refreshing way to begin your evening, attend the yoga class at the Japanese Garden Deck—no experience needed. Bring your own mat or rent one there.

Albuquerque Area Growers’ Markets

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Belen Growers’ Market

Anna Becker Park, Hwy. 309 and Reinken

Summer season: Now open, runs through Oct. 30

Hours: Fridays, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Village of Los Ranchos Growers’ Market

Village of Los Ranchos City Hall, 6718 Rio Grande NW

Summer season: Now open, runs through mid-November

Hours: Saturdays, 7 to 11 a.m.

Corrales Growers’ Market

Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones and Corrales Road

Summer season: Now open, runs through Oct. 25

Hours: Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon. (Starting July 8: additional market on Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.)

Albuquerque Nob Hill Growers’ Market

Morningside Park, 299 Morningside SE

Summer season: May 20 through Nov. 5

Hours: Thursdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m.

South Valley Growers’ Market

Cristo Del Valle Presbyterian Church, 3907 Isleta SW

Summer season: May 23 through Oct. 31

Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon

Albuquerque North East Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming NE

Summer season: June 1 through October

Hours: Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

Downtown Growers’ Market

Robinson Park, Eighth Street and Central NW

Summer season: Saturdays, June 5 through October

Hours: 7 to 11 a.m.


Albuquerque Growers’ Market

ABQ Uptown Shopping Center, Louisiana and Indian School

Summer season: June 26 through Oct. 30

Hours: Saturdays and Tuesdays, 7 a.m. to noon

Rio Rancho Growers’ Market

945 24
th Street, Rio Rancho

Summer season: July 9 through Oct. 29

Hours: Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m.

Bernalillo Farmers’ Market

West side of Camino del Pueblo (Hwy. 313) and south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bernalillo

Summer season: July 10 through Oct. 30

Hours: Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m.

Isotopes Home Game Schedule


20 (Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m. Baseball Card Night)

21 (Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m.)

22 (Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m. Military Appreciation Night; Post-Game Fireworks)

23 (Las Vegas 51s, 3:05 p.m. Pre-Game Concert: Beatlemania Again at 1:15 p.m.)

24 (Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m.)

25 (Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m.)

26 (Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m.)

27 (Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m.)


5 (Memphis Redbirds, 1:35 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

6 (Memphis Redbirds, 1:35 p.m.)

7 (Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m. 50-Cent Hot Dog Night)

8 (Memphis Redbirds, 12:05 p.m.)

14 (Omaha Royals, 7:05 p.m.)

15 (Omaha Royals, 7:05 p.m.)

16 (Omaha Royals, 7:05 p.m.)

17 (Omaha Royals, 7:05 p.m. Team Poster Night)

26 (Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m. Dodgers Hat Night)

27 (Memphis Redbirds, 6:05 p.m. Isotopes Replica BP Jersey Night)

28 (Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m.)

29 (Memphis Redbirds, 12:05 p.m.)


1 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 7:05 p.m. TV Giveaway Night)

2 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 7:05 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

3 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 7:05 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

15 (Round Rock Express, 7:05 p.m. ALS Night)

16 (Round Rock Express, 7:05 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

17 (Round Rock Express, 7:05 p.m. Dukes Retro Night)

18 (Round Rock Express, 6:05 p.m. Isotopes Hat Night)

23 (Nashville Sounds, 7:05 p.m.)

24 (Nashville Sounds, 7:05 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

25 (Nashville Sounds, 6:05 p.m. Orbit Bobblehead Night)

26 (Nashville Sounds, 12:05 p.m.)

27 (Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m.)

28 (Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m.)

29 (Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m. Ryne Sandberg Poster Night)

30 (Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m.)


4 (Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m.)

5 (Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m.)

6 (Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m.)

7 (Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. Post-Game Fireworks)

8 (Fresno Grizzlies, 6:05 p.m. Drawstring Backpack Night)

9 (Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m.)

10 (Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m.)

11 (Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m.)

21 (New Orleans Zephyrs, 7:05 p.m. Cowbell Night)

22 (New Orleans Zephyrs, 6:05 p.m. Isotopes Hat Night)

23 (New Orleans Zephyrs, 6:35 p.m.)

24 (New Orleans Zephyrs, 6:35 p.m.)

25 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:35 p.m.)

26 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:35 p.m.)

27 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 7:05 p.m.)

28 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 7:05 p.m. Fan Appreciation Night; Post-Game Fireworks)

29 (Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:05 p.m. Fan Appreciation Night; Post Game Fireworks)

30 (Iowa Cubs, 6:35 p.m.)

31 (Iowa Cubs, 6:35 p.m.)


1 (Iowa Cubs, 6:35 p.m.)

2 (Iowa Cubs, 6:35 p.m.)
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