Celebrate America, New Mexico and the Old West tomorrow at Western Day at Albuquerque's famous Old Town. Meander through your favorite shops, browse book booths manned by The Western Writers of America and enjoy tasty barbecue, live music and kids' activities in the plaza. Jim Jones, a finalist for WMA Songwriter of the Year in 2012, will entertain with musical stories of cattle wranglers and railroads, and the High Desert Dancers will put on an interactive show. B.G. Burr, Sheriff of the Central New Mexico Corral will offer a fun and educational presentation on the territorial/cowboy era in New Mexico. Get some DIY inspiration from blacksmith and leather-working demonstrations and bring home a special trinket from one of the many special-item tables that will be set up by Old Town's most popular shops. So grab your favorite pair of boots, cinch up your bolo tie, bring your BBQ bibs and mosey on down for an afternoon of old-timey fun. Old Town Plaza • Sat Jul 6 • Noon-5:30 pm • free • View on Alibi calendar
Old Town Plaza
In Memoriam: 145th Memorial Day Remembrance
Memorial Day, originally called "Decoration Day," was proclaimed an official holiday on May 5, 1868 by Army General John Logan. On this day, the flag of the United States is kept at half-mass until noon in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in service of our country, and then raised back to full-staff for the remainder of the day as an inspiration to the living to continue to fight for liberty and justice. The flags on the historic Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque have observed this tradition for 145 years and will fly proudly once again this year. Join the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department today for a special day of remembrance. The flag ceremony will begin at noon and will be followed by special dance performances from local groups. Professional dance company Ballet en Fuego will take the stage at 6 p.m. and Grammy nominee Micky Cruz will perform at 7 p.m. Old Town Plaza • Fri May 24 • 'Til 9 pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Savor the Salsa
8th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta
You've probably had corn chips without salsa before, right? And they're boring. So why not take an afternoon and celebrate the condiment that makes them worthwhile at the 8th Annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta? There will be a homemade salsa competition—with recipes mixed up on the spot by amateur chefs—music by salsa bands, performances by salsa dancers and (presumably salsa-related) kids' activities and crafts. The fiesta is free to the public, or, for $5, you can participate in the tasting and judging.
And Many, Many, Many More
306 candles is a lot to squeeze onto a birthday cake, but at least we have the blustery spring winds to blow them all out. Old Town hosts its 306th Founders Day Fiesta at Old Town Plaza (200 Romero NW) today from noon to 6 p.m. Seven stages of some of the finest musicians, dancers and gunslingers the city has to offer represent five eras of Albuquerque. For a complete schedule of events, visit oldtownabq.com or call the city's hotline at 311.