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By November 2, 2012

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The weekend is full of Day of the Dead events, and don't miss out on the amazing Marigold Parade this Sunday in the Albuquerque's south valley. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

For the Love of Tango
QTango performs traditional tango from the golden age of Argentine tango at the KiMo Theatre, November 2 and 3.

Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition
Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2 and the South Broadway Cultural Center presents an art exhibition displaying the art and culture surrounding this day. The exhibit runs through November 17 and is free. Live music and poetry will take place on Novmeber 2, featuring Carlos Contreras, Damien Flores and more.

Albuquerque Tango Festival
The festival features workshop style classes, over 30 hours of milongas with DJs, and lots of tango dancing. The festival takes place at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, and continues November 2 - 4.

Dia de los Muertos Despedida
The National Hispanic Cultural Center's annual community gathering celebrates Dia with poetry, music, and chocolate. Participate in the despedida, a synthesis between Mesoamerican beliefs and European influences. The event is free on November 2.

Atrisco Heritage 2nd annual Dia De Muertos
The Atrisco area of the south valley becomes a place of community for one evening every year. Dress in calavera attire! The big event takes place Friday, November 2.

Tome Gallery Annual Day of the Dead Show
Find Day of the Dead folk art at this unique Santa Fe style gallery in Tome (without the prices). Meet the artists! There will be free shrinky dinks jewelry class, spooky snacks, a costume contest and more. Face painting, henna painting and Day of the Dead tshirts are part of the mix. It's happening all weekend, through November 4.

Recycled Art Fair
See recycled art, a recycled trash fashion show, youth creations and a market this weekend in Santa Fe at the downtown convention center. It's happening November 2 - 4.

Hawks Aloft
The Hawks Aloft program will visit the Esther Bone Library in Rio Rancho on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to noon. Meet the hawks and learn about these special birds.

Scandinavian Festival
The annual event features Scandinavian folk art, jewelry, cookies, kids' crafts Scandinavian dancing and more. Find that perfect something for Christmas. The festival takes place Saturday, November 3.

Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade
The annual south valley parade presents music, altars, food and art vendors. Come out in your best calavera attire on Sunday, November 4. See images of the event.

Creeping, Crawling and Carnivorous Show
See insect eating plants, unusual insects, scorpions, spiders and other creepy, crawly things at the Botanic Gardens through November 4.

Doggie Dash & Dawdle
The Animal Humane of New Mexico raises funds with this annual event, held at Balloon Fiesta Park. In addition to running or walking with your dog, there is a pet carnival, shopping, and the chance to adopt a pet if you don't have one. Register individually or as a team, to help homeless pets. Dawdle on over on Sunday, November 4.

Dia de los Muertos in Old Town
The annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town begins with a parade at 6 p.m.. There will be an art show in the Poco a Poco patio, and from 7 to 10 p.m. there will be music, dance, a community altar and costume contest. Live music includes Wagogo, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, the New Mexico Marimba Band and Los Primos. It's happening Sunday, November 4.

Albuquerque Philharmonic Fall Concert
Hear works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms at this free concert. It takes place Sunday, November 4 at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

Capitol Steps
The Popejoy show is a political satire that gives both sides an equal measure of good humored fun. See it November 4.

The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History will offer free admission this weekend, November 3 and 4, to Bank of America cardholders.

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