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August in Albuquerque

Your Guide to Albuquerque Events and Attractions

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August in Albuquerque
© Aileen O'Catherine

The summer calendar starts to wind down as families prepare for the back to school switch in mid August. August has many special events, to include August fairs and festivals.. Here are some event highlights for August in Albuquerque.

Family Art Workshops
The whole family can participate in this hands-on exploration of art. Supplies are provided. It takes place at the Albuquerque Museum Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with general admission.

Stories in the Sky
The free story time is designed for children 0-6, with parents, grandparents and family members welcome. Along with stories, children make crafts and play games. The free program is presented by the Balloon Museum.

Albuquerque Isotopes
The Isotopes play against Tacoma, Memphis, Nashville and Las Vegas in August home games.
For 2014: August 2-5, 12-19, 28-31

Summer Nights Concerts
Hear music every summer Thursday night in a garden setting and bring your own food or buy some while there. Summer Nights feature a large grassy lawn for picnics and relaxing. Bring a blanket and chairs. Hear Kim Richey, Robin and Linda Williams, Borish McCutcheon and Caravan of Thieves.
For 2014: August 7, 14, 21, 28

First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome at the Natural History Museum for these live presentations. Buy in advance as tickets sell out fast. The fractal show runs the first Friday of every month, with the late show, Fractals Rock, using rock music.
For 2014: August 1

First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating, you can choose which ones to visit to find out what’s happening with guilds, individual artists and ongoing shows. A free event.
For 2014: August 1

Bubonicon 44
The science fiction and fantasy convention features a sidekicks and minions theme for 2014. There will be gaming, an art show, auctions, readings, a costume contest, science talk, filking, autographs, dealers, green slime awards, a kids block and more. Find it at the Albuquerque Marriott in Uptown.
For 2014: August 1 - 3

Zoo Music
Hear different musical groups every Friday night at the zoo. Bring your own food or buy some while there. Zoo Music features a large grassy lawn for picnics and relaxing. Bring a blanket and chairs and relax. Hear Greensky Bluegrass or Sonny Landreth on two separate nights.
For 2014: August 1, 9

An Evening of Latino Comedy
Enjoy an evening of Latino comedy with Paul Panas, Casey FitzGerald and Jude Montoya at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2014: August 2

Bosque Farms Community Fair
This might be the biggest small fair around. There are rodeo events, a kid's area, dog show, toad races, and all the usual animal shows. The car show is always spectacular, there's a bake walk, white elephant bingo, and a family dance on Saturday night. It's at the Community Center in Bosque Farms.
For 2014: August 2

Summer Wings Festival
Summer Wings celebrates the wildlife of New Mexico: hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. There are crafts, refreshments, information and more. The festival is free; parking is $3. Enjoy it at the Rio Grande Nature Center. Most events are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For 2014: August 2

Over the Rhine
The duo of Over the Rhine performs at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 8 p.m. They've been named to Paste magazine's list of 100 Best Living Songrwriters.
For 2014: August 2

Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show
The work of over 125 international artists will be featured at the downtown plaza in Santa Fe. Proceeds from the artist booth fees benefits Girls, Inc.
For 2014: August 2 - 3

Summer Festival and Territorial Law and Order
There will be music, art, food, arts and crafts and more at this celebration of the old west. Meet Peruvian Paso horses. It's happening at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
For 2014: August 2 - 3

Downtown Summerfest
There will be food vendors, local artisans, kids activities and a beer garden on Central Avenue from 2nd to 7th Streets for the summer's third Summerfest. The main stage will feature performances by Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies at 5 p.m., Roberto Griego at 6:20 p.m., Migeulito at 7:45 p.m. and Sheila E at 9 p.m.. The Millennial Stage features The Lymbs, Josh Burg and Repel the Robot. This is a free event.
For 2014: August 9

Great Southwestern Antiques Show
The antiques show brings together a vintage and antique collection of over 200 dealers of antiques, folk art, western items, Native American and ethnographic arts. The show is at New Mexico Expo. A charity sneak preview takes place August 8.
For 2014: August 9 - 10

No Coast Drift Party 4
The fourth annual drift party takes place at Motive Speedway, where there will be a car show, bands, camping, and drifting. Drivers get a pit pass and camping with the two day entry pass. Spectators get camping with their entry fee. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and drifting starts at noon.
For 2014: August 9 - 10

YES
The legendary and Grammy-winning rock band YES will perform at the Route 66 Legends Theater.
For 2014: August 13

Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines
The award-winning Texas songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist with a classically trained voice. Hear her at the Cooperage at 7:30 p.m.
For 2014: Concert August 13

Ballet Pro Musica Festival
The festival combines chamber music with classical ballet for a one of a kind experience. Dancers from Ballet Jalisco and Guadalajara will join with La Catrina String Quartet at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 
For 2014: August 15 - 17

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