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August in Albuquerque

Your Guide to Albuquerque Events and Attractions

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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.

Ongoing Programs for Children and Families

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.

Macbeth
Part of the 4th annual WillPOWER festival, the play is directed by Leslee Richards. See it at the Vortex.
For 2013: Through August 4

Albuquerque Isotopes
The Isotopes play against Tacoma, Salt Lake City, Nashville and Round Rock in August home games.
For 2013: August 8 - 15; 21 - 29

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 Leo Tizer, Tony Furtado, Boris McCutcheon, and Joy Kills Sorrow.
For 2013: August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Secret Things
The world premiere of Elaine Romero's play is set in New Mexico. A writer from the NY Times returns to her native state to investigate rumors about Crypto-Jews. Find it at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2013: August 1 - 4 and 8 - 11

First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome for these live presentations. Buy in advance as tickets sell out fast. The fractal show runs the first Friday of every month.
For 2013: August 2

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 2013: August 2

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.
For 2013: August 2 - 4

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 Mindi Abair or The Steel Wheels on two separate nights.
For 2013: August 2, 9

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.
For 2013: August 3

Pimental Concert Series: Hector Garcia
Master guitarist Hector Garcia performs at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
For 2013: August 3

Downtown Summerfest
There will be food vendors, local artisans, kids activities and a beer garden. Ozomatli will perform Latin hip hop and salsa funk. This is a free event.
For 2013: August 3

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.
For 2013: August 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.
For 2013: August 3 - 4

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 2013: August 3 - 4

Old West and Military Collectible Show
The show will be held at Expo New Mexico in the Creative Arts building.
For 2013: August 3 - 4

Gipsy Kings
The two bands of brothers perform at the Route 66 Legends Theater.
For 2013: August 6

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