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.
Summer Reading Program
Albuquerque libraries offer a summer reading program from June 1 - July 29. Special programs include storytimes, crafts and other activities. Keeping track of reading, participants are eligible to win prizes.
Measure for Measure
Part of the 4th annual WillPOWER festival, the play is directed by Denise Schulz. See it at the Vortex.
For 2013: Through July 14
Get out to Isotopes Park for the all American game of baseball. The Isotopes play arch-rivals the Round Rock Express. After the game is over, stay to enjoy the fireworks display. If you don't want to face the crowds of the big fireworks event, Freedom Fourth, then this is a great alternative. Hurry, though, for the 4th event, as tickets sell fast! Dates listed are for home games in July.
For 2013: July 4 - 10, 18 - 21, 26 - 29
Summer Nights at Botanic Gardens
Enjoy live music, entertainment, the Butterfly Pavilion and the Botanic Gardens at Summer Nights on Thursday evenings. Take a picnic or purchase food there.
For 2013: July 5, 12, 19, 26
Go Wild! Benefit Concert at the Zoo
Celebrate 90s pop with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms. The all ages concert at the Zoo is a benefit for the BioPark Society, which supports the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. Food will be available for purchase, or bring your picnic. General lawn seasting, so bring blanket and/or lawn chairs. The concert is from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and some zoo exhibits will be open until 8 p.m.
For 2013: July 3
4th of July Parades
Get out to the parade to see classic cars, military organizations, clowns and more at parades around town.
For 2013: July 4
The gates open at 3 p.m. and the fireworks begin around 9:15 at Balloon Fiesta Park. In between, there is music, a Kids' Zone, activities, food vendors and more. Park and Ride is available. Don't miss the biggest fireworks show in New Mexico.
For 2013: July 4
Pork and Brew
Over 50 BBQ competitors from around the U.S. will be competing for the chance to go to the nationals held in Kansas City. Get out and taste some of the best BBQ there is in the parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center. There will be activities for the kids as well as arts and crafts vendors.
For 2013: July 5 - 7
Western Day in Old Town
Head to Old Town for a BBQ, Western music, stories, historic presentations and demos and lots of family fun. The Leather Guild will talk about the use of leather through history, Singer Jim Jones tells about the Old West, B.G. Burr from "The Westerners" will talk about the cowboy era in New Mexico. The Western Writers of America will have booths and the High Desert Dancers will perform. There will also be gunslingers and a working blacksmith to add to the ambience. It's happening from noon to 5 p.m.
For 2013: July 6
Lost in Yonkers
The Neil Simon play comes to the Adobe Theater. The comedy/drama is set in 1942 Yonkers, where two boys are left in the care of family who are far from ordinary.
For 2013: July 6 - 29
Santa Fe Wine Festival
Visit with the folks from New Mexico's wineries, enjoy tasting wine, and listen to some great music at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
For 2013: July 6 - 7
Albuquerque Concert Band
Bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or just bring snacks, but hear the band and relax at the Balloon Museum on a summer evening, all at no charge.
For 2013: July 10 and 24
Experience the sights, sounds and lively music at the many events at this annual celebration of music and dance. The event includes workshops, public events and a special Sunday Mass. The showcase in the downtown Civic Plaza is a free public show.
For 2013: July 10 - 13
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
More than 150 artists from around the world come to exhibit at this market. Shop till you drop. The market opening party takes place July 12. On Saturday, explore music in the Folk Art Museum auditorium, free of charge.
For 2013: July 12 - 14
Beauty and the Beast
The PLAY Conservatory presents a tale about the shadowy world of the Beast and the girl who unwittingly saves him.
For 2013: July 12 - 20
Every Friday at the Zoo, enjoy live music. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.
For 2013: July 12, 19 and 26
New Mexico Jazz Festival
Hear the legends and enjoy the music, which is jazz. Hear Trio Da Paz, red Baraat, Eddie Palmieri and more in this year's lineup. Free and paid events take place at various locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
For 2013: July 12 - 28