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Labor Day Weekend in the Albuquerque Area

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Labor Day Weekend in the Albuquerque Area
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Labor Day Weekend Events

The Labor Day weekend traditionally waves goodbye to summer. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still a whole lot of fun going on. The New Mexico Wine Festival kicks off the Labor Day weekend with delicious New Mexico wines, and there are a lot of other events taking place. Find a concert or a picnic, but celebrate the precious time off. After all, that’s what you’re supposed to do.

Timberwolf Soldiers Reunite in Albuquerque
Several generations of family, friends and supporters of the 104th Infantry Division, or "Timberwolves" will gather to honor the WWII veterans, share history and honor their comrades. Chester Nez, a Navajo Code Talker, will be a featured speaker. The reunion is sponsored by the National Timberwolf Pups Association, dedicated to keeping this history alive. Activities include a memorial service and banquet. The event takes place at the Sheraton Uptown.
For 2013: August 26 - September 2

Winger
The rock band Winger released its debut album 25 years ago. They're back at the San Felipe Casino Hollywood to play their classics and some new tunes.
For 2013: August 30

Revolt on the Rio
The first annual event takes place at the Isleta Ampitheater and features rock music for two days. Groups include Haelstorm, Walking Papers, New Politics, Dead Daisies, Charming Liars, Korn and more.
For 2013: August 30 - 31

Pump Boys and Dinettes
The pump boys sell high octane on the highway to the Grand Ole Opry, and the dinettes run the diner next door. The musical plays at the Adobe Theater.
For 2013: August 30 - September 1

Hedda Gabbler
This production of the play premiered at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. The play is considered by some to be the female Hamlet. See it at the Aux Dog Theatre in Nob Hill.
For 2013: August 30 - September 1

The Seven Year Itch
The lighthearted look at marital infidelity is viewed through the lens of 1950s morality. See it at the Vortex Theatre.
For 2013: August 30 - September 1; continues weekends through September 15

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The complete works...in 97 minutes. See all 37 plays in an irreverant, fast-paced romp. The play ran 10 years in London, and is back at the Albuquerque Little Theatre for the second time.
For 2013: August 30 - September 1 and weekends through September 15

Wildlife West Chuckwagon Supper
This is the last chuckwagon supper of the summer at Wildlife West Park. There will be live music, chuckwagon food (with vegetarian option), a chance to see a raptor show, and even a hayride.
For 2013: August 31

Lobo Football
The Lobos begin the season with a home game at University Stadium, against the University of Texas at San Antonio. The game begins at 6 p.m.
For 2013: August 31

Art in the Afternoon: Estrellas de Cuerdas
The Albuquerque Museum offers free admission and live music Saturday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hear the classical strings of Estrellas de Cuerdas.
For 2013: August 31

Roots and Reggae
Tribal Seeds, The Wailers and Steel Pulse will perform at the San Felipe Hollywood. This is a 12 years and older event.
For 2013: August 31

Dirty Dash
The state's muddiest road race is back. Be sure to take the piglet plunge. It takes place at Wildlife West Park in Edgewood.
For 2013: August 31

Fiesta de los Ninos
The Las Golondrinas living history museum presents Fiesta de los Ninos, a children's celebration. The Spanish colonial museum will present games, crafts and entertainment all weekend. There will be games, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.
For 2013: August 31 and September 1

Hatch Valley Chile Festival
Celebrating chile in every form, the festival features food, arts and crafts, contests, a carnival and a chile festival queen. This event draws people from around the world.
For 2013: August 31 - September 1

The Desert Rosies
See a musical comedy cabaret about three women trying to make it on Broadway. It's at the Desert Rose Playhouse.
For 2013: August 31 - September 1

Bosque Wild Guided Nature Walk
Begin your guided walk at the Open Space Visitor Center, and learn about the bosque forest. This is a free event.
For 2013: September 1

Torreon Tour
The torreon at the National Hispanic Cultural Center has a 4,000 square foot fresco mural representing more than 3,000 years of Hispanic history. This event is free.
For 2013: September 1; ongoing Sundays

Salt of the Earth Music Tour
This special music tour begins in Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences August 31, then comes to Albuquerque and Corrales on September 1. The final destinations will be Santa Fe and Taos on September 2. The Joe West Trio headlines. The tour includes six cities over three days, with music, poetry and performance art. The free family event is sponsored by the New Mexico Federation of Labor for Labor Day weekend. Find it in the Nob Hill area and Corrales.
For 2013: September 1

St. Esteban Feast Day
Acoma celebrates the feast day of their patron saint, San Esteban, after which their mission, San Esteban del Rey, was named. There is no tour, but the village is open to the public. Shuttles are available from Sky City Casino Hotel to the Sky City Cultural Center. Although the event is free, donations are welcome. It happens every September 2 at Acoma Pueblo.
For 2013: September 2

Kewa Arts & Crafts Market
The arts and crafts market at Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo) Pueblo will have native pottery, jewelry, dances and lots of delicious native foods.
For 2013: Labor Day weekend

New Mexico Wine Festival
Sample wines from over 20 different New Mexico wineries, enjoy food, music and entertainment. Take the Rail Runner, which has extra runs all weekend for the occasion, to the festival in Bernalillo. The festival is known for its wine and for its non-stop, top-notch entertainment.
For 2013: August 31 - September 2

San Augustine Feast Day
Isleta Pueblo celebrates the feast day of the pueblo's patron saint and does the traditional harvest dance. Etiquette at feast days is important; for information, call (505) 869-3111.
For 2013: September 4

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