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Free or Budget-Friendly ABQ Events in August 2019

by Cash Store Staff

Free Family-Friendly Events

 Couple on grass at a Festival

  • 8/1-8/4 - Qué Chola - Albuquerque
    The Chola is a significant figure in the Latina imagination for the ways that she represents feminine strength, power, and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity. This exhibition will explore this dynamic from a feminist perspective through art and popular culture. If you haven't come to see this exhibit yet, be sure to do so before August 4th!

  • 08/02 - Artists Circle Gallery Exhibit Opening - Albuquerque
    Join artist Walter Torres of Acoma Pueblo for the opening of his exhibit, “Evolve, Exist, Endure.” Light refreshments will be served as Walter offers insight and commentary on his inspiration and process, and you'll have an opportunity to purchase this popular artist’s fast-selling works.

  • 08/02 - Movies on the Plaza: Wizard of Oz - Albuquerque
    Join us “over the rainbow” for one of the greatest, best loved movies of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ on the Civic Plaza big screen! Come enjoy the Civic Plaza fountain splash pad that you can play in; it's fun for kids of all ages! The Imagination Playground will also be there for kids to play. Bring your family and tell your friends! A concession stand will be available onsite!

  • 08/03 - Downtown Summerfest 2019 - Albuquerque
    This free family-friendly event features fun for the whole family including an artisan market, micro-brew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque. 

  • 08/03 - Back to School Fest - Albuquerque
    The time for school to begin is approaching! Thanks to our sponsors, Office Depot and Shelby's Sugar Shop, you are welcome to come celebrate the start of another great school year at our Back-to-School Fest! There will be crafts, games and more!

  • 08/10 - ABQ Kids Rock Fest - Albuquerque
    Civic Plaza presents the fifth annual ABQ KIDS ROCK FESTIVAL, a fun event with a focus on young people that features a live animal show, musical performances by kids, a rock climbing wall, acrobats, magic, kids’ crafts, jumpers, vendors, a visit from an AFD fire truck, games, food trucks and much more (including beer and wine for the adults)!

  • 08/13 - ABQ Megaband Jam - Albuquerque
    “The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music.  The objective is for participants to improve their musical skills while also building a repertoire of tunes such as those that are played for American folk dances.

  • 08/14 - Albuquerque Concert Band - Albuquerque
    The Albuquerque Concert Band is pleased to offer free concerts of fine band music to the public year-round in the Albuquerque area.

  • 08/15 - YogaZo at Albuquerque Museum - Albuquerque
    Yoga in the sculpture garden. Yoga in the galleries. Yoga on the roof deck. Put on your stretchy pants and bring a mat to 3rd Thursdays at Albuquerque Museum. Our friends at YogaZo will be leading us through all the moves - a different location within the Museum each month.

  • 08/16 - Colcha Community Stitch Along - Albuquerque
    Join our monthly gathering for colcheras of all skill levels led by Annette Gutierrez Turk. If you are beginning or advanced in the traditional New Mexican style of embroidery, bring your current colcha project along and enjoy these monthly, informal, community work sessions to share ideas, resources and encouragement!

  • 08/17 - Verizon Innovative Learning Lab - Albuquerque
    Designed to foster greater student interest in STEM subjects, workshops expose students to topics like virtual reality, 3-D design and printing, robotics, coding and more. This month we will be learning about Artificial Intelligence.

  • 08/17 - Westside Summerfest - Albuquerque
    This free family-friendly event features fun for everyone including an artisan market, micro-brew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts at a city park all under the summer sky. 

  • 08/25 - Electric Vehicle Car Show - Albuquerque
    Join EV owners and enthusiasts as they show their electric vehicles, explain the features and capabilities and answer your questions. Some may provide EV rides. Plus, we’ll have activities for kids!

Budget-Friendly Events

 Outdoor Market

  • 08/02 - Ghosts of Painted Ladies Past - Albuquerque - $20
    Built in 1881 as a brothel and saloon with "wine room in connection," tales of buried money, hidden rooms, and Billy the Kid are all waiting inside. The evening will expose the disreputable history of the property, including true ghost stories told by the owner combined with ghostly magic performed by the ghost of Milton J. Yarberry. Based on the life of an actual historical figure, the performance is a "living history" lesson sure to delight any audience.

  • 08/02 - Led Zeppelin Played Here - Albuquerque - $20
    Led Zeppelin Played Here explores the start of the modern rock concert industry, focusing on Led Zeppelin's first month in the US, and a concert mystery: did they play on January 20, 1969 in a suburban Maryland gymnasium, in front of 50 confused teenagers, while President Richard Nixon was celebrating his first inauguration nearby?

  • 08/03 - Neon Paint & Foam Tour - Albuquerque - $20-$25
    We are proud to bring you a day of foam and paint in the middle of downtown Albuquerque! With a full-stage production, the biggest foam cannon in the state, and enough paint to color your life, this is a night to bring us all together.

  • 08/03 - King of Pop Resurrected - Albuquerque - $25-$50
    Featuring America's #1 most requested Michael Jackson entertainer! Spectacular special effects, amazing dancers, unbelievable Las Vegas style show & more! USA’s foremost national tribute production to The King of Pop© is coming to the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque!

  • 8/3-8/4 - The Great Southwestern Antique & Vintage Show - Albuquerque - $12-$20
    21 years of providing quality art & antiques from around the world and charitable funding to local non-profits. Shop & visit with over 150 quality antique dealers from across the U.S. Learn about the Southwest and the art of collecting and investing in fine art & antiques, Native American art, ethnographic art, textiles, furniture, historic photos, rare books, jewelry and more!

  • 08/04 - "Artist Way Day" Pick Your Own Painting - Los Ranchos - $35
    This is a unique painting experience! You may choose any image FROM OUR DESIGN BOOKS to paint at the class. Every painting has a pattern and written directions. This is a self-guided class, but we are happy to help you along the way! Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are always complimentary!

  • 08/04 - Music Among Friends - Albuquerque - Free-$15
    Good friends and great works combine to make this a very special presentation of chamber music for the oboe and viola. The program will feature a premier of a new piece by internationally renowned New Mexico composer Frederick Frahm.

  • 08/06 - Bosque Sunset Walk - Albuquerque - $10-$15
    During this guided tour, you’ll travel to the Bosque wetlands to look for bats, hoot for owls and search for other nocturnal animals. Bring your flashlight and your sense of adventure as we hike through the woods.

  • 8/9-8/11 - Imagine - Albuquerque - $18-$22
    Dance Exposé Productions is a dance company that provides high-level productions that are affordable, accessible, and highlight local, multi-generational performers. Our repertoire includes something for everyone.  

  • 08/10 - Alpaca Yoga at Humming Desert Alpacas - Budaghers - $25
    Alpacas are very gentle, friendly, and curious animals. Plan to bring your own yoga mat and plenty of water. The pens are not shaded, so an optional hat and sunglasses may be helpful. Stay afterwards for extra play with the alpacas and to check out the beautiful shop!

  • 08/10 - Red & Green VegFest - Albuquerque - $5-$15
    Join us to learn about all things vegan and its effects on you, the planet, the climate, animals, spiritualism, food, nutrition, gardening, cooking and so much more. Come and listen to knowledgeable speakers who are taking veganism into the future to help the entire world and its population. See chef demonstrations, taste amazing food, mix and mingle, and more!

  • 08/10 - Water Lantern Festival - Albuquerque - Free-$74.86
    Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

  • 8/16-8/19 - Albuquerque Art Showcase - Albuquerque - Free-$10
    The Albuquerque Art Showcase will spotlight 125 of the finest artists of New Mexico and beyond. Galleries, guilds, and hundreds of artists will come together to showcase their creative and diverse talents. 

  • 08/17 - New Mexico Entertainment's Morning Toons - Albuquerque - $6
    Grab your pajamas, your blanket and take part in this Saturday morning event with your family and friends. New Mexico Entertainment Magazine brings you cartoons from your childhood on the big screen at The Guild Cinema. Kick back, have some breakfast, and enjoy the toons! Morning Toons with NME is a LIMITED seat event.

  • 08/21 - Viking Knit Class - Albuquerque - $45
    In this class you will learn the ancient technique of Viking Knit which was created by the Vikings in Scandinavia. You will create a bracelet out of copper, silver plate, or brass plate wire. You will also learn how to attach a toggle clasp to your finished bracelet.

  • 08/24 - Sparkley Wheels - Albuquerque - $35
    Beaded Wheels are a fun beaded circle made up of 4-mm round stones and size 11 seed beads.  It's easy to make and has a "wow" look that impresses everyone who sees them.

  • 08/27 - KoRn & Alice in Chains - Albuquerque - $35+
    KoRn & Alice In Chains will be performing  with special guests Underoath and Fever 333!

  • 08/30 - Paint Night - Albuquerque - $20
    Step-by-step instructions are given to paint the painting of the month. $20 includes all supplies for the night including the canvas, paints, and more. Bring a friend and experience a class of creativity. You get to bring home your creation to enjoy for years to come!

  • 08/31 - New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival - Albuquerque - $3-$8
    The New Mexico Prickly Pear festival is the first in an annual series that seeks to celebrate everything prickly pear; food, art, music. The festival will feature vendors selling a vast variety of prickly pear products, cooking demonstrations showing visitors new and interesting ways to use prickly pear in their own kitchens, a prickly pear cocktail competition, live music, art, and much more.

  • 8/31-9/2 - Cactus & Succulent Show - Albuquerque - Free-$14.50
    Come see some of the exotic, fascinating, occasionally confusing, and wonderful plants from the world of cacti and other succulents. Learn about the cold hardy plants that work well in Albuquerque landscapes, including many “non-prickly” ones, how to handle the “prickly” ones, and even learn about the edible ones. Join us for a fun and educational event!

Sips & Snacks

 Toasting Wine

  • 08/02 - Science of Wine - Albuquerque - $25-$50
    Explora and Viva Vino New Mexico Wine present Albuquerque’s first Science of Wine event! More than a wine tasting, the Science of Wine is an oenological odyssey as visitors journey through the chemistry, structure, and composition behind the wine. Sip on local wines, Shop at the local artisan market, and Learn through Explora’s wine-themed activities.

  • 8/4 & 8/11 - Rude Boy Brunch & Day Party - Albuquerque - Free admission
    Wake Up & Reggae! Join Rude Boy Cookies for a family- and pet-friendly afternoon of Reggae, brunch, and positive vibes. Each Sunday will feature a Selecta, a DJ, who will be spinning reggae, ska & rock steady music. The El Vado food pods will be offering amazing brunch specials every week!

  • 08/10 - SummerWeen 2019 - Albuquerque - $10
    Dress up and join us as we invade The Salt Yard! Whether you're going completely goofy, super sexy, or bone-chillingly scary, come on down and enjoy a frightfully fun SummerWeen night. SummerWeen tricks this year include games like Giant Beer Pong and Giant Jenga. As for our treats, indulge in a cauldron brew of special SummerWeen drinks. This event is for ages 21 and up only.

  • 8/10-8/11 - Corrales Bike & Wine Tour - Corrales - $15
    Grab your bike and cycle through beautiful Corrales while visiting 4 award winning wineries. Bring your favorite backpack full of snacks to enjoy when you purchase your favorite wine at each winery after your tasting. This has been "dubbed" the best and most unique event in New Mexico time and time again. Only 500 tickets available so purchase today!

  • 08/17 - Bosque Chile Festival - Albuquerque - Free-$5
    The Bosque Chile Festival is a celebration of art, culture, and food of New Mexico, developed to showcase and honor New Mexican and Latino/Hispanic culture and agriculture by offering performances, art, educational sessions, chef demonstrations, value-added products, and produce. This public event features entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks/vendors, craft beer and wine, educational sessions, a chicharron competition, chef demonstrations, a fun run, and a poetry slam

  • 08/18 - "Tropical Paradise" Afternoon Tea - Albuquerque - $35
    Join us at our Albuquerque tearoom for a 3-course afternoon tea service featuring an assortment of savories, tea sandwiches, scones and mini-pastries accompanied by 2 pre-selected loose-leaf teas. Afternoon teas last 1 1/2 hours. Vegetarian option is available - please request when making reservation.

  • 08/22 - Sip & Shop: Mom's Night Out - Albuquerque - $20
    Join us at the Sip and Shop Moms Night Out! It'll be an evening of fun shopping at Spur Line Supply Co, a unique, urban retail experience. There will also be food, drinks, giveaways, swag bags, and fun pampering experiences. You don't want to miss it!

  • 08/26 - Dueling Piano Event - Albuquerque - $10+
    Looking for something fun to do? Come Join us for an amazing Dueling Piano Event by Killer Keyz. We will have delicious food and a full-service bar! It will be a great time to get out and enjoy a night out!

  • 8/31-9/2 - Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival - Albuquerque - $10-$40
    Celebrate grape harvest season at the official festival of Labor Day Weekend! Come sample and shop from 20 top wineries, dine on delicious local cuisine, and get down, get funky, get chill, get happy with a DUELING PIANO show brought to you by Uptown Funk Dueling Piano Bar. Viva Vino!

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • 08/10 - Red & Green VegFest - Albuquerque
    We are in need of a few committed and inspired souls! It is a GROUP effort to make these events the best that they can be. We can only do bigger and better things with your involvement!

  • 8/19-8/20 - Bead Society State Fair Intake - Albuquerque
    State Fair intake volunteers needed! Intake days are August 19 and 20. Please sign up for a date and time!


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