New Mexico Upcoming Events - 2015 (Albuquerque, Las Cruces: sale, hotel)
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12TH ANNUAL PORK & BREW BBQ STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
JULY 3-5, 2015
Rio Rancho, NM
The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 3rd – 5th. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. For the first time, Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will participate in the event showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.
This year’s 12th Annual Pork & Brew, presented by the Santa Ana Star Casino and hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the 20,000 expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This year’s event will feature more brewery additions with the likes of Red Door Brewing Company, Kaktus Brewing Company, Cazuela’s Brewery and local favorite Turtle Mountain Brewing Company. This is quite possibly the best way to spend your 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts, burn off some calories by dancing to live music and even take the kids for a face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.
General Admission: $6, 65+ $4; Kids 4-12 $4; Kids 3 & Under; Free
Times: Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4 - 11am - 8pm and Sunday, July 5, 11am - 5pm
More Event Info - The Pork & Brew is hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a fully sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society event. With close to 20,000 in attendance each year, Pork & Brew has become one of the largest events in New Mexico. The Grand Champion will qualify to participate at The American Royal in Kansas City, MO, The Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN and the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Fl.
4th Annual TIMBERON BLUES FESTIVAL is happening July 25th 2015 in Timberon, New Mexico!
Randy McAllister and Everyday People are back by popular demand, and we have two new-to-the-TBF this year: Sorry About Your Sister and The Pleasure Pilots. And between sets: the musical stylings of Tim Thompson.
The bands will, of course, be doing a tribute to the late great BB King. Come and enjoy the music under the tall cool pines of the Sacramento Mountains. Gate times are 10am - 10pm
Sponsor and Vendor applications are now being accepted. Ticket sales are available online at the website.
Save the date! Your favorite way to spend a summer night is back! Downtown Summerfest will be returning to Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 5-10:30 p.m.
Admission and Transportation
Summerfests are free to the public to attend. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.
Paid underground/garage parking can be found at Civic Plaza or the Convention Center. Other parking may be found on the street or in other lots near the event.
RIDE YOUR BIKE and take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop. The Bike Valet will be located on the North side of Civic Plaza.
5-6 p.m.- Severo y Grupo Fuego
6:15-7:15 p.m.- Animal Opera
7:30-8:30 p.m.- Soul Divine
9- 10:30 p.m.- Taylor Dayne
National Headliner: TAYLOR DAYNE:
Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music's most dynamic artists. Her unique vocal style has earned her numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums, which produced seventeen Top 20 singles, among them number 1 hits such as "Tell It To My Heart", "Love Will Lead You Back" & "Prove Your Love". During the course of her career, she has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, garnered three GRAMMY nominations and appeared in many film, television and stage roles such as "Love Affair" & "Cold Case". A while ago the single mother took an extended break, as she dedicated herself to raising her two kids Levi and Astaria. However in 2008, she came back with her album "Satisfied” which enjoyed great success in the USA, immediately positioning its single "Beautiful" at Billboard's # 1 slot and producing two other top ten singles, "Over My Head" and "My Heart Can Change".
Established in 1997, this collective group of musicians with credits that include James Brown, Lakeside, The Dazz Band, Sparx, and Lorenzo Antonio, and record label deals with Epic and Warner Bros., set the local scene on fire with its exciting brand of Latin and jazz-tinged R&B music. The band quickly established itself as the hottest ticket in the region. Over a two-decade period, Soul Divine has provided the soundtrack for a new generation of soul music lovers and created an emerging scene for R&B groups that followed. The original band consisting of Donny Tesso, Juan Mena, Jak, Frank Mirabal, and AB had not performed together since 2000, when front man AB left the group to sign a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Soul Divine reunited the original members of the group in 2014 to perform for the first time since then. The SD20 Reunion Show generated so much buzz that the group decided to continue performing together for select shows. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in front of our hometown on August 8th at Summerfest," said Donny Tesso, bassist for the group.
Animal Opera, an Albuquerque group of local "all stars", rocked the NM desert with African dance music in the ear ly 90's. Back together after 20+ years, with the original core members intact, the band explores the various styles of African guitar/ vocal electric pop music (mbaqanga, chimurenga, sax jive, soukous, etc.) creating high energy groove music. Back in the day, opening for Thomas Mapfumo ("The Lion of Zimbabwe") and South African greats, Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens among others, Animal Opera was a fixture on the local world beat dance scene, beloved by many. The "Animal Operators" are excited to be playing this incredible music together again.
Severo y Grupo Fuego
With the fusion of Mexican and Puerto Rican upbringings, Severo Y Grupo Fuego has had a successful career in the Latin music scene since 2005. They bring traditional Latin music to the public while incorporating their own influences to this music genre. The band includes 6 members and is made up of musicians from all over the United States and Latin America. Severo y Grupo Fuego has taken the art of recording and performing Latin music to a whole new level. Severo y Grupo Fuego will always make you get up and dance with their high-energy shows. Their pride, passion, and drive shine every minute they are on the stage.
Fun for Kids
Downtown Summerfest is a blast for the whole family! The kids' area is full of different activities for fun-seekers of all ages! Get your face painted however you'd like, get a temporary tattoo from an experienced henna artist, take a shot at climbing the giant rock wall, or bounce the night away in huge inflatables. All of these activities and more can be found for FREE at Downtown Summerfest.
Food & Drink
Delicious delicacies, sweet treats, and more can be found in the food court featuring more than 15 of Albuquerque's best, local food trucks. With food options ranging from roasted corn, tangy BBQ, and various Scottish options, to fresh fruit smoothies, Italian ice, kettle korn and more there is sure to be a scrumptious choice for everyone. Water and soda will be for sale by vendors. Beer will be available for purchase.
If you love shopping local and the look of hand-crafted goods, the artisan market is the place to be. Always a Summerfest favorite, this year's market is bringing jewelry, baked goods, t-shirts, bath products, and more. There will even be original hand painted incense, caricatures, and air plants. With over 25 booths, the possibilities are endless. Have your wallet on hand, as you'll want to buy everything in sight!
Experience a little winter in the middle of Summerfest. Try your hand (or foot) at ice skating on a synthetic ice surface. The rink will be open for the duration of the event. Skate rental will be available for $3. It is free to participate if you have your own ice skates, skates with toe picks will not be permitted on the rink. This fun activity is fun for all ages.
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The Mountain West Brew Fest at Bernalillo with be held Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day Weekend, September 5th and 6th, 2015 at Loretto Park, from Noon-6:00pm. The Brew Fest is a quick free shuttle ride or a short walk from the Sandoval/550 Rail Runner station in Bernalillo, New Mexico, or off of Interstate 25, Bernalillo Exits 240 or 242.
This inaugural craft beer event will feature over fifty breweries from across New Mexico and the Mountain West Region to include Taos Mesa , La Cumbre, Boxing Bear, Kaktus , Little Toad Creek, Sierra Nevada, Upslope, and Lagunitas. Food trucks and carts by CCR Roasting, Irrational Pie, the Lunch Box, and Joe’s Sausage, as well as the number two rated Arizona food truck, GringoDilla, and many others.
Enjoy live musical performances by the Squash Blossom Boys, Ryan Montaño, Radio La Chusma, Soul Kitchen featuring Hillary Smith and Chris Dracup, and other well know musicians. The Fest rounds out with a mini-farmers market of roasting green chile and other seasonal offerings as well as Coonridge Goat Cheese, Valley Garlic Oil, and New Mexico Pecan Company.
Gates open at Noon and the Fest ends at 6:00pm. The Mountain West Brew Fest at Bernalillo is an adult’s only event. Attendees must be 21 and are encouraged to bring a “Designated Driver”. Tickets are available on-line or at the gate. General admission is $20.00 and includes the commemorative glass and sampling. A $30.00 ticket includes entry into the Premium Beer Tent.
This event is produced by the Town of Bernalillo and the New Mexico Brewers Guild.
From the heart of our city and in the spirit of our community, neighborhoods unite as the
Downtown Growers’ Market (DGM) and the Rail Yards Market (RYM) collaborate on our
grand 2nd annual Albuquerque holiday gathering, Sunday December 13th, 2015
(11am-4pm), at the historic Blacksmith Shop of the Rail Yards!
Set the holiday season in motion with entertainment, dining, shopping, and more! There will be holiday specials at the shops throughout Old Town. Kids will have the chance to take a photo with Santa in Plaza Vieja and watch the traditional lighting of the largest tree in Albuquerque at 6:15 p.m. in Plaza Don Luis. Join us for this time-honored Albuquerque event on December 4 from 5-9 p.m.
Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain or shine event. If arriving by car, park for free at 18th Street and Bellamah and take the shuttle to Old Town or any of the participating museums. You can also take ABQ Ride's Central 66 Bus.
Eleven stages throughout Old Town will feature 24 different entertainers, including: Festival Ballet; Bailla Bailla; High Tea Carolers; Holly Jolly Saxy Christmas; Merican Slang Holiday; Tal Burdine; Sol Calypso; and a number of high school, grade school and other children's groups. For a schedule of performances around Old Town click here.
A very special "Thank You" to all of the roaming musicians who help spread holiday cheer throughout Old Town. This long standing New Mexican tradition would not be the same without such wonderful volunteers from the community.
Shopping with Purpose
On this evening only, the Arthritis Foundation of New Mexico will benefit from every purchase made at participating merchants all night. Be sure to purchase a Foundation pin in order to participate and receive the special discounts being offered all night long. Take a look at this year's unique pin in the photo to the right.
Everyone's favorite way to explore the best museums in Albuquerque is back! The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Explora, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History will all be open with free admission and holiday activities. Members of holiday stroll museums can take advantage of 20% off all museum store purchases made at any of the three participating museums. Non –members will receive a 10% discount across all holiday stroll museums.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
The entire Albuquerque Museum including all galleries, the Museum Store, and Slate Street Cafe will be open to the public and full of fun! Explore the Museum's many galleries and take home a holiday souvenir. There will be free winter-themed art activities for people of all ages from 5-8 p.m. Finally, warm up with a coffee, grab a bite to eat, or indulge in an alcoholic beverage (if you are 21 and older) presented by Slate at the Museum. Take a look at the Museum's entertainment schedule:
5 to 6:15 p.m. – Simple Sound
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Clan Tynker
7:45 to 9 p.m. – Merican Slang
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Spend some time with prehistoric friends while kicking-off the holiday season! Enjoy an evening of holiday crafts and activities, music, entertainment, and hassle-free shopping. Kid's will have fun watching holiday movies in the DynaTheater or taking a picture with Santa and Stan the T. rex. Tour the entire Museum, including the new traveling exhibit Dinosaur Discovery! and take advantage of discounts in the NatureWorks Discovery Store. Admission to the museum, entertainment, and crafts are free! See what other entertainment there will be below:
5 to 5:45 p.m. – ABQ Boys Choir
6 to 6:45 p.m. – AYSP String Quartet
7 to 7:45 p.m. – Soli Musica
8 to 9 p.m. – Flow Pops
Free family fun and great gifts for all ages, all under one roof! With free admission and special holiday activities, Explora is the place to be. Activities include LED holiday card making and snowflake cutting in the labs; seasonal science activities facilitated by educators in the Experiment Bar; and don't miss a ride on the holiday high wire bike. Additionally, there will be discounts on all store merchandise where great gifts can be found for all ages including stocking stuffers under $5. Shop at Explora tax free, and your dollars will help fund Explora's educational mission. For even more entertainment, see the schedule below:
5 to 5:45 p.m. – Sunshine Generation Show Choir
6 to 6:45 p.m. – AYSP Brass Trio
7 to 7:45 p.m. – New Mexico Women’s Chorus
8 to 9 p.m. – Trevor Scott
Championship Bull Riding “Bucking on the Rio Grande” in Rio Rancho No. 1 Ranked Champion Bull Riders to Join Tuff Hedeman at the Santa Ana Star Center The top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world, two time CBR and PRCA World Champions Sage Steele Kimzey and Cody Teel are set to ride in Rio Rancho, NM. On January 30, 2016, at the Santa Ana Star Center, bull riding fans will have the rare opportunity to see these extraordinary cowboy athletes who set records at both CBR and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. “Kimzey is a rare talent who rides fundamentally flawless and Teel has the heart and determination of a champion each and every time he pulls his rope,” said Tuff Hedeman, the 4 time World Champion bull rider who now produces the nationally televised Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour events.
Date: January 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Santa Ana Star Center
Address: 3001 Civic Center Circle NE. Rio Rancho, NM 87144
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