It’s Fiesta … so what do we do afterwards?

Balloons over the Rio Grande

It’s the biggest, longest party in Albuquerque all year – with festive balloons hanging like bright Christmas ornaments in the bright blue sky.  There’s nothing quite like the sound of a propane burner from a balloon blasting as it passes over the rooftops, and standing amongst the inflating balloons on the Fiesta field is a must-do experience.

But what to do the rest of the day?

We, of course, recommend the wonderful Albuquerque Bio Park including the zoo, botanical gardens and Tingley Beach.

A hike in the Sandias is also a welcome excursion, but remember that you quickly increase in altitude, and weather in the Rockies is a very changeable thing.  Pack a jacket and plenty of water and food.  Visitors often get disoriented and can find themselves in trouble as nightfall comes, so keep your bearings and stay on the trails.

Here are a few other things to check out in the ABQ:

Annual Grecian Festival: three days of Greek food, dance performances, and music – not to mention cooking lessons and plenty of other activities – get underway at the Annual Grecian Festival 2010 at the St. George Church. $5 Adults; military and kids 12-under free.

White Sands Trinity Site Tour: the White Sands Missile Range is offering public tours to Trinity site this weekend. Normally closed to the public, visitors must arrive between 8 AM and 2 PM. Call 575-678-8824 for more info.

New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert: NMSO kicks off the new Pops Concert season with a Big Band Extravaganza at Popejoy Hall.  You can check out their full season in Events in the APPCityLife ABQ guide.

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Bite Into a Slice of History at Expo NM

It’s State Fair time, baby, and that means rodeos, Ferris Wheels, and best of all, indulging our palates in some tasty delights like Indian Tacos and cotton candy.  This year, add Asbury Pie Cafe to that must-taste list.  Why?

For starters, it’s, well, pie.  Who can resist a homemade slice of flaky-crusted heaven?  For more than 40 years, Asubury’s has been a part of the New Mexico State Fair scene, serving up pie and made to order grill orders.

Perhaps best of all, the entire operation is staffed by volunteers, meaning the proceeds can benefit the homeless in the community.

So this year, you can indulge without all the guilt – just plenty of good feelings about helping out a great cause.

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The Waning Days of Summer Filled with Things to Do

Those few weeks when the scorching heat of summer have lessened in intensity but the chill of autumn has yet to arrive are some of my most favorite days in New Mexico.  Here are a few things that are absolute must-do events in and around Albuquerque during the months of August, September and early October.

New Mexico Wine Festival
September 4-6, 2010

New Mexico’s oldest wine festival offers wine tastings from several of New Mexico’s wineries plus live entertainment, food, high-quality arts and crafts in Bernalillio, just north of Albuquerque.  Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal age guardian.  12-6 PM, $12 adults/$5 kids, 505-867-3311

2010 New Mexico State Fair
September 9-26, 2010

Located in the heart of Albuquerque at Expo New Mexico, the New Mexico State Fair is one of the largest fairs in the nation with PRCA rodeo and nationally known country recording stars, plus and Indian and Spanish villages.  For 17 days, visitors explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits and shopping all in one place.  $7 adults / $5 kids / $5 parking, 505-265-1791

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®
October 2-10, 2010

Billed as the largest hot air balloon event in the world, spectators and pilots from around the globe mingle on the field as hundreds of hot air balloons decorate the sky above Albuquerque from dawn until dusk for ten solid days of beauty, excitement and a whole lot of fun.    The complete guide for this event, including lodging, after-launch events, dining, and more will soon be available within the free APPCityLife iPhone app city guide.

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