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.