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October through December

FROM INVISIBLE TO VISIBLE:
THE CHINESE-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE

Through January 6, 2019, Tuesday–Sunday, 9 AM–5 PM
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain NW
Adults $5–$6, seniors $4, children 12 and under $3

Albuquerque has had a significant Chinese-American population since the 1880s. Many Chinese immigrants arrived as workers on the railroads and put down roots as owners of laundries, restaurants, and grocery stores. The exhibit chronicles their lives, the intense discrimination they faced, and their continuing contributions to the social and civic life of Albuquerque. cabq.gov

28TH RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—BALLOON FIESTA SHOW
October 5–7 and 12–14, 9 AM–5 PM daily
In the Big White Tent, Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Rd, Albuquerque
$10 one-day pass, under 12 free,
$12 festival pass, free covered parking

Held on the two weekends of Balloon Fiesta, this arts and crafts market includes the work of 200 artisans. Food booths, beer and wine, and children’s activities. riograndefestivals.com

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL
BALLOON FIESTA
October 6–14, times vary
Balloon Fiesta Park
$10 general admission, under 12 free, $15 general parking, other prices vary

The 47th annual International Balloon Fiesta takes places over nine days and draws an eclectic crowd of ballooning enthusiasts and novices alike. Located at Fiesta Park, there is a chainsaw carving contest, a music fiesta, fireworks, evening “glows,” and multiple mass ascensions of over 500 balloons.
balloonfiesta.com

WICKED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ
October 17–28, times vary
Popejoy Hall
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
$52–$142

The Broadway musical hit tells the story of Oz before Dorothy and Toto dropped in, a tale of sisterhood, friendship, and rivalry. Premiering in 2003, Wicked is the 7th-longest running show on Broadway.
popejoypresents.com

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL
November 3, 10 AM–4 PM
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
114 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque
Free admission & parking

The Scandinavian Club of Albuquerque and the Rosemalers Club hold their annual Scandinavian Festival with food, Norwegian and Swedish folk art, a kids’ craft corner, and Scandinavian dance performances at 11 AM and 12:30 PM. facebook.com/scandiabq

AN UNPREDICTABLE EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN
November 12, 8 PM
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque
$34–$54

Songwriter, producer, artist, video pioneer—Todd Rundgren has been doing it all since the 1960s. For his “unpredictable evenings” he has a single song planned to open the concert. After that, anything from his six-decade career is fair game. ampconcerts.org

5TH ANNUAL PUEBLO FILM FESTIVAL
November 16–18, times vary
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque
$10 suggested donation

The 5th Annual Pueblo Film Festival is three days of films from Pueblo directors, featuring Pueblo actors, and illuminating the contemporary Pueblo experience. Screenings of films, presentations, and discussions are all part of the weekend. indianpueblo.org

WISE FOOL NEW MEXICO’S
CIRCUS LUMINOUS
November 23–25, various times
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W San Francisco, Santa Fe
Adults $20–$45, children $12–$27

Wise Fool presents their annual professional circus production with acrobats, aerialists, and more accompanied by live musicians playing original music. Held on Thanksgiving weekend, Circus Luminous is the perfect event for holiday guests looking for a memorable experience in Santa Fe. ticketssantafe.org

19TH ANNUAL RIO GRANDE
HOLIDAY SHOW
November 23–25, 10 AM–5 PM Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10 AM–4 PM
Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building
300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque
$8 one-day pass, under 12 free,
$11 festival pass, $5 parking

Get a jump on holiday shopping and buy arts and crafts direct from the 185 artisans included in the show. Pianists, carolers, and mariachis keep the mood lively, while children’s activities keep the younger family members amused, riograndefestivals.com

RIVER OF LIGHTS
November 24–December 30, 6–9:30 PM
(Closed December 24 and 25)
ABQ BioPark
2601 Central NW, Albuquerque
$12 adults, $6 children ages 3-12

Named one of the 15 most spectacular holiday light shows in the United States, Albuquerque’s River of Lights includes light displays, animated sculptures, and synchronized music. Other attractions include holiday nature crafts, a G-scale model railroad, and the Polar Bear Express. bioparksociety.org

OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL
December 7, 5–9 PM
Historic Old Town
303 Romero St NW, Albuquerque
Free

Kick off the holiday season with an enchanting evening in Old Town. The Albuquerque Museum is open for family events and jazz. Live music, dining, shopping, hot chocolate, and more round out this festive event. cabq.gov/culturalservices

NEW MEXICO BOWL
December 15, 2:30 PM
Dreamstyle Stadium, UNM
1414 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque
$25–$40

The annual New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The New Mexico Bowl game marks the traditional opening day for college football’s bowl season.
newmexicobowl.com

CANYON ROAD FAROLITO WALK
December 24, begins at dusk
Canyon Road, Santa Fe
Free

A beloved Santa Fe tradition, the Canyon Road farolito walk takes place on Christmas Eve, beginning at dusk. Expect to see farolitos, luminarias, musicians, and carolers while you enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos and smell the burning piñon logs. farolitowalk.com

THE COMPLETE
BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS
December 29, 7 PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W San Francisco, Santa Fe
$12–$80

Santa Fe Pro Musica, under the baton of music Director Thomas O’Connor, presents all six of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg concertos. Written as a job application for a position with the Margrave of Brandenburg, who did not even acknowledge their receipt, Bach’s six pieces for varied small groups and soloists are a masterpiece of baroque composition. ticketssantafe.org