1. 2022 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting the annual 2022 NM Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing show at Expo NM. There will be hands-on demonstrations of the latest hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Local dealers will have off-road and recreational vehicles as well as boats and kayaks on display. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be a free catch-and-release fishing pond for the kiddos, as well as pellet shooting and archery range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H. A silent auction will also give participants the chance to win one of more than 10 New Mexico bighorn sheep European-style mounts. Cost is $3 and free for 18 and under or with proof of a valid NM hunting or fishing license. The event will be at the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo NM, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 29; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31. For more info, click here.
2. Student supply giveaway concert
East Gate Church and the LIBRE initiative are hosting their annual school supply giveaway with music from Christafari and appearances from the 501st Vader’s Fist Star Wars cosplayers. Free backpacks of supplies, hotdogs, snow-cones and cotton candy as well as a bounce house and famous movie vehicles will all be at the event. Navajo Tacos will be sold to benefit the Native American Ministries. The event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at 12120 Copper Ave. NE . For more info, click here.
3. Summer Vibes Pop-up
This pop-up event will include more than 40 locally owned pop-up vendors and food trucks hosted by Kamaria’s Kreations. Live music and fun refreshments from Wow Wow Lemonade and Aguas Deliciosas 505, as well as eats from The Munchie Truck and A Touch of Mississippi. The pop-up runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at 9577 Osuna NE. For more info click here.
4. Albuquerque pays tribute to two of its best-known pop culture icons this weekend. On Friday, bronze statues of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the anti-heroes of the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who played the characters respectively, as well as series creator Vince Gilligan will be on hand with Mayor Tim Keller at the unveiling. While the ceremony itself will be private, doors to the convention center will remain open for public viewing at 2:30 p.m.
Gilligan and Sony Pictures commissioned the statues in 2019 from sculptor Trevor Grove as a thank you to the city for its prominent role in “Breaking Bad” and its spinoff prequel “Better Call Saul,” which is currently airing its final season. Then, on Saturday, Cranston and Paul will make an appearance at the the Albuquerque Isotopes game, raising money for two New Mexico-based charities — New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers and Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico — and to promote their joint venture Dos Hombres Mezcal, which is available for purchase at the stadium. They are scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in addition to hosting a silent auction, which starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs through the fifth inning. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:35 p.m. start. For tickets, click here.
5. It’s International Tiger Day Friday, and the ABQ BioPark is celebrating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation includes the opportunity to learn about tigers and problems they face in their natural habitat, watches they enjoy special enrichment activities, and learn how your actions matter in helping them. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. However, it is estimated that only about 3,000 tigers exist in the wild. Tiger Day activities are included with the price of admission. For more information, click here.
6. The New Mexico Games BMX competition comes to Albuquerque Friday at Duke City BMX, 1011 Buena Vista Drive SE. BMX registration can be made online or walk-up at the event. The fee is $20 per class and cruises for single-point race. Several divisions and classes are available in a variety of age groups. T-shirts will be available for each participant. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Commission Justin Hawkinson at 505-250-2264 or visit newmexicogames.org/bmx
7. The Guild Cinema 18th annual Festival Film of Noir wraps up this weekend at 3405 Central Ave. NE. The festival completes its 10 nights of film noir programming on the cinema screen that span nearly 50 years of tales “not quite on the level.” Friday films include the theme of Enchantress Noir with “Strangers in the Night” at 4:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and “Gilda” at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday is Carl Franklin Noir with “One False Move” at 3:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and “Devil in a Blue Dress” at 6 p.m. For a full schedule, more information or tickets, click here.