1. Cocina Azul Fiesta Car Show hosted by New Mexico Motorsports will feature one-of-a-kind vintage and new vehicles in 12 different categories. There will be door prizes and music from Steve Cruisin’ with the Oldies. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Cocina Azul parking lot at 4243 Montgomery Blvd. NE. Come check out the cars and stay for some award-winning posole.
2. Retrofit Clothing Bazaar, in collaboration with Badlands Studios and Santa Fe Brewing Company, brings vintage and local clothing makers together for this unique and eclectic bazaar market event. Featured curators and designers include Meta Jane, The Human Ones and Morbid Clothing ABQ, in addition to live music, other vendors, as well as many food options. This event is free from 6-11 p.m. at the Green Jeans Foodhall on 3600 Cutler Ave. NE.
3. Bubonicon 53 brings science-fiction and fantasy to life once a year at this annual arts convention. Bubonicon started in Albuquerque in 1969 and has been growing strong since, bringing sci-fi and fantasy authors out of the woodworks to meet and greet, and be able to speak with fans and enthusiasts alike. The event will bring five guest-star authors for workshops and panels, as well as a costume contest, art show, dealer’s room, Green Slime Awards presentation, charity auctions, and fan programming. The con will be all weekend from Aug. 26-28, and tickets range from $15-$25, depending on the day, with full weekend passes at $48. The con will commence at the Marriot Albuquerque on 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday 3-8 p.m., 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9:50 a.m.to noon Sunday. For more info, check out the link here.
4. Head over to Balloon Fiesta Park Friday for a family-friendly movie night. Movie Mania: The Sky’s the Limit features three movies playing simultaneously on the launch field. In anticipation of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, all the movies are related to space and sky: “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Spaceballs,” and “UP.” The park opens at 6 p.m. for this free event with the movies starting at dusk. Seating is first-come, first-served. Moviegoers can bring blankets, lawn chairs and personal door or drink items, but no alcohol, glass, sharp or dangerous items or pets — other than service animals — will be allowed.
5. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, this is the weekend to do it. The Animal Welfare Department has more than 800 pets in need of a home and is hosting an adoption event Saturday and Sunday. During the event, the adoption fee will be waived, and all adoptions include a spay or neuter, microchip, required vaccinations and one free initial vet visit. Dogs will also receive one free training class. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Eastside Animal Shelter (8920 Lomas Blvd. NE) and the Westside Animal Shelter (11800 Sunset Gardens SW), and the Everyday Adoption Center inside PetSmart at 350 Eubank Blvd. NE. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.cabq.gov/pets.
6. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship comes to Rio Rancho this weekend. Saturday’s headline fight at the Rio Rancho Events Center is a flyweight world championship bout between the current champion, Christine “Misfit” Free and the undefeated contender, No. 2 Taylor “Killa Bee” Starling. The fight will also be broadcast globally via the new BKFC app. Fights start at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit https://www.rioranchoeventscenter.com/event/bare-knuckle-fighting-championship/
7. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480 is hosting a Film & TV Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 8340 Washington Place NE. Learn how films are made, meet technicians working behind the scenes, get discovered by casting directors, enroll in movie school or make connections with one of the film offices. Music, food truck and basecamp tours will also be available at this free event open to all ages. For more information, visit local480.com/2022-film-and-tv-expo.