Just because the holiday weekend has passed, it doesn’t mean the city is lacking things for its residents to get out and enjoy. Here’s a glance around northwest Albuquerque.
1.Saturday is opening day of “Legacies” by Sam Elkind at the Open Space Visitor Center (Westside) at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW. The exhibit displays landscape photographs featuring ancient, historical and contemporary marks of human occupation in the American West. The display continues daily through Sept. 24, and more information can be found here.
2. Those with gardening questions can join the Master Gardeners Saturday at Taylor Ranch Library. They will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who are unable to attend those hours can still ask questions by contacting the Master Gardener hotline at 505-292-7144.
3. The Sunflower U-Pick season has begun at Big Jim Farms, 4515 Rio Grande Blvd. in Los Ranchos. Daily hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and children’s play areas, educational farms stations and live entertainment are available on select weekends. Daily, residents can walk through the the nine-acres field of sunflowers and pick a bouquet, visit the farm animals and take photos. Additional offerings, including a variety of flowers, green chile and pumpkins, will be available later in the season. For more information or a schedule of the season, click here.
4. The 2022 Neighborhood Open Spaces Community Concerts come to Tijeras BioZone Open Space at 15600 Central Ave. SE Saturday. The events are a celebration of open spaces that feature live music, performers and views of public lands under the setting sun. There will also be paletas, face painting, a Bosque traveling exhibit truck, a rock climbing wall and hands-on nature activities. Attendees are invited to bring a chair or blanket and picnic dinner to this family-friendly event from 6-8 p.m. Additional date are Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. For more information, click here.
5. Body art enthusiasts are invited to attend the New Mexico Tattoo Fiesta Friday through Sunday at the Isleta Resort & Casino. Research shows that tattoos have gained increasing popularity over the past decade with research estimating more than 40% of the population having at least one piece of body art. The fiesta selects the best artists across the country to bring to this three-day event and allows attendees to get to know the history of the artists while also providing a safe way for people to get tattoos. Admission for the event ranges $10-$30. For more information, click here.
6. Saturday is your chance to meet Tuco and NoDoze from the hit shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” Actors Raymond Cruz (Tuco) and Cesar Garcia (NoDoze) will meet fans for one day only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Breaking Bad Store ABQ, 2047 S. Plaza St. NW. Tickets for the event are $100 with 130 available. They can be purchased at the store or online at breakingbadstoreabq.com. Tickets are single admission only and guarantee a meet-and-greet with the actors, autographs from both and a photo with the duo. Photos for autographs will be provided or you may bring a single item for them to sign. Purchases of Tuco or NoDoze items from the store will entitle you to additional autographs on those items, limited to four.
7. This weekend marks the final chance to see “Edmund and the Astronaut” at Fusion, 700-708 First St. NW. This original science-fiction play starring Ross Kelly and Elijah Kelly is the world’s first fully produced stage play to star a remote-controlled robot. It is written and produced by Ross Kelly and Sarah Loeppke. Show times are 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday with tickets $20 for general admission or $15 for students and seniors age 66-plus. Seating is limited and is first-come, first serve. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.
Bonus: For those looking for activities for the kids, check out Friday’s Movie on the Plaza with a free screening of “The Goonies” at 7 p.m. Additionally, Teen Nights return to Albuquerque, kicking off with the Sunport Pool Party from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Sunport Pool, 2033 Columbia Dr. SE. The event features DJ Warehouse 508, an iceberg in the pool, volleyball and games in the grass, pizza and snacks. Registration is required and can be made here.