Looking for ways to enjoy the long holiday weekend? Here’s a look at what’s going on in northwest Albuquerque.
- Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church is hosting the Freedom Car Show Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and will feature inflatables, a car show and food trucks. There will also be raffles to support Stand True for Blue, a nonprofit organization that strives to be a sustaining, unifying and encouraging source of support for law enforcement and all first responders.
- The Ventana Ranch Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints organized a breakfast potluck at Tuscarora Park at 8 a.m. Monday. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a dish to share.
- There is a Bosque Wild Guided Hike scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Open Space Visitor Center. The guide will lead a hike through the Bosque while discussing the history of flora, fauna and water as it relates to the Bosque.
4. Jam out to country, reggae and New Mexican music before watching the city’s biggest fireworks display at Freedom Fourth at Balloon Fiesta Park from 3-10 p.m. Monday. The event is free, but parking is $10 per vehicle. Pre-pay by visiting premiumparking.com/P4702. Otherwise, be prepared to pay in cash. The city encourages visitors to use the Park & Ride bus service at Coronado or Cottonwood malls, with the service beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. Food, drinks and kids’ activities, including face painting, bounce houses and two rock walls, will be available for the all-ages event. Visit cabq.gov/artsculture/things-to-do/annual-events/freedom-4th for more information.
5. Saturday marks the final day to view “Mysterious Inner Worlds,” a solo exhibit featuring Anila Quayyum Agha, at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. It features four sculptures activated by light, including the large-scale light installation “Intersections” and the debut of the sculpture “Steel Garden (Red). The museum is pen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on the exhibit, click here or call 505-277-4001.
6. Share your greatest wish at with the observance of Tanabata, a Japanese summer festival, at the Tanabata Wish-making Station in the Botanic Garden of ABQ BioPark July 1-7. The festival celebrates the meeting of the deities Hikoboshi and Orihime, two celestial lovers represented by the stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated by the Milky Way. According to legend, they are only allowed to meet once per year, the seventh month of the lunisolar calendar. Traditionally, people write their wishes on colorful strips of paper (tanzaku papers) and affix them to bamboo branches. This weeklong station invites residents to the BioPark’s Japanese Garden to learn more about Tanabata and make your own wish strip. The BioPark is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 505-848-7172 or click here.
7. Celebrate Independence Day with the Albuquerque Isotopes as the team hosts the Sugarland Space Cowboys. Friday’s promotional giveaway is clear backpacks to the first 2,000 fans, while Saturday and Sunday’s game will be followed by fireworks. Saturday also features the Mariachis de Nuevo México and is Lowrider Night. Gates open early Saturday and Sunday, at 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, and 6:05 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the team’s website.