With the wet and rainy season we’ve had, the drought is loosening its grip on New Mexico. According to the National Weather Service, 21% of the state is in moderate-to-severe drought leaving only 4% of the Land of Enchantment in severe drought, a significant drop just from last year. The drought isn’t over, but we’re getting there.
Summer is definitely heating up this weekend. Although clouds are hanging around today, they should clear up Saturday and Sunday. With so many things to do in ABQ, how can you choose? Luckily, the events are spaced so you can have your eggs and lavender and eat them too (well, maybe not in the same dish).
Who doesn’t love breakfast food? This staple drives Albuquerqueans to some of the best eateries in town for a scrumptious morning meal. Tomorrow you can get your fill while giving to charity—a win, win really. At the 14th Annual Breakfast Egg-Stravaganza, pancakes, waffles, pastries, fruit, made to-order omelets, and a full western buffet are on the menu. There will also be a kid’s zone will a bouncy house, face painting, games, and more to keep kiddos occupied between the syrupy-sticky fingers. There will also be special appearances by former New Mexico Lobo and professional NBA player Kenny Thomas, and our favorite mascot, Orbit. The Egg-Stravaganza will run from 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at Northside Presbyterian (5901 Harper Drive NE) and proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque. Admission for adults is $20, kids 4-11 $10, and kids under 4 are free.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Lavender is in the air, which is a great thing if you experience stress or have trouble sleeping. This powerful aromatherapy scent can help with relaxation and even headaches. If you missed Los Poblanos’ harvest, or just can’t get enough lavender, there are still ways to get your hands on some of the fragrant flowers. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Le Petit Lavender Festival will celebrate all things lavender. With food, drinks, gifts, and local lavender plants, there are many ways to indulge. The festival will be at the Idalia Road Marketplace in Rio Rancho (1320 Idalia Road NE, 553-5591).
What do you use lavender for?
Route 66 Summerfest
Nob Hill’s Route 66 Summerfest is here. Spanning from performances tonight at Highland Theater to Jazz Brunches at select restaurants Sunday, this event is packed full with things to do and see. On Saturday, From 2 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Central Avenue will bustle with local vendors at the Mother Road Market, including food trucks, live music, a car and bicycle show, and even a free group wedding. This year’s entertainment headliner is Roomful of Blues, considered one of the most joyful blues ensembles in the world. You’ll find them at the main stage on Central Ave. and Girard Blvd at 9 p.m. on Saturday. There will be three stages throughout featuring music all day. Cork & Tap will feature local craft beer and wine for the adults and a Kid’s Zone will feature family-friendly performances, face painting, a rock wall, and more. A free Park and Ride will be of service to patrons going to and from the festival at the southwest corner of University and Lomas, and to return, meet at Johnson Field. Busses will run from 2–11p.m. The event is also pet friendly featuring a Canine Cabana with treats and pools to cool off pups.
What is your favorite Summer Fest activity?