There’s something about sizzling dogs and the crack of a baseball bat that screams summer to us. According to the Minor League Baseball Pacific Coast League’s attendance chart, many Albuquerqueans agree. As of July 8, 2016, the Albuquerque Isotopes have had a total of 317,903 fans attend games this season—that’s 5th in the league.
If you’re a traditionalist, you’re starting lineup for snacking probably consists of at least one, or two franks, too. Earlier this year the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) estimated that baseball fans would consume more than 19.4 million hot dogs and over 4.3 million sausages during the 2016 Major League baseball season. The combined hot dog and sausage total could stretch cross-country from Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida, to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. ‘T
Since the ‘Topes don’t return to The Lab until July 13, why not try stepping up to the plate with one or two of these grand slam events happening this weekend.
If you missed out on tickets to the Darius Rucker concert on July 8 at the Isleta Amphitheatre, you can still get your live music (and beer!) fix at Tractor Brewing Company’s Nob Hill Taproom (118 Tulane SE, 433-5654) as Americana singer/songwriter, Sean Costanza performs. Costanza is part of this weekend’s Tractor Summer Tour Series starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy the free concert with a cold Double Plow Oatmeal Stout or the crisp Red Apple Cider in hand.
One word: Tequila! If The Champs’ classic song is now stuck in your head and your mouth is watering for a margarita, take a spin downtown to Posh Nightclub (405 Central NW, 721-8589) on July 9 for the First Annual Margarita Festival. Sample 14 different tequila and wine brands while enjoying live music, food trucks, and vendor booths. Sip it straight up, or have your sample mixed into a margarita. Tickets are $25 online, and it’s a 21+ event so make sure you bring you I.D. when doors open at noon.
Sundays have gotten a bad rap for being a day to sit around and veg out watching Netflix all day. This Sunday, July 10, put down the remote, get off your couch, and head to St. Claire’s Winery and Bistro (901 Rio Grande Blvd NW,243-9916) for Salsa Sunday. Spice up the end of a great weekend with salsa lessons by Sandra Leon from 2-2:30 p.m and enjoy live music by Terra Plena until 6 p.m. A $5 cover, for the band will be charged at the door, but get there early to grab one of the 90 patio seats.