Albuquerque! Did you know today is National Donut Day?
It’s true—America the Beautiful actually devotes a day to these hole-filled confections, and it shows, mostly on our waistlines.
According to facts compiled by USA Today, at least 60 percent of American households eat doughnuts, and the average person devours about 31 per year!
But tragically, Canada has more donut shops that America. Shocking, eh?
While you’re pondering these facts over a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme, consider crashing a few of these weekend events to work off those extra calories:
Get Your Garden On
Very rarely will you get permission to tiptoe through a total stranger’s daisies, which is all the more reason you should check out the 6th Annual Corrales Garden Tour.
This self-guided jaunt through Corrales residents’ gardens takes place on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at six areas throughout the village. The gardens themselves run the gamut from water-saving xeric landscapes to green, succulent, bosque-inspired paradises.
The tour offers Albuquerqueans the chance to rub shoulders with a handful of Sandoval County Master Gardeners, who will be stationed in the gardens to answer questions and offer demonstrations on water harvesting, gardening techniques, composting, and more.
Each garden is unique, thanks to its location and its owner’s personality. By visiting, guests can see how homeowners solved unique problems on their plots, and possibly solve some problems of their own.
The event is sponsored by Corrales MainStreet, and profits from the $10 ticket go toward a neighborhood landscaping project. Tickets can be purchased at the above link, gardening centers around the city, or at the tents along Corrales Road on the day of the event.
Join the Folk Festivities
Get ready to express yourself at this year’s ABQ Folk Fest, a local celebration of all thinks folk-related that might just leave you thinking, “What the folk have I been missing all this time?”
The festival—which takes place at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum—underscores the importance of passing on the knowledge, skills, and traditions that ensure the continued existence of folk activities.
And we’re not just talking about folk music here, folks (pun intended). Although the festival will welcome more than 30 folk and folk-related performers on three stages, the festival also focuses on sharing unique folk activities from different cultures, including old American folk, New Mexican folk, Middle Eastern folk, and more.
The festival provides an opportunity for guests to participate and experience folk activities, including song, dance, and storytelling. According to the festival’s mission, folk activities enhance the continuance of cultural traditions and enhance community expression.
So for some true “enhancement,” consider stopping by the Balloon Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and the party runs from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Get a Head-Start on Art
While you’re in Corrales, unwind from the garden tour by perusing paintings and other works of art at Corrales Art in the Park. The event—held at La Entrada Park—invites guests to peruse a wide range of different mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, glasswork, woodwork, photography, printmaking, and many others.
Of course, you can’t have an art shindig without a little bit of music in the background, and guests can expect an earful of sound from the bluegrass group “The Red Light Ramblers” from 12–2 p.m., followed by Jim Jones, the 2014 Wester Music Association Performer of the Year.
The event is on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., and is free to attend.
What are you doing this weekend?