Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s the perfect time of year: the extreme heat is gone and the frigid winter days have yet to come. For Albuquerqueans, this is a kind of weather sabbatical. Let’s enjoy it! Grab the sweater, the scarves, a cup of hot chocolate, and head out to one of these great events.

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” —A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is still in full swing! It’s hard not to notice the scores of balloons scattered about the sky every morning, and Sunday will be the Fiesta’s last day—so if you haven’t gotten the chance to view them, get out there. No matter how many times you’ve seen these hot air balloons, it never ceases to amaze.

The Krispy Kreme Morning Glow will take place at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, when you can see all the hot air balloons from around the world in their luminous glory. The mass ascension follows a half-hour after. At noon, Darius Rucker, of Hootie & the Blowfish fame, will take the stage with his vocal cords ready to serenade the Duke City. The night tops off with a firework show at 8 p.m.

If you slept in on Saturday, don’t worry—another Krispy Kreme Morning Glow happens Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m., and the Farewell Mass Ascension will lift off at 7 a.m.

Run for it!

We know, the Warrior Dash is half a year away—but we still need our 5K fix, and we can get just that this weekend with the Rio Grande Community Farm Fall Fest 5K.

This Saturday at 8 a.m., runners of all levels will jog through Los Poblanos Open Space farm. It’s the perfect chance to exercise, take in the majestic views, and even possibly cross paths with some wildlife. The venue calls the experience “a very fast course that will encourage the novice and keep the quick on their toes.”

Make sure to bring the kids as there will be a One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run and a corn labyrinth. Food trucks will be there to calm  growling stomachs and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about creatures and crops. Every participant receives admission for a four-member family to the RGCF Fall Festival on Oct. 26.

It’s $30 for adults, $10 for children. Money goes to RGCF, which contributes produce to Albuquerque Public Schools, provides to shelters, and sustains a wildlife habitat and a two-acre community garden. Register at riograndefarm.org.

The itsy bitsy cider

Cider lovers, get ready. Rio Grande Heritage Farm‘s Cider Festival will infest the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be farm demonstrations, food, live music, and fresh pressed cider. Get ready to gawk at farmers turning apples into cider at the century-old cider barn. Sample the fresh juice, and if you love it enough—which you will—buy some to take home, to your own refrigerator.

And even though Halloween is a few weeks away, it’s never too early to get creeped out. The Creeping, Crawling & Carnivorous Show is running through Nov. 3 at the Botanic Garden. Get up close and personal with some of nature’s darkest and nastiest insects, arachnids, and flesh-eating plants. Learn what these terrifying critters do for our environment.

All BioPark events are included with admission.

Be hair there or be square

Make sure to drop by the Toni & Guy Hair Dressing Academy‘s grand opening tomorrow at ABQ Uptown. Festivities will be happening from  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at 2201 Uptown Loop NE, with the very-stylish, sixth annual Urban Trash Charity Hair and Fashion Show following close behind.

Albuquerque Business First reported, “the academy has trained more than 500 salon professionals and expects to train 150 more per year in the new space.”

General admission is $10 and VIP admission is $25—but this includes front row seating, a swag bag, and the reception. All proceeds will benefit All Faiths.

So what are you up to this weekend?