While we’re all jacked up on pumpkin-spice lattes in preparation for the pumpkin beer we’ll be enjoying this weekend, we figured it’d be a good time to let you in on the coolest halloween events that are more “treat” than “trick.”
Is it too soon for Halloween jokes? We think not. Here are our three favorite things happening in ABQ this weekend.
When ballet and black magic meet, there’s bound to be a surprise or two.
What better way to get in a spooky mood than to watch Dracula himself pirouette his way across the stage, on his way to a midnight snack from the neck of his 20-something victim? Actually, there’s romance in Festival Ballet Albuquerque’s interpretation of Dracula, A Love Story. For you Nicholas Sparks fans, just replace your normal male protagonist with nosferatu incarnate, and you’ll be on the right track.
The ballet interpretation of Drac’s classic gothic tale will take place twice, with one performance on Oct. 18 and another Oct. 19. Better grab a ticket before this love story settles back into the casket for another year of slumber.
Run For Your Life!
No, it’s not the zombie horde on your heels, but if that helps motivate you to run faster in this year’s Duke City Marathon, then more power to you. The 31st-annual race will start on Sunday at 7 a.m., and will also include marathon relays, a 5K run, half marathon, 10K and 5K walks, as well as a post-race festival.
The marathon is sponsored by Big 5 Sporting Goods, and will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. And if you don’t get first place, no worries (your registration packet also includes a moisture-wicking long-sleeve shirt). And isn’t that more useful than a medal, anyway? Make sure to shave off a few bucks from your registration fee by registering on Saturday, rather than race day, here.
Clamber to the Top
Sticking to the ground is so out of style. Get “boulder” and grapple your way up a wall instead at the Prime8 Rock Climbing Festival hosted by Stone Age Climbing Gym. Experienced climbers can take part in scaling competitions, while newbies truly can get to know the basics through climbing games, clinics, and shoe demos.
The festival will go on all weekend, as well as into next week. To get new climbers up on the wall more regularly, Stone Age will also be offering membership discounts. The cult climbing favorite “Valley Uprising” will also be shown at the KiMo Theatre on Oct. 22.
Oh, and did we mention there will be wall-based flag football? Get on our level!
What are you doing this weekend?