We don’t know about you, but we’ve definitely noticed an uptick in bird activity in ABQ—especially among the kind that like to hang out directly outside bedroom windows and wake up groggy journalists. But this is a good thing (for the city, at least)—according to the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors bureau, birding in and around ABQ is a major tourist draw. In fact, the metro area and surrounding mountains make up three distinct birding zones; the Rio Grande Valley birds of spring and summer (5,000 feet in elevation); nocturnal owls and other night beasts (8,500 feet); and rosy finches and other birds up on Sandia Crest (10,678 feet).
In fact, there are more than 200 species of birds that live or pass through the bosque. We’re not sure which beaked jerk is responsible for stirring our slumber, but we’re glad he or she is here—after all, Albuquerque’s wildlife population is part of what makes our city so unique.
But so do the people who live here. To find out for yourself, flutter on over to a few of these weekend events in ABQ.
What could possibly make a ghost tour of Old Town cooler? By adding beer, of course! That’s exactly what the fine folks at Tours of Old Town promise with their special Toast a Ghost! Haunted Pub Crawl.
The three-and-a-half-hour takes guests on a tour through four bars that are rumored to have supernatural stories in their past or present. Guests are welcome to delve deeper into the stories brewing at each location with the tour company’s specialized ghost-hunting equipment, but guests are invited to bring their own equipment, as well. Guests will even perform a “toast to the ghost,” aka, a cheer to a ghost who has made Old Town its eternal home, if they so choose.
Each pub visit lasts at least 30 minutes, which means you’ll have plenty of time to partake in some “spirits” of your own. Now, if only our bar tabs would mysteriously disappear… Anyway, the tour begins tonight at 7 p.m., but guests must register and pre-pay for the event before showing up, which costs a whole $15.
Who says your state taxes don’t go towards something fun? On Saturday, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the City of Albuquerque will host a Free Fishing Derby at Tingley Beach.
The Central Pond will be stocked with over 5,000 native rainbow trout, 200 of which are tagged. If a fisherman (0r woman) catches one of the tagged fish, they’ll receive a prize provided they have a fishing license if they’re over the age of 12. The derby starts at the crack of dawn at 7:30 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.
Unfortunately, we can’t pop a beer in such a public place, but we’ll be too busy catching all the fish anyway, right?
“Irish” I was There Right Now
St. Patty’s day may not be until Tuesday, March. 17, but the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum isn’t waiting until then to celebrate.
The museum will host the High Desert Saint Paddy’s Party and Parade on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and promises Celtic music from the likes of the High Desert Pipes and Drums band, Celtic dancing, food, and fun. More than five musical performers will take to the main stage, while even more musical performances and dancers will take place on the side stage.
Some of them include The McTeggart Irish Dancers of New Mexico, the Enchantment Scottish Country Dancers, and the Belen Goju Ryu Karate-Sword Kata.
There will even be a costume contest for kids and dogs, which will be judged on the main stage around 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, but is free for children under 12 in costume, and free for kids under 6 years old. If you didn’t happen to work all the “Irish” out during the museum party, organizer promise a sweet afterparty at O’Niell’s Irish Pub on Juan Tabo afterwards.
As for what you should wear, Kilts aren’t required. But we’re pretty sure they’re encouraged.
What are you doing this weekend???