October 2019 Top Picks
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is an event like no other, with vibrant balloon-filled skies, special shape rodeos, twilight balloon glows and spectacular mass ascensions. Attendees can meet the pilots and crews, eat on Main Street, and enjoy the entertainment. Info: Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway, balloonfiesta.com, 821-1000. Admission: $10, children 12 and under free. Parking $15.
Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment. Four favorite Disney stories come to life when Disney On Ice presents this one-of-a-kind production on ice. The eight performances showcase Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Frozen. Info: Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho, Tickets: start at $15, disneyonice.com, 800-745-3000.
Zombie Attack. At a gathering of friends, Crystal, an amateur mystic, performs a ceremony from a mysterious book she recently purchased to bring a dead cat back to life. Her spell worked better than expected. A comedy/horror for Halloween with lots of blood and body parts, and guaranteed fun. Info: Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, auxdogtheatre.org, 596-0607.
The Brother Brothers. Carrying the folk tradition for a new generation, stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only identical twin brothers can carry. Info: The Cooperage, 7220 Lomas Blvd. NE, ampconcerts.org. Tickets: $17-$20.
Fly, Race, Drive. The Concours du Soleil 2019 Road Trip helps support local female business owners and entrepreneurs. The main event involves aircrafts, autos and motorcycles, and features Entourage Jazz. This unforgettable evening takes place in a private airplane hangar. Fly. Race. Drive. Dance. Bid. Eat. Drink. Info: Atlantic Aviation, 2505 Clark Carr Loop SE, seehotcars.com, 883-6240. Tickets: $125.
Under Milk Wood. West End Productions presents Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s masterpiece. A Welsh fishing village springs to life, with gales of laughter, heart-aching poignancy and buckets of the richest language ever heard on stage. Joe Feldman directs. Info: VSA North 4th Arts Center, 4904 4th Street NW, westendproductions.org, 404-8462. Tickets: $20-$25.
36th Annual Big 5 Sporting Goods Duke City Marathon. Ranked one of the top 25 marathons in the world, this is a Boston Marathon qualifier. It includes 7 races, finisher and winner medals, prize money, and a Health & Fitness Expo. Info: Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 3rd Street at Tijeras, dukecitymarathon.com, 880-1414.
Chris Greene Quartet. The renowned Chris Greene Quartet presents a contemporary jazz concert at Music in Corrales. Info: Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales, musicincorrales.org. Tickets: $25 in advance at Frame-n-Art in Corrales (898-0660) or chrisgreenequartet.brownpapertickets.com, $30 at the door if available.
JCC Book Fest Author Luncheon: Elana Horwich, “Meal and a Spiel: How to Be a Badass in the Kitchen”. The chef with a master’s degree in Jewish-Italian history infuses her cookbook with recipes, intuitive cooking lessons and Italian cuisine pictures. Info: Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, jccabq.org, 332-0565. Tickets: $20, holdmyticket.com; $22 at door.
Day of the Tread. This fundraising event by True Health New Mexico features Day of the Dead inspired costumes. It includes The Rail Runner nine-mile Family Ride, a 12-mile ride with a Rail Runner ride, 26-, 50-, 64-, and 100-mile routes. Oktoberfest is celebrated on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza and Day of the Tread participants receive free admission. Info: Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 3rd Street NW. Register: dayofthetread.com.
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