Fantastic Fourth Weekend

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Independence Day weekend is here—time for cookouts, cold brews, and celebrating ‘Merica.

Speaking of cold brews, Wednesday ushered in a new era of serving laws in New Mexico. Breweries can now partner with local wineries to sell wine and cider. How great for the non-beer drinkers in the family­­ who now get to join brewery hoppers—no more sadly sipping wine at home.

If staying home this weekend is not your thing, we’ve compiled our favorite happenings around Albuquerque, patriotic or not. Happy Independence Day!

Pig Out on Pork and BrewsBarbecued ribs with corn on the cob

The 12th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship is here and it’s time to get your fill on barbecue and beer.

Located at the Santa Ana Star Center, the event will be indoor and outdoor to ensure a great time no matter what the weather may bring. Friday and Saturday Pork & Brew will be open from 11a.m.­–8 p.m., and Sunday from 11a.m.–5 p.m.

Between sampling some of the best barbecue and beers around, you can shop at local vendors and listen to live music. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $4 for kids 4–12, and kids 3 and under get in free. Purchase tickets online or at the Star Center box office.

Firework Fiestas

FireworksFourth of July isn’t complete without a fireworks fill. Join the many Albuquerqueans saving their spots for the display at Isotopes Park or Freedom Fourth 2015 at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Following tonight’s Isotopes game at 7:05 p.m., there will be a grand display of fireworks. You can purchase tickets online or at the Isotopes box office.

The Freedom Fourth display is a must-see. It boasts one of the largest fireworks shows in the state. Bring the whole family for free fun and entertainment. This year will feature national headliner Thompson Square, along with a microbrew garden, food from over 25 food vendors, a car show, and free kids’ activities.

Unwind with Bossa NovaGuitar on stage

For those who want a relaxing night before the holiday mania, enjoy the soothing sounds of Bossa Nova and contemporary Brazilian jazz featuring Tony Cesarano on guitar and Deb Orlofsky on vocals.

Don’t miss the Jazz Brasileiro performance tonight from 5:30p.m-8:30p.m. at the Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar at the Santa Ana Pueblo. With delightful food, drink and views, it will be sure to be a relaxing respite from the summer heat.


By: Olivia Torres