If you’re traveling to Albuquerque this spring, or are considering booking a trip and want to fill out your time while there, you’ll definitely want to check out our list of what’s happening in ABQ in March. Visiting the Southwest in the springtime is perfect—it’s not too hot yet, but it’s sunny and enjoyable, and if you live in a colder area, you’ll love the change of scenery.
Albuquerque Museum: Only in Albuquerque
First up: Staring March 3, 2015, the Albuquerque Museum will be featuring a new exhibition, titled “Only in Albuquerque.” This exhibit will be a permanent one, showcasing the culture of Albuquerque and the central Rio Grande. It tells the story in four different galleries, each with its own theme: Innovative, Resourceful, Spirited and Courageous—all culminating in a central gallery called “Our Land.” “Only In Albuquerque” has been in design and development for several years, and will not only present a learning experience, but an interactive, engaging offering of information. Visitors will be able to create their own family Coat of Arms, send a Route 66 postcard to a friend, create a personal “quilt” of images from the museum’s collections, and much more. The museum has compiled offerings for theater, storybooks and more, for a range of visitors to all enjoy.
The exhibit features an expanded history of the city, providing guests with a physical layout that reinforces the central theme of Albuquerque: different cultures meshing and interacting with each other in a unique geographical setting. Hundreds of artifacts will be featured in the exhibit, with additional objects to be unveiled soon. If you’re a history buff and love learning about different geographical places and their cultures, this is an exhibit you won’t want to pass on.
The 27th Annual National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show
If you’re a spicy food aficionado and are constantly on the lookout for the hottest peppers and other spicy endeavors, you’ll want to check out the 27th Annual National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show. With more than 200 booths and 1,000 products related to seeking out heat, this is the largest and most-visited show about spicy foods and barbecue in the world. Sample everything from super-hot BBQ to mouthwatering salsas, and even hot and spicy desserts.
This event takes place at the Sandia Resort and Casino, making Barcelona Suites the ideal spot for staying at during your trip. Stay nearby and enjoy all of the local attractions, including this show.
The 27th Annual National Fiery Foods and Barbecue show goes from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, and costs $15 for adults, $8 for children 6-18, and kids under 6 are free. Last year’s show welcomed more than 20,500 trade and public attendees, so this year’s show is sure to be a hit as well. Some of the confirmed exhibitors so far include El Pinto, Budweiser, Yoder Smokers and more. Make your plans today!
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – Spring Show
Albuquerque is no stranger to a host of talented artists, and the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival does a great job of giving these artists a platform to show off their wares. Fine art is the focus of the spring show, and features more than 225 artists and craftsmen from all over the country. This tri-annual juried art show will be held March 13-15, 2015, at the EXPO New Mexico Fairgrounds. The spring show is the state’s first major art event of the year, and showcases a vast array of different artwork mediums, ensuring there’s something for everyone here, including complimentary craft activities for kids, as well as live entertainment all day long. The festival costs $7 for a one-day pass, or $9 for all three days, and kids under 12 are free.
The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
If you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter and richer, visit the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest. Taking place on March 21 and 22 at EXPO New Mexico, this is the Southwest’s largest gathering of chocolatiers, coffee roasters, tea houses, cake, donut, and candy makers, wineries and more. This year’s event features contests including a s’mores eating contest, a chocolate sculpture contest, a Guittard chocolate baking contest, a food photography contest, and a chocolate pie eating contest, plus plenty of other attractions, such as a long list of vendors and exhibitors and plenty of demonstrations and presentations. Enter the best chocolate cake or cookie baking contest, learn about craft chocolate with Ritual Chocolate’s “Bean to Bar 101” presentation, enjoy Keith Jardin’s Caveman Coffee Seminar, or watch Santa Fe Culinary Academy’s culinary demo. There will also be musicians from the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band, Chase Dabney, Breaking Blue, Deer In Headlights, and more. If your passions include chocolate, coffee, or both, this is one fest you’ll want to attend.
Reinventing Radio: An Afternoon with Ira Glass
While only NPR fanatics might consider traveling out of state to see the This American Life host speak, this would be a great event for anyone who happens to be in Albuquerque already. On March 8 at Popejoy Hall, Ira Glass will take the stage to talk about his program, This American Life, and the various components that go into creating it. Learn more about what makes a compelling story, where the staff of TAL find the stories, and how Glass and his staff work to push the boundaries of broadcast journalism. Enjoy Glass’ stories about the show as well as funny and memorable moments he’s had while working on it. Tickets range from $10-50 and the show is at 3 p.m.
Women of Ireland and the Legends of Irish Dance
If you love all things Ireland, you’ll love these two events, both held at Popejoy Hall on March 17. Women of Ireland is a concert that showcases some of Ireland’s finest female performers, including music, song and dance. The Legends of Irish Dance features some of Ireland’s finest traditional dancers and musicians with stunning choreography and original music. If you’ve previously enjoyed shows like Riverdance or Lord of the Dance, this will be right up your alley.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
This event is for the cowboys out there. Taking place from March 20 to 22, this event is held at The Pit and features the top 35 bull riders in the world competing against the fiercest bulls on the planet. The two-hour show is guaranteed to showcase spills and thrills and will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. This nationally televised event visits some of the most famous arenas across the United States, including this one here in Albuquerque. Each event has a winner, and riders accumulate points toward the ultimate goal—the Professional Bull Riders World Championship. The bonus for being the top contender at this event? A $1 million prize. Don’t miss this action-packed show.
Treasure of the Earth Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Expo
All of you Breaking Bad fans out there know that they’re not rocks, they’re minerals, Marie! If you’re a mineral fan as well, the Treasure of the Earth Expo is for you. On March 20-22, head to the New Mexico State Fairgrounds Creative Arts Center, and browse what more than 50 dealers have brought to the show. Ogle everything from Zebra rock to crystals and gems and much more. There are grab bags for kids, a mineral ID booth, finely crafted jewelry, and other crafts, supplies and books, beads and much more. There will be about 20 displays per day, plus three silent auctions each day. If you’re a mineral or gem enthusiast, be sure to check out this Expo while you’re in Albuquerque.
Concert: The Hit Men
When nostalgia hits, you’ll love the Hit Men. Featuring former stars of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, and more, the Hit Men created and recorded some of the greatest songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and are ready to bring those right back to you. This concert is at Popejoy Hall on March 29, with admission ranging from $10-40.
Breaking Bad RV Tours
If you’ve been missing Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, get your fix with Breaking Bad RV Tours. These take place every Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., and take you around the city in an RV just like the one used in the show. This tour brings you to see 17 of the most popular sites from the show, including Jesse’s house, the dog house, Tuco’s headquarters, the DEA building where Frank worked, the Rail yard and Mexican mash unit, the Civic Plaza, Jane’s apartment and Crossroads Hotel, and of course, Los Pollos Hermanos and the Laundromat—plus several more hot spots. You might not get to throw a pizza onto anyone’s roof or sell any blue meth, but when you’ve got this comprehensive tour taking you on a trip around the most familiar places from the show, you’ll feel like you’re right there with them. This fully interactive tour costs $75 and is sure to be something you never forget from your trip to Albuquerque.
What Else Should You See in ABQ?
When you take a trip to the Southwest, you should make it a priority to learn more about the lifestyle and cultures that have helped mold the city into what it is today. In Albuquerque, that’s not hard to do—at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, for instance, you can learn all about the native tribes who inhabit the land and what they do and have done in the past in the city and its surrounding areas. There are 19 Pueblos in New Mexico, and though not all are located in Albuquerque, tourists and locals alike can visit the ones that are. Learn about the land, the culture and the story of the Pueblo world.
You can also plan a trip to historical Old Town, which features dining, tours, a museum, shopping, cultural attractions and more. Stop by the Southwest Barter store, where visitors an barter their goods, rent bicycles and more, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in one of the local restaurants, such as Garduno’s or Hacienda Del Rio Cantina. There are also tours such as the ABQ Bio Park, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Turquoise Museum, which features more than 80 mines in its collections. There are also plenty of other local attractions not to be missed, such as the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, a tramway that stretches from the northeast edge of Albuquerque to the crest line of the Sandia Mountains. The view from the tram includes all of Albuquerque plus an additional 11,000 square miles of the New Mexico countryside. And once you get to the top of Sandia Peak, there are more recreational attractions to enjoy up there.
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