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New Mexico Centennial 2012 Summerfest in Albuquerque: June 16

New Mexico Centennial Summerfest takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012 in Albuquerque, as a celebration of New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial.

The free New Mexico Summerfest Centennial promises a great line-up of entertainment, culminating in free evening concerts at the Albuquerque Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza:

  • Country singer Will Banister from Clovis NM at 5:30 pm
  • Taos Pueblo Grammy award-winning musician Robert Mirabal at 6:30 pm
  • Grammy award-winning band Los Lobos at 8 pm

The day’s events starts at 12 noon, offering live entertainment at various Summerfest locations along Central Avenue, with pavilions and stages dedicated to performers reflecting New Mexico’s cultural mix: a Hispanic Heritage pavilion, a Native American stage with Gathering of Nations Inter Tribal Dancers, a New Mexico Office of African American Affairs stage, a World Pavilion, and a Rock and Rockabilly stage in honor of the classic era of Central Avenue as part of New Mexico’s historic Route 66.

Other event highlights include an arts and crafts show by New Mexico artists, a vintage car show, a Youthfest with activities for youngsters, plus storytellers, a cowboy poet, chautauquas on New Mexico history, gunfighters, drumming, dancing, and of course plenty of food vendors offering a feast of New Mexican foods!

A Science and Technology Center will feature exhibitors Spaceport America,  Explora, White Sands National Monument, Sandia National Labs,the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science, the Fractal Foundation, and other New Mexico science organizations.

All entertainment is free, and the full schedule for New Mexico Centennial Summerfest gives performance and event details and a map of the various locations.

Summerfest starts at 12 noon on June 16, and the ABQ Trolley Co will provide free trolley rides in a shuttle along Central Avenue from noon to 6 pm. 

This will be a very busy event, so if you’re visiting Albuquerque from out of town, it’s worth checking the options for New Mexico Summerfest public transportation, parking, and park and ride services.

And you might also want to check out our sister site Albuquerque on the Cheap, for local dining and attraction deals once you’re in the Duke City!

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Chili’s Free Kids Meal Coupon May 7-9

Chili’s Grill and Bar fans with families will love this!

Use this Chili’s Kids Eat Free coupon to get a a free kid’s meal from May 7 – 9 when you buy an adult entree at participating locations. In fact, the coupon fine print says it’s valid for up to two kids’ meals per adult entree ordered. You can use multiple coupons per table, and the promotion is for children aged 12 and under

The coupon is valid from Monday May 7 to Wednesday May 9, 2012, and not all locations may be participating, so call ahead if you want to be sure.

New Mexico Chili’s are in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Farmington, Roswell,  Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, and Espanola.

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Taos Ski Valley Free Torchlight Parade

They’re commemorating the birthday of Taos Ski Valley’s founder Ernie Blake with a free Taos Ski Valley Torchlight Parade and fireworks on Saturday March 24, 2012.  The action starts at 8 pm, but arrive early because traffic can be slow winding up the ski valley road, and you’ll need time to scope out your spot to watch!

This is a great free show with torchlight parade skiers descending down the mountain, followed by a fireworks display.  Kids love it! My own favorite place to watch is from the deck at the St Bernard Hotel, and I can attest to the comforting glow of their spiked hot chocolate. But you’ll get excellent views from Rhoda’s Deck or just about anywhere in the ski valley… unless you deliberately hide yourself behind a tree.

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Try Hockey for Free Day: Taos & El Paso

Try Hockey for Free Day is a wonderful idea from USA Hockey, with the aim of introducing kids aged 4 – 9 years to youth hockey, through a bunch of free events on Saturday, November 5, 2011.  Unfortunately, the only Try Hockey for Free Day event in New Mexico at time of writing is in Taos, although readers south of Las Cruces might also be interested in the El Paso Try Hockey for Free event. You need to register in advance at these links for:

Maybe more locations will come on board by the weekend – check at the Hockey for Free Day website and plug in your zip code on the map.

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Sugarite Canyon Halloween Trail: Free Family Event

The Sugarite Canyon Halloween Trail event takes place on the evening of Saturday October 22, 2011, at Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton.

The free trail walk is for families with kids aged 4 to 10 years old, and it runs from 6 – 8 pm. the adventure unfolds through encounters with characters such as Black Bear and Mountain Lion. Kids receive refreshments, small activities to take home, and the educational event aims to help them learn how to stay safe around wildlife. In previous years the trail has been lined with pumpkins, although there’s no guarantee it’ll be the same this year.

While the event is free, advance registration is necessary on (575)445-5607. They also encourage a donation of $5 per family to Friends of Sugarite.

Sugarite Canyon is a New Mexico State Park.

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