1. Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – October 3,4,5 & 10,11,12, 2014. This festival features hundreds of fine artists and craft makers who come from all over the United States. In addition to browsing the unique, beautiful artwork and crafts, visitors can sample various New Mexican fare, view artist demonstrations and enjoy some family time at the kids’ creation station.
This year’s festival will be located at the infield of Expo New Mexico’s racetrack in the familiar big white tent and fees range from $8-15. There is a $5 parking fee as well.
2. Grecian Festival – October 3-5, 2014. Immerse in Greek culture by watching cooking demonstrations of traditional dishes, practicing the language and participating in dance lessons. Browse the various homemade goods, jewelry, clothing and other crafts. Admission is $5 and the festival is located near downtown at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High Street Southeast.
3. Fractal Maze – Grand opening on October 3-. Explore an 8-acre fractal maze and participate in fun, hands on activities. Experience the Rio Grande Community Farm’s maze on weekends; it is located at 1701 Montaño Road Northwest. Kids 3 and under are free, kids ages 4-12 are $5 and adults $8.
4. Quarantine: Collapse – a zombie experience haunted house – Grand Opening on October 3. An interactive haunted house where the audience is placed into the intense storyline as they navigate through the undead who have infested the farm and corn maze. Located at the Rio Grande Community Farm at 1701 Montaño Road Northwest; admission is $20.
5. International Balloon Fiesta – October 4-12, 2014. This year’s theme is Spirit of the Winds and it marks the 43rd annual event, which is expecting to host over 500 ballooning teams. Located at the Balloon Fiesta Park, 4401 Alameda Northeast and admission is $8 for 12 and over while kids are free. There is a $10 parking fee per car.
6. McCall Pumpkin Patch & Haunted Farm – October 4-26, 2014 weekends. Family-fun with lots of activities to choose, including hay rides, picking pumpkins from the patch and finding the path through a maze. Located in Moriarty off of I-40; admission is $12.95.
7. Cider Festival – October 11-12, 2014, 10:00am-2:00pm. Step onto the Botanic Garden farm and experience making and sampling fresh apple cider, which is also available for purchase. The festival will be held at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Northwest.
8. Southwest Bacon Fest – October 18, 2014. Over 50 culinary vendors are planning to attend and feature bacon themed fare. The fest will also include live music, local breweries and a bacon-eating contest. This is a family friendly event with something bacon for every bacon lover. The event is located at the Balloon Fiesta Park, 4401 Alameda Northeast. Admission is Adults at $7, kids 4-12 are $2, kids 3 and under are free and so is the family dog.
9. Zoo Boo – October 25, 2014. Dress up and trick or treat with the civic organizations located through the zoo, participate in ghoulish games and visit haunted habitats. Fun for the whole family. Zoo Boo takes place from 11:00am-4:00pm and is located at ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 Tenth Southwest. Entrance fees are included with regular admission.
10. 8th Annual Day of the Tread – October 26, 2014. Walk, run or bike through these Halloween themed paths, which begin at Civic Plaza. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Fun for the whole family while raising money and awareness for Casa Esperanza; registration fees depend on the type of of tread participants choose: cycling or running/walking.
Special shapes at Balloon Fiesta
The brilliantly colored hummingbird stands out among the other hot air balloons. Each year there seems to be more fabulously specially shaped balloons that keeps residents’ eyes glued to the gorgeous blue skies.
The three bees
The bee family are regular favorites at the balloon fiesta. Some other old favorites includes a stage coach, Darth Vader and a larger than life cow. The special shapes have their own night and can be seen many of the days.
Picking the perfect pumpkin
Picking pumpkins is just one of the many things awaiting the children at McCalls Pumpkin Patch. There are hay rides, mining for gemstones, solving the corn maze path, and so many more activities and fun!