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What to do in Albuquerque for Father’s Day 2015

What are you going to do this Father’s Day in Albuquerque? With the weekend coming up fast, you might want to make plans to beat the rush. Here are a handful of things happening in Albuquerque this Father’s day.

Father’s Day Events in Albuquerque



  • Summer Nights Concerts: The Gregg Daigle Band
    The summer season officially begins at the Botanic Garden with an outdoor concert of Americana music. The concert runs 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday, June 18; gates open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Summer Nights happens at the Botanic Gardens, 2601 Central NW.
  • Getting to the Moon: Behind the Scene Stories
    The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will host a special talk about the book Space Pioneers by Loretta Hall. Twelve men landed on the moon and came back, and one was New Mexico’s own Harrison Schmitt. The talk takes place Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Calixto Oviedo’s Latin Train
    Calixto and his band will have a night of dancing under the stars at the Albuquerque Musuem on Friday, June 19, beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Cliff’s Amusement Park
    Take Dad to Cliff’s on Father’s Day, where he’ll ride free. Celebrate all weekend long. When a family brings Dad to the park and purchases their add day ride pass at the gate, Dad gets a free all day ride pass on June 20 or 21.
  • Kites in the Valle
    The Valles Caldera National Preserve will have a special day of flying kites on Saturday, June 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. Kites in the Valle is included as part of admission to the park. Be sure to take a kite.
  • Mopar Car Fest Show
    If Dad loves cars, this is the show for him. There will be car shows with classic, muscle, custom and restored vehicles, as well as raffles, car contests and more. It happens Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho. This is a free event.
  • Whole Lotta Rhythm Goin’ Down: A Juneteenth Freedom Concert
    Hear a full lineup of talented black musicians at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday, June 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Madrid Father’s Day Blues Festival
    Join 40 of New Mexico’s finest blues musicians in the town of Madrid on Sunday, June 21. Artists include Chris Dracup, Todd Tijerina, Mo Roberts, Hillary Smith and more. Along with the music, there will be arts and crafts vendors, food and more.
  • Sagebrush Father’s Day Weekend Auto Show
    There will be more than 200 classic cars, antique tractors, hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles at Sagebrush Community Church on Coors on Saturday, June 20 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pride Concert: I Love the 80s
    The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the historic KiMo downtown on June 20 7:30 p.m. and on June 21 at 3 p.m.
  • Urban Slide
    A 1000 foot wet, sliding adventure will come to Albuquerque for one weekend only, June 20 and 21. Located on Avenida Cesar Chavez near the Pit, the slide will take you down for a special ride. Register online. Must be five years or older, and 44 inches tall to slide.
  • Isotopes Home Game
    The Isotopes play Tacoma  for a series of home games over the weekend. Enjoy post-game fireworks on June 20 and on Father’s Day, June 21. There’s a camo hat giveaway Friday, June 19. On Father’s Day, there will be a pre-game catch on the field at Isotopes Park.
  • Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk and Father’s Day Fest
    Get outdoors with dad for the Samson Challenge at the JCC on Wyoming. Trudge, sweat and grunt your way to the finish line On Sunday, June 21, or take part in the 14th annual 5k.
  • Father’s Day in Old Town
    Spend the day in Old Town, where there will be music of the 80s and 90s. From 1 to 2:15 p.m., Boulevard Lane will rock the house. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Replicators will bring the music of the 80s and 90s to the plaza. Shop, eat and listen to free music.
  • Rail Yards Market
    The spectacular Rail Yards Market in Barelas will feature entertainment all day long. Take Dad out for a breakfast burrito or special treat from a parked food truck, and then take him to the Yards for a bit of Father’s Day shopping. The market takes place Sunday, June 21.
  • Sunday Chatter
    Hear Megan Holland on violin and James Holland on cello at this Sunday morning institution. The June 21 performace begins at 10:30 a.m. via Sunday Chatter.
  • Zoo Dads and World Giraffe Day
    On Sunday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., take Dad to the Zoo for a special celebration of the longest necked animal on earth. There will be talks, discovery stations and giraffe feeding from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Father’s Day Fiesta at the Zoo
    Take the family and some blankets to the zoo and enjoy the Family Stone. Hear great music and enjoy the special exhibits and prize giveaways. Visit the zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about giraffes. Enjoy music by the Family Stone Take a free park and ride shuttle from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the lot at the Botanic Garden/Aquarium. The concert takes place Sunday, June 21 from noon to 5 p.m.

Father’s Day Weekend Brunch and Dinner Specials

  • Buca de Beppo
    Eat at Buca with Dad if he loves Italian. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m.
  • Chama River Brewing Company
    Bring Dad to Chama on Father’s Day for a special meal.
  • O’Niell’s
    O’Niell’s has a special brunch menu for Dad that includes specialties such as the Irish breakfast sandwich and huevos rancheros. Try drinks such as Hair of the Dog, which is packed with bacon and Bloody Mary. Brunch is available at both locations. Hear Holy Water and Whiskey from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nob Hill location, or Pawn Drive from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heights location on Sunday, June 21.
  • Thur Shan Buffet at Sandia Casino
    The Father’s Day buffet special includes brunch specials such as pancakes and waffles, eggs, biscuits and gravy, an omelet station and more breakfast items. There will be pizza, calzones, seafood, smoked meats, Asian dishes, New Mexican dishes and more. End it with a dessert display. Brunch items run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Father’s Day buffet continues until 9 p.m. Cost is $22.95 per person, or $13.95 for children 5 – 11.
  • Zinc
    Head to Zinc for their Father’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring both regular brunch menu and specials such as pulled pork sliders and seafood cake Benedict. In the evening, Zinc will feature Americana musician Jim Almand in the Cellar Bar from 6 to 9 p.m. In the cellar and main dining room from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy a special three course Prime Rib Prix Fixe dinner for $42, plus a One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer flight for $15. Reservations are recommended, call (505) 254-9462.

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