Memorial Day weekend events in New Mexico

Updated: 05/23/2014 12:40 PM | Created: 05/23/2014 8:29 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

There are plenty of fun things to do with your family all over New Mexico this Memorial Day weekend:

Cannon Air Force Base Air Show and Open House
Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25
Cannon Air Force Base
Cost: Free

Description: The 2nd annual Air Show and Open House is Saturday and Sunday.  It is free and will feature the Thunderbirds, Wings of Blue and many Cannon aircraft.

28th Annual Riverfest
Friday-Sunday, May 23-25
Animas and Berg Parks, Farmington
Cost: Free -but donations accepted for the River Reach Foundation

Description: Farmington kicks off the summer season with Riverfest. There's river raft rides, a car show, plenty of food, 5 and 10-K runs, even events for your dog.  The live music is free, but donations to the River Reach Foundation are accepted.

10th Annual Fly Freedom's Flag Boat Parade
Saturday, May 24
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Elephant Butte Lake
Dam Site Marina
Cost: Park Entrance Fee

Description: They'll be on the water at Elephant Butte this weekend too. The 10th Annual Fly Freedom's Flag Boat Parade is Saturday. A  P-O-W  M-I-A service kicks off at the Dame Site Restaurant patio at 10am. The boat parade begins at noon.

Rally in the Valley
Saturday, May 24
Registration starts at 8 a.m., Bikes Line Up at 10 a.m., Kick Starts Up at Noon
Red River Convention Center
101 River St, Red River
Cost: $25 Registration, Proceeds benefit Make a Wish of New Mexico

Description: New Mexico's Biggest Biker Event is also on Saturday. Our own Steve Stucker will lead motorcyclists through Red River for the 4th Annual Rally in the Valley. Registration for the ride and lunch starts at 8am. All the money raised benefits Make A Wish of New Mexico.

New Mexico Philharmonic Zoo Concert: Here's to the Heroes!
Saturday, May 24
8 p.m.
Rio Grande Zoo Amphitheater
Cost: $7-$125 Find your tickets here

Description: Bring the whole family, and celebrate our heroes with a true red, white and blue night of great patriotic music! From great Sousa marches to The Star Spangled Banner and the beloved 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, don't miss this amazing concert of American favorites, just in time for Memorial Day!

19th Annual Silver City Blues Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25
12 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday
Gough Park
Silver City
Cost: Free

Description: Fun in the sun at Gough Park in Silver City, NM! Another stellar blues lineup including Alvin Youngblood Hart and Muscle Theory and Mingo Fishtrap. FREE!

Civil War in the West Tour
Saturday, May 24
1:30 p.m.
Pecos National Historical Park off I-25
Cost: $2 (in addition to the $3 entrance fee)

Description: From Labor Day through Memorial Day, rangers offer three guided tours each week (one on Fridays, one on Saturdays, and one on Sundays) to share insights into the rich crossroads of history and culture at Pecos National Historical Park. Space is limited to 9 people on all van tours, so call for reservations in advance of the date you seek: 505-757-7241.

Southwest Sound Fest
Saturday, May 24
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE
Cost: $15 advanced; $20 at the door; $5 children 12 and up. Get tickets

Description: The Fest is an all-day entertainment and food celebration that the whole family can enjoy. Southwest Sound Fest will feature popular musicians across all music genres from the Albuquerque metro, along with some of the Duke City’s most popular food trucks.

Summertime in Old Town Memorial Day Concert
Saturday, May 24
6 p.m.
Historic Old Town
303 Romero Rd NW
Cost: Free

Description: Spend the evening in Historic Old Town, as we honor the men and women who have served our nation with a Memorial Day Tribute concert.

4th Annual Albuquerque Blues & Brews
Sunday, May 25
2p.m.-6 p.m.
Sandia Resort & Casino
Cost: $25-$35

Description: Dozens of great breweries, unlimited sampling & 3 great blues bands. Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. General Admission 3p-6p: Includes entrance to festival, unlimited sampling, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and one entry in grand prize drawing. VIP Admission 2p-3p: Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance hour.

2014 Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 26
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: Free

Description: Join our community as we remember the sacrifices our Veterans have made for our state and nation.

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 26
10 a.m.
Starts on Country Club Drive down Southern Boulevard
Rio Rancho
Cost: Free

Description: Immediately following the parade, a remembrance ceremony honoring the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to their country will take place at the Veterans Monument Park. The ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. and consist of several different speakers.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park
Memorial Flag March 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
34 Country Club Rd
Angel Fire
Cost: Free

Description: Please join us as we honor our veterans. The keynote speaker for this year is Joe Galloway.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets and beach towels since seating is in our outdoor amphitheater.

Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family
Monday, May 26
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
601 Eubank Blvd. SE
Cost: $8 adults; $7 for youth and seniors
Description: This inspiring exhibition celebrates America's rich military history through the voices of America's military families. Through written word and interactive elements, visitors will experience the joy, the sorrow and the sacrifice of America's steadfast and unsung heroes, the military family.

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