The crisp air, changing leaves, and the fiesta folks have left town- time to get the family out for some fall fun. Albuquerque has so many wonderful activities for families during this time before Halloween. From corn mazes, pumpkin patches, markets, and races- there is something for everyone.
*Excerpts from corresponding websites
Maize Maze- Rio Grande Community Farm
- 8-Acre Maze
- Pumpkins & Pumpkin Painting
- Snacks & Drinks – Pop Fizz and My Sweet Basil
- Educational Programming by Explora, the Audubon Society, ABQ BioPark, and Bilingual Birdies
On Saturday, October 27th is FarmStrong with live music, fun run, beer garden, and more!
Wagner’s Farmland Experience
- Corn Maze
- Pumpkin Patch
- Petting Zoo
- Hay rides
- Play Areas
From their site about this year’s maze: Ahoy Matey! Get ready for an exciting pirate adventure this year at Wagner’s Farmland Experience. Do you dare to explore the uncharted maze and either find ye self a booty full of treasure or will you plunge into Davey Jone’s Locker?
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch
- NEW: Apple Cannons
- Hayride & Pumpkin Picking
- Pedal Kart Track
- 16-Acre Corn Maze
- Gemstone Mining*
- Jumping Pillows
- Pumpkin Cannon
- OK Corral
- Country Store
- Lil’ Boomtown
- Back-in-Time Playhouse
- Bouncy Jumpers
- Pig Races
- Train Rides*
- Princess Castle
- Miner’s Shack
- Giant Slide
- Sandboxes/Fossil Dig
- Cow Train
- Corn Box
- Old West Play Fort
- Duck Races
- Mechanical Bull Ride*
- Produce Market
- Singing Chicken Show
- Animal Barn and Goat Bridges
And for you thrill seekers, McCall’s has a fantastic Haunted Farm. NOTE- This coming weekend is the last weekend for the Haunted Farm.
Galloping Graces Youth Ranch
20’ X 40’ corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress up, tractor races, a roping arena, pumpkin bowling, duck races, mud pie kitchen, putt-putt golf, football toss, cornhole, basketball shoot, Fall decor, and of course PUMPKINS! Plus, each weekend the Pumpkin Patch will also have a Petting Zoo, and a Paintball Target Arena.
Big Jim Farm- Pumpkin Patch and Farm Market
See the nine-acre farm and pick the perfect pumpkin for cooking or making jack-o-lanterns as well as prepicked fruits and veggies for sale.
Rio Grande Community Farm (see above)
Wagner’s Farm (see above)
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch (see above)
Downtown Grower’s Market
The market is home to over 45 New Mexican growers offering the highest quality produce available in Albuquerque, along with a wide array of talented local artists and a delicious mix of prepared food artisans.
Every week we feature a live band, community nonprofits, a bike valet service, and lots of community spirit! All are welcome!
Last market is November 7th
The Rail Yards Market of Albuquerque operates on Sundays from 10am-2pm during the months of May-October. We are a community organized Growers’ market celebrating all things local and at the heart of New Mexican culture. We are so much more than your typical Farmer's or Grower's Market--every Sunday you can peruse 100's of New Mexico's finest food, farm, artisan, and healing vendors, hear live musicians, and come away enriched from our educational/demonstration zones for kids and adults! All this under one roof at the historic Blacksmith Shop at the heart of our City!
Last Day is October 28th
Day of the Tread- Sunday, October 28th
Reward yourself for all those long hot summer days in the sun, with crisp air, picturesque landscape, and lots of fun! Join us for family-oriented, Halloween-themed charitable bike rides (12, 26, 54, 64, 80, 100) The 2017 Day of the Tread has a treat for everyone!
Whichever path you choose, all participants will enjoy a Sunday pre-event motivation gathering, a post-ride celebration, courses full of music, entertainment, themed recharge zones and crazy contests. Costumes are encouraged but not required; we will be awarding prizes for the best human costumes and best bike costumes. So! If you like dressing up in costume, putting on face paint or wigs, come join us as your favorite witch, ghost, goblin or monster. Participation ensures a ghoulish-good time!
Zoo Boo- Saturday, October 27th
It's time for Zoo Boo! We're celebrating 30 years of safe Halloween fun this year with games, Haunted Habitats, costumes and, of course, candy! Trick-or-treat from dozens of sponsoring businesses and civic organizations at tables throughout the Zoo.
Dia de Los Muertos Parade and Celebration- Sunday, November 4th
Dia de Los Muertos is an ancient tradition rooted in Mexico. It celebrates life and honors those who have passed on. Our celebration draws its influences from Jose Guadalupe Posada's early 1900's portrayal of personalities and professions as skeletons or Calaveras. Posada depicted rich and poor alike as skeletons in ordinary and sometimes outrageous but tragic life settings. Printed sheets would circulate during Dia De Los Muertos festivities where he would seize the opportunity for political satire and comedy. The Posada Calavera always seemed to be laughing, frolicking and up to mischief.
Dragon Lights Festival- Ongoing
Dragon Lights Albuquerque, previously known as the magical New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival, will return to Expo New Mexico this year from October 5th to December 2nd with brand new displays, performances, handicrafts, and cultural activities for the whole family to enjoy. This 8-week event will wow visitors of all ages. With tickets starting at only $12, Dragon Lights Albuquerque is an experience you won't want to miss!
There are some great places to see the leaves change. We are late in the season for some spots, but around Albuquerque, the change is just beginning. Here are some of our favorite places:
Fourth of July Canyon
See the Aspens change in the Manzano Mountains.
Bike, walk, or run through the lovely cottonwoods.
What are your favorite fall activities?