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Autumn Fun with Bernalillo County

08/11/2015

Here in Bernalillo County, we've made sure that there's plenty of family-style fun for all ages this autumn!

Open Space

Bernalillo County’s award-winning Open Space program features year-round events, educational seminars, and family and youth programming. There are twelve unique properties from the mountains to the valley – we invite you to visit our wide-open spaces! Please visit our county-wide Open Space events calendar for more information on events and our open space properties.

Some Open Space highlights:

  • Backyard Farming Series: Held at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Cultural Center, these workshops provide hands-on experiences, giving participants practical information on how to transform their backyard into an urban oasis of food, medicine and wildlife habitat.
  • Naturalist Series: Held at Bachechi Open Space, this series will awaken the senses to the natural world through intentional observations and discovering the unique bosque ecosystem. This series is developed in partnership with the Museum of Southwestern Biology.
  • Stories of the Middle Rio Grande: A series that brings to life the rich history and cultural traditions of the Albuquerque area along the Rio Grande. This year's series has been focusing on the origin of the original Spanish neighborhoods, and is developed in partnership with Historic Albuquerque, Inc.
  • Interpretive Series: This program offers walking tours of Open Space properties while presenting on the historical, cultural and environmental significance of the area.
  • Prescription Trails: This program developed a prescription tool and walking guide to increase walking and wheelchair rolling on suggested routes, meant to target and promote healthy lifestyles for families. Prescription Rx Walking Trails are located at Open Space properties around the county.

Special Events

Festivals, public art, and celebrations of the county's agricultural heritage - Bernalillo County has lots of ways to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, food and history.

  • Friday, October 2 - Celebrate the great historical tradition of art in New Mexico with the Traditional Arts Demonstration at Bachechi Open Space from 6 - 9 p.m. This evening event will feature a number of artists who will demonstrate their craft.
  • Friday, October 2 -  Bernalillo County Cultural Services’ Public Art program, and City of Albuquerque Public Art, in collaboration with Albuquerque ARTScrawl, present Downtown Public ARTScrawl on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Six downtown county and city venues will be showcasing diverse collections of art and offering live music and refreshments.
  • Sunday, October 11 - The Annual Local Food Festival and Field Day, held at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House property, celebrates all things local and edible! Live music, food tastings and children's activities are just some of the things planned for this hugely successful and fun community celebration.

Sports Programs

The county's team sports programs feature seasonal play for residents of all ages and abilities.Leagues are available for Youth Basketball and Softball, plus there's lots of Open Recreation time at our community centers for pick-up games.Visit out Parks & Recreation page for all the information. And save the date - on November 1, we're having our second annual Sugar Skull Fun Run to benefit The Storehouse, New Mexico's largest food pantry.

Indoor Fitness/Swimming

Enjoy great exercise and affordable family fun at the newly renovated Rio Grande Indoor Pool through the autumn and into the colder weather; and many of our community centers have weight rooms and fitness centers to help keep you healthy 365 days a year.

 

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