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What’s happening at ABQ from May 6 to 12: downtown farmers’ market, kites, herb festival and more

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April showers bring May flowers, so it’s time to soak up the sun as the weather peaks in the mid-70s. Some might say summer has perfect weather, but right now you can wear almost anything in your closet. In my opinion, the more options you have the better, so let’s see what’s happening in the Albuquerque area this weekend.

1 New Mexico Surreal Dreamers

For the perfect price of free, you can visit the Dreamers Exhibit at the Fusion Forum, 708 First St. NW, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. This exhibit focuses on New Mexico artists whose art showcases the historic 1930s art movement known as Surrealism. Visit fusionnm.org.

2 Free SWFC movie screening: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

What’s better than free? This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the University of New Mexico screens the classic 1968 film at the Student Union’s Southwest Film Center at 6 p.m. Visit unmevents.unm.edu for more information.

3 Downtown Farmers Market

Saturday 8 a.m. to noon, Robinson Park, 810 Copper Ave. NW, hosts the downtown Farmers Market, where you can shop from bakers, farmers, wellness businesses, artisans and gourmet chefs. The Downtown Growers’ Market accepts a plethora of payment options, including cash, debit/credit, and market tokens.

For those who use SNAP perks, you will receive new DGM tokens for that particular market slot. DGM vendors no longer accept AGMA tokens or tokens from different Farmers Markets. Visit Downtown Growers.org.

4 herb festival

Don’t be a weed, come celebrate nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Road NW, Saturday and Sunday. Herbfest is a two-day celebration of nature where native herbs, vegetables, wildflowers and plants are sold to consumers, along with arts and crafts. Educational speakers will also discuss topics that involve local plants and wildlife. The festival also includes guided bird walks and nature walks, as well as crafts for children and bird identification. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Visit rgnc.org.

5 Shane Wallin

This Saturday, Shane Wallin performs at DH Lescombes Winery and Bistro at 5:30 p.m. The New Mexico-based writer, singer-songwriter and performer has won numerous accolades over the years.

6 International Women’s Hiking Day

Saturday, meet at the Believers Center in Albuquerque to meet and support women cyclists. The event begins at the Believers Center, 320 Waterfall Drive SE, and will end at Sierra Blanca Brewing in Moriarty. There will also be food, live music and raffle prizes. Tickets are free, but you can be a donor or purchase an “I Support Safe House” shirt at eventbrite.com through May 7.

7 kite festival

Get outside and attend the 20th Annual Kite Festival for free Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the large grassy grounds at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. Kites will fill the sky with colorful shapes of all sizes. Visitors can bring their own kite, buy one at the festival, or watch professional stunt kite pilots skillfully maneuver their kites in the wind. Admission to the kite festival is free. More information can be found at Wildlifewest.org or 505-281-7655.

Do you have a local event coming up? Contact Ivan Leonard at [email protected]