Summer events around Moriarty and Albuquerque

Living in New Mexico, we are lucky to experience amazing outdoor activities year round. The fall Pinto Bean Fiesta in Moriarty draws people from all over the Albuquerque area, Sandia Peak is a quick drive away to breathtaking views, and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October is an internationally known spectacular.

Summer is especially jam-packed with excursions and outdoor fun. We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the best summer events by compiling this list of 4 unique and exciting activities.

Have fun, take lots of pictures, and drive safely! If you end up going to any of these events, let us know how you enjoyed it via our Facebook ( or just chat us up at the shop!

P.S. If you know of a great event not mentioned here, we’d love to hear about it!

One of the many animals at Wildlife West Nature Park

One of the many animals at Wildlife West Nature Park


Wildlife West Nature Park

Events throughout summer; see below


Your kids will forget all about their iPhones and tablets when you take them to Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. A wildlife preserve with interactive educational courses like bird handling classes and field trips, Wildlife West Nature Park is also an entertainment venue that heats up in the summer.

Highlights from the park’s summer calendar:

  • Wildlife Festival (June 21, 10 AM – 6 PM) – Getting up close and personal with Mexican wolves, bobcats, and even mountain lions is the norm at the Wildlife Festival. The Festival includes an observation of 25 species of native New Mexico wildlife, a behind-the-scenes tour of Koshari, a 500-lb. black bear, conservation presentations by wildlife experts, and a presentation about native bees that includes orchard mason bee houses and seeds for pollinator gardens.
  • Free Flight Falcon Shows (Saturdays, June 15 – August 31, 6 PM) – Wildlife West is the only place in New Mexico where you can catch free-flight bird shows. Come during one of these shows to witness two peregrine falcons – the fastest birds on earth – perform with renowned falconer Tom Smylie.
  • Chuckwagon Suppers (Saturdays, June 14 – August 30, 7 PM) – After the falcon show, unwind the way cowboys did back when the West was wild with a traditional chuckwagon super. At the end of the day, cowboys would gather together over a fire, get out their tin plates, and feast from food gathered en route. Wildlife West’s chuckwagon suppers include a BBQ dinner with a vegetarian option, a wildlife presentation, and a Western show or Bluegrass band.
  • 12th Annual Wildlife Music Festival (Friday – Sunday, July 25 – 27: Friday 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM) – Dance the night away to bluegrass, Western Swing, Irish, and other folksy genres. The music festival will include open jams, contests, and workshops.
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History hosts this popular summer camp every year

2014 Science is Everywhere Summer Camp

May 27 – August 8


Summer camps kill two birds with one stone: they get the kids out of the house (and out of your hair) for a good portion of time, and teach them how to think critically all in a fun, interactive environment. The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History runs one-week-long science camps from May 27 to August 8.

Divided by age group, camps include Roboquest, which allows participants to design, build, and program their own robots, and Designing da Vinci Style, which gives kids the secrets behind brilliant scientists’ inventions while teaching how to put the inventions together.

Kids ages 6 – 16 are invited, and don’t worry if you have a 16-year-old who’s a hard sell – Loboquest, which teaches advanced robotics skills, takes place at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering with UNM students as mentors, which is arguably pretty cool.

The End of Trail Cowboy Action Shooting Championship

Participants firing at the End of Trail Cowboy Action Shooting Championship


End of Trail: The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting

June 20 – 29 for competitions; June 27 – 29 for public admission

Founder’s Ranch


End of Trail: The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting is the biggest and most rollicking event of the year hosted by the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). Bring the kids for several days of shoot-off competitions between the best gunmen in the world. What’s really fun about the competition is that all competitors dress up authentically as cowboys and cowgirls with their own alias – or alter ego – inspired by the Old West or the Western film genre. Spectators are also encouraged to dress up in their Western best.

Whether you attend the World Championship or the Top Gun Shoot-off and awards, you and your family will witness firearms similar to the ones used in the taming of the Old West: shotguns, action rifles, and revolvers.

In between tournaments there will be live entertainment from country and folk artists.

Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum

The rusted vintage cars at Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum

Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Wednesday 10 AM – 1 PM; Sunday closed


Right in our hometown off Route 66 is a treasure trove for vintage car fans. Started by collector Archie Lewis, the Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum is home to more than 6,000 toy cars, trucks, and trains and 40 cars in original condition. Outside, you’ll find another 700 cars and trucks, some in restorable condition and others just piles of scrap.

Lewis knows the story behind each and every car and truck at the museum, so feel free to chat him up. From Model T Fords to T-Birds, an early Buick Roadmaster to a large collection of Crosleys, you’ll find something amazing to look at whether you’re a car enthusiast or a curious visitor.

Admission is free, but Lewis takes donations in a glass jar by his chair.


~ by 2ndtononeservice on May 14, 2014.

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