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Visitors will enjoy COVID-safe enhanced experiences on select days this October during Harvest Days at the Botanic Garden and Howl-o-ween Days at the Zoo.
Autumn is in full swing and the ABQ BioPark is excited to announce two special additions that will enhance visitor experience this October. COVID-safe practices including timed ticketing, advanced online ticket purchases, face masks and social distancing are required for both events.
Harvest Days at the Botanic Garden on October 10, 11, 17 and 18, will include the Fall Fiesta Flower Show, mum sales, special seasonal offerings from the Shark Reef Cafe and ambient music from local instrumentalists. The special offerings will occur from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on each of these days. Harvest Days activities are included with regular Botanic Garden admission.
Gorgeous displays of seasonal arrangements will be on view throughout the gardens giving visitors a show and getting them into the spirit of the season. Flowering mums and small fall container arrangements will be available for purchase. Guests can also indulge in seasonal specialties for purchase including caramel apples, loaded ribbon fries, churros and apple cider. Visitors 21 and older can sip on a selection of local beer.
While strolling through the Botanic Garden, guests will enjoy the acoustic sounds of local bands as they’ll be providing a soundtrack to the Harvest Days experience. Visitors can expect to hear these bands and genres:
Saturday, October 10: Terra Trio – Latin jazz, Le Chat Lunatique – filthy mangy jazz, Mumbojumbo Jazz Band – jazz, The Cumberlands – folk-rock
Sunday October 11: Terra Trio – Latin Jazz, Los Metamorfos – world fusion, The Gershom Brothers – Americana, Mumbojumbo Jazz Band – jazz
Saturday, October 17: The Porter Draw – Americana alt-country, Le Chat Lunatique – filthy mangy jazz, Los Metamorfos – world fusion, Tylor Brandon – country, Ryan Smith – cello music
Sunday, October 18: The Porter Draw – Americana alt-country, Lone Piñon – New Mexican, Dust City Opera – folk-rock, Tylor Brandon – country
Grab & Go Food
In addition, the City of Albuquerque will offer a Grab & Go in the Heritage Farm parking lot on October 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Patrons can order food like caramel apples, churros, ribbon fries and more prepared by the Shark Reef Café. Items will be delivered directly to vehicles. More about this offering can be found on the city website. No admission is required for Grab & Go.
The ABQ BioPark will also be sharing demonstrations on its social media during Harvest Days. Learn about traditional New Mexico embroidery, stovetop biscuit bread, weaving, canning (tomatoes and apples), cross stitching and jams/jellies from home. Video premieres will be at noon on Facebook and YouTube:
Stovetop Biscuit Bread: Friday, October 9
Traditional New Mexican Embroidery: Saturday, October 10
Weaving: Sunday, October 11
Canning: Friday, October 16
Cross Stitch: Saturday, October 17
Jams & Jellies: Sunday, October 18
More details about Harvest Days can be found on the ABQ BioPark website.
Then, get the kiddos dressed up for Howl-o-ween Days at the Zoo on October 24, 25 and 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Children in costume will receive a complimentary bag of treats from After Hours Pediatrics on these days. On Halloween, “Secret BioPark Shoppers” will recognize select attendees with special prizes for their fabulous Halloween costumes. There will also be a self-guided scavenger hunt, music and decorated habitats. This event is organized by the New Mexico BioPark Society and included with regular Zoo admission.
Timed ticketing, advanced online ticket purchases, face masks and social distancing are required for both Harvest Days at the Botanic Garden and Howl-o-ween Days at the Zoo. More information about ticketing and COVID-safe policies can be found here
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