5 Things to do in Albuquerque in the Fall
When I was in college one of my roommates had an intense love of fall. The kind of love that never stumbles or falters. The kind that leaves you anxiously waiting with bated breath for the leaves to change, the air to cool, and the pumpkins to show up. It was something we bonded over. Because as much as I love the freedom of summer, skiing in the winter, and new blooms in the spring, nothing speaks to my heart quite like fall. But I don’t event think the word “fall” does the season justice. Autumn in so much better.
It seems like time speeds up when autumn hits, perhaps because there is so much to do and so little time to do it in.
So without further ado, here is a list of 5 things to do for fall in the 505.
- McCall’s Pumpkin Patch– This is perhaps one of my favorite trips to make every year. We’ve taken our boys every year since my eldest was 2 and it is SO fun. It seems as though they add more every year, so make a day trip up there and enjoy everything from corn mazes and bounce houses to castles and slides galore. (For those of you adults who like a little spooky in your lives, they also have haunted corn mazes you can sign up for).
- Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta– If you aren’t a native, you might not understand what the fuss is about, but Albuquerque is home to the largest balloon festival in the world with over 500 balloons attending every year. It lasts 9 days and is an Albuquerque staple. Definitely check it out if you’ve never seen a balloon up close before (and even if you have!). It’s an awe inspiring experience.
- NM State Fair– Held at the New Mexico State Fair grounds in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s held for 13 days in September (though not technically “fall”, I’m going to count it because everyone should experience it at least once). There are concerts, rodeos, vendors galore, and let’s not forget the most important thing- cowboy fries.
- Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch– If you don’t want to make the trip out to Moriarty, NM for McCall’s, Galloping Grace is a great alternative (or addition!) to your autumn weekends. They have tons of great pumpkins and fun games for the kids to play. The best part? Admission is free!
- Corrales Harvest Festival– This is a fun event on the Westside and is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales. It’s held over a weekend in October and is filled with hayrides, games and vendors. I have fond memories of attending as a kid.
Other honorable mentions:
Take a walk through the Bosque in October, the leaves will be turning and it’s beautiful. Grab yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte and take a drive through the Sandia’s. There are always tons of craft shows, so keep an eye out and find some amazing custom made items.
What’s your favorite thing to do in autumn?