October Spook-Taculars! : Call Me Ozz-Monthly Karaoke Newsletter

October Spook-Taculars!

by Ozz on 10/05/18

Aside from Halloween, there's a lot of fun to be had in Albuquerque this month. Here are some local frights and more that everyone can enjoy!

Dragon Lights

A larger than life illuminated Dragon Lights display crafted by Chinese artisans from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern making. Along with the dazzling lights this spectacular event will include nightly performances, handicrafts, as well as a variety of Chinese food and beverages.

When: October 5th - December 2nd, Reoccurs weekly Tuesday-Sunday

Where: Expo New Mexico

Time: 6 pm - 10 pm

Price: $12 - $48

Event site: https://dragonlightsabq.com/

Original Ghost Tour of Old Town

Go on an unforgettable lantern-lit journey through  the Old Town Plaza area in search of the lost souls of early Albuquerque residents. Experience everything from Civil War phantoms, spooks, specters, and wandering apparitions while immersing yourself in some of Albuquerque’s chilling history.

When: October 5th - December 31st, Recurring daily

Where: History & Ghost Tours of Old Town @ 303 Romero Street NW

Time: 8 pm

Price: $10 - $22

Event Link: https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/event/original-ghost-tour-of-old-town/38016/

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Experience the largest ballooning event on earth and the biggest annual international event in the United States at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Witness hundreds of balloons take to the air in Mass Ascension during the early hours of morning or enjoy the magic of the Balloon Glows as they light up the night.

Call Me Ozz will also be doing some Karaoke at the Balloon Fiesta! Hope to sing you there. Check out Where Is Ozz Tonight to see when Ozz will be at the Balloon Fiesta: http://www.callmeozz.net/Where-Is-Ozz-Tonight-.html

When: October 6th - 14th

Where: Balloon Fiesta Park on 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Time: Mornings roughly 4:30 am - 11 am; Afternoon 1 pm -  roughly 9 pm

Price: General Admission is $10; Kids under age 12 are free!

Learn More about the Balloon Fiesta Here: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

Get Tickets Here: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/ticketing-information

New Mexico Brew Fest

Returning for its 9th year on Main street this is an event that will tantalize your taste buds with pints from over 20 breweries and 5 food trucks that serve everything from bratwurst to green chili cheeseburgers.

When: October 13th

Where: Expo New Mexico Mainstreet on 300 San Pedro Dr NE

Time: 1 pm - 6 pm; VIP Early Admittance at Noon

Price: General Admission is $28; VIP Early Admission is $38

Event Link: https://www.nmbrewfest.com/

Get Tickets Here: https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/311414

The Lantern Festival

Light the skies with your deepest regrets, hopes, or dreams. Enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, s’mores, and lanterns.

When: October 27th

Where: Sandia Speedway on 100 Speedway Park Blvd SW

Time: 3 pm - Sundown

Price: General Admission $55; $15 for kids between 4-12

Get Tickets Here: https://albuquerque.thelanternfest.com/tickets

Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque

Experience the energy and passion of the Flamenco in an intimate and powerful setting in the very heart of Old Town. Tablao Flamenco features a world class line up of Flamenco performances from premier dancers from Spain and the United States.

When: October 5th - October 28th

Where: Hotel Albuquerque

Time: Thurs - Sat at 8 pm; Sundays at 6 pm

Price: $10 - $30

Event Details: http://www.tablaoflamenco.org/

Get Tickets Here: http://www.tablaoflamenco.org/schedule-new/

Red Velvet Underground-One Year Celebration! 

Celebrate an amazing one year anniversary with Red Velvet Underground Cafe with Dinner and a Magic Show! This is a full night of live entertainment that will mystify and amaze you. Tickets include a 4 course meal and $10 credit to the Pink Rhino clothing store!

When: October 19th
Where: Red Velvet Underground Cafe

Time: Doors open at 4 pm. Comedy starts at 5 pm. Followed up by Magic Show at 6 pm. Live Music begins at 8 pm. 

Price: $40 if you purchase your tickets from the venue before October 19th. $45 online at HoldMyTicket. $50 at the door on the day of the event.

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266024323634424/

Hops & Harvest

Join the Marble Brewery at the Albuquerque Downtown Grower’s Market  for brews, raffle prizes, delicious food, pumpkin painting, and live entertainment.  Show your support for the Market you know and love while listening to an amazing lineup of music from artists such as Gitano, Leeside, and Group Therapy.

When: October 20th

Where: Marble Brewery on 111 Marble Ave NW

Time: 2pm - 9pm

Price: $5 per pumpkin; larger donations appreciated

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/231957314160584/

Halloween In Old Town

A rockin’ fun spook-tacular evening of fun in historic Old Town for Halloween.  Rock Music 101 Academy will be performing at the gazebo stage

When: October 31st

Where: Old Town Gazebo on 200 N Plaza St NW

Time: 4 pm - 6 pm

Price: This is a free event

Event Link: https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/historic-old-town/halloween-in-old-town

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I stopped doing the reviews once I built the VENUES PROFILE page. Here anyone can go to the venue profile and post their own comments. I personally read through them and if I ever see a comment that I feel is bogus or just trash talking I will remove it. The report card was removed and discontinued after a few KJ’s lost their jobs. I will continue to place my FAVORITE-EIGHTS in the newsletter, this has nothing to do with score or anything, it was simply my favorite stops last month, and it’s for me to know why. 

I encourage all of you to put your comments in the venue profile page. I ask that even if it’s bad, keep it positive, but do be honest. Happy singing! See You Soon!

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