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What’s Happening at ABQ June 10-16: PrideFest, Backstreet Boys, Kombucha and More

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1 ABQ PrideFest

Help the LGBTQIA+ community achieve equality in society and celebrate Pridefest at ABQ. ABQ Pride is delighted to be hosting the 46th Pridefest. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nob Hill and the festivities continue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE. Tickets are $15 plus fees and can be purchased at

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On Saturday, June 11, Nick Carter and company hit the Isleta Amphitheater. If you’ve ever owned a CD player, now’s your time to shine. The whole band is together so all AJ and Howie fans can make their presence felt too. If you’re washed up like me, you can rewatch some of their past performances on “The View,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” The Backstreet Boys are releasing a Christmas album this year, so if you’re attending, ask them to confirm. Hope they sound modern and Nick freestyles over a drill beat. Tickets are available at

3 Brewing Kombucha

While all your friends are chilling out this summer, you’re going to be brewing some kombucha. You can learn Southwest Grape & Grain on Saturday by going over all the necessary ingredients and equipment as well as the step-by-step process to ferment your first number. This class is part of the Beer, Wine and Spirits series and the event starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 plus fees and can be purchased at

4 Mental Health First Aid

Mental health is important and that’s why I recommend anyone struggling to go to Mental Health First Aid from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays at the Marriott Albuquerque.

Tickets are $30 for training only and $80 for training and 8 hours of continuing education units. This course will help you to: Assess the risk of suicide or self-harm, listen without judging, reassure, encourage the professional help needed, encourage mutual aid and alternative support strategies.

All payments must be submitted directly to PSRANM. Details on how to process payment will be emailed to you, once your course registration has been processed. Registration is available at

5 Heights Summer Festival

Celebrate the warm weather with outdoor fun at Albuquerque Summerfest from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at North Domingo Baca Park, 7521 Carmel Ave. NOT.

Performing musicians include: DK & the Affordables at 5pm, Felix y Los Gatos at 6pm, ChillHouse with Hillary Smith at 7pm and the end of the night is Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 8:30pm

Summerfest also features local businesses with artisan products in stores, as well as food trucks, libations created by wineries, breweries and distilleries, and more.

6 Ken Burns’ “Benjamin Franklin” Café Scientifique

At 10 a.m. Saturday at Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NW, come see Ken Burns’ documentary “Benjamin Franklin,” which explores the revolutionary life of one of the most important and compelling figures of the 18th century.

Learn how Franklin’s work and words revealed the secrets of electricity and helped found the United States.

Refreshments will be served half an hour before the show.

The event is free and you can register at

7 Farm Beer Event

If you want to get away from Albuquerque this weekend, head to Loretto Park in Bernalillo from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for the Farmhouse Ale event.

There will also be several musical acts, including Levi Dean and the Mesa Rats, the Silver Spurs, Nathaniel Krantz and headliner Kevin Galloway. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 18 and can be purchased at

You can buy tickets on site and save $2, or on site the day of the event.

Do you have an event that we should know about? Contact Ivan Leonard at [email protected]