what's happening

January through March

ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA—THE MUSICAL
January 12–15
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ
$40–$85

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of a young girl who takes a stand to change her destiny. TIME Magazine’s #1 show of the year and winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, comes to Albuquerque for one weekend only. popejoypresents.com

SOUPER BOWL
January 28, 11 PM–2 PM
5840 Office Blvd NE, ABQ
$45 at the door

The Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico hosts the annual Souper Bowl the weekend before the NFL’s big game. A fundraiser for the food bank (with cookbooks available for purchase), this soup and dessert sampling event features more than 40 local restaurants and chefs, live music, and prizes. rrfb.org

TAOS WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
February 1–5, times vary
Taos Ski Valley, Taos, various locations
Individual events vary; Grand and Reserve Tasting, $75

Head to the beautiful Taos Ski Valley to enjoy a 21 and older event with great food and wine, seminars, tastings, and wine dinners. All tickets are electronic and must be purchased in advance.
taoswinterwinefest.com

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET—CINDERELLA
February 2, 7:30 PM
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ
$20–$65

The Russian National Ballet brings classical Russian ballet to the Popejoy stage for one night only. With choreography by Rostislav Zakharov and score by Sergei Prokofiev, this ballet captures the delight, fantasy, and drama of the Cinderella story. popejoypresents.com

FRIENDS AND LOVERS BALLOON RALLY
February 11–12, 7 PM
Balloon Fiesta Parkway, ABQ
Free

A close-knit group of 135+ local balloon pilots will launch with the sunrise on the mornings of the 11th and 12th. Bring your friends, family, and some coffee or hot chocolate to witness this breathtaking ascension. hotairballooning.org

THE ALBUQUERQUE HOME REMODELING & LIFESTYLE SHOW
February 25–26, times vary
Expo New Mexico, Lujan Building, ABQ
$7 general admission; free for ages 11 and under

Over 150 vendors will be available to chat and discuss ideas for your home renovation, remodel, or other home improvement project. abqhomeshows.com

NATIONAL FIERY FOODS
AND BARBECUE SHOW
March 3–5, times vary
Sandia Resort & Casino, ABQ
$5–$15, free for ages 6 and under

The 29th annual National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show allows visitors to satisfy their cravings for both flavor and spice. Sample hot BBQ, blazing salsas, “sweet heat” desserts, and everything in between. fieryfoodsshow.com

RIO GRANDE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
March 10–12, times vary
Expo New Mexico, Lujan Building, ABQ
One day pass, $7; festival pass, $10; $1 off coupon available for parking

The 29th annual Spring Show will host more than 185 artists and craftsmen from all over the country. Marking the state’s first major art event for the year, this juried indoor festival showcases fine arts and crafts as well as music, artist demos, and other family-friendly fun. riograndefestivals.com

PIANO BATTLE
March 24, 8 PM
Popejoy Hall at UNM, ABQ - $20–$49

The brainchild of two internationally accomplished pianists, Piano Battle is a (friendly!) head-to-head duel between Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis. Performing on twin grand pianos, the artists offer their take on Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy, while also improvising from audience requests. At the end of the night, the audience crowns a winner. popejoypresents.com