1 Find your funny.
The Albuquerque Museum bares its funny bone with a new exhibit, Wit, Humor, and Satire, opening on Saturday. Gathering works from the museum’s collection, the show examines the ways a funny bone can help create a poignant piece of art. Featuring sculpture, painting, photography, and prints, the works often include unexpected imagery and unique juxtapositions that redefine how we look at marriage, religion, commodification, and consumption.
2 Get cheesy.
The genius is in the simplicity—macaroni and cheese. But from that culinary canvas comes the kind of Iron Chef ingenuity on display at the Mac and Cheese Festival, in Farmington’s Berg Park, on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Try your mac with unique toppings, made into fried bites, and inside sandwiches prepared by regional chefs. There’s beer, wine, and entertainment, too.
3 Wrangle a ride.
Giddyup to Gallup as the best junior high and high school rodeo competitors do their thing in the Best of the Best Rodeo. It happens at Red Rock Park Arena on Friday and Saturday, when young athletes compete to win big cash prizes in categories like barrel racing, team roping, and steer wrestling.
4 Celebrate Pride!
Pride on the Plaza, hosted by the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community on the Santa Fe Plaza on Saturday. The daylong festivities include a parade with floats and cool cars starting at 11:30 a.m. and 50 vendors selling goods all day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A block party takes over Burro Alley starting at 3 p.m. and the Pride After Dark afterparty happens at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, featuring live entertainment by Crystal Waters.
5 Liftoff for adventure.
Las Cruces hosts the Spaceport America Cup this weekend, a rocketry conference and competition that draws more than 1,700 student engineers from around the world. Spectators were only allowed on June 21, but the rocket launches will be livestreamed through Saturday on the event’s Facebook page, as well as the closing ceremony on Saturday at 8 p.m. Teams from four the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University, and the University of Texas at El Paso compete to win the 2022 Chile Cup.