Fall officially kicked off this week, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to celebrate the weekend with some crisp, autumn air and some crunchy leaves. Looking for some especially inspired places to start the fall fun?
Check out Ann Arbor or Albuquerque! Both of these cities are finalists in the CheapOair Owards’ Most Enjoyable City category—meaning they’re an absolute blast to visit. Lucky you! This will be a seriously fun weekend.
If You’re Headed to Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor might be a small town, but it really packs a punch with its exclusive art exhibits, dozens of unique galleries, top of the line museums, and more than 30 independent bookstores. Plus, when fall rolls around, so does college football. Whether you’re visiting for a game or just to enjoy the season, here are some of the best things to do this weekend!
A Pint at the Museum
Is there a better way to kick off the weekend than with a nice local brew? Probably not. Hit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Pint at the Museum event on Friday, September 25th from 6:30PM to 10PM, and start your weekend off right!
Craft beer will be served from Wolverine State Brewing Company along with food from Knight’s on Liberty. The event ties in beer and science with interactive exhibits detailing the science behind brewing. Admission to the Friday night event includes one drink ticket, food, a commemorative pint glass, and the chance to design one alcohol ink tile. You can get tipsy and learn a thing or two about science. Score!
Michigan Football vs. Brigham Young University
Saturday’s game day, so make sure you’ve got a Michigan jersey on hand! Michigan will play Brigham Young University at “The Big House,” or the stadium located at 1201. South Main Street. More than 100,000 people pack the stadium on game days, and this particular game is set to be one of the most exciting of the year. You can still score tickets to the game on Saturday at 12PM, with tickets starting at around $55 a person.
Kempf House Museum Open House and Guided Tour
Round off your weekend with the Kempf House Museum Open House and Guided Tour on Sunday, from 1PM to 4PM. You’ll get to see the inside of an 1853 Green Revival home that once belonged to German American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. The house is a historical fixture in Ann Arbor, and admission is free! Don’t miss the famous 1877 Steinway piano inside.
If You’re Headed to Albuquerque
Want to stay a little further south? Head to Albuquerque this weekend instead! This Southwestern city hit the main stage recently as the setting for the hit series, Breaking Bad. But it’s more than just a TV set—ABQ boasts a vibrant, multicultural population, prestigious microbreweries, and world-class museum collections. Plus, there are pretty awesome things happening there this weekend. Check it out!
¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival
The ¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival has been taking Albuquerque by storm all month, but its final run will be this weekend. Closing out the 25th and 26th, check out the region’s top performers on three separate stages—the Fountain Courtyard, the 692 seat Albuquerque Journal Theater, and Plaza Mayor. You can also experience cultural expos, films, and some of the best international talent Albuquerque has to offer.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society Annual Open House
Are you a fan of trains? You’re in luck! Head over to the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society’s Annual Open House on Saturday from 9AM to 4PM, and you’ll be in heaven.
While you’re there, you’ll get to see the ongoing restoration of the Santa Fe 2926. With the help of volunteers and private donors, this 1944 locomotive is on par to run again after extensive restorations. It once ran between Kansas City and San Diego with a stop in Albuquerque, and the grand idea is to completely restore it and use it for rides. Talk about a fun, historical experience, am I right? Check out this open house, and you’ll get to see this massive, nearly finished train first hand.
Corrales Harvest Festival
You can’t start fall without attending a harvest festival! Luckily, Albuquerque’s got you covered. Head over to the Corrales Harvest Festival, a quick drive outside the city, for a weekend of fall festivities! The festival runs all through Saturday and Sunday, and features a pet parade, a grower’s market, and more. It aims to promote the history and character of the town and to showcase the local agriculture merchants, artwork, and performing arts. It doesn’t get more awesomely autumn than that!