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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, and if you’re staying in the metro area, there will be some things to do during the shutdown.

The New Mexico Wine Festival is happening this weekend at Balloon Fiesta Park. If you’re thinking about drinking, remember to think about riding.

Bernalillo County is offering a $10 credit to up to 750 drivers between noon Saturday and 2 a.m. Monday. Use the code “WINE23.”

The county is offering a $10 credit to up to 2,000 drivers using the code “MEMORIAL23.”

You can use each code for two rides per person, but only for one ride.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs says its museums and historic sites are participating in the Blue Star Museums program. The program offers free admission to active duty military and their families from May 20 to September 4.

NMDCA museums include:

  • International Folk Art Museum, New Mexico Museum of History, NM Museum of Art, and NM Museum of Indian Art and Culture, all in Santa Fe.
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center and NM Museum of Natural History and Science, all in Albuquerque
  • NM Space History Museum in Alamogordo
  • Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumter, Coronado, James, Lincoln, Fort Selden, and Fort Stanton Historic Sites

City of Albuquerque offices and facilities will be closed Monday. Meanwhile, all Rio Rancho offices and facilities will be closed. However, emergency and public services will operate normally.

In Albuquerque, workers still typically collect trash, recycling and large items on Mondays. All convenience stores are open and fully serviced from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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