Existential dread got you down? 

Now that the semester is over, you may be wondering what to do. With the time to do whatever, whenever, you may be feeling a little disoriented. No worries, though. Here at the Daily Lobo, we have you covered. Here’s five things you can do with your freedom this summer:

1. Hike the Sandias

With over 57 trails north of I-25, according to the REI Hiking Project, the Sandias are the perfect place to spend your time. Soaking up the summer sun, you can spend hours exploring the Pino, Domingo Baca, or La Luz Trail. Covered with the pristine flora of the southwest, such as cholla cacti and pinon-juniper trees, the trails expose the plethora of life in the cities high desert. Walking along the trails, you can spot lizards soaking up the sun and mule deer, foraging for food. Be aware of the temperature, though. Albuquerque’s 80 to 90-degree Fahrenheit temperatures can throw you into a heat stroke. Always make sure to pack water and a snack.

Dates: Year-round, weather permitting

Price: Free (Excludes some trails)

More Info: http://www.sandiahiking.com/trailguide.html

2. The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival

Indulge in the arts as the Vortex Theatre presents two of Shakespeare’s plays: Love Labour’s Lost and Romeo and Juliet. One show, Romeo and Juliet, is even directed by the University of New Mexico’s own, Professor Peter Kierst. According to the Vortex Theatre, The City of Albuquerque hosts one of the only Shakespeare festivals in the nation to take place in the urban center of a major U.S. city. Located at the New Mexico Veteran's Memorial Park (1100 Louisiana SE,) shows run every at 7:30 p.m.

Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 7-June 30

Price: Free

More Info: https://www.newmexicoshakespearefest.org

3. Zoo Music

Wrap up a perfect day at the zoo with the sweet melodies of regional, national and international bands. Bringing in a variety of sounds, the Albuquerque BioPark features Country, Latin rock, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and pop-rock music. Encouraging audience members to wind down and have fun, blankets, lawn chairs and even picnics are permitted within the gates. Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. The animal exhibits are open until 8 p.m. The ABQ Zoo is located at 903 10th St SW.

Dates: Fridays, June 14-July 19

Price: Adults ($12), Seniors and Children ($6), 2 and younger (no charge)

More Info: https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events/summer-concerts

4. 2019 Summerfest Season

Support local artists, vendors and organizations this summer during the Albuquerque Summerfest season. With four different events, all located on different parts of the city. The first will be held at North Domingo Baca Park, the second at Nob Hill, the third in Civic Plaza and the last on the Westside. According to the city, Albuquerque’s Summerfests have been a tradition since the 1980’s. From children’s face painting to craft-beer tasting, this event is fun for all ages. All events are from 5-10 p.m. 

Dates: Saturdays, June 8, July 20, August 3, August 17

Price: Free

More Info: http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/things-to-do/annual-events/summerfest

5. The Railyards Market

Load up on produce this summer as the Railyards Market hosts organic growers from the community. Featuring a variety of foods, you can enjoy everything from hot empanadas to freshly-ground coffee. According to the Rail Yards, the event hosts hundreds of New Mexico's finest food, farm, artisan and healing vendors. Additionally, enjoy entertainment such as Mariachi, goat yoga and Native Youth Poets as you shop. The Railyards Market is located at 777 1st Street SW and is open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays, May-October

Price: Free

More Info: http://railyardsmarket.org/