Come join the fun in the "Duke City" for annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an event lasting nine ... More
Balloon Museum / Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (The)
Come join the fun in the "Duke City" for annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an event lasting nine days through the first two weekends in October. Billed as the world's most photographed event, see why more than one million visitors flock to Albuquerque each fall to witness spectacular dawn skyscapes as 1,000 balloons color the sky during mass ascensions. The fiesta features special shape balloons with exclusive mass ascensions, flying competitions, and the popular nighttime "Glowdeo." Sample great local wines during the opening weekend of the event at "Fiesta del Vino," see website for details. Park and ride from the malls around town and avoid the traffic jams. Admission: USD6. Children 12 and under are free.
We traveled from New Orleans for the weekend to see the balloon fiesta. Let's just call it a fiesta, because we did not get to see a single balloon. Tried to go to Friday's Glow Show--cancelled. Then tried Sat and Sun mass ascension--both cancelled because of wind. I know it's not their fault, but don't think it's worth taking the risk of traveling all they way there just to hang out in Albuquerque.
Such a beautiful sight to see hundreds of hot air balloons launch at sunrise. If you can get up early enough, check out the dawn patrol which allows you to see the balloons fly all lit up so they glow like Christmas lights in the sky.
Tons of food around too so you wont go hungry - I was able to try frogs legs and gator ribs for the first time. Not bad.
Definitely something to check out for families or couples. Oh, and don't drive to the events ... take the shuttles provided. $15 will pay for the ride and entry to the park.
My wife and I have been going to Albuquerque for the last 10 years and finally visited during the Balloon Fiesta. What an experience! They have many events taking place - the mass ascension, the balloon glow, shapes and more. You have to grab a breakfast burrito and experience this at least once in your life!
We went to NM to see the balloon fiesta. We got to NM the week before and had 7 great days of weather as we visited Taos and Sante Fe, but the weather in ABQ was crummy....The Saturday mass ascension was limited to 200 balloons, the Sunday mass ascension was cancelled. The 200 balloon ascension was amazing and it hard to envision a 700 balloon ascension and would like to have seen one. The Sunday evening balloon glow was held even though the weather was threatening...they got a vast number of people there and cancelled the glow. They substituted an illumination, a deal that was a little lame as they had some of the pilots unpack their baskets and propane burners and at the command "all burn" they lit them up...It was just "ok"!! ...Of course the weather improved on Tuesday as we flew out.... Oh well!!!!!
my pa and i had a dandy old time "ballooning" as we call it. I sure did learn a lot when i was there, and one of the balloon operators gave me 50 bucks cause he said i was cool. I guess thats how everyone in albuquerque is. if i lived in albuquerque.. id probably be rich.. cuz im really cool like that.
The ABQ Balloon Fiesta is one of the best events to attend. There is something incredible in watching the sun come up as 850 balloons are lifting off. We have made numerous friends over the years and the town really caters to the tourists. Go crew!!!! Its worth the trip. Special note- This is not a last minute deal. Getting a hotel room is difficult and expensive-plan ahead and make a long trip of it. Also, if you can't ride with the team you crew for, pay the money for a ride up. Its great!!
I attended the balloon fiesta for the second time right after 911 and the morning of the special "glow" was such a heart tugging moment.After crying for a second I relized that all would be well. This year I will attend for a third time following a year of personal sickness and change. The fiesta was so comforting to me in the past and I cant wait for this year
There is always something about the Balloon Fiesta that makes me feel at home. I lived in Albuquerque for almost 11 years and that is the one thing that I miss the most. I try and go back every year when they have the balloon glow at night. It is so neat to watch the baloons light up really bright. It is almost like looking at a candle through stain glass. Just amazing.
When I look at pictures it always brings me back the memories of all the beautiful colors, the crispness in the cool air mixed in with that smell of the wonderful Indian Fry Bread and all the native foods to New Mexico that are there. You can get anything smothered in green or red chili. Oh, just makes my mouth water when I think about it. I will continue to go every year to this wonderful event.
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