“The World's Premier Balloon Event”
For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. No matter who you are, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than three decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air. Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year. From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Our signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with 700 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States. Balloon Fiesta Park is located in Albuquerque, NM north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.
You've never seen hot air balloons like this before. A couple weeks ago, Albuquerque, New Mexico held its 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta. It's a 9-day event where over 700 balloons see liftoff. It's the largest hot air balloon festival in the entire world and we were on hand to capture the action.
Such a cool experience. In 2014 the festival will run from October 4th until the 12th. Be sure and arrive early, dress in layers, and bring sunscreen.
A truly amazing experience both in the early morning and in the evening. Had tickets to the Gondola Club. Well worth the money.
Brought the family out to see this. We stayed across the street at the Balloon Fiesta RV Park. The RV Park was pretty dusty, but fun nonetheless. We happened to have windy days when we stayed, so we didn’t see much balloon action. But, we enjoyed shopping and eating in Old Town Albuquerque. I would still recommend it!
This is one festival not to be missed. Be sure to stay up late, the Balloon Glow at night is magical.
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
- Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 7:00 am
- Sun, Sat: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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