Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -
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.