Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Find Out About Albuquerque's Biggest, Hottest Event

There's nothing small about the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Wake up with a cup of coffee and breakfast burrito at this spectacular event, which draws visitors from around the globe. Munch while watching waves of hot air balloons inflate and take off. There are special shapes balloons, balloon glows, balloon races, balloon memorabilia and a great number of other things, all taking place over the course of eight jam packed days.

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    Cindy Petrehn / Courtesy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
    Whether you've been to Balloon Fiesta before or are going for the first time, there are some essentials that are important to know. Find out about admission prices, where to park, and what to expect at this annual event that draws spectators from around the world.
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    Ray Watt / Courtesy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
    Yes, you can drive and park at the Balloon Fiesta. But is there a better way that doesn't entail idling in long lines? Find out about Park and Ride bus shuttles and how to take the train to this event. And did you know you could ride your bike to the Fiesta, thanks to the volunteer bike valet service?
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    Ray Watt / Courtesy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
    What's the difference between a Glowdeo and a Special Shapes event? Find out what takes place when, with some tips for when you arrive.
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    Balloon Fiesta Entertainment

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    The Balloon Fiesta offers music all day long, from the morning national anthem, sung at 7 a.m., to the evening entertainment held at 8 p.m. Find out what will be playing when you visit the Fiesta.
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    Balloon Fiesta Inflating
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    Each year of the Balloon Fiesta is more exciting than the last. That's made possible by an ever-growing, constantly changing lineup of things to see and do. For the 41st anniversary of the event, you'll want to think about taking a trolley tour, riding on a bike tour, tweeting back your experiences via social media, and more.

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    Balloon Fiesta Stiltwalkers
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    The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has to be one of the most photographed events in the world. Take a peek at an image gallery of a special shapes event.

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    Balloon Fiesta Apps

    Vendors at Balloon Fiesta
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    Find an app for your iPhone or electronic device that takes you through the Balloon Fiesta, step by step. Find launch times, special events and more with the official Balloon Fiesta app, an added tool in your quest to find your way around.

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    Photo © Aileen O'Catherine
    Beat the traffic by taking a leisurely bike tour through Albuquerque's north valley. You'll arrive awake, refreshed, and won't have to sit in line waiting for parking. Breakfast is included.
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    Hot Air Balloon Poster
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    Wonder how many balloons launch at a mass ascension, when the first balloon was launched, or when the first Dawn Patrol was launched? We've got your answers.
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    Balloon Fiesta Weather

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    What keeps the balloons from taking off? Can winds be light, and what if it's drizzling rain? How do we know if the launch is a go? Find out about balloon fiesta weather, what makes a launch a go, and how to know when launch has been cancelled.
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    History of Ballooning

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     Hot air balloons were used in the Civil War, much like today's drones. There was also a balloon named "The City of Albuquerque that flew over Albuquerque in 1882. Read more...