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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Courtesy Ron Behrmann
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, NM
(888) 422-7277
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Website
  • Hours: Annually late September through early October
  • Reservations: Not required, but buying tickets in advance will make things easier
  • Cost: Moderate admission fee; extra fee for rides
  • Location: North Albuquerque, directions below
  • When to Go: To avoid crowds, get to the park by 5:30 AM on weekends, and arrive by 4 PM for evening events
The annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta hosts hundreds of hot-air balloons and over 1,000 pilots, including entries from more than 28 different countries. All 700-plus balloons launch in less than 2 hours.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Review

Because of their 33 year safety record, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is one of the only such events where you can walk among the balloons and talk to the pilots. Please be courteous and careful to keep things this way.

Daily activities and sights at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta include mass ascensions, races, Dawn Patrol Show and a Special Shape "Glow"deo. Perhaps one of the most spectacular event is an evening event when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time.

For a special treat, you can take a ride during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with Rainbow Ryders, the only tour company authorized to take off from Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park during the festival.

A few things you should know:

  • Lawn chairs are allowed at the fiesta.
  • No pets allowed except handicap assistance animals.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Park.

Tickets for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Advance tickets are available in the spring. You can also buy parking passes in advance. Order online or call (888) 422-7277 ext 303.

Getting to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park is west of I-25, about 12 miles north of the airport and 7 miles north of downtown. Public parking is available at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta site, and you can download maps online.

However, the easiest way to get to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is to take the Park and Ride service.

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