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Gondola Club

Enjoy Balloon Fiesta from one of the most picturesque locations in Balloon Fiesta Park. The Gondola Club is a reserved area that lets you get away from the crowds while you enjoy delicious food, local entertainment, courtesy shuttles, and luxury restrooms just for our guests.

The Balloon Fiesta is a truly unique experience, and Gondola Club tickets allow guests to experience this world-class event in a very special and private setting. Just imagine being able to have a private seat complete with wonderful food while looking out over a Mass Ascension, Special Shapes Rodeo, a balloon glow, competition or fireworks.

Tickets for the 2017 Gondola Club will go on sale in late March, 2017. 
To be notified of ticket sales, please sign up for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta newsletter by clicking here: Newsletter Registration

Hours of Operation

Morning Sessions: 5:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Evening Sessions: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Foodservice ends 30 minutes prior to the close of each session.


Balloon Fiesta consists of 14 "sessions." A session consists of all the activities that take place during a certain time frame (morning or evening). There is a morning session on each of the 9 days of the event, and there are 5 evening sessions throughout the event.

The Gondola Club is priced "per session." So if you attend for a morning session, then return for an evening session, a separate ticket is required for each of the two sessions.

Prices are per session.


Child, Ages 4-12
(Ages <3 are free)

1-13 People - Per person, per session (except Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings)



14+ People - Per person, per session (except Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday mornings)



Discounted Pricing for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings (price applies to any size group)



Note: A 3% Convenience (ticketing) Fee is applied to all tickets.

What's Included

  • Admission to Balloon Fiesta
  • Parking pass to nearby, private Gondola Club parking
  • Gourmet buffet meal (breakfast or dinner buffet, depending on session attended)
  • Host/open bar* (no additional charge for alcoholic beverages)
  • Prime location for viewing hot air balloon launch
  • Shuttle transportation to and from parking area and Main Street
  • Dedicated bathrooms
  • Live entertainment at evening sessions
  • Collectible Gondola Club lapel pin

* Due to NM state alcohol laws, there will be no alcohol served on Sunday mornings before 12 noon.


Print-at-home tickets will be emailed to you upon completion of your order. Please check your spam mailbox so you don’t miss this important email!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You must print out the tickets included in that email and bring them with you.  They are your admission to the Balloon Fiesta and the Gondola Club.


For groups of 14 or more people, please contact us directly for tickets at (505) 821-1000, ext. 109 or

Parking Passes

A specific parking pass is required to access the Balloon Fiesta Park and the Gondola Club parking lot. You will not be allowed to access these areas without this pass.

As of September 17, 2016, we no stop mailing out Gondola Club parking passes. Click here for details about how to get your parking pass: How to get your Gondola Club Parking Pass

Due to the size of the Gondola Club parking lot, we can only issue 1 parking pass for every 4 people in a group, as follows:

1-4 people - 1 parking pass5-8 people - 2 parking passes
9-12 people - 3 parking passes
13-16 people - 4 parking passes
17-20 people - 5 parking passes
Etc. ...

If your parking pass is lost or stolen, replacement parking passes may be purchased for $75 each. (Replacement parking passes require proof of ticket purchase.)

Additional parking is available for our General Parking area for $10 per car, per session. Note that General Parking is not located near the Gondola Club.

On September 24, 2017, we will no longer mail out Gondola Club parking passes. 

Refunds and Rain Checks

Once your Gondola Club order has been processed, there are no refunds.

BALLOON FIESTA IS A WEATHER-DEPENDENT EVENT. While early October weather is generally ideal for hot-air ballooning, strong winds or storms may delay or balloon events. Please allow plenty of time to provide for contingency, and to fully enjoy the event.

If you attended the Gondola Club but the balloons were unable to fly, you may pick up a rain check for a balloon event - not Gondola Club admission - to be used at any other balloon event session.

Dietary Restrictions

The Gondola Club is able to accommodate some dietary restrictions (such as vegetarian, gluten free, dairy-free, or egg free). However, due to the nature of the event, we’re unable to accommodate more stringent restrictions. If you have dietary requirements, please contact us at Please note your name, the nature of your restrictions, and the date and session/s of your attendance.

More Questions?

Gondola Club FAQs

If you have additional questions or need more information, contact us at (505) 821-1000, ext. 109 or