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Event News & Updates

Mar 21, 2016

2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Celebrates 45th Event


“Desert Kaleidoscope” Launches October 1-9, 2016

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 1-9, 2016. The 45th annual event will feature more than 500 hot air balloons, of which nearly a hundred are anticipated to be special shape balloons. Pilots from all over the world have been invited to fly in the popular international event. The 2016 event theme is “Desert Kaleidoscope,” a title chosen by a Balloon Fiesta guest.

The Balloon Fiesta’s five signature morning mass ascensions launch both weekends (October 1-2, 8-9) and mid-week (October 5).  Other favorite events include the Balloon Glows, Special Shape Rodeo and Music Fiesta. A complete schedule for the nine-day event can be found here: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/event-schedule

The first day of flying is scheduled for Saturday, October 1.  The Dawn Patrol Show, launching in the dark will take to the skies followed by a dawn launch of more than 500 hot air balloons.  Reaching for the skies, balloon pilots will launch in various waves in search of the famous Albuquerque Box (a wind pattern unique to Balloon Fiesta Park providing pilots the chance to take off and land from the same location).

The Balloon Fiesta flying competition will begin on Monday, October 3 and will continue throughout the week. Additionally, the Balloon Fiesta will host the Balloon Federation of America’s US Women’s National Championship October 1-5. On Wednesday, October 5, the Flight of the Nations will get the mid-week mass ascension started, showcasing all countries represented at Balloon Fiesta. In addition to flying events, Thursday and Friday will feature special shape balloons launching each morning and glows in the evening.  In all, the event has five balloon glows scheduled this year.

Guests can get a head start on planning their trip to this year’s Balloon Fiesta by registering for the following:

RV Spots: Guests who are bringing their own RVs please visit: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information for more information and registration.

Gondola Club: Guests who want a private seat complete with wonderful food and an amazing view can purchase their Gondola Club tickets at: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/ticketing-information.

Chasers’ Club: Guests who want to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience can purchase their Chasers’ Club tickets today by visiting: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/chasers-club.

For more details on event schedules visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/event-schedule.