Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc.

a 501(c)(3) corporation

Balloon Fiesta is produced by Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Incorporated in 1976, the mission statement of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is...

"To conduct the world's premier ballooning event while renewing friendships and promoting camaraderie among all participants and promoting the sport of ballooning, the City of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, nationally and internationally."

In the course of producing this signature event, Balloon Fiesta® generates more than $180 million of total economic impact for businesses in the Albuquerque Metropolitan area per year. More than 800,000 guests attend the 9-day event held during the first full week of October. 

In order to carry out this mission, AIBF, Inc. has a 20 person staff and a 24-member volunteer board of directors. While Balloon Fiesta has been successful at fulfilling its mission for nearly 50 years without the need to ask for additional help, these difficult times pose a great threat to the organization and ultimately the entire sport of ballooning, not to mention the well-being and financial survival of many businesses throughout New Mexico and the world.

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