General Admission

General Admission tickets allow entry into Balloon Fiesta Park during any single session of Balloon Fiesta. With your General Admission, you are able to enjoy all the amenities that Balloon Fiesta has to offer including the Balloon Discovery Center, Main Street, Artisans at Balloon Fiesta, shopping, entertainment, and of course, balloons!

Important items to remember about General Admission tickets:
      •   One Session is all Morning activities OR all Evening activities

      •   General Admission Tickets are good for one session, any day
      •   2024 General Admission tickets are valid for any one session in 2024
      •   Attendance capacity at Balloon Fiesta Park is not limited
      •   There are no evening sessions Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or the last Sunday

General Admission tickets are $15.00 per person, per session.
Children 12 and under are free. 

Morning Sessions: 4:30 a.m. to noon
Evening Sessions: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Balloon Fiesta Gift Shop:
Starting June 15th, 2024 Physical tickets will be available in the gift shop for $15. Quantities of 4 or more tickets will be discounted to $13 through August 30th.
Electronic tickets are only available through

Attention New Mexico Residents!

Monday, October 7, 2024 will be New Mexico Day at the Balloon Fiesta!

As a special thank you for your support through the years, general admission will be free on that day for all New Mexico residents. Present your photo ID or utility bill with a New Mexico address at the entry gate for free admission.

This promotion will be Monday, October 7 only! No rainchecks or refunds will apply. Parking fees will still apply.


Monday, October 7, 2024

As a special thank you for our fellow residents who have provided Balloon Fiesta support through the years, the Board of Directors will provide free general admission on October 7, 2024, for all New Mexico residents.  Children who are12 and under already receive free admission to Balloon Fiesta.

Admission for New Mexico residents, with a photo ID with a New Mexico address or a utility bill with a New Mexico address, is free.  There is still a charge for parking.

On Monday, when you arrive at Balloon Fiesta, go to a ticket booth (located next to all gates), show a photo ID with a New Mexico address or a utility bill with a New Mexico address and receive your tickets.

Bring your military identification card and show it to a Balloon Fiesta ticket booth.

No.  Free admission for New Mexico Day can only be redeemed in person. 

Show a photo ID with a New Mexico address or a utility bill with a New Mexico address at one of the ticket booths (located at each gate) and receive your ticket. 

Go to one of the onsite ticket booths, located next to each gate.

Parking is $20. New Mexico Day only includes free admission.


BALLOON FIESTA IS A WEATHER DEPENDENT EVENT and tickets are nonrefundable. 

The safety of all of our Balloon Fiesta guests, including pilots and crews, will always come first regarding making decisions whether the balloons inflate. While October is generally ideal for ballooning in Albuquerque, less than ideal weather at Balloon Fiesta Park or in the vicinity, can sometimes prevent the balloons from inflating.

If the decision to not allow the balloons to inflate is made, Balloon Fiesta will rain-check that session. You are still welcome to enjoy all the amenities Balloon Fiesta has to offer for the remainder of the session. In case of a rain-checked session, please retain your ticket. Your ticket will be re-activated in the form of a General Admission ticket, valid for any remaining session in the current year. 

The status of Balloon Fiesta sessions will be available on the Website and Official App.  


If you experience difficulty completing your ticket purchase:
Call or text us at 505-227-8737
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