The Gondola Club
Enjoy Balloon Fiesta from one of the most picturesque locations in Balloon Fiesta Park. The Gondola Club is a private area away from the crowds that offer guests delicious food, local entertainment, premium parking, courtesy shuttles, and outdoor seating for our guests. Your experience will provide spectacular views of a Mass Ascension, Special Shapes Rodeo, balloon glow, and our stunning fireworks show. The Gondola Club has its own gift shop so you can shop without fighting the crowds on Main Street.
Hours of Operation
Morning Sessions: 5:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Evening Sessions: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
(Food service 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 a morning session, then return for an evening session, a separate ticket is required for each of the two sessions.
- Adult - $125 per person, per session
- Child (ages 4-12) - $65 per person, per session
Children ages 3 and under are free.
Note: A 3% convenience (ticketing) fee is applied to all tickets sold.
Groups (14+ people)
- Adult - $105 per person, per session
- Child (ages 4-12) $55 per person, per session
The group rate is offered to guests arriving in one vehicle and will be issued one parking pass.
GROUP REGISTRATION OPEN SOON
- 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 the launch field
- Shuttle transportation to and from the parking area and Main Street
- Dedicated bathrooms
- Live entertainment during evening sessions
- Collectible Gondola Club lapel pin
- Souvenir Gift
* Due to NM state alcohol laws, there will be no alcohol served on Sunday mornings before 12 noon.
We are no longer issuing Print At Home tickets for the Gondola Club. We are now using scannable wristbands for entry. Your wristbands will be included in your Gondola Club Packet that will also include your parking pass and directions.
Gondola Club Packets will be mailed within two weeks of your purchase.
Parking Passes (IMPORTANT, please read)
A hard-copy parking pass included in your Gondola Club Packet and will be mailed to you via USPS. We will not replace lost or stolen parking passes but you may purchase a replacement pass by calling (505) 821.1000, ext. 106.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not mail parking passes after September 22, 2021. Please see the Gondola Club FAQs for information about how to get your parking pass after this date.
Refunds and Rain Checks (IMPORTANT, please read)
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 cancel balloon events.
If during your visit to the Gondola Club but the balloons were unable to inflate, you may pick up a rain check at the Gondola Club Welcome Desk or at the AIBF office at 4401 Alameda Blvd NE. Your rain check will allow you entry to any other event session but will not include entry to the Gondola Club.
You may read our full cancellation policy by clicking here: Gondola Club Cancellation Policy.