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, and includes delicious food, local entertainment, courtesy shuttles, and indoor restrooms just for our guests.

Tickets go on sale April 3, 2020.

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.

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 for 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


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.  


Children ages 3 and under are free. 

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
  • 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 to your via USPS within two weeks of your order.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We will not mail Gondola Club Packets after September 21, 2020.  Please see Gondola Club FAQs for information on how to get your Gondola Club Packet after September 21st.   

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 21, 2020. Please see the Gondola Club FAQs for information about how to get your parking pass.  

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 you attended 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 for a balloon event - not Gondola Club admission - to be used at any other balloon event session.

You may read our full cancellation policy by clicking here: Gondola Club Cancellation Policy. 

More Questions?

If you have additional questions or need more information, check out the FAQS or contact us at (505) 821-1000, ext. 106 or gondolaclub@balloonfiesta.com