News & Updates

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a No Drone Zone

September 19, 2022

Albuquerque, NM – The 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Balloon Fiesta) will welcome guests from around the world, October 1-9, 2022. For the safety of balloon pilots, guest…


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Announces 2022 Special Shapes

September 19, 2022

Albuquerque, NM - The 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will host international special shape balloon teams as a part of the world’s premier balloon event, October 1-9. This…


Balloon Fiesta to Kick Off 50th Event with Reenactment Flight

September 3, 2022

Event to honor original 13 pilots and balloons Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Balloon Fiesta) first took shape with an inaugural launch of 13 balloons, 5…


Guest Transporters, Sky Boxes Among New Attractions at 50th Balloon Fiesta

August 30, 2022

New and returning special activities announced for guests of all ages Albuquerque, NM – More than 600 hot air balloons will take to Albuquerque’s blue skies October 1-9, in celebra…


World's Largest Ballooning Event Celebrates 50 Years of High-Flying Fun

August 5, 2022

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Recaps its Lively Half Century Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil is celebrating its 50th even…


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Announces New Volunteer Coordinator

April 21, 2022

Samantha Greenwald Brings Chase Crew Experience to New Role Albuquerque, NM - The leadership team of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil has announced that Sama…


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Celebrates 50th Event

March 30, 2022

Celebration to Launch October 1-9, 2022 Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 1-9, 2022. The 50th…


Music Fiesta™ Returns to Balloon Fiesta, Headliner Announced

March 28, 2022

Music Fiesta™ Returns to Balloon Fiesta, Headliner Announced Tickets go on Sale April 1 Albuquerque – After a two-year hiatus, Music Fiesta™ will return to the Albuquerque In…


Balloon Fiesta Welcomes ExxonMobil As its New Presenting Sponsor

January 12, 2022

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will be powered by ExxonMobil for next three years Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board, directors and staff…


Race Leaders Land in Texas; The Chase is On!

October 4, 2021

Posted Monday, October 4, 0830 AM MDT (1430Z) The America’s Challenge Command Center has received word that Team 4, Noah Forden and Bert Padelt, have landed safely at the airport in Big…


Balloon Fiesta Opening Ceremonies to Kickoff 49th Event with a Salute to Medical Personnel, First Responders and All Essential Workers

October 2, 2021

WHAT: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s opening ceremony will include several elements which will conclude with an aerial salute to our first responders and healthcare worke…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

updated 9/01/2021 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is continuing with plans to launch the 49th event on October 2, 2021. Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Contr…


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta sets Guinness World Record for Greatest Mass Balloon Ascent With 2019 Launch of 524 Hot Air Balloons

August 22, 2021

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta sets Guinness World Record for Greatest Mass Balloon Ascent With 2019 Launch of 524 Hot Air Balloons Guinness World Records verifies a “Picture…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, August 3, 2021

August 3, 2021

The 49th Balloon Fiesta will occur in 60 days, launching October 2-10 updated 8/18/2021 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is continuing its planning to launch the 49th Albuquerque I…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021

The 49th Balloon Fiesta will occur in 91 days, launching October 2-10 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is excited to see the updated State of New Mexico Public Health Order pertain…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

The 49th Balloon Fiesta will occur in 119 days, launching October 2-10 It is exciting to know that the 49thAlbuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will launch 119 days from today! Tickets wil…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

The 49th Balloon Fiesta will occur in 5 months, launching October 2-10 Planning continues for the 49thAlbuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the nine-day event will launch October2, from Ba…


Ten Things to know for the 2021 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

April 28, 2021

The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will launch on October 2, 2021. The nine-day event will feature more than 600 hot air balloons and celebrate the sport with its nine morning s…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021

The 49th Balloon Fiesta will launch in 6 months launching October 2-10 In past years, we've started selling tickets six months prior to the start of Balloon Fiesta. This year, that date would…


Tickets for 49th Balloon Fiesta to go on Sale July 2

March 25, 2021

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta set launch October 2, 2021 For Immediate Release Albuquerque, NM -The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, announced that general admission ticket…


News Release, March 2, 2021, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Celebrates 49th Event “Time Flies” Launches October 2-10, 2021

March 2, 2021

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Celebrates 49th Event “Time Flies” Launches October 2-10, 2021 Albuquerque, NM -The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is set to…


Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

Balloon Fiesta Event Update – March 1, 2021 The Balloon Fiesta board of directors, staff, pilots and volunteers are moving forward with excitement to plan for the 49th event, launching O…


Quick Facts and FAQs, March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

Overview Balloon Fiesta is the world’s premier ballooning event. Beginning as a small celebration in 1972 and with only 13 balloons, the event has grown into an international celebration…