Quick Facts and FAQs, March 2, 2021
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. Modern day Balloon Fiesta takes place every first full week of October in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For nine days, guests attending can expect to see upwards of 500 hot air balloons, flown by pilots from around the world. It’s truly a magical scene that allows those attending to be steps away from hundreds of hot air balloons launching from Balloon Fiesta Park.
Q: When is the 2021 Balloon Fiesta?
A: The 49thevent is set to take place October 2-10, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Q: Was an event held in 2020?
A: No, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related State of New Mexico Public Health Orders, the 2020 event was postponed; the only year the event was not held since our first event in 1972. We look forward to celebrating our 49thevent in 2021 and our 50thin 2022.
Q: How will the pandemic change how guests participate in the 2021 event?
A: COVID-19 has impacted families, communities and businesses across the globe, including large-gathering events. New Mexico’s Office of the Governor continues to update public health orders for outdoor events, including Balloon Fiesta. Our planning and focus is to safely launch our nine-day event on October 2, 2021. On the field, guests always have the opportunity to regulate how close they are to other guests. We will update guests related to social distancing, mask mandates and other items identified in public health orders on our website at BalloonFiesta.com. More details on Balloon Fiesta’s public health plan, including COVID-19-safe practices will be available this summer on our website balloonfiesta.com.
Q: What should I wear and bring?
A: Early mornings can be quite chilly, but as the sun comes up temperatures increase quickly; it’s best to wear layers that allow you to adjust for the temperature changes. We also recommend bringing sunscreen, lip balm, water and of course, don’t forget to charge your phone or camera! Backpacks are allowed but are subject to check by security. Visit this page for more information on what’s allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park: https://balloonfiesta.com/FAQs
Q: What takes place during an event session?
A: The Balloon Fiesta’s five signature morning mass ascensions launch both weekends (October 2-3, 9-10) and mid-week (October 6). Other favorite events include the America’s Challenge Gas Race, Balloon Glows, Ballooning Competitions, Special Shape Rodeo and AfterGlow Fireworks Shows. A complete schedule for the nine-day event can be found here.
Q: How can I enjoy Balloon Fiesta if I am not able to travel this year?
A: There are many opportunities to enjoy Balloon Fiesta from afar. Balloon Fiesta Live! is a hosted live stream of the event, visit this page for more information and to access archives of the broadcast. We are also very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram leading up to and during the event.
For more details about the event, hospitality opportunities and general guest tips, visit our in-depth FAQ page here.
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