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Hall of Fame Bios

The Inductees 1983-1999 ... Sid Cutter, 1983 Sid Cutter is recognized and honored as the father of hot air ballooning in Albuquerque. After making a free flight over the City, Sid later went on to host the first three balloon “fiestas” in Albuquerque before working with Mayor Harry Kinney to found the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Sid was also a founder and charter member of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA, or Quad A), t... More


Heritage Honorees

In 2005 the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee established the Heritage Pin, a limited-edition commemorative pin honoring pioneers in ballooning and the Balloon Fiesta in particular. The Heritage Pin is awarded yearly in recognition of those who have perpetuated the legacy they've helped create.   The Honorees ... Charlotte Kinney obtained her balloon pilot license in 1977, started volunteering at Balloon Fiesta short... More


Program Index

#BALLOONFIESTA           ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta® event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register for text updates provided by A Virtual Receptionist ... Sign up for our E-Newsletter ... Program Article Index Here's a list of the articles that have appeared in our official pro... More


Weather

The Sandia mountain range to the East of the city provides a significant block between Albuquerque and the “Midwest”. The gap or valley pass where the Interstate 40 highway passes west to east through the mountain range significantly influences the local weather patterns of the Albuquerque area, especially in the Fall and with respect to surface winds. During the Fall a substantial high pressure center often occurs on the east side of the mountains and the wind flow around... More


Weather

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Weather Information - by Randy Lefevre  Welcome to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) weather information site. Our goal with this site is to give general weather information about Balloon Fiesta to pilots and crew and offer a few of our favorite weather links. Balloon Fiesta Park is approximately 10 miles due North of the Albuquerque International Sunport (Airport). One would think the official National Weather ... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register fo... More


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Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


FAQs

Commonly asked questions in planning your trip to the Balloon Fiesta. ... FAQ Review Video A short video reviewing the FAQs presented by Balloon Fiesta Navigators (Volunteers) ... ... What are the dates of future Balloon Fiestas? ... 2021 October 2-10  2022 October 1-9 2023 October 7-15 2024 October 6-14 ... What is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? ... The Albuqu... More


Hall of Fame

In 1983 the Hall of Fame was created to honor those who have made substantial contributions to the success of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or have made important contributions to AIBF and/or the sport of ballooning. The past presidents of the Board of Directors accept nominations and vote on possible inductees in late summer with any induction taking place during the Awards Ceremony held the last Saturday of Balloon Fiesta.  ... 2018 - Charlotte Kin... More


Hall of Fame Bios 2000

The Inductees 2000-present ... Linda Rutherford 2001 On a list of early woman balloonists in Albuquerque, Linda Rutherford’s name would be near the top.  Linda was part of the “Class of ’73,” which included some of the earliest and most prominent female balloon pilots in Albuquerque.  She finished in the top ten in the National Hot Air Balloon Championships in 1975 and flew as a commercial pilot for Budwiser and other sponsors. Lin... More


FAQs: Gondola Club

What is your cancellation policy? ... Gondola Club tickets are non-refundable, except in the event of the complete closure of the Gondola Club*. Cancelled Balloon Session Occasionally the weather prohibits the launch or inflation of balloons must most often when there are poor weather conditions a session will be delayed. The Gondola Club will stay open at these times, and your tickets are still valid, as the meal and other services will still be offered. If the ... More


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… More


2019 Economic Impact Study Shows Benefits to New Mexico Visitor Industry as well as State and Local Tax Base FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO- New Mexico’s largest visitor… More


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… More


“Picture Perfect” Launches October 5-13, 2019 Contact: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group | 505.898.8689, media@balloonfiesta.com Albuquerque, NM -The Albuquerque International Balloon… More


Balloon Discovery Center

Admission is FREE once inside Balloon Fiesta® gates. ... Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM ... Interactive exhibits illustrate the principles of lighter-than-air flight, the history of the sport, and safety aspects of ballooning. A hot air balloon exhibit has a basket in which kids can "burn" the burners and simulate a balloon flight. Another exhibit demonstrates the "Albuquerque Box" effect, and an Arts... More


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Each year at Balloon Fiesta, balloon enthusiasts can get hands-on experience to learn about the sport and science of ballooning, and a behind-the-scenes look at Balloon Fiesta event operations. Located at the north end of Balloon Fiesta Park, the 7-Eleven Balloon Discovery Center draws more than 30,000 visitors of all ages each year. ... ... Admission is FREE once inside Balloon Fiesta® gates. ... Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM ... More


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


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Admission is FREE once inside Balloon Fiesta® gates. ... Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM ... Interactive exhibits illustrate the principles of lighter-than-air flight, the history of the sport, and safety aspects of ballooning. A hot air balloon exhibit has a basket in which kids can "burn" the burners and simulate a balloon flight. Another exhibit demonstrates the "Albuquerque Box" effect, and an Arts... More


Balloon Discovery Center

Each year at Balloon Fiesta, balloon enthusiasts can get hands-on experience to learn about the sport and science of ballooning, and a behind-the-scenes look at Balloon Fiesta event operations. Located at the north end of Balloon Fiesta Park, the Balloon Discovery Center draws more than 30,000 visitors of all ages each year. ... Admission is FREE once inside Balloon Fiesta® gates. ... Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM ... ... More


Balloon Discovery Center

In response to the current COVID situation and consistent with Balloon Fiesta’s focus on staging a safe event for our pilots, balloon crews, volunteers and guests, we have made the decision to not host the Balloon Discovery Center this year.  This decision was due to the indoor venue and the multiple touch points associated with the activities.  We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Balloon Discovery Center next year. ... Each year at Balloon Fi... More


History

How it Started From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now features about 600 balloons and 700 pilots. The first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque. The following year, 13 countries took part in the "First Worl... More


Officials share details of approach that includes metal detectors, expanded bag checks and law enforcement partnerships for October 5-13 event For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Garrity, The G… More


“Carry Me Away” Launches October 6-14, 2018 Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 6-14, 2018. The 47t… More


Albuquerque, NM -The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 3-11, 2020. The 49th annual event, themed “Time Flies,” will featur… More


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Announces Pricing for 49th Event “Time Flies” Launches October 3-11, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group | 5… More


Brad Temeyer is celebrating his first year as Chief of the Weather Team at Balloon Fiesta. As Chief, he works to ensure the safety of balloonists participating in the event by leading weather… More


Media

The 49th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is here! "Time Flies" Balloon Fiesta, October 2-10, 2021 Media Guide ... Event Information 2021 will mark the 49th time that the Balloon Fiesta has filled Albuquerque's crystal blue skies. The Balloon Fiesta is the premier international ballooning event, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box," (a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the ... More


Brenna Moore is a member of Balloon Fiesta’s media committee, is a navigator for the media tent and works with Visit Albuquerque. In this month’s Inside the Basket, take a look at… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


“Carry Me Away” Launches October 6-14, 2018 Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 6-14, 2018. The 47t… More


FAQs: Music Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is excited to bring back Music Fiesta™ for another successful year! ... The balloons have and always will be the shining stars at Balloon Fiesta. However, over the years we’ve welcomed some amazing musical artists who have entertained our guests when the balloons are off the field. We’ve had the honor of hosting musical guests such as 3 Dog Night, Old Dominion, Michael Ray, the Marshall Tucker Band, ... More


“X Marks the Spot” Rewards ABQ Locals who Offer Landing Sites Media Contact: Tom Garrity, media@balloonfiesta.com Albuquerque – With less than a month before the Albuquerque… More


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


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


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Web Information

Balloon Fiesta Web Reciprocal Link Policy We appreciate you telling others about our site on the World Wide Web and you are welcome to provide a hyperlink from your site to ours provided such links do not imply endorsement by us or any affiliation without our specific written permission. Because we are a nonprofit organization which relies heavily on contributions from our sponsors, we will give reciprocal links to sponsors of record upon notification of their home page Worl... More


Artisans

Artisans at Balloon Fiesta® is the only arts and crafts show located on-site during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. With around 30 artisans featured, there is a little something for everyone, so be sure to plan your stroll through the artisan tent to take home a wonderful handcrafted souvenir to remember your trip.    Admission to the Artisans at Balloon Fiesta tent is free once inside Balloon Fiesta gates.   ... More


Pilot Application - Conditions of Entry

2019 Pilot Application will open on March 4, Monday, at 8 A.M.  MT ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta® event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register f... More


Americas Challenge 2019 Teams

 USA  Poland  Team 1   Pilot: John "Andy" Cayton Balloon: Misia  Co-Pilot: Krzysztof Zapart In the last America's Challenge in 2017, Krzysztof and Andy were one of the two teams to beat the 20-+-year-old America's Challenge record. They flew nearly 2,200 miles (3526 km) and were only 90 miles short of wining the race before they ran out of real estate and resources. Krzysztof Za... More


Lieutenant Zak Cottrell of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) oversees the direction of guests traveling to and from Balloon Fiesta Park. In this month’s Inside the Basket, learn m… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


RV Information

  Because of the 2020 reservation rollovers and waitlist processing, there are no additional RV spaces or waitlists available at this time. Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation syst... More


Gordon Bennett

Dating back more than 100 years, the Gordon Bennett race is the premier gas balloon distance race and attracts some of the most experienced and distinguished pilot teams from around the world. This legendary race is often compared to the America’s Cup Yacht Race for the endurance necessary to compete and win. And while the mission of the race is simple, executing that mission is anything but easy. The winning team is the one that flies the farthest distance from the launch site.... More


Albuquerque Aloft

Many pilots who are registered for Balloon Fiesta sign up to participate in Albuquerque Aloft. Pilots tether or launch their balloons from selected school grounds in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho on the Friday morning before Balloon Fiesta.   ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us ... More


International Pilots

International Pilots ... Verification of Authenticity of Foreign License, Rating and Medical Certification: In order to participate in Balloon Fiesta pilots must possess either a US private or commercial pilot certificate. If operating on a foreign license, the country of license issuance must match the country of aircraft registration (some country restrictions may apply). Verify the Authenticity of a Foreign License ... More


The largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world created a stately spectacle over Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 7 through 15. The forty-sixth Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta dre… More


One of Neil Young's most underrated songs is about it. And it is certainly one of the most uniquely named cities. Albuquerque. Albuquerque, New Mexico is a mid-sized city in the United State… More


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018 – FINAL NUMBERS For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Garrity, Director of Media Relations (505) 898 - 8689 Event Theme: Carry Me Away Final N… More


Who are the men and women who will take on one of the greatest challenges in aerostation? Andy Cayton, USA and Krzysztof Zapart, Poland: In the last America’s Challenge, this team did… More


AIBF-501c3

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. a 501(c)(3) corporation Balloon Fiesta is produced by Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Incorporated in 1976, the mission statement of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is... "To conduct the world's premiere ballooning event while renewing friendships and promoting camaraderie among all participants and promoting the sport of ba... More


Donate

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. a 501(c)(3) corporation Balloon Fiesta is produced by Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Incorporated in 1976, the mission statement of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is... "To conduct the world's premier ballooning event while renewing friendships and promoting camaraderie among all participants and promoting the sport of ballooni... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps  The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Alternatively, you can install the app to your device by going to your devic... More


RV Information

  Because of the 2020 reservation rollovers and waitlist processing, there are no additional RV spaces or waitlists available at this time. Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation syst... More


RV Information

  Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation system at that time.          Waitlist If you choose to place... More


RV Information

  Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation system at that time.          Waitlist If you choose to place... More


RV Information

  Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation system at that time.          Waitlist If you choose to place... More


RV Information

  Until we learn more regarding possible distance requirements for RV spacing, the reservation system, as well as the waitlists, will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and if/when we are able to determine there will be no additional spacing requirements, we will review opening the reservation system at that time.          Waitlist If you choose to place... More


RV Information

  The RV reservation system and waitlist will reopen on July 2.           Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is available and you will have 72 hours to complete your purchase. Cancellation Policy Until July 14th, refunds will be processed with a $10.00 fee for the... More


RV Information

  The RV reservation system and waitlist will reopen on July 2. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space ... More


RV Information

  The RV reservation system is now open. It is experiencing a heavy load at this time. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will recei... More


RV Information

  The RV reservation system and waitlist will reopen on July 2nd at 9am mst. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email sta... More


RV Information

  The Waitlist is full and is not accepting additions. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is availa... More


RV Information

  The RV reservation system and waitlist will reopen on July 2nd at 9am mst. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email sta... More


RV Information

  The Waitlist is full and is not accepting additions. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is availa... More


RV Information

  The Waitlist is full and is not accepting additions. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is availa... More


RV Information

  The Waitlist is full and is not accepting additions. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is availa... More


RV Information

  The Waitlist is full and is not accepting additions. To access the RV reservation site, click the link below. NOTE: Review the "Additional RV Information" and print the RV lot location map and RV Rules and Regulations prior to arrival.        Waitlist If you choose to place yourself on the waitlist, and space becomes available, you will receive an email stating that your space is availa... More


Donation Requests

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. ... Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the ... More


Privacy Statement

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for these websites: www.balloonfiesta.com, and www.balloonfiestastuff.com: ... Use of Web Site Visitor Information Our site registration forms require users to give us contact information (like their name and email address) and financial information (like their... More


Donation Request

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the... More


Guest Guide

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of... More


FAQs: Americas Challenge

Entertainment Schedule for 2019 ... Your Questions About the America’s Challenge Race for Gas Balloons Answered ... What is the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race? ... The America’s Challenge is one of two distance races for gas balloons in the world.  The other is the Coupe Aéronatique Gordon Bennett, the world’s oldest air race, founded in 1906.  The America’s Challenge was founded by the Albuquerque Interna... More


Balloon Fiesta Live!

Saturday October 5         ... More


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An Event Like No Other For nine days in October the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumnal mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Balloons ... ... More


Travel Help

Hotel Rates & Reservations For Special Balloon Fiesta Hotel Rates and to Reserve Hotel Rooms, call 1-505-346-0522 or ... Order your free Official Visitors Guide or call 800.284.2282 to find out what else there is to see and do in Albuquerque during your trip. ... Transportation Options Albuquerque International Sunport: (505) 244-7700 or www.cabq.gov/airport Alvarado Tran... More


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An Event Like No Other For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Balloons ... ... More


For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tom Garrity, Director of Media Relations (505)898-8689
Event Theme: Carry Me Away Final Numbers: Following are the official numbers for the 47th Albu… More


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 47th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is underway with the launch Saturday of hundreds of brightly-colored hot-air balloons. The annual event at B… More


On the first weekend in October and lasting for nine days, the blue skies over Albuquerque become a canvas of pretty colors and shapes. This is when the city hosts the Albuquerque Internationa… More


New Mexico has tons of art, food and culture that appeals to everyone. Museums are just about everywhere you turn and a new experience is likely around the next turn. Albuquerque, in particula… More


After a one-year hiatus, the America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons returns to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with its largest field in this decade. Nine teams… More


Launch Still Planned for Saturday Evening, October 5. View our first video update here, including interviews with Zapart/Cayton, Pelard/Peterle, and Forden/Padelt! The teams are in Albuquerqu… More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring the more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "... More


Home

An Event Like No Other For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Balloons ... ... More


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) Heritage Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and long-time contributions to Balloon Fiesta through preservation of AIBF c… More


Travel Help

Order your free Official Visitors Guide or call 800.284.2282 to find out what else there is to see and do in Albuquerque during your trip. ... Transportation Options Albuquerque International Sunport: (505) 244-7700 or www.cabq.gov/airport Alvarado Transportation Center: The Alvarado Transportation Center serves ABQRide, Amtrak, Greyhound Lines and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line. ABQRide - www... More


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… More


Home

An Event Like No Other For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Balloons ... ... More


Concessions Artisans Application

Are you a Concessionaire or Artisan interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. ... More


Home

An Event Like No Other For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Balloons ... ... More


Home

... An Event Like No Other For nine days in October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special-shaped balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. ... ... Hot Air Ballo... More


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… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


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… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Americas Challenge 2021 Teams

USA  Team 1 Pilot: Barbara Fricke Balloon: Foxtrot Charlie Co-Pilot: Peter Cuneo Fricke and Cuneo, from Albuquerque, are flying in their 21st America’s Challenge and are the only four-time-winning America’s Challenge team (2001, 2010, 2013, 2016). Only one pilot –the late Richard Abruzzo – has more individual America’s Challenge wins to his credit. Fricke and Cuneo have finished on the podium (second or thir... More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps    The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Alternatively, you can install the app to your device by go... More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps  The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Alternatively, you can install the app to your device by going to your devic... More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps  The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please click on the icon below for your device or go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Once installed, open th... More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps  The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please click on the icon below for your device or go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Once installed, open th... More


Gas Balloons History

Several of the 20th century’s most famous gas balloonists were based in Albuquerque, which is proud to be called the hot-air ballooning capital of the world. Among the adventurers who chalked up record long-distance gas flights were Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, who became the first to cross the Atlantic in their Double Eagle II. But the history of their sport has its roots in Europe in the 1700s, where several people experimented for years with the idea of putt... More


Contact Us

Contact Us Since the Balloon Fiesta® attracts pilots and guests from all around the world, we want to make finding us as easy and convenient as possible. You will always be able to find our headquarters at balloons@balloonfiesta.com Mailing Address Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc.  4401 Alameda Boulevard N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87113 local: (505) 821-1000 Toll-free: 1-888-422-7... More


Concessions Artisans Application

Are you a Concessionaire or Artisan interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. ... More


Pilot Crew Videos

2021 Pilot Video This video can also be viewed on the Balloon Fiesta YouTube channel, if you have difficulties viewing from the website.  ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us           Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate&... More


Bike Valet

Really beat the traffic and ride your bike to Balloon Fiesta! Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has created a Bike Valet service for Balloon Fiesta! Avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near Balloon Fiesta Park by riding your bike.   ... The bike trail runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda Blvd. continuing north where it crosses from the west side to the east side ending just no... More


COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Information ... 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 Control and the current State of New Mexico Public Health Order pertaining to COVID Safe Practices, the Balloon Fiesta will require masks for all guests in all indoor areas and in crowded outdoor settings. Balloon Fiesta’s main focus is s... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Photo Contest 2017

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Presented By Canon. Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Presented By Canon! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo.  ... Grand Prize Winner Dennis Chick ... Kids Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... AfterGlow Fireworks Winner... More


Photo Contest: Rules

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest ... There are five Categories for photo submissions: Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry Mass Ascension Photo Entry Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry Official Entry Rules All entries must be submitted on-line All entries are subject to a $5 entry fee ... More


Photo Contest 2011

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo Contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here ... Grand Prize Winner Ben Polonowski ... Albuquerque Aloft Winners ... Dawn Patrol Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... 2017 Winners ... More


Test - Erica

Are you interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. A primary goal of the ... More


Launch Directors

Launch Directors (Zebras) ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is large, complex event requiring the over 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "Navigators," are critical to every area of operations. They provide guest services, administrative services, ball... More


FAQs: Pilots

PILOT APPLICATION FAQs Your Questions about the Pilot Application Process, Registration, Hotels and More! ... When does the Pilot Application open each year? ... The Pilot Application opens the 1st Monday in March.  For the 2021 Balloon Fiesta applications were rolled over from the 2020 Applications.    ... When does the Pilot Application close? ... It will close on April 30th*  at 11:59pm MDT  (*During a traditional year for ... More


ALBUQUERQUE — With the roaring of a propane burner, our hot air balloon lifts into the sky as hundreds of cheering spectators look up and I look down — because tucked into the wick… More


The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta began this Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico. The 2017 festival features about 500 tradition… More


The 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is taking place, with more than 500 hot-air balloons expected. In addition, scores of unusually shaped ones were due to take part, with pilots… More


Standing on the North Division Path, Raul Granillo, third from left gazes up at the hot air balloons that took part in the Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More


Every October, hundreds of hot air balloons fill the Albuquerque sky with color. Many couples sit on blankets or lawn chairs in an open field to watch teams of professional balloonists launch… More


Hot air balloons are all different, and so are the people who fly them. Their hobby is big business for New Mexico. The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta reported that nearly 888… More


Balloon Fiesta is celebrating its 30thSpecial Shape Rodeo and Trudy DeGraff, a former Air Force pilot, is one of the many special shape pilots.

In this month’s Inside the Bas… More


Posted 11:50 PM MDT (0550Z) With the scheduled launch of the America’s Challenge just four days away, preparations for the race, and for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, are… More


Posted 9:00 AM (1500z) The nine teams competing in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s America’s Challenge race for gas balloons are approaching their 12-hour mark al… More


49th Event Rescheduled to October 2-10, 2021 Balloon Fiesta is an event that brings our community, city and state together to host thousands of pilots, volunteers and guests from around the wo… More


Dear balloon family and friends, The worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, has affected everyone and the continual dedication of the frontline and essential workers through this time has been nothing… More


Coins

Balloon Fiesta Coins For a few years, 1981- 2005, Balloon Fiesta minted collectable coins. Collector Gary Henderson has been keeping the history of these and has offered us these details on the beautiful coins. Like other items on the Collector's Corner, these items are not available for sale via Balloon Fiesta. They are presented here for information, education, enjoyment and as a reference to actual collectors. Click on the images to see the images in larger... More


Blair Morrison became involved with Balloon Fiesta during his time working with a local news television station and eventually transitioned to becoming a Balloon Fiesta Navigator. He now has v… More


Donation Request

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Travel Help

Order your free Official Visitors Guide or call 800.284.2282 to find out what else there is to see and do in Albuquerque during your trip. ... Transportation Options Albuquerque International Sunport: (505) 244-7700 or www.cabq.gov/airport Alvarado Transportation Center: The Alvarado Transportation Center serves ABQRide, Amtrak, Greyhound Lines and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line. ABQRide - www... More


Travel Help

Order your free Official Visitors Guide or call 800.284.2282 to find out what else there is to see and do in Albuquerque during your trip. ... Transportation Options Albuquerque International Sunport: (505) 244-7700 or www.cabq.gov/airport Alvarado Transportation Center: The Alvarado Transportation Center serves ABQRide, Amtrak, Greyhound Lines and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line. ABQRide - www... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Donation Request

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the... More


Donation Request

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the... More


Donation Request

At the core of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a desire to give back to the community that has contributed to our success. Each year, AIBF allocates a budget to support community activities through contributions in the form of tickets or merchandise. However, requests have become so numerous that they exceed our financial and logistical capabilities. In order to fairly distribute our support to as many organizations as possible, we ask that you review the... More


FAQs: Pilots

PILOT NEWS ... Attention all Balloonists... While flying in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho anytime of the year, please be aware of the prohibited and sensitive zones, different classifications of airspace, aircraft frequencies needed for tower communication and the entry points to our local Pueblos and reservations. This information can be found on the PZ maps that are provided on the PZ map page of this web site and the 2021 Balloon Operations Manual. Is... More


Music Fiesta

  Saturday, October 10, 2020 The balloons have and always will be the shining stars at Balloon Fiesta. However, over the years we’ve welcomed some amazing musical artists who have entertained our guests when the balloons are off the field. We've had the honor of hosting musical guests such as 3 Dog Night, Old Dominion, Michael Ray, the Marshall Tucker Band, Little Texas, Darius Rucker, Sawyer Brown, Josh Turner, the Band Perry, Chris Young, and Bill... More


Event Schedule

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much-anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper -- almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh -- and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Download the Schedule. ... ... ... More


Entertainment

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features many wonderful experiences! In addition to the magical spectacle of balloons, we showcase some of the most talented performers of our day - most of them local New Mexicans - representing a myriad of styles and genres. We hope you'll plan to attend Balloon Fiesta for each and every session to enjoy this line-up of world-class talent. ... Entertainment Wide Variety of Performances in 3 Locations ... ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Competition

The Chasers' Club is located on the north end of Balloon Fiesta Park and offers a deluxe view of the launch field and is located near the Balloon Discovery Center and the Artisans at Balloon Fiesta tent. The Chasers' Club is connected to the Chase Lounge so you will have the opportunity to purchase alcoholic beverages without the bother of standing in a beer garden. Please note, NM State law requires an ID to purchase alcoholic beverages regardl... More


Special Shape Rodeo

The Special Shape Rodeo started in 1989 and now has become the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. Since the Balloon Fiesta started the Special Shape Rodeo in 1989, many events around the world have now added some kind of special shape event to their program.     ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ... More


Ambassadors

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta announces the  AIBF Ambassador Program. Balloon Fiesta will provide your group, school, organization or event with a Balloon Fiesta aficionado to talk about any of the many facets of this event and its fascinating history and detail. ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Co... More


Prayer

The Balloonist's Prayer Safe Flight Ceremony We hope you have enjoyed your visit today and that all your Web journeys are safe and fun. In keeping with a long-time ballooning tradition, we encourage you to conclude your Balloon Fiesta® Web flight with us by reciting the "Balloonist Prayer". May the winds welcome you with softness. May the sun bless you with its warm hands. May you fly so high and so well that... More


Crew Registration

Crew Registration If you are interested in joining a chase crew for the 2021 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, please complete the application July 1, 2021 through September 1, 2021.      Chase Crew Application ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us ... More


Media Images

Thank you for your interest in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. To receive permission to the high-resolution version of any of these images please completely fill out and submit the Photo Request form below. Upon receiving your completed form, our media team will either approve or deny your request or seek additional information. ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ... More


Entertainment Schedule

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features many wonderful experiences! In addition to the magical spectacle of balloons, we showcase some of the most talented performers of our day - most of them local New Mexicans - representing a myriad of styles and genres. We hope you'll plan to attend Balloon Fiesta for each and every session to enjoy this line-up of world-class talent.   If you are interested in being considered for a future Balloon ... More


Balloon Fiesta Balloon Rides

Rainbow Ryders As the official balloon ride concession for the world's largest ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, RAINBOW RYDERS, INC. is the only balloon ride company authorized to take off from Balloon Fiesta Park during the Balloon Fiesta®. So come join the fun, embark upon a journey of uniqueness. ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... More


Balloon Rides

Rainbow Ryders' — Official Balloon Ride As the official balloon ride concession for the world's largest ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, RAINBOW RYDERS, INC. is the only balloon ride company authorized to take off from Balloon Fiesta Park during the Balloon Fiesta®. So come join the fun, embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Call and reserve your seat to an unknown destination, fun and excitement with RAINBOW RYDE... More


FAQs: Gas Ballooning

Your Questions About Gas Ballooning Answered ... What makes gas balloons fly? ... Gas balloons ascend because the gas inside is less dense and lighter than the air on the outside of the balloon. Heating up regular air makes its molecules expand, becoming lighter than the surrounding atmosphere. That’s what causes hot-air balloons to lift off. Gas balloons used in races such as the Balloon Fiesta’s America’s Challenge use hydrogen, a lighter-t... More


FAQs: Volunteering

Entertainment Schedule for 2019 ... What are the different ways I can volunteer? ... You can either volunteer as a Chase Crew Member, or on an event logistics team as a "Navigator." ... What is the difference between Chase Crew and Navigators? ... Chase Crews assist pilots, crew chiefs and other crew to inflate, support and land balloons. They volunteer directly for balloon pilots and crew chiefs.  Navigators ... More


Balloon Glows

Twilight Twinkle Glow™ / Balloon Glow / Night Magic Glow™   ... The events now known as balloon glows were invented in Albuquerque in 1979 when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking and glow events are now held all over the world. Balloon Fiesta launched its Balloon Glow, the world's biggest, in 1987... More


Photo Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here ... Grand Prize Winner Cathy Chemistruck Windsor, Connecticut ... Albuquerque Aloft Winners ... Dawn Patrol Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... 20... More


Group Tours

Group Tour Hospitality Package ... For tour groups coming to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we offer a group rate that includes: admission tickets, access to our Hospitality Tent and premium parking for your bus. Upon your arrival, a crew of volunteers and Balloon Fiesta staff will welcome your group and we will have golf cart transportation from the parking area to the Group Tour Tent for guests with mobility issues. Inside the Hospitality Tent, which is ... More


Thank you for all who were able to attend the 10:30am news briefing today. Ty Young, President of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors; Paul Smith, Executive Director; and Sam Parks, Director… More


1:00pm, 221 Homeland Road NW, Albuquerque 87114 – Media availability for an “X” marks the spot demonstration! The program and demonstration is sponsored by the Albuquerque H… More


Former NASA astronaut Mike Mullane, a veteran of three space shuttle missions, is scheduled to share his experiences Oct. 6 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 7-Eleven®… More


A fall tradition for 44 years, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta took flight for nine days amid some pretty vicious winds. Though the weather was warm and pleasant for spectators, c… More


Recent events in Las Vegas have increased inquiries about Balloon Fiesta’s Public Safety preparedness. First, and foremost, our thoughts are with the victims and families impacted by the… More


John Davis is a member of the Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee, as well as a co-author of a recent award winning book. As a Balloon Fiesta participant for more than 40 years, he brings a wea… More


Elizabeth Wright-Smith, pilot of the special shape balloon ¢ent’r Stage, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, has been a part of the ballooning world since she was a young child. Even befo… More


Balloon Fiesta Guests, So much is happening in advance of the 2019 Balloon Fiesta, it is hard to think that last year’s event was less than six months ago! Our board of directors and st… More









As the Director of Public Safety for Balloon Fiesta, Allen Tetreault works to keep guests safe at the event. His duties range from being involved with the first aid clinic on the field, to co… More



A number of America’s Challenge competitors past, present, and future are in the air right now in Europe, competing in the world’s oldest air race. The Coupe Aeronautique Gordon B… More


Posted 2:00 pm (2000z) Video update from Event Director Sam Parks Posted late Sunday night: Competitors unwind and reflect on tomorrow's race at Peter and Barbara's legendary lasagna party! At… More


Posted 10:45 PM MDT (0445z) View Balloon Fiesta Live’s broadcast of the launch here! After two days of delays due to weather both in Albuquerque and downrange, it was all worth the wait.… More


Mission Statement

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Mission Statement   To conduct the world’s premier ballooning event while renewing friendships and promoting camaraderie among all participants and promoting the sport of ballooning, the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico, nationally and internationally. ... More


Keith Takach is a Balloon Fiesta pilot who first started competing in ballooning events in 2004. Now, Keith competes regularly because he loves the challenge of precision flying. In this mont… More


Recognitions

Recognizing those who have gone above and beyond!   The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been successful for nearly 50 years due to the hard work and dedication of a lot of people. We try to recognize everyone who contributes on whatever level when they contribute. However, there are those who have gone above and beyond. To honor them, we have special recognition programs in place.  They include: Hall of Fame... More


Barry Conley has been a Balloon Fiesta Navigator for 30 years. Though he started with a variety of procurement roles, he now helps the news media experience the magic of Balloon Fiesta, as par… More


Bill Bussey is an award-winning, Balloon Fiesta pilot, who has been involved with the event since 1977. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Bill delves into his ballooning background, of… More


Concessions Artisans Application

Are you a Concessionaire or Artisan interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. ... More


Concessions Artisans Application

Are you a Concessionaire or Artisan interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. ... More


Concessions Artisans Application

Are you a Concessionaire or Artisan interested in being part of a world-renowned attraction and the premier ballooning event destination for all ages? ... The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® offers concessionaires and artisans the unique opportunity to sell their products to a captive, on-site audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Our guests are typically upscale consumers who will no doubt want to purchase food and merchandise during their visit. ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring the more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring the more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring the more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. Learn more about the opportunities. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during, and after the event. ... More


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… More


Contact Us

Contact Us Since the Balloon Fiesta® attracts pilots and guests from all around the world, we want to make finding us as easy and convenient as possible. You will always be able to find our headquarters at balloons@balloonfiesta.com Mailing Address Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc.  4401 Alameda Boulevard N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87113 Local: (505) 821-1000 Toll-free: 1-888-422-7... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Ready to apply? Click here. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring the more than 1,000 volunteers who help before, during and after the event. These volunteers, called "... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


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… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Volunteers-New

Volunteering at Balloon Fiesta® ... Become a Balloon Fiesta Navigator! Already a Navigator? Click here. Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 open November 1, 2021 Areas of Volunteering The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is looking for upbeat, enthusiastic, caring people to join our team of Navigators! Balloon Fiesta is a large, complex event requiring more than 1,000 volu... More


Photo Contest: Rules

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest ... There are five Categories for photo submissions: Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry Mass Ascension Photo Entry Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry Official Entry Rules All entries must be submitted on-line All entries are subject to a $5 entry fee ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Photo Contest: Rules

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest ... There are five Categories for photo submissions: Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry Mass Ascension Photo Entry Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry Official Entry Rules All entries must be submitted on-line All entries are subject to a $5 entry fee ... More


Photo Contest: Rules

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest ... There are five Categories for photo submissions: Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry Mass Ascension Photo Entry Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry Official Entry Rules All entries must be submitted on-line All entries are subject to a $5 entry fee ... More


Photo Contest: Rules

  Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest ... There are five Categories for photo submissions: Kids at Balloon Fiesta Photo Entry Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Photo Entry Mass Ascension Photo Entry Special Shape Rodeo Photo Entry AfterGlow Fireworks Photo Entry Official Entry Rules All entries must be submitted on-line All entries are subj... More


Contact Us

Contact Us Since the Balloon Fiesta® attracts pilots and guests from all around the world, we want to make finding us as easy and convenient as possible. You will always be able to find our headquarters at balloons@balloonfiesta.com Mailing Address Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc.  4401 Alameda Boulevard N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87113 Local: (505) 821-1000 Toll-free: 1-888-422-7... More


Bike Valet

Beat the traffic and ride your bike to Balloon Fiesta!  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has created a Bike Valet service where you can ride in and enjoy Fiesta, while missing out on the traffic.  So, avoid the congestion, take two wheels instead of four!   ... The bike trail runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel,  crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda Blvd. continuing north where it crosses from the west side to the ... More


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… More


After a one-year COVID postponement, adventurous gas balloonists are eagerly awaiting the return of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s America’s Challenge distance race… More


Avenza pdf Maps

Avenza PDF Maps  The Avenza mobile app “PDF Maps” lets you easily view and track your position on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta PZ Map using your mobile device.  Our goal each year is to have the intial map available by September 15. For the Avenza mobile app please click on the icon below for your device or go to:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/ and download the iOS or Android version. Once installed, you wil... More


Gondola Club

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 offers guests delicious food, local entertainment, premium parking, courtsey 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 sho... More


Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol began at Balloon Fiesta in 1978, when two California balloonists developed position lighting systems that allowed them to fly at night. Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. Fellow balloonists appreciate the Dawn Patrol because they can watch the balloons and get an early idea of wind speeds and directions at different altitudes. On mass ascension days, about a dozen Dawn Patrol balloons perform the Dawn Patrol S... More


Mass Ascension

Mass Ascension, a launch of all the participating balloons has been a feature of Balloon Fiesta since its earliest days and is the most spectacular display of sound and color in all of aviation. During mass ascensions, balloons launch in two waves. Launch directors, also known as zebras because of their black-and-white-striped outfits, serve as traffic cops, coordinating the launch so balloons leave the field in a safe and coordinated manner. Weather permitting, balloons begin to laun... More


Gas vs Hot

The Differences Between Gas Balloons and Hot Air Balloons          Gas and hot air balloons share a number of similarities. The part of the balloon that holds the hot air or gas is called the envelope. The part of the balloon that carries passengers is called the gondola, or basket. The differences between the two types of balloons range from cost and flight duration to passenger load and lift. Hot air balloons fly as ... More


Pilot Application

2019 Pilot Application will open on March 4, Monday, at 8 A.M.  MT ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us           Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software Register for text updates provided by A Virtual ... More


Board of Directors

Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors The Balloon Fiesta is managed throughout the year by our volunteer Board of Directors. Officers and members are listed below: ... Officers Matt Guthrie,  President Al Tetreault, Vice-President Judy Nakamura, Secretary Richard (Dick) Rice, Treasurer ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... AL... More


PZ Maps

Current PZ Maps 2020 AIBF PZ Map.PDF 09/21/20 (Geospatial PDF for PCs)(9MB) 2020 AIBF PZ Map.PDF 09/21/20 (Geospatial PDF for Smartphones and Tablets using Avenza) 2020 AIBF PZ Map.JPG 09/21/20 (46MB) 2020 AIBF PZ Map.KML 09/21/20 (Google Earth and Hot Air App iOS) 2019 AIBF PZ Map BCN.KML 10/11/19 (Back Coun... More


Competition Scores

Competition Scores 2019 Results Sid Cutter Competition Sid Cutter Group Winners MFDG Competition- Task #2  MFDG Competition- Group Winners Flight of Nations Competition Flight of Nations Competition-Group Winners XDD Competition-Task #3 ... More


Special Shape

Today the Special Shape Rodeo (mornings) and Glowdeo (evenings) remain among the most popular events at Balloon Fiesta with approximately 100 shapes each year including about a dozen “new” shapes.   ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us       &n... More


Park Ride

Avoid congested traffic and parking conditions near Balloon Fiesta Park. There are several Fiesta Express remote locations to choose from. Save time and money. Ride with us! ... #BALLOONFIESTA             LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us           Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered b... More


Radios

Pilot Radios ... Downloads Information about Fiesta Pilot Radios: Download PDF Federal Communications Commission Radio Station Authorization: Download PDF Baofeng Radio Manual: Download PDF Icom IC-A14 Radio Manual: Download PDF Icom IC-A16 Radio Manual: Download PDF ... #BALLOONFIESTA             ... More


Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservations ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register for text updates provided by A Virtual Receptionist ... Si... More


Program

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Maps Directions

Transportation services to the park include convenient Park and Ride shuttle schedules. Balloon Fiesta public parking sites are also available, and visitors are encouraged to purchase advance admission tickets. Following are links to three versions of the Balloon Fiesta Public Parking Map. Please Note: Routes and assignments are subject to change. We will update these maps should changes occur.   ... Directions to the Park ... #BALLOONFIES... More


Chainsaw Carving

Balloon Fiesta and the 2021 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition welcomes Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, a team of Professional Chainsaw Carvers that will compete and produce some of the most amazing sculptures you will ever see.  Chainsaw sculpture is a relatively new art form that has gained enthusiasts all over the world. The delicate ballet the carvers perform with a powerful chainsaw is mesmerizing. Come and see what all the buzz and chi... More


Fiesta of Wheels

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Kid Zone

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Photo Contest 2018

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Presented By Canon. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Presented By Canon! ... To see the photo contest rules and submit photo(s) click here.   Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ... More


Purchase Tickets Place Holder

Order your tickets early and save time in the line!  Tickets for the 2020 event will be on sale April 3, 2020!  If you are purchasing print-at-home tickets, they will be e-mailed to you after your confirmation email is sent. Print your tickets and bring them with you. Be sure to check your spam folder so you don’t miss this important email.  If you experience problems printing your tickets, be sure to bring the credit card used to make t... More


General Admission

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Fly Swapper

Balloon Fiesta will once again host a “yard sale” for balloon equipment. This event will take place on Monday, October 4 and Friday, October 8 on the Launch Field of Balloon Fiesta Park.  A section of the Launch Field will be set aside to accommodate sellers and buyers.  ... Requirements Must be a registered Balloon Fiesta Pilot or apply to the Associate Event Director for approval to sell equipment. All sales are between the buyer an... More


Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate sponsors have played an integral role in the development of the Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it to become the largest ballooning event in the world. When supporting Balloon Fiesta, corporate sponsors strengthen their own corporate image while promoting their brand identity. The Balloon Fiesta offers sponsorships at different levels, which include corporate balloon sponsorships all the way up to Title sponsor. ... Download our Sponsor Brochure below ... More


Get Tickets

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Concessions

With over one-third of a mile of concession space on Balloon Fiesta's Main Street, there is sure to be something that will delight guests of all ages. From breakfast burritos to green chile cheeseburgers and Balloon Fiesta souvenirs to handmade arts and crafts, be sure to take a stroll down Main Street and experience all that Balloon Fiesta has to offer.     ... For a Merchandise or Commercial Food Concession Application, please ... More


Buy a Brick

During 2018, we worked to re-engrave our existing walkway to be a more elegant and prominent feature on our park. The result has been a beautiful granite and steel "wall" that borders the main east entrance to the park. You can see the photo above as to how striking this now looks.  Sales of bricks are closed from August 1 to October 31. Orders placed prior to August 1 will be available and on display for that year's Balloon Fiesta. Once an order i... More


Collectors Corner

Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta Collectors' Corner. Over the years, many different items have been created to celebrate and enhance the entire experience. Many of these items have been collected by individuals and as we approach our 50th year, the interest in these items grows. The intent of these pages is to document some of the items in the interest of history and to help those interested in identifying the authenticity of the items. None of the items listed on these pages are fo... More


Schedule

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Online Stores

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FAQ: Submit a Question

You've Reviewed our FAQ Page?  The questions your looking for isn't present? Fill out the form below, with the question you were looking for an answer to and we may get back to you! ... Want to review our FAQ's? ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us ... More


Media Coverage

Media Coverage ... Categories ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register for text updates provided by A Virtual Receptio... More


Hot Air History

The History of Hot Air Ballooning On September 19, 1783 Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon'. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground. The first manned attempt came about 2 months later on November 21st, with a balloon made by 2 French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. The balloon was laun... More


News Updates

News & Updates ... Categories ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register for text updates provided by A Virtual Rece... More


Programs Archive

Since the very beginning of Balloon Fiesta, programs have been produced to document the event. Click on the link below the thumbnail to read the program online or click here to view the article index. ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us             &... More


Poster Archive

While there were posters made for the first Balloon Fiestas,  the tradition of creating a beautiful official poster began in 1979. These posters instantly became a collector's item, with values climbing into the thousands of dollars. Balloon Fiesta does not attempt to track or set the pricing on past posters. However, a simple Internet search should reveal additional information. Posters were available in different configurations. Numbered, signed and numbered, and... More


Bumper Stickers

One of the many forms of advertising the Balloon Fiesta is with bumper stickers. These pages contain pictures of those items. It makes a great way to see the different themes over the years. The bumper sticker for the next year is always available toward the end of the current Balloon Fiesta. Many folks have a tradition of ceremonially replacing the bumper sticker on the last day of Balloon Fiesta with the next year's version. If you have items we are missing, please co... More


Media Blog

Media Blog ... #BALLOONFIESTA           LATEST NEWS ... ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER // ... Connect with Us               Balloon Fiesta event tickets powered by Elevate®. Festival ticketing software   Register for text updates provided by A Virtual Receptionist ... Sign ... More


Photo Contest 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Presented By Canon ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo - See the photo contest rules here  Judging by Ken Sklute with Canon's Explorers of Light - www.SerendipityVisuals.com ... Grand Prize Winner William Nudera ... Kids Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo W... More


Photo Contest 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here Judging by Ken Sklute with Canon's Explorers of Light. ... Grand Prize Winner Andrew J Wong Los Alamos, New Mexico ... Dawn Patrol Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... ... More


Photo Contest 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here ... Grand Prize Winner Tim Teske Los Altos, CA ... Dawn Patrol Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... AfterGlow Fireworks Winners ... 2017 Winners ... More


Photo Contest 2012

Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here ... Grand Prize Winner Jeff A Stamer Longwood, FL ... Kids Winners ... Mass Ascension Winners ... Dawn Patrol/Balloon Glow Winners ... Special Shape Rodeo Winners ... Af... More


Photo Contest 2010

We have the results in for the 2010 Photo contest! ... Click each thumbnail to see a greater detail photo. See the photo contest rules here ... Grand Prize Winner Richard Obregon Tucson, AZ ... Pro Winners ... Senior Winners ... Adult Winners ... Junior Winners ... 2017 Winners 2016 Winners 2015 Winners ...... More


Glamping

Glamping ... If you experience difficulty completing your ticket purchase, please call 855-725-1824 for assistance. Experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in a whole new way -Glamping! Glamping tents are now available in an exclusive location in Balloon Fiesta Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the balloons flying high against a stunning background of the Sandia Mountains from the tent village. No need to battle the traffic, you'll... More


Weather Test

... Admission is FREE once inside Balloon Fiesta® gates. ... Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM ... // ... Accordians ... Accordian 1 Title ... Style Guide H1 Headline 2 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur link elit, bold dout labore et dolore magna aliqua. italic text, quis nostrud ex... More


Media Application

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Mobile App

... The 2019 Official Balloon Fiesta™ Mobile App sponsored by Visit Albuquerque changes the perspective of how fiesta goers experience the event. With an array of features that take the guest experience to the next level, our guests are able to take control of their experience at Balloon Fiesta Park by selecting their favorite balloon or pilot. The app offers extras like the “Find My Car” Button to help you mark where you’ve parked your car then guid... More


Americas Challenge 2019

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Purchase Tickets

****Click here to find what's allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park**** ... General Admission Tickets $10.00 per person per session* (over the age of 12 years old) *One Session is all Morning activities or all Evening activities *General Admission Tickets are good for one session, any day Single Session General Admission Tickets ($10.00) and Five Packs of Tickets ($45.00) may also be purchased in the Balloon Fiesta Gift Shop or by visitin... More


Daniel Seddiqui will be continuing his journey of the “America’s Bucket List Challenge” at the Balloon Fiesta on 10/09 with ABQ-based Dickey family. They will meet before lau… More


To celebrate the release of Super Lucky’s Tale on November 7th, the Xbox team created a custom hot air balloon that took off at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. On the Mixer… More


Chip and Joanna Gaines had their eyes on the sky over the weekend, and now fans of the former "Fixer Upper" stars can see why. The whole Gaines family — including the newest member, 3-mo… More


Every morning for nine days in October, hundreds of hot-air balloons join a gigantic atmospheric waltz in the clear blue skies over New Mexico for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.… More


Hundreds of hot-air balloons take to the skies each year in early October for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest event of its kind in the world. In this time-lapse, film… More


550 hot air balloons ascend into the morning sky at the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. The balloons representing dozens of states and more than 20 cou… More


If we had to guess, we’d suspect watching 700 hot air balloons float into the sunrise would be quite a sight to behold. But our wildest imagination couldn’t prepare us for the spec… More


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned event that brings people from all over, including one very special family with three generations of ballooning pilots. TODAY&rs… More


The skies over New Mexico were filled with hot air balloons as the 40th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta sets a new world record. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports. More


Ian Martin is a first-time pilot at Balloon Fiesta. Check out this month’s Inside the Basket, for a look into his ballooning experience and what he’s looking forward to at this yea… More


Craig Degenhard is the Co-Team Leader of Balloon Fiesta’s Bike Valet. Read this month’s Inside the Basket for his advice on why and how to use this service, available to Balloon Fi… More


Daniel Killen was born in 1965 and raised along the coast of Southern California, where he still lives and calls home. The youngest of four, Daniel’s family originally immigrated to the… More


Kim Judge is Balloon Fiesta’s Navigator and RV Manager. She works to help volunteers provide guests with the best experience possible. Take a look at this month’s Inside the Basket… More


Dean Carlton pilots the balloon CaZooee and has participated in Balloon Fiesta for many years, along with his son and his sister. Take a look at this month’s Inside the Basket to see h… More


Erica Hahn oversees a variety of areas at Balloon Fiesta, including concessions and Artisans. This month’s Inside the Basket explores her role within the event, and some of her favorite… More


Jeff Rowe is the Kiwanis Club of Albuquerquepast president and the current treasurer. The Kiwanis Club works the admission gates at Balloon Fiesta. In this month’s Inside the Basket, l… More


Balloon Fiesta Guests and Supporters, We are about two months from the October 5th start of the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Our staff and board of directors are busy finaliz… More


J.J. Mancini will experience his first Balloon Fiesta as a pilot this year. Becoming a pilot and participating in Balloon Fiesta is something that he has looked forward to for quite some time.… More


Congratulations to Switzerland’s Laurent Sciboz and Nicolas Tieche, the 2017 America’s Challenge champions, who are the apparent victors in the just completed Coupe Aeronautique Go… More


Posted 6:15 am (1215z) The launch of the 23rd America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons is being postponed due to weather concerns in Texas and Oklahoma, in the direction the ba… More


Posted 2:00 pm (2000z) The formal briefings are completed, the field is being prepared, and the nine international teams in the America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons are in… More


Posted 8:00 PM (1500z) It has been a quiet, routine day in the America’s Challenge Command Center, which usually means it has also been a routine day – as routine as it gets in a g… More


Posted 7:30 AM MDT (1330z) In the past few minutes, two of the US teams have reported safe landings to the Command Center. Team 9, Cheri White and Mark Sullivan, landed near Hossmann, MN, we… More


Posted 12:00 PM MDT (1800z) The Command Center has just received word that the race leaders, Benoit Pelard and Benoit Peterle of France (Team 7), have executed a safe landing east of Atikokan… More


Posted 11 PM MDT (0500z) We are pleased to share with you official results for the 23rd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta America's Challenge distance race for gas balloons. These resu… More


Posted 10:30 PM MDT (0430z) The results of the 23rd America’s Challenge race for gas balloons are now final and confirm what everyone already knew: Andy Cayton of the US and Krzysztof… More


Braylea Fisher was a a second-time guest at the 2019 Balloon Fiesta. And, with some Balloon Fiesta experience under her belt, she brought a first-time attendee to experience the wonder and awe… More


Dennis Christiansen is Balloon Fiesta’s Transportation Manager. He works with several local and state entities to help get guests to and from the event. In this month’s Inside the… More


Damian Duran-Arias is Balloon Fiesta’s Assistant Field Manager. In this role, he prepares year-round to ensure that Balloon Fiesta Park is ready for the launch of 500+ balloons and the a… More


As always, safety is our top concern and as we prepare for the 49th Balloon Fiesta, the safety and health of our pilots, volunteers, staff, guests and community is Balloon Fiesta's top priorit… More


Volunteers-Existing

Thank you Navigators! ... Navigator Central ... Navigator Central Welcome to the place where Balloon Fiesta Navigators can find all the information pertinent to volunteering at Balloon Fiesta.  Navigator Links 2020 Navigator Handbook Need to update your contact information, shirt or jacket size, or other registration data? Navigator Profile Forgot your password? Password ... More


As a Balloon Fiesta Launch Director, Michelle Healy helps balloons safely take flight. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Michelle shares more about how pilots are cleared for takeoff an… More


Ursula Richards wears many hats during Balloon Fiesta. She pilots a special shape balloon during the event, is a team lead for the Balloon Fiesta Trolley team and is an avid Balloon Fiesta pin… More


Paula Craner is a Balloon Fiesta Navigator that helps answer guest questions at the Balloon Fiesta front desk. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Paula shares insight to frequently aske… More


VolunteeringOPS

Artisans at Balloon Fiesta ... Artisans at Balloon Fiesta is the ONLY arts and crafts tent located onsite during Balloon Fiesta. HOURS OF OPERATION Morning Sessions: 5:30AM to 11:00AM Evening Sessions: 4:00PM to 8:30PM Double session days from 5:30AM to 8:30PM Begins 3 days prior to event, includes teardown after event SAMPLE DUTIES -Ensure the Artisans tent is ready for check in and set... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Chasers Club

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings and iced tea and lemonade are serve... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to email your URL to our webmaster as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ball... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta offers a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee and  hot cocoa are served during morning sessions;  iced t... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Glamping

Glamping ... Experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in a whole new way - Glamping! Glamping tents are now available in an exclusive location in Balloon Fiesta Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the balloons flying high against a stunning background of the Sandia Mountains from the tent village. No need to battle the traffic, you'll be walking distance to the launch field. In this exclusive location you will have access to restroom and shower trailers, as ... More


Group Tours

Group Tour Hospitality Package ... For tour groups coming to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we offer a special package for groups of 14 or more arriving in a single vehicle or bus. The Group Tour Package includes: Admission to the event Access to our Group Tour Hospitality Tent & Patio Premium parking for your bus. Upon your arrival, a crew of volunteers and Balloon Fiesta staff will we... More


Group Tours

Group Tour Hospitality Package ... For tour groups coming to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we offer a special package for groups of 14 or more arriving in a single vehicle or bus. The Group Tour Package includes: Admission to the event Access to our Group Tour Hospitality Tent & Patio Premium parking for your bus. Upon your arrival, a crew of volunteers and Balloon Fiesta staff will we... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


Purchase Tickets

****Click here to find what's allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park****    If you experience difficulty completing your ticket purchase,  please call 855-725-1824 for assistance.   ... General Admission Tickets $15.00 per person per session* (over the age of 12 years old) *One Session is all Morning activities or all Evening activities *General Admission Tickets are good for one session, any... More


Group Tours

Group Tour Hospitality Package ... For tour groups coming to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, we offer a special package for groups of 14 or more arriving in a single-vehicle or bus. The Group Tour Package includes: Admission to the event Access to our Group Tour Hospitality Tent & Patio Premium parking for your bus. Upon your arrival, a crew of volunteers and Balloon Fiesta staff will w... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies  and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings ... More


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… More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in a private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings and ... More


Glamping

Glamping ... Experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in a whole new way - Glamping! Glamping tents are now available in an exclusive location in Balloon Fiesta Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the balloons flying high against a stunning background of the Sandia Mountains from the tent village. No need to battle the traffic, you'll be walking distance to the launch field. In this exclusive location you will have access to restroom and shower trailers, as ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Event Schedule

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper -- almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh -- and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  ... ... Kids' Day presented by ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in a private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings and ... More


Chasers Club

Chasers' Club  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is offering a special package for guests who would like to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience. Your Chasers’ Club ticket gives you guaranteed seating in a private outdoor patio located next to the launch field where you can enjoy traditional New Mexican food catered by Little Anita's along with cookies and beverages. Coffee is provided and is served along with hot cocoa in the mornings and ... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Lynn Tillery is a Launch Director at Balloon Fiesta who has been involved with the event since 1982. In this month’s Inside the Basket, she walks us through a typical Balloon Fiesta day… More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Official Sponsors

Official Products & Sponsors We wish to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If your name appears on this list without a link to your web site, please be sure to contact your sales person as soon as possible so we can send some of our visitors your way. ... Corporate sponsors have played an intricate role in the development of Balloon Fiesta® and have helped it become the largest ballooning... More


Balloon Rides

Rainbow Ryders' — Official Balloon Ride As the official balloon ride concession for the world's largest ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, RAINBOW RYDERS, INC. is the only balloon ride company authorized to take off from Balloon Fiesta Park during the Balloon Fiesta®. So come join the fun, embark upon a journey of uniqueness. Call and reserve your seat to an unknown destination, fun and excitement with RAINBOW RYDE... More


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… More


Mobile App

... The 2021 Official Balloon Fiesta® Mobile App sponsored by Visit Albuquerque will change the perspective of how Balloon Fiesta goers experience the event. With an array of features that take the guest experience to the next level, our guests will be able to take control of their experience at Balloon Fiesta Park by selecting their favorite balloon or pilot. With the app you can find almost anything in the Park.  Our app also offers daily event schedules as well ... More


During Sam Robey’s first balloon ride, he proposed to his girlfriend. Now, nearly 30 years later, he will pilot a balloon at Balloon Fiesta for the first time and she is his wife and cre… More


Event Schedule

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much-anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper -- almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh -- and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Download the Schedule. ... ... ... More


Event Schedule

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much-anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper -- almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh -- and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Download the Schedule. ... ... ... More


Denise Winn is a Balloon Fiesta Navigator who has been involved with the event since 1986. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Denise explains how volunteering at Balloon Fiesta has crea… More


Event Schedule

Any local will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of year in New Mexico, made so in large part by the much-anticipated sight of colorful balloons punctuating the skyline. During this season, the sky is bluer, the days are gentler, and the mornings crisper -- almost as though the landscape has taken a deep sigh -- and on the desert’s warm breath sails the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Download the Schedule. ... ... ... More


Michael Glen is the first parapalegic pilot. He pilots Joelly Bee, a special shape balloon in the the famous bee trio. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Michael shares more about hi… More


Bike Valet

Beat the traffic and ride your bike to Balloon Fiesta!  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has created a Bike Valet service where you can ride in and enjoy Fiesta, while missing out on the traffic.  So, avoid the congestion, take two wheels instead of four!   ... The bike trail runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel,  crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda Blvd. continuing north where it crosses from the west side to the ... More


Mobile App

... The 2021 Official Balloon Fiesta® Mobile App sponsored by Visit Albuquerque will change the perspective of how Balloon Fiesta goers experience the event. With an array of features that take the guest experience to the next level, our guests will be able to take control of their experience at Balloon Fiesta Park by selecting their favorite balloon or pilot. With the app you can find almost anything in the Park.  Our app also offers daily event schedules as well ... More


Mobile App

... The 2021 Official Balloon Fiesta® Mobile App sponsored by Visit Albuquerque will change the perspective of how Balloon Fiesta goers experience the event. With an array of features that take the guest experience to the next level, our guests will be able to take control of their experience at Balloon Fiesta Park by selecting their favorite balloon or pilot. With the app you can find almost anything in the Park.  Our app also offers daily event schedules as well ... More