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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Presented by Canon

5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
+1 505-821-1000
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Always a thrilling experience

2017 was one of the best weather years ever at the Balloon Fiesta, but any year is a good year to... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
David J
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Never a disappointment

Weather was better than past years. I've gone every year since 1992. Park and Ride is the way to... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Michelle L
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Imagine over 500 colourful hot air balloons rising up at dawn over the New Mexico landscape… there's truly nothing like it. The place to experience it is each October at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Spectators and balloon pilots from all over the world gather (some even camping in their caravans) to watch the mass ascensions held in the mornings, and night events like the 'glowdeo'. Music stages are set up during the day and performers stroll through the festival crowds, which can number 750,000 people.
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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

2017 was one of the best weather years ever at the Balloon Fiesta, but any year is a good year to attend. The size and colors of the regular balloons, along with the many special shapes, make it a special time for the whole family....More

Thank David J
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Weather was better than past years. I've gone every year since 1992. Park and Ride is the way to go. Stress free. Crowds can get thick and food lines long and slow. Getting there early helps. Bring chairs or a blanket and pack some food.

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 8 November 2017

It was especially nice to be able to walk among the balloons as they were being inflated, and then waiting to be cleared to launch. Everyone was friendly and the skies were crowded with a multitude of colors and shapes. Off site parking and buses...More

Thank wildwoodsm
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

The fiesta was a dream come true. My husband and I visited in 2017. We had an amazing time. I hear there were 580 balloons this year. It was simply amazing. We were able to experience the special shape glodeo, a balloon ride and mass...More

Thank chemie71
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I LOVE THE BALLOON FIESTA!!!!! I have been going to the Balloon Fiesta for the past 25 years and every year it's like the first time. I love seeing all the colorful balloons up in the air and if you time it right the "box"...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Jocelyn and I finally made it to the premiere balloon event in the world, the 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  We arrived the day before the opening day of the event, got a good nights rest and departed for the event at 0330, (yes it...More

Thank JMCD56
Reviewed 2 November 2017

550 balloons were registered for this Fiesta. We were told by the tourist information that to get in the balloon park you needed tickets which were better purchased off the internet . As we stayed in an airbnb which had no internet we had to...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Our first clue that the Fiesta was something special came when we were making travel arrangements to go to New Mexico in October. Why was it so tough to get a hotel room on the weekend? Oh, the Fiesta was taking place. Eventually, we found...More

Thank BBailey182
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The best way to describe this event is a well oiled machine. From parking you to selling tickets they have this figured out. Yes it's once a year but what wonderful event. We went on a Friday evening to watch a glow event. Rained when...More

1  Thank ron S
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Parking was fairly easy, food vendors plentiful, and lots of bathrooms around. Had perfect weather for two days which I heard was lucky for us.

Thank seah0rse_29
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realtorjuliej
21 September 2017|
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Response from ABQBalloonFiesta | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for your question. A mass ascension is when all 500 + balloons take flight. Other sessions may feature fewer balloons, but are just as impressive, as there are still many balloons that launch. One of the... More
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GrandmaLinda32080
14 August 2017|
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Response from ABQBalloonFiesta | Property representative |
Thank you for your questions! There are several hotels in the area (the northeast quadrant of the city). Travel help can be found on our website under the Guest Info tab.
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Antonio R
2 August 2017|
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Response from ABQBalloonFiesta | Property representative |
Hi Antonio, Balloon Fiesta only takes place the first week of October each year.
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