The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air ballooning event in the country, taking place in the New Mexico city each fall. Held from October 6th to October 14th, you won’t want to miss this stunning event.
Enjoy nine days filled with hundreds of hot air balloons and thousands of people from across the country. Besides the hot air balloons, the accompanying dining, art, and music options are endless.
Nine Days of Fun
Included in your general admission ticket is visual access to all sections of the venue. Visit Main Street for souvenirs and sweets, while Artisans at Balloon Fiesta shows you the juried artists of the year.
The Chainsaw Carving Competition offers multiple competitive feats. The possibilities are endless!
Gorgeous Autumn Weather
The crisp southwest autumn is the perfect time of year for the festival. Be sure to dress in layers – you’ll want a jacket for morning and evening spectacles. The most photographed event in the world, the 360-acre park creates room for all, and a 46-year safety record ensures your peace of mind as you absorb all that the festival has to offer.
The park allows for bringing your own picnic lunch or enjoying the food at the venues. Be sure to bring that fancy camera, too, for the numerous photo opportunities during the event. Even amateur photographers can achieve great shots at the festival.
A New Mexico Tradition
This event is hugely popular and widely affordable. In fact, preteens and under ride for free! With such affordable admission, it’s no wonder why this event is so widely known. To manage parking, the event has park and ride options for those attending as well as parking lots for those wishing to drive themselves.
Many locals recommend the park and ride option for ease of access and peace of mind. The best way to manage the impending traffic is to leave early and plan accordingly. Show up as early as you can, and plan to stay for more than just a couple days!
The events of the festival are very weather-dependent, and you don’t want random cancellations spoiling the trip for you. Be sure to take advantage of the nearby museum which explains all of the ins and outs of balloon aeronautic history.