Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

September 6, 2012 by

Hot air balloons

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta first launched 13 hot air balloons from a mall parking lot in 1972. This event has grown in popularity each year since and is now known around the world.

2012 marks their 41th anniversary, and for this year’s event, hundreds of balloons will take to the air from October 2-10 from Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.

Largest Ballooning Event

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the most photographed events in the world, and has grown to be “the” premier international ballooning event. The 78-acre launch site is as big as 54 football fields combined, and is one of the few aviation events where you can walk among the balloons and talk with the pilots.

Photo Op

One of the most photographed events in the world.

Photo Op

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is a favorite photo op event for photographers of all ages and levels of expertise. Capturing colorful balloons drifting skyward during the day on film is exciting, but most photographers love the challenge of taking pictures at twilight—either dawn or dusk. It’s an opportunity to capture the magic of the “balloon glow” against the backdrop of low-level, muted skylight.

Good Food and More

Along with experiencing the wonder of hundreds of balloons taking flight, the 200 acre park will be filled with vendors offering everything from balloon memorabilia to traditional New Mexican food, and be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the spectacular after-glow fireworks.

Gondola Club

Escape the crowds from the best seat in the house.

Gondola Club

If you like the idea of the balloon festival, but don’t really like crowds, The Gondola Club is a Balloon Fiesta VIP location that lets you get away from the crowds and enjoy private seating (indoor and outdoor) with a great view, private bathrooms, and parking separate from the general public. The Gondola Club features a delicious buffet meal that includes appetizers, entrees, and dessert.

Family Event

This event is fun for the whole family. The spectacular beauty of hundreds of hot air balloons drifting in the crystal blue New Mexico sky is a breathtaking event that thrills all ages.

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