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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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A must See while in Albuquerque

We found out the information from our hotel about the Balloon festival and were disappointed to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Suzibeaton
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
Balloons Glore

If you don't mind braving the cold, getting up early and watching the balloons go up at first light... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erica J
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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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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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“dawn patrol” (49 reviews)
“park and ride” (45 reviews)
“mass ascension” (71 reviews)
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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We found out the information from our hotel about the Balloon festival and were disappointed to find out that we had missed the balloons going up at night. However we were informed that we could see the balloons going up the following morning. We got...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind braving the cold, getting up early and watching the balloons go up at first light is something spectacular. Even if the weather is predicted to be warm, I would still be ready to bundle up or at least be prepared. I...More

Thank Erica J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You could stand still and turn 360 degrees in your foot prints and keep seeing new balloons going up all morning. Great trip with great friends!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved everything "balloon" about this event (and only had time to come for one day). The pre-dawn glow, the mass ascension, and everything in between. The crews were friendly and it was amazing to watch them work. I would come back here in a...More

1  Thank CopperLeah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful even to experience but you have to get up REALLY early! You have to be there by at least 6:00AM! You will need advice from a local person about how to get to the parking areas or about buses you can...More

Thank rodjk37
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a fantastic event! Woke up early to get there for the beginning to see the Morning Glow and watch the balloons fly in the dark. Amazing. Watching them rise at sunset was awesome too. Highly recommend.

Thank Troy N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I never tire of bringing family and friends to the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. You need to get up early to see the dawn patrol but it is worth every minute of missed sleep. Especially seeing children’s excited expressions. Awesome!!

Thank Rhonda S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve had the get opportunity of being in Albuquerque during the Balloon Fiesta twice now...along with the 50 million other visitors. It’s magic, pure magic. You’ll want to run out and buy your own hot air balloon before it’s over. Even the Albuquerque Police manage...More

Thank HaveNotSeenItAll
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We stayed nearby at an airbnb and could see the balloons from the place we stayed. We went for one morning experience, two evening experiences (one got closed early due to winds), one Gondola club experience (very nice, but save your bucks and use them...More

1  Thank 1020bluestem
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Awesome time even if you are not a big balloon enthusiast. The balloons are amazing and the ability to go down on the field and watch them launch is amazing. Once of the coolest experiences was waking up the next day to thousands of balloons...More

1  Thank alwaystripin
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David W
22 February 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
Weather permitting, the biggest ascensions are daily at dawn, with the Dawn Patrol taking off in the dark just before dawn. Around dusk each day a portion of the balloons will inflate, but only a few will fly then. Crowds... More
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Tspears12
16 February 2018|
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22 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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