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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Presented by Canon

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Absolutely amazing!

Put it on your Bucket List! Our visit to the Balloon Festival (2017) was part of our escorted tour... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Always beautiful

Spectacular sight to see in beautiful Albuquerque. Awesome food vendors. Dress for the weather for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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...more
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
+1 505-821-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When making reservations for the RV parking the web is confusing as to the dates for fiesta and for pre event parking. We discovered one week before the event the reservations were for pre-event and not the fiesta. When the error was discovered the coordinator...More

Thank Robert00208
Reviewed 6 days ago

Put it on your Bucket List! Our visit to the Balloon Festival (2017) was part of our escorted tour to Colorado through Boscov’s! Only four of us had pre-purchased tickets for a balloon flight. At $400. each, double of what you might normally pay, it...More

Thank 981Linda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular sight to see in beautiful Albuquerque. Awesome food vendors. Dress for the weather for sure, it's going to be cold and sometimes rainy/windy. Then extremely hot lol. Pretty much dress in layers! Living here is the worst but the balloon fiesta is the best...More

1  Thank Departure663052
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plan on multiple visits over several days & hope for perfect weather 50% of the time. Mornings will be chilly & the colors are spectacular. Separate evening sessions (glows) are beautiful & end with pretty cool fireworks displays. Winds over 7-10 mph will often lead...More

Thank davesondeck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the experience of a lifetime! It was fun, beautiful, fun, fascinating and even spiritual in the wee small hours of the morning. MUST GO

Thank Brightiz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Balloon Fiesta is a once in a lifetime event. Traffic can be difficult getting to and from but there are acres of parking once you get there. You can book an actual balloon ride but it is expensive. The evening glow is definitely worth...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 8 August 2018

My family has been part of a hot air balloon team(s) for about 20 years. During the last 5 years we have attended the Albuquerque Fiesta in October with a close pilot friend. This is a great event with a lot activities for families. Very...More

3  Thank Robert K
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This is so interactive, you can participate in the balloons inflating right on the field. Volunteers are asked to help crew the balloons during the week, a great way to get a free ride. Weekends are mass ascension of all balloons, up to 500 in...More

2  Thank Patipatt
Reviewed 7 August 2018

As a former balloonist, I have personally flown this fiesta over 10 years. In the air or on the ground this is truly a spectacular event! 2017's fiesta was excellent....getting up crazy early is a bit tough but worth the effort.

3  Thank robfromnmusa
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Breathtaking sight. I have seen it all but two of the last 35 years and it is still enough to make you stop and stare. The crowds are difficult, but the sights are worth it. If you are a photographer pro or amateur, you absolutely...More

2  Thank Sean R
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21 September 2018|
Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
Although I have attended this event for several years, I do so as a balloon crew chief. But, let me try to give you a "best" answer. The launch field runs basicly North to South. The North parking lot is mostly for volunteer... More
28 August 2018|
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Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
If you don't know a balloon pilot, there are a few other methods to get a ride. First, sign up to be a crew volunteer for the 10 day event. Almost guaranteed to get a ride. At this date, crew sign-up is closed. Second, and... More
13 July 2018|
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Response from jt7446 | Reviewed this property |
I would not pay for those options. We did not eat onsite. There was any choice you can think of that was 'fair food.' We prefer restaurants so we ate before and after. We paid the general admission because I wanted to be... More