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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 crew. There is an East parking lot for visitors who walk-in and there may be shuttle buses to get you closer. If you have a car to haul the scooter, the South parking lot is what you want. Multiple lots, and the closest ones are a short walk (or scoot) to the field. There is a ring road directly around the field to help with the scooter. Just understand, the launch field is about three football fields laying side by side.
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
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 this is a long shot, wander around the field and look for a team needing more people, then offer to help. For this to work, you need to volunteer for multiple events AND be very personable. The third and most unlikely method is to watch for balloons landing off-site and jump in to help. Chase vehicles are not always around when you need them. Same issues apply as number two. Be friendly and personable.
I have served on balloon crews for more than twenty years.
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
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 on the field walking amidst the balloons. If you don't want to be down among the balloons, you might consider the other options. For me, it is all about the balloons. Keep in mind, I am a photographer so being on their field had lots of advantages for me. But my husband was fascinated to have balloons launching all around him.