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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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Spectacular Event!!

We drove to the park and walked to where the balloons were launched. This is the best place to see... read more

Reviewed yesterday
toluce
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Canada
Once in a Lifetime Experience!!

If you are fortunate enough to go on a morning when the Balloons Launch, it's the most breathtaking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
G0Places
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Central Indiana
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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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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed yesterday

We drove to the park and walked to where the balloons were launched. This is the best place to see all of the action. It was amazing. There are so many balloons and so many different shapes! We attended the first day when all the...More

Thank toluce
Reviewed yesterday

If you are fortunate enough to go on a morning when the Balloons Launch, it's the most breathtaking thing EVER!! We went to morning and evening sessions and would definitely recommend the Morning! Evening was good but nothing compared to the Morning Launch! Prepare for...More

Thank G0Places
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are not real balloonists but had a wonderful two days at the 2017 Fiesta. The evening glow and morning mass ascension were everything we expected. But watching the 8 competitors take off in hydrogen balloons for the America Challenge was an unexpected highlight. The...More

Thank Mook S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is something that you have to see and experience for yourself. Pictures don't express the energy, color, excitement, and magnitude of the fiesta. We went to the glow-redo where special shaped balloons were on exhibit and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Ron W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We just got back from the 2017 International Balloon Fiesta In Albuquerque, NM. There are a lot of reviews for this event. I read most of them, but I had a different take on this event and wanted to post it for those planning on...More

Thank Minder53
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you get the right weather - and we did this year - it is a totally wonderful experience. Why? Because you cannot imagine the joy of the situation and the balloonist and then how it is such a shared experience between the viewers and...More

Thank Jacqueline B
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was cold sunday morning, the last day of the ballon festival. We arrived at 5 a.m. not to miss anything but we were stuck in heavy traffic already. We should've park and ride. To get the tickets and to enter didn't take much time....More

1  Thank Serge_G_NY
Reviewed 3 days ago

The ABQ Balloon Fiesta should be on your bucket list. Hundreds of colorful balloons floating upward, filling the sky. You will have a smile on your face the whole time. We attended three mornings and one evening glow. We were fortunate to have good weather....More

1  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Balloon Fiesta is unbelievable. Be prepared for massive crowds and long lines for parking. But the glow and mass accession is worth it. Tips for a successful visit is Plan for more than one day. Winds are critical and unpredictable. We planned for three...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was an awesome fiesta! We went to 2 morning and one evening sessions. We were in Albuquerque for 5 days and found it good planning to start the sessions early in our stay since the last few sessions of the fiesta were cancelled. None...More

Thank travmama
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realtorjuliej
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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GrandmaLinda32080
15 August 2017|
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Response from ABQBalloonFiesta | Property representative |
Thank you for your questions! There are several hotels in the area (the northeast quadrant of the city). Travel help can be found on our website under the Guest Info tab.
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Antonio R
3 August 2017|
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Response from ABQBalloonFiesta | Property representative |
Hi Antonio, Balloon Fiesta only takes place the first week of October each year.
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