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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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This should be on everyone's bucket list!

I've attended the balloon festival on three different occasions. Each time was amazing! The event... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
theadobe
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Ruidoso, New Mexico
VAGUE, CONFUSING WEBSITE

Planned to purchase a ticket the day before based on weather so used website. I couldn't make... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
Itza S
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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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 5 days ago

I've attended the balloon festival on three different occasions. Each time was amazing! The event is very organized and the grounds are easy to navigate. The balloons are spectacular! Love the mass ascension and the night glow. The balloon owners/workers are very friendly. They engaged...More

Thank theadobe
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Planned to purchase a ticket the day before based on weather so used website. I couldn't make sense of any major difference between general admission, Chasers Club or Gondola Club. I purchased Chasers Club because of guaranteed seating and a parking pass so I wouldn't...More

9  Thank Itza S
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I had seen balloons before but watching over 200 take off followed by 200 more surpasses anything. The best part is you are right next to the balloons taking off. Always plan gor two or three days. If you are lucky, weather will not cause...More

2  Thank Mo M
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must do activity in Albuquerque. During the time of the Balloon Fiesta usually in the first week of October, there are many hot air balloons from different countries around the world, rising in the sky in the morning....More

1  Thank Therese S
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I was amazed the first time I went to Ballloon Fiesta in 1998 before moving to Albuquerque. Except that we had to wake up quite early - 4am, the sight at the site was great. Since moving here, I have been to the Fiesta at...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

100's of balloons taking flight filling the beautiful NM skies!! So worth the trip! Reserve early!!!

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Its so hard to tell people how fantastic the balloon fiesta is because you really have to be there to feel the electricity of the event. I will try though. The best thing is that you can get right down to the pilots and chase...More

1  Thank Carol G
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

If you can go, go. Most people will tell you its dependent on the weather.. specifically wind speed & direction. And if you can swing it at least go down to the fair grounds one morning and see the balloons up close and personal. Its...More

1  Thank Patti S
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

It really does take your breath away. If you can experience this it is a must do! The crowds can be crazy-yes and some of the people who work and volunteer at the park are less the patient with the crowds, but it is so...More

Thank DisneyFan30
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

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

1  Thank Suzibeaton
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PDvac
21 April 2018|
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Response from Suzibeaton | Reviewed this property |
We went to the car showrooms and stood there and had a great view. It was just off the freeway as well 😊 x
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vaddake
19 March 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
If you want to take off from the Balloon Fiesta Park, your choice is pretty limited - multiple commercial balloons, but only one company.
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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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