Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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Imagine over 500 colorful hot air balloons rising up at dawn over the New Mexico landscape… there's truly nothing like it, and 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 RVs) to watch mass ascensions held in the mornings and night events like a 'glowdeo' held in the evening. Music stages are set up during the day and performers stroll through the festival crowds. Every year the Balloon Fiesta kicks off on the first Saturday of October and continues for nine days.
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KG_TXtraveler
Houston, TX469 contributions
Amazing Event!
Oct 2021 • Family
This was a fantastic experience to walk on the field while balloons are inflating and taking off around you. It’s a really up close and personal experience with teams and pilots. A great event for kids as they can collect cards and pins from the teams. I recommend the morning mass ascension sessions as that is the neatest time to see all the balloons aloft. It also has a chance to be too windy or too wet for the balloons, so I would recommend planning on attending more than one day in case the weather doesn’t cooperate- you will at least have a contingency day to see some balloons.
Written October 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vicki H
Arcanum, OH265 contributions
We went here to celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
Oct 2021
We had scheduled to do an Alaskan Cruise for our 50th anniversary and it was cancelled 2 years because of covid. So we had always wanted to do the balloon fiesta and we went here instead. It was great. We were not aware that they did not do the balloon glow at night during the week. So we missed out on that. Next year is the balloon fiesta's 50th year celebration - I would recommend you going then.
Written October 14, 2021
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY791 contributions
Visit This At Least Once In Your Life If Possible
Oct 2021
My wife and I had visited the Balloon Fiesta in 2014 and were looking forward to our 2021 return. We used a plan that worked very well for us the first time and it still was effective.
My advice would start with planning to be in ABQ a few days if possible to give you flexibility for your visit if the weather isn't cooperating. It's exciting to go on the weekend as more activities seem to be scheduled but beware that the roads are jammed with traffic and the site can be very crowded.
We dress in layers to be comfortable early on and later in the morning if the New Mexico sun is scheduled to warm things up. Channel 7 tv is very helpful with clothing suggestions. We did see some choices of clothing that made us shiver [ and them as well].
We chose a week day each time. The parking lots open at 4:30 a.m. and we made sure we were there at about that time. Traffic is extremely light and parking near the main entrance was available. We wander around looking in vendor tents and watching for early activity. I love the Dawn Patrol and we position ourselves to see it and take photos.
There is then a wait as the weather is assessed to allow a mass ascension. White and black striped launch officials are all over the park giving the go signals to balloonists to launch and the sky is filled with balloons. You don't know which way to turn next to get that "perfect" shot.
After the launch , we walked around looking at balloons that just couldn't fly. A bit later in the morning , there was a flying competition that we had never seen before but enjoyed thoroughly.
We left before noon and were extremely happy with the event.
There are hundreds [ if not more] volunteers that work very hard to make your experience an excellent one.
Written October 12, 2021
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John B
81 contributions
Great event. Camping in Generator Heaven
Oct 2021 • Friends
Everyone should attend this at least once in their life’s.

Get up early and see the magic happen.

As for the on site “generate” non-VIP” camping - is works but if you are near the wrong person, you will hear a generator for a constant 17 hours.

BUT - great event access.
Written October 11, 2021
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ935 contributions
Must see at least once
Oct 2021
I’ve been to a few of these festivals. There’s balloons in all shapes, sizes and colors. At dawn and at night there’s rodeo-glows. You can pay to ride a balloon and normal festival things like snacks, etc.
Written October 11, 2021
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Denise P
Florida Keys, FL33 contributions
AMAZING!!!
Oct 2021
This was our first visit to the Fiesta. We attended a morning session hoping to witness a Mass Assention; however, the wind kept the ballons grounded. Even so, the experience was amazing. We saw a Morning Glow show and a record-setting candle burn as the National Athem was played and planes performed a fly over. We were also able to walk among the inflated balloons (more than 150 of the the registered 588 balloons were inflated that morning) and talk with the balloon crews. I highly recommend Gondola Club passes (order these online as soon as they are offered!) for the access to the park (traffic is HEAVY), Gondola Club parking (close and convenient), upgraded restroom facilities, helpful volunteer staff, and hearty food and beverages. The Gondola Club also provides seating right next to the field.
Written October 11, 2021
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CincinnatiLefty
Covington, KY168 contributions
What a disappointment!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We bought park and ride tickets months ago.
We attended on Sunday morning, October 10th
The park and ride operation was first rste. Extremely efficient and organized.
Due to high winds the mass ascension of balloons was called off. Perfectly understandable.
What warrants my rating is that the vast majority of balloonists fled the scene before we and thousands of other people even got there at six in the morning
We waited in line for half an hour to buy the obligatory breakfast burritos which were pretty good.
When we walked to the launch area instead of seeing dozens of balloons inflate we were treated to just a few and several of those deflated minutes later.
We came from a very long distance for this once in a lifetime event.
Shame on everyone involved that they didn't follow some sage advice. The Show Must Go On.
Written October 11, 2021
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kansasrod
OSKALOOSA1,239 contributions
$5 small ice cream, $4 cup of coffee...
Oct 2021
And you will stand in line for 15-20 minutes. Great boost for the economy. But after a no-fly Saturday evening I enjoyed watching final Sunday morning on TV minus crowds. Once is enough for me. BUT some people DO like car races, rodeos, boxing, etc. Not me.
Written October 10, 2021
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Sanj2561
North Huntingdon, PA247 contributions
Make sure to go in 2022 for the 50th anniversary!
Oct 2021
This was never on my "Bucket List", but when looking for things to do in New Mexico, this was at the top of the list on TripAdvisor...and I can see why! There are two sessions each day during the week-long Fiesta. I strongly suggest getting up extra early, and taking one of the offered shuttles to the fairgrounds to witness the balloons taking off in the morning. Fantastic!! Another good thing about the Fiesta are the many food and souvenir booths with REASONABLE prices...no gouging here!
Written October 9, 2021
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830sunflower
Willis, TX285 contributions
Bucket list!!
Oct 2021 • Friends
The weather is great and we do enjoy the view. We went to three events. Twice in the morning and one at the evening. Tip 1. go to event early. Tip 2. Go to the higher ground for different angles for the photo. We enjoyed very much and get excited when Balloon go up to the sky. Highly recommended!
Written October 7, 2021
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