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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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Wonder to behold

I was there when about 17 or so Balloons took flight. Exciting YES and still today I aim... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mygreatmealsmk
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Great celebration of our wonderful environment perfect for ballooning. Many ways to get into the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ltwiggs2017
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there when about 17 or so Balloons took flight. Exciting YES and still today I aim enthralled by the vast expansion of Balloon Fiesta..The Wonder of it all never changes the size, different Shapes, the Wonderful food, Amazing smiles and the joy of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great celebration of our wonderful environment perfect for ballooning. Many ways to get into the acts. We usually take the easy way out and go to breakfast at the ballon festival museum. Hassle free.

2  Thank ltwiggs2017
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We truly enjoyed this adventure. Our first year there, we really did not know what to expect and the instructions about tickets were very confusing. However, our hotel explained things for us. Once we arrived, we were amazed at the number of balloons and how...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a neat thing to see. They actually raise the hot air ballons right next to you. There many many cute character balloons. From Tom and jerry to Star Wars and so much more. It’s a must see once for sure. Parking is very hard...More

Thank Annick B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous anytime. Early or evening. Easy access Friendly balloon people, evening light up is a ball. Food!! Marichi bands. Most photographed event in the world!

1  Thank Dick S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is nothing you can do about the crouds. Get by that and you will have the time of your life. You can't do anything about the crowds. Get by that and you will have the time of your life. Spectacular !

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

10 days of pure beauty. There are flying events mornings and evenings, booths at the fiesta park with everything from cinnamon rolls to breakfast burritos to turkey legs, to crafts and collectibles. Dress in layers as it starts out cool but warms up nicely. Watching...More

Thank PrsTrainer
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Allegedly, this is the most photographed event in the entire world. I suppose that could be true but I'm also not sure why it's true. After all, once you've seen one snap of a mass balloon ascension, you've seen all snaps of same. This is...More

Thank dryadsdad
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

This is something that everyone must attend at least once in their lifetime. Seeing all of the beautiful balloons in the air is quite a sight. We arrived at the park first thing and watched all the teams set up and launch their balloons. Highly...More

1  Thank Jamie M
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Like who wants to see hot air balloons fly?? It is amazing!, why, who knows? 1st flew in Sedona, AZ in 2008. Got hooked and wanted to experience the International Balloon Festival that everyone talked about. Did it in Oct 2017. What can I say...More

Thank vkingta
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ConservativeTexasMom
July 12, 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
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ConservativeTexasMom
June 18, 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
- Secure accommodations early for best availability and price. - Read the complete festival "brochure" so you know all the options and rules. - Buy your tickets on-line, the day before each session. - Use the shuttle bus... More
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tracidv2018
June 2, 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the weather and how many actually participate that day, but generally several hours. Many will catch the wind and head off in several directions across town. Others will try to stay in "the box" to come back... More
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