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Balloon Museum Adopts New Compelling Mission

Strategic Planning for our Second Decade Moves Upward and Onward How Will We Inspire You? Since it opened in 2005, the Balloon Museum has welcomed nearly one million visitors from Albuquerque and many other communities in New Mexico, as well as from across the country and around the world. As we continue into our […]

Balloon Museum “Double Eagle” Newsletter September 2016

Hello and Welcome! Autumn time in Albuquerque can be truly magical with the changing of the leaves and the smell of roasting green chile. We hope everyone is making time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of autumn! Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through a record hot summer. […]

Troy’s Arrival Party Invite!

World Record Balloon Flight From Japan to North America THE FLIGHT HOME: TROY BRADLEY RETURNS WELCOME HOME TROY! Come out to Albuquerque Sunport this Sunday (02/01/15) at 12 Noon (MST). Help welcome our hometown hero Troy Bradley, coming right from his record-breaking Trans-Pacific balloon flight. Be part of the welcoming festivities in the arrival […]

After traffic troubles, city leader seeks changes at Balloon Fiesta


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The International Balloon Fiesta is one of Albuquerque’s biggest events, and with it comes big crowds. However when all those crowds leave, Balloon Fiesta Park sees big traffic jams.This weekend, traffic congestion went on for miles and made a lot of drivers frustrated.

“The pressure of getting that many cars […]

Balloon Fiesta attendance leaves traffic at standstill

By Hawa Konte

By Hawa Konte Published: October 11, 2014, 12:22 pm Updated: October 11, 2014, 12:46 pm 2Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google+ 203Share on Facebook Click to share on Pinterest Stage Coach, Balloon Fiesta KRQE

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials say attendance was so good at Balloon Fiesta Saturday that […]

Gorgeous weather welcomes Balloon Fiesta mass ascension

The green flag went up early Saturday morning for mass ascension on the final weekend of the 2014 Balloon Fiesta.

After the balloons go up, there’s still a lot going on at Balloon Fiesta Park. Pin trading starts at 11 a.m. Country fans will love Music Fiesta this year, as Josh Turner and friends […]

Balloon Fiesta final Saturday

Balloon Fiesta Saturday


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Balloon Fiesta mass ascension lifted off to ideal conditions Saturday morning as light winds pushed balloons north of the field.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department and Balloon Fiesta officials due to the large turnout, all Balloon Fiesta parking lots were full and traffic also was at […]

Balloon Fiesta a chance for Albuquerque to shine and soar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The countless pictures taken of Albuquerque’s balloon fiesta and the millions of words written about it have painted a wonderful picture of our premier event. We won’t try to add to those stories. However, there are a couple of other angles about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we would like to explore.


How did special shape balloons arrive at Fiesta?

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Special shapes are easily the most popular part of Balloon Fiesta, but they haven’t always been a part of the big event.So just how did special shapes come to be, and when did they finally arrive at Fiesta?

Historians at the the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum say it was a […]

Ballooning community honors late hot air balloon pilot

A pilot, who has been flying at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 1977, died this week. Friday morning, Gary Tarter’s friends made sure to honor him in true hot air balloon pilot fashion.

It’s easy to get excited about the new balloons and pilots at fiesta, but today was about remembering one of […]