Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.

Guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning. Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park.

From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. Our signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Imagine 54 football fields, all put together. That’s the size of Balloon Fiesta Park’s 78-acre launch field! And at this Park’s “playing field,” there are no losing teams and no viewing stands. Guests walk the field and are part of the action.

Hundreds of thousands of smiling, upturned faces, awestruck by the spectacular beauty of hot air balloons filling the big blue New Mexico sky. What you can’t hear until you walk our field at nightfall is the thrilling roar of hundreds of burners simultaneously igniting, turning the Park into a huge lighted Christmas tree of colorful balloons. What you can’t feel until you join us is the massive joy everywhere around you.

Balloon Fiesta Park is located north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.

Saturday, October 6

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Parkmore… 1:30 – 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational
6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

Laser Light Show

6:00 Twilight Twinkle Glow™ presented by Albuquerque Journal
6:45 Opening Ceremonies 7:45 Laser Light Show
7:00 Mass Ascension, presented by Canonmore… 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
8:30 – 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

Sunday, October 7

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Parkmore… 1:30 – 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational
6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

Laser Light Show

6:00 Balloon Glow
7:00 Mass Ascension, more… 7:45 Laser Light Show
8:30 – 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
9:00 Fiesta of Wheels Car Show, located on north end of Launch Field
11:00 Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

Monday, October 8
Propane day presented by Airgas, an Air Liquide Company

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol, more… No events
6:30 Laser Light Show
7:00 Balloons Launch from Park
8:00 Competition Balloon Flying Begins
8:00 – 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Tuesday, October 9
Coca-Cola Day

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol, more… No events
6:30 Laser Light Show
7:00 Balloons Launch from Park
8:00 Competition Balloon Flying Begins
8:00 – 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Wednesday, October 10

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Parkmore… No Events
6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

Laser Light Show

7:00 Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension
8:00 Competition Balloon Flying Begins
8:30 – 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Thursday, October 11
Kids’ Day presented by KOB-TV

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol, more… 1:30 – 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational
6:30 Laser Light Show 6:00 Special Shape Glowdeo™
7:00 Special Shape Rodeo™ presented by Wells Fargo Bank 7:45 Laser Light Show
8:00 Competition Balloon Flying begins 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
8:30 – 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

Friday, October 12

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol, more… 1:30 – 5:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational
6:30 Laser Light Show 6:00 Special Shape Glowdeo™
7:00 Special Shape Rodeo™ 7:45 Laser Light Show
8:00 Competition Balloon Flying begins 8:00 AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
8:30 – 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational

Saturday, October 13

Morning Session Evening Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Parkmore… 1:00 – 5:00 Music Fiesta
6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

Laser Light Show

1:30 – 5:00  AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational
7:00 Mass Ascension 6:00 Night Magic™ Glow presented by Canon
8:30 – 11:30 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 7:45 Laser Light Show
11:00 Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street) 8:00 AfterGlow™Fireworks Show presented by Sandia Resort & Casino

Sunday October 14

Morning Session
6:00 Dawn Patrol Show presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Parkmore…
6:30 Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

Laser Light Show

7:00 Farewell Mass Ascension
8:30 – 11:00 AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q & A

*AfterGlow™ times may change due to field/weather conditions
** North end of Launch Field for the pin trading

Spring Break Family Day
Bring the whole family to the Balloon Museum on Wednesday, March 28 from 9:30am-3:00pm for kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations!

Rise and Try Week, 2018
Spring break fun and learning for the whole family!
When
Mar 24, 2018 07:00 AM – Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Where
Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-768-6020
Description
Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, March 31

Coinciding with APS and RRPS spring breaks is Rise and Try Week, a series of family-friendly, educational, and entertaining experiences offered by the Balloon Museum, which will be open daily, including Monday the 26th. Visit our exhibitions, experience our 4-D Theater and enjoy the North Grounds for a picnic or play time.

Kicking off the week will be Ballooning for All on March 24, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. This balloon rally (weather permitting) for people of all abilities and special needs takes place on the Balloon Museum’s expansive and scenic North Grounds and features over 15 hot air balloons. Admission is free.

Other Rise and Try Week activities include:

Drone Race Day on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Walk Up Workshops (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., free with paid museum admission)
Monday, March 26 – Creativity Toolbox
Tuesday, March 27 — Cookie Decorating (while supplies last) with Food Network winner Kristin Dowling of Rude Boy Cookies
Wednesday, March 28 – Iris Folding Balloon Greeting Cards
Thursday, March 29 – Adult Coloring Balloon Trading Cards
Friday, March 30 – Professional Photography Tips for your Phone
Monday March 26 through Friday March 30, guided tours of the museum’s main exhibition and our special exhibition. Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée. Free with paid museum admission. Tour times: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
During Spring Break Family Day, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations. Bring a picnic or enjoy food truck fare served on the Balloon Museum’s scenic North Grounds. Entry to all activities is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees.
The New Mexico Food Truck Festival, March 31, will bring dozens of the state’s best food trucks and craft beers to the North Grounds for a day of food, music, and family-friendly fun.
Price
Prices vary by activity. Some are free admission, and others require payment of regular museum admission prices of $1-$4 per person, or special event admission prices for NM Food Truck Festival.

Spring Break Family Day only:

Get a Family Membership to the museum for only $35 (normally $60)! Through the month of April, Family Memberships will be discounted at $45!

Applies to Family Memberships only. All other membership types will be sold at normal price.

Spring break fun and learning for the whole family!

When

Mar 24, 2018 07:00 AM – Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM

Where

Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
AlbuquerqueNM 87113
505-768-6020

Description

Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, March 31

Coinciding with APS and RRPS spring breaks is Rise and Try Week, a series of family-friendly, educational, and entertaining experiences offered by the Balloon Museum, which will be open daily, including Monday the 26th. Visit our exhibitions, experience our 4-D Theater and enjoy the North Grounds for a picnic or play time.

Kicking off the week will be Ballooning for All on March 24, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. This balloon rally (weather permitting) for people of all abilities and special needs takes place on the Balloon Museum’s expansive and scenic North Grounds and features over 15 hot air balloons. Admission is free.

Other Rise and Try Week activities include:

  • Drone Race Day on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Walk Up Workshops (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., free with paid museum admission)
    • Monday, March 26 – Creativity Toolbox
    • Tuesday, March 27 — Cookie Decorating (while supplies last) with Food Network winner Kristin Dowling of Rude Boy Cookies
    • Wednesday, March 28 – Iris Folding Balloon Greeting Cards
    • Thursday, March 29 – Adult Coloring Balloon Trading Cards
    • Friday, March 30 – Professional Photography Tips for your Phone
  • Monday March 26 through Friday March 30, guided tours of the museum’s main exhibition and our special exhibition. Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée. Free with paid museum admission. Tour times: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • During Spring Break Family Day, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations. Bring a picnic or enjoy food truck fare served on the Balloon Museum’s scenic North Grounds. Entry to all activities is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees.
  • The New Mexico Food Truck Festival, March 31, will bring dozens of the state’s best food trucks and craft beers to the North Grounds for a day of food, music, and family-friendly fun.

Price

Prices vary by activity. Some are free admission, and others require payment of regular museum admission prices of $1-$4 per person, or special event admission prices for NM Food Truck Festival.



Click this Groupon Banner to locate the hot air balloon ride discount!


What You’ll Get – $299.00 service for $159!!!

After purchasing this deal, you will need to visit the website listed on your voucher to complete redemption.

Shared Hot Air Balloon Ride for One with Champagne Toast
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2019. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Must sign waiver. Weight limit: 250lb per person. Minimum height: 48 inches; 7 years old or older. Champagne toast included; 2-3 hour experience/1 hour in the air. One voucher per person required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Albuquerque Balloon Rides
Imagine floating 1,000 feet above Albuquerque. Below, the Rio Grande flows through a verdant landscape of willow shrubs and cottonwood trees, while to the east, the Sandia Mountains glow orange from the sunlight. Albuquerque Balloon Rides creates remarkable experiences like these, offering hot-air balloon rides throughout the Albuquerque region and beyond.

Sunday October 15, from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Your Family Day Ticket Includes:
Exclusive Indoor and Outdoor Viewing of the Fiesta Field
Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Access to the Tim Anderson 4D Theater & brand new Weather Lab
Interactive Activities for the whole family to enjoy
Food available for purchase
Family Day Tickets
$5 per person, $15 parking pass
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Enjoy Albuquerque’s unique experience of watching Balloon Fiesta’s 500+ mass ascension from Balloon Fiesta Park with these helpful tips:

  1. Get out there early. Everyone says to do it and it’s true. If you arrive at the field as mass ascension is ago, you may not make it into the park. Hundreds of cars are trying to enter and some years the park has filled to capacity. Study the Balloon Fiesta Interactive Map for routes in and out of the park and other viewing areas.
  2. Getting to the park early also gets you quick access to hot coffee and burritos. Once mass ascension is ago, the lines get long.
  3. Dress warm and be prepared to walk. The field is many, many football fields in length and there are hundreds of balloons to see. Since you’re arriving early, it’s cold. It feels coldest just before sunrise and the field is most often damp, so wear solid shoes. Use warmers for your gloves, boots and back pockets work the best.

For the rest of the tips and the story, please visit the KRQE site at this link

Summertime Fun

at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum!

FREE Event for the Whole Family!
Including Fido!
 
Stories in the Night Sky Is BACK!  6-7PM
The ALBUQUERQUE CONCERT BAND Is Tuning up! 7-8PM
 YOU are the only one missing! 
Come on out for this FREE Community Event.
Bring your picnic or purchase from the Food Trucks!
Bring your blanket or your lawn chairs!
 
 2015 DATES
Wednesday, June 10
Wednesday, June 24
Wednesday, July 8
Wednesday, July 22
Wednesday, August 5
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
 
505.768.6020, 311, NM Relay or 711

www.cabq.gov/balloon 

 

Ring in the new year in New York Style at our premiere New Years Eve event, Manhattan on the Mesa!

The Most Glamorous Party In Town
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Dine, dance, and sip to the flavors and sounds of New York City, then watch the glittery ball drop in Times Square on our giant screen TV!
A New Year’s Eve New York celebration, right here in Albuquerque!
December 31, 2014
6:00 to 11:00 PM
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
$99 Per Person
$185 Per Couple

Three ways to get tickets:

Visit the Balloon Museum Shop, Tue-Sun 9-5
Call (505) 880-0500, Mon-Fri 9-5
or click HERE

Check out the Holidays at the Balloon Museum!

Holidays Take Flight

8th Annual Family Day

Sunday, December 7, 11am-3pm.

FREE admission.

There will be a sing-along Holiday Concert with Susie Tallman & Friends that will have the the whole family raising their voices in song! Live holiday music that celebrates the season will feature the Enchantment Handbell Ensemble, local favorite Cielito Lindo de Juan Lucero playing New Mexico holiday music and the Manzano High School Choir caroling throughout the museum.

Holiday family activities include a visit with Balloon Pilot Santa (a crowd favorite and great photo-op), decorating balloon shaped cookies, making balloon holiday cards, ornaments and a remote-controlled hot-air balloon outdoors (weather permitting).

To make the day more festive, special holiday food and delicious hot chocolate will be available for purchase from Conchitas Creations Gourmet Food Truck.

A very special opportunity to share with those less fortunate and have fun doing it features Travelin’ Jack, the official mascot for the 2014 New Mexico Marines Toys for Tots Campaign. For the third year in a row, Jack (a loveable four-legged friend) will present a large donation New Mexico Toys for Tots. Jack will paw-ticipate by presenting over 500 children’s books to Toys for Tots. Those who wish to do so may bring new, unwrapped toys and games to donate to Toys for Tots.

Great live music!

11am: Enchantment Handbells

12pm: Susie Tallman & Friends, sing-along holiday songs.

1pm: Cielito Lindo Family Folk Music: NM holiday songs

2pm: Manzano HS choir roving carols

Stories in the Sky 

Story time celebrates the holidays with these great themes.

 

Every Wednesday (see exception below)

9:30am-10:15am and 11am-11:45am Free admission.

Stories, songs, movement and crafts. 

Geared toward ages 0-6, all ages welcome)

Wednesday, November 26: Celebrate Thanksgiving with stories and songs.

Wednesday, December 3:   Too Many Toys!

Wednesday, December 10: Hanukkah and Seasons of Light.

Wednesday, December 17: New Mexico Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, December 24: NO STORY TIME (Museum is open)

Wednesday, December 31: NO STORY TIME (Museum is open)

Wednesday, January 7:      Celebrate Winter!

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.

First, this week is definitely Albuquerque’s week to shine – or maybe soar would be a better word. While tourists enjoy Albuquerque and New Mexico as much as they enjoy the balloons, we get to enjoy seeing these visitors impressed with our hometown. We get to pat ourselves on the back as we hear folks praise our community and its beauty. The frustrations caused by traffic congestion and crowds at our favorite restaurants pale in comparison to the pride we feel in this place we have chosen to call home.

This is the one week of the year when we can put aside the problems facing the people who live here. We can, at least temporarily, forget our struggles with crime or education or poverty or those infuriating lists that continue to show us at the bottom. We can take a short break and just be proud that we live in this wonderful state. It’s good for our self esteem.

Second, credit must be given to fiesta planners who devote so much time and effort to create a perfect event, knowing all the time they have no control over the weather. It’s not as if the balloons can be moved inside if it’s too windy. It’s not as if the dates can be changed. At the end of the day, the weather is in charge.

Those planners of the balloon fiesta give so much heart and soul, not to mention blood, sweat and tears, to pull it all together, to make sure the balloon community, the visitors, the businesses and the city get to experience a wonderful fiesta. The amazing effort required that allows us to easily enjoy the beauty and the fun of the balloons is unbelievable.

And yet, after all this work, regardless of the exceptional planning, the fiesta is at the mercy of Mother Nature and her whims. It must get frustrating at times for the people who have devoted so much time and energy to this event to know it can all fall apart because of something they cannot control. These people deserve our appreciation for all their hard work, but also they deserve our appreciation for continuing in spite of the knowledge that unexpected weather can change everything, and they can’t plan for that.

On another note, we want to praise the folks responsible for the construction on Paseo del Norte. They have designed the work on this gargantuan project so that it hasn’t caused balloon fiesta traffic to be thwarted; people have still been able to get from Point A to Point B. The project managers deserve our praise.

We also are impressed with the amount of progress that has been made. The access from eastbound Paseo to southbound I-25 seems complete and works well. All of us have been watching the construction on the huge flyover to westbound Paseo and see it getting closer and closer to completion. We feel a bit of ownership as we have monitored its progress day after day and as we anxiously await its completion.

Contact the Ryans at ryan@abqjournal.com.