Experience the world’s largest ballooning event from the comfort of the beautiful Balloon Museum. Enjoy a delicious catered buffet meal inside the Balloon Museum’s glass enclosed Gallery. The Balloon Museum offers the THE BEST VIEW of the Mass Ascensions and Balloon Glows in Albuquerque and we would love to share it with you!
Your VIP Viewing Event ticket includes:
- Fully catered Buffet with beverages. Cash bar available in the evening.
- Exclusive Indoor Gallery Dining and Viewing overlooking Balloon Fiesta Park.
- Outdoor Balcony Setting for Prime Viewing and Taking Photos.
- One official 2017 collectible Pin PER PERSON.
- Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
- 10% Discount for Shopping at the Museum Shoppe.
- FREE shuttle service to/from Balloon Museum to Fiesta Field.
- One Museum Lot Parking Pass for the Balloon Museum parking lot per Registration.
- Ticket does NOT include admission into Fiesta Field. (Tickets available for purchase at Balloon Museum Gift Shoppe)
Tickets for each event are $65 for adults and $29 for children ages 2-12 years old.
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New Mexico Rail Runner Express has a partnership with Balloon Fiesta, allowing spectators to avoid traveling by car.
It is called the “Rail Fiesta Combo Pass.”
“With that pass, they get the train ticket, they get their ticket onto the shuttle, and the ticket into the event, so that’s one way to avoid traffic,” said Augusta Meyers, from Rail Runner Express.
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Enjoy Albuquerque’s unique experience of watching Balloon Fiesta’s 500+ mass ascension from Balloon Fiesta Park with these helpful tips:
- 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.
- Getting to the park early also gets you quick access to hot coffee and burritos. Once mass ascension is ago, the lines get long.
- 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.
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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 and people onto Balloon Fiesta Park was somewhat unprecedented,” said fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity.
Some people were turned away Saturday morning as parking lots filled up. Then Saturday evening, drivers were at a standstill with some waiting hours to get out of Balloon Fiesta Park. On Monday, City Council President Ken Sanchez said it’s time to take a serious look at the situation.
“I think long-term wise, one of the things we should look at as a city is purchasing additional property near that site,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he wants the city to add more roads into the park and more parking lots. However, the land around the park may cost a lot of money.
“Unfortunately, that is probably going to be prime property at a very expensive cost,” Sanchez said.
The Sandia Pueblo is north of the park. Sanchez hopes to start talks with the governors there to see if they could maybe work something out.
“The benefit is to the entire state, the pueblo and the city,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said that could take a while. On the meantime, he said the city and Balloon Fiesta officials need to up the push on leaving the car out of the equation.
“I think we really need to look at increasing our park and ride throughout the city and make it more convenient for visitors across the country, across the world and locally.,” Sanchez said.
He said an outside company has operated park and ride at the fiesta since 2000. Now he wants the city to get involved.
“If we can accommodate at least on the weekends,” Sanchez said, adding that could make an immediate impact.
Sanchez would like to see that done before next year’s events take flight ensuring Balloon Fiesta Park isn’t put in jeopardy.
“I would hate to see them move again which and I think this is a prime location for this venue,” Sanchez said.
Balloon Fiesta officials say they will begin meeting in February to take a closer look at things. Currently, there are seven designated parking lots for the park that hold 12,000 cars. The city said the Convention and Visitors Bureau will tweak its marketing strategy, pushing more weekday events to relieve some of the weekend crowd.
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 a standstill most of the morning.
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.
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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 the originals.
Tarter was a pilot who made sure each October–his home was at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta.
“Back in 1975, and I was a fairly new pilot, a guy came to me and was interested in me training him,” said David Dobel.
That guy was Tarter. A friendship was born and so was Tarter’s love for ballooning and balloon fiesta.
“It just became an annual thing. He loved Albuquerque and he wanted to come back every year,” Dobel said.
During his favorite week of the year, tarter had a fatal heart attack.
His friends made sure his balloon would inflate one last time—an honor to a great pilot, an honor to a great friend.
“We stood around and had our final moments,” said Dobel. “We talked about some of the things we remember about Gary. It was a fitting closing for us as pilots and friends.”
Pilots often describe flying as soaring through the heavens. They now are permanently joined by their friend Gary Tarter
Rachel Sams, Editor-in-Chief- Albuquerque Business First
A sky filled with balloons is a spectacle anytime; when those balloons are unusual shapes and sizes, it’s especially captivating.
ABF Publisher Ian Anderson captured this morning’s Special Shape Rodeo at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on video. According to the Balloon Fiesta’s website, the rodeo has become the annual fiesta’s most popular event. Of this year’s 550 participating balloons, 104 are special shapes, and 12 of those are new to the event this year.
We’ve been on the scene and behind the scenes throughout Balloon Fiesta, the state’s largest festival, which is expected to bring 850,000 visitors to Albuquerque over its nine days. Here are some highlights from our coverage so far:
• By the numbers: a look at Balloon Fiesta’s economic impact
• Photos from Balloon Fiesta’s opening weekend
• A peek at Fiesta vendors’ Mission Control with Jim Garcia
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Without them, there is no Balloon Fiesta. Spiderpig, Darth Vader and Betty Jean the Butterfly might be the stars of this show but the guys and gals on the ground are the directors and the supporting cast. And even in the age of color, some things are better left in black and white.
“The black and white stripes stick out,” explained Bill Brennan, Chief Launch Official this year. “If we wore colorful clothing, we would just disappear in the balloons.”
They call themselves “Zebras,” and they can be spotted on the field by their stripes, and zebra memorabilia. They play traffic cop, letting each balloon pilot know when it’s safe to take off.
It’s a tall order when there are hundreds of balloons launching among tens of thousands of people.
“We’re conducting the flight tempo from the ground,” Brennan explained. Brennan is overseeing a group of 55 volunteer Zebras this year.
“We’re working together via radio, via eye contact, whistle communication,” explained Brennan. Their timing needs to be spot on.
The same thing goes for chase crews, who are in charge of getting balloons up and down safely.
“After takeoff, you’ll want to get on the west side of the giant arroyo,” “Terrible” Tom Schroeder called out over the radio to his crew during a flight.
Balloon pilots rely on their ground crews to follow the balloon’s every move. “Sometimes the communication is spot on, I can tell them exactly where I’m going, but in most cases, it’s just a general idea of, I think I’m going to be over there when I finish up,” said Schroeder.
Chasing the balloons can prove tricky, since the pilot can only control whether the balloon goes up or down; the wind may do the rest.
Most crews and zebras have been doing the same job for years. So what keeps them coming back fiesta after fiesta? For Brennan, his answer is simple: “These huge giants taking shape, and then you hear the burners, then standing up, the feel of it, you feel fiesta at that point.”
Several volunteers have been a part of Balloon Fiesta for decades.