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Balloon Fiesta Family Day Fun!

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 […]

Balloons & Breakfast at the Balloon Museum

Balloons & Breakfast

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 […]

Rail Fiesta combo pass available for Balloon Fiesta weekends

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —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 […]

Balloon Fiesta: Tips for attending and viewing

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 […]

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 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.


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 […]

ABQ Business First publisher shot this video at the Balloon Fiesta Special Shape Rodeo

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 […]

Zebras, Chase Crews crucial for Balloon Fiesta

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 […]