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Visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must-see event for anyone visiting Albuquerque in early October. more here

Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this incredible spectacle:

1. Mass Ascension: The Mass Ascension is the signature event of the Balloon Fiesta. Imagine hundreds of colorful hot air balloons taking off and filling the sky all at once. It’s a breathtaking sight that will leave you in awe of the sheer beauty and scale of the event.

2. Dawn Patrol: Start your day early and witness the Dawn Patrol, where a few balloons take flight before sunrise to test wind conditions. These glowing balloons floating against the dark sky create a mesmerizing visual display.

3. Special Shape Rodeo: The Special Shape Rodeo is a unique event that features hot air balloons in various shapes and sizes. From whimsical characters to animals and objects, these special shape balloons add an extra element of fun and wonder to the fiesta.

4. Balloon Glows: Experience the magic of the Balloon Glows, where balloons are tethered to the ground and illuminated by their burners. The inflated balloons create a stunning glow against the night sky, providing a captivating and romantic ambiance.

5. Balloon Rides and Tethered Balloon Rides: If you’re feeling adventurous, take a hot air balloon ride and soar above Albuquerque for a truly unforgettable experience. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can still enjoy the thrill of a tethered balloon ride, where balloons are anchored but ascend a short distance, giving you a taste of what it’s like to be in a hot air balloon.

6. Food and Vendors: The Balloon Fiesta offers a wide variety of food vendors and concessions, providing a delicious array of options to satisfy your cravings. Indulge in local specialties, international cuisine, and classic fair treats while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the event.

7. Photography Opportunities: Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who loves capturing memorable moments, the Balloon Fiesta offers endless opportunities for stunning photographs. From colorful balloons against the deep blue sky to the expressions of joy on people’s faces, there are countless photo-worthy moments waiting to be captured.

8. Festive Atmosphere: The Balloon Fiesta creates a festive and celebratory atmosphere, with live music, entertainment, and the excitement of thousands of visitors from around the world. It’s a time of joy and camaraderie as people come together to witness this incredible spectacle.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an extraordinary event that showcases the art, science, and sheer wonder of hot air ballooning. Whether you choose to participate in a balloon ride, marvel at the Mass Ascension, or simply immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, the Balloon Fiesta promises a truly unforgettable experience. view more