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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Presented by Canon

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Words were not enough. It was just spectacular! The colors, shapes, and everything else was just... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Denver, Colorado
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What a great event! We were there for the Thursday and Friday launches the second week. Different... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Imagine over 500 colourful hot air balloons rising up at dawn over the New Mexico landscape… there's truly nothing like it. The place to experience it is each October at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Spectators and balloon pilots from all over the...more
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Words were not enough. It was just spectacular! The colors, shapes, and everything else was just amazing! My bf and I had a fabulous time. Tip: you need to get thete at least by 5 AM. It’ll be worth it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dee_9112015
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a great event! We were there for the Thursday and Friday launches the second week. Different experience both days. If you stay at one of the nearby hotels (we stayed at Comfort Suites) you don't even have to fight the traffic into the park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TravelingPat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great experience for us. We loved seeing the balloons light up in the dark. We got a lot of pictures when they took to the skies. It was great being so close to the action.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BigMrE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally got to Albuquerque to see a balloon launch at the Fiesta this year! We decided to go on first day of festival which turned out to be only launch of the weekend. Tip is to go EVERY day as you never know IF they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vegasthompson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THANK YOU PHIL BRANDT, FAMILY AND CREW!!!!!!! OMG---This has been on my bucket list for so many years and I finally got to do it---A hot air balloon ride--but not just any hot balloon ride---" THE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FEST IN ALB. NM". Our PIOLET Phil...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've wanted to experience the ABQ Balloon Fiesta for many years. When the opportunity arose we couldn't say no. We visited as part of a Collette tour to New Mexico. So glad we did! The bus drove right in, parked, and we were off to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CKHteach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Fiesta the last few days of the event. The weather was not great but we did get to the "Evening Glow" where the balloons fire up at night while on the ground. We tried the Sunday "Great Ascension" but the rain and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JJ F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after years of wanting to attend this event we were able to this year. If you have been thinking of going, do yourself a favor and go. Gates open at 4:30am, already lots of people there, but the lines move quickly, plenty of breakfast foods...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 622jr2
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've always wanted to go to the Balloon Fiesta. ITS BETTER THAN I EVER DREAMED!! Up close and personal. And yes, there was a crowd ~but it was definitely not unmanageable!! A terrific experience. I would go again in an instant!!!! Loved it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tgro2016
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for 4 days during the 2018 Balloon Fiesta. A lot of the events were apparently canceled due to wind and rain but luckily we went to the mass ascension on a morning that wasn't. We got to the park super early, like 4am...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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8 October 2018|
Response from Lumerian | Reviewed this property |
On a normal launch day you can see the balloons from virtually anywhere in the city.
Pamela S
2 October 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
Less balloons - not disappointing.
21 September 2018|
Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
Although I have attended this event for several years, I do so as a balloon crew chief. But, let me try to give you a "best" answer. The launch field runs basicly North to South. The North parking lot is mostly for volunteer... More