you absolutely must see the ABQ balloon fiesta at least once in your lifetime. Start with breakfast at dawn and watching from the restaurant balcony balloons ascending into the sky as the sun comes up. Following this you can walk the grounds and take part in getting other balloons ready for take off. Fascinating to see how the entire project materializes as well as the variety of balloons. Breath-taking to see 500 balloons in the sky. Finally, they return to the ground and watching how all takes place is amazing. You have to see this in its entirety to fully appreciate all that goes into balloon fiesta. Saw this in October 2016.