Perhaps one of the most anticipated and amazing sights of this festival are the mass ascensions, where all 500+ balloons that participate in the fiesta launch, filling the sky for an unforgettable sight!
Balloonists gather their balloons in the launch field and illuminate their balloons while remaining on the ground. The glow from the propane creates a wonderful scenic view at night for all! It is a great chance to get up close views of all of the different amazing balloons!
This daily event has a group of selected pilots ascend before the sun rises and fly until there is enough light to see landing sites! This helps balloonists get an idea of the weather, wind direction and speed!
Special Shape Rodeo
This awesome event showcases all the unique balloons that aren’t what you’d usually picture when thinking about traditional hot air balloons! Anything from animals, food, even your favorite pop culture characters, can be found flying during the fun event!
You can expect to see talented balloonists demonstrate their special abilities in various exhibitions and competitions! A gas balloon race, ring toss game, and other speed and skill competitions are something you can’t miss! There is also the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where you’ll be able to see balloonists from different countries launch off to their national anthem while waving their national flag!
There are plenty of musical performances that occur throughout the days of the festival! Many talented performers participate each year, for added entertainment to an already great festival!
American RV Park
If you’d prefer a campground with guaranteed hookups and clean, well-maintained facilities, American RV park could be a good alternative! Located about 20 miles away from the Balloon Fiesta site, it is a reasonable drive. Special rates are available, but reservations for Balloon Fiesta are only accepted by phone!
Albuquerque North/Bernalillo KOA
Located just over nine miles away from the Balloon Fiesta, this nice campground has great reviews and boasts clean restrooms, full hookups, and a friendly staff for a great alternative to staying at the event’s park! You can reserve a site at their website here! The Albuquerque balloon festival is a great experience that any adventure lover should see in their lifetime! The unforgettable sights of unique hot air balloons from around the world will stick with you for the rest of your life! Be sure to make it a stop on your travel bucket list!