Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

World's largest hot-air balloon event

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The Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 as a birthday celebration for a local radio station. It was first held in a shopping mall parking lot. Since then, it has become the largest hot-air balloon event in the world, with more than 550 balloons flying the skies over Albuquerque each October.

The nine-day festival includes a variety of events, including morning mass ascensions, when the majority of the balloons take flight; evening balloon glows, when tethered balloons light their burners to create a visual display; special shapes rodeos, when balloons outside the standard tear-drop shape gather; and games, when pilots show off their skills.

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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy. NE
Albuquerque 87113
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