For nine days every October, the New Mexico skies are filled with color as hundreds of balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of the Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground bringing the Albuquerque sky to life with brilliant colors. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows with fireworks that create a magical night landscape for our guests to explore. This is truly the stuff that dreams are made of!
There is excitement and adventure to be found both in the air and on the ground. Hundreds of balloons launch from 72 grass-covered acres at Balloon Fiesta Park where guests can walk amongst the balloons finding out first hand what it’s like to experience the magic of ballooning. Besides enjoying the spectacle of Mass Ascensions, Balloon Glows, AfterGlowfireworks, and exciting hot air and gas balloon competitions, watch professional chainsaw carvers create beautiful art out of wood, or visit the hundreds of booths to sample the great local cuisine and a variety of arts and crafts from across the country. And, for your enjoyment, there are musical performances on the main stage every day.
We think that these tastes, vibrant images and colorful characters will make your visit worthwhile. And we will be delighted help make lasting memories during your time with us at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
To help you plan your visit, you will find a wealth of on-line information at www.balloonfiesta.com . There, you will find a complete 2008 schedule, balloon history background, photos, official Balloon Fiesta weather, and much more. We hope to see you in October!