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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

4401 Alameda Boulevard Northeast | Albuquerque, NM 87113 | Official website
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Photo info
Ron Behrmann/Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Type: Festivals
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The city's dry climate is ideal for hot-air ballooning, and so on the first week of every October, thousands of people flock to Albuquerque to experience the International Balloon Fiesta. For a week straight, the sky fills with hundreds of brightly colored balloons, which launch every morning from Balloon Fiesta Park in northern Albuquerque. Festival attendees witness the mass launch just before sunrise and the "Balloon Glows," during which the balloons are illuminated against the night sky.

 Many recent visitors struggle to find the words to describe the sight of the balloons, but they do offer some tips. "You need to be on the road by 4:30am to avoid traffic," writes one Yelp.com user. "[And] bring all the warm layers you can possibly think to bring -- it's COLD before sunrise & after sunset!"

General admission for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta costs $8 per person. For more information, visit the festival website.

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