Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Big skies are among the greatest draws of the American Southwest.

Big skies are among the greatest draws of the American Southwest. In addition to some truly fantastic luxury real estate, Albuquerque stands out from the crowd when it comes to massive, gorgeous skies. Every fall, those skies are filled with epic hot air balloons, as residents and tourists alike gather for the legendary Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year’s event will take place between Oct. 1 and 9, and is presented by Canon. Although the hot air balloons are certainly the centerpiece of the festival, they are far from the only attraction to enjoy.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will also include chainsaw carving invitational, laser light shows, breakfast donuts from Krispy Kreme, and so much more. Lovers of hot air balloons will get a front seat to the action, as professionals square off in several competitions such as those related to inflation, races through the sky, one ascension each day and night flights.

Hot air balloons will fill the Albuquerque skies this October.Hot air balloons will fill the Albuquerque skies this October.

One of the nights, on the second to last day of the fiesta, will also include a fireworks show. The weather is expected to be highly preferable for the events, which is normal for this part of the country in the early fall.

Individuals who would like to attend can find all of the information they will need through the event’s main website. Those who are looking to really get the full effect of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta should look into the gondola and chasers’ clubs, as well as group tours. Hotel specials are also available through the fiesta’s organizers, a photo contest will be open to the public, and music will fill the air throughout this prestigious and premier hot air balloon event.