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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Presented by Canon

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Absolutely Amazing!

We were in the field, right next to these balloons as they were being blown up! Then they would hop... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Great attraction, Beautiful balloons and fun for the entire family!

This was a wonderful experience to be able to see hundreds of hot air balloons up close and in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boca Raton, Florida
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Imagine over 500 colourful hot air balloons rising up at dawn over the New Mexico landscape… there's truly nothing like it. The place to experience it is each October at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Spectators and balloon pilots from all over the...more
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the field, right next to these balloons as they were being blown up! Then they would hop in their basket and take off, then the next one would take off and so forth. Wow. My husband and I loved it. We took...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JodyRB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful experience to be able to see hundreds of hot air balloons up close and in the air. The dawn patrol was nice with a few balloons on the field lit up before the sun rises. The fireworks show was really good...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely put this on your bucket list! Seeing all these balloons is a great experience, a must see!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cheryl H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this annual festival is quite well known but ,for your viewing you must be aware of details.the park itself is rather overrun with mobile homes coordinators event sponsors etc.remember the winds,if it is too windy very little activity in the air can be expected.as for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank johntennisfl
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Words were not enough. It was just spectacular! The colors, shapes, and everything else was just amazing! My bf and I had a fabulous time. Tip: you need to get thete at least by 5 AM. It’ll be worth it!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Dee_9112015
Reviewed December 11, 2018

What a great event! We were there for the Thursday and Friday launches the second week. Different experience both days. If you stay at one of the nearby hotels (we stayed at Comfort Suites) you don't even have to fight the traffic into the park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TravelingPat
Reviewed November 24, 2018

This was a great experience for us. We loved seeing the balloons light up in the dark. We got a lot of pictures when they took to the skies. It was great being so close to the action.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BigMrE
Reviewed November 22, 2018

Finally got to Albuquerque to see a balloon launch at the Fiesta this year! We decided to go on first day of festival which turned out to be only launch of the weekend. Tip is to go EVERY day as you never know IF they...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vegasthompson
Reviewed November 19, 2018

THANK YOU PHIL BRANDT, FAMILY AND CREW!!!!!!! OMG---This has been on my bucket list for so many years and I finally got to do it---A hot air balloon ride--but not just any hot balloon ride---" THE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FEST IN ALB. NM". Our PIOLET Phil...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Debbie B
Reviewed November 19, 2018

I've wanted to experience the ABQ Balloon Fiesta for many years. When the opportunity arose we couldn't say no. We visited as part of a Collette tour to New Mexico. So glad we did! The bus drove right in, parked, and we were off to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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October 7, 2018|
Response from Lumerian | Reviewed this property |
On a normal launch day you can see the balloons from virtually anywhere in the city.
Pamela S
October 1, 2018|
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Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
Less balloons - not disappointing.
September 20, 2018|
Response from Robert K | Reviewed this property |
Although I have attended this event for several years, I do so as a balloon crew chief. But, let me try to give you a "best" answer. The launch field runs basicly North to South. The North parking lot is mostly for volunteer... More