Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world that held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The festival is held during the first week of October for nine days. You can see around 500 colorful balloons during the festival. They allow you to walk among the balloon as they inflate on the launch and if you have questions that related with hot air balloon, things to do is you can meet and ask to the pilots they are welcome to you. Here you can enjoy some wonderful events such as Dawn Patrol Show, Mass Ascension, Evening Balloon Glows and many more. The important thing to do is you must try to ride in a hot air balloon during the festival. In every year approximately 750,000 visitors attend to the hot air balloon festival. That why if you want to see this wonderful festival you must book the tickets earlier includes book the hotels or RVing in the festival area. For one night of RV Spots is start from $35 to $175 but it's don't include admission tickets to the balloon park, for more information about the RV spots you can visit it on website. If you want to drive from hotel to the festival, the things to do is you should come earlier, especially during the weekend because the public parking lots often become completely full, to avoid not get a parking space it's better if you take a shuttle bus. The thing to do at this festival is you should get the Balloon Fiesta merchandise that made and sold at the festival. Now what are you waiting for, it's time for you to book the tickets and see the most gorgeous hot air balloon festival in the world. For more information about the tickets you can get it on website.
Top Things to Do at International Balloon Fiesta
1. Mass Ascension
This is one of the largest events in balloon fiesta, which hundreds of balloons filling the sky at once. It's takes time around 1,5 to 2 hour and they will launch in two waves. You will see there the balloon being set up, inflated, and launched from the filled. They allow you to walk around the launch field to see the balloon preparation. See how the launch directors or also known as 'zebras” coordination the launch and make sure the balloons leave the field in a safe and coordinate manner. The event usually starts after 7.00 after the singing of the National Anthem and if the weather is good.
2. Balloon Glow
Before the dusk you will see the pilots inflate their hot air balloons and keep them tied up to the ground. When the dark comes, they will ignite the propane burners and then the balloon light up and glow. Here you will see beautiful night magic glows of Albuquerque. The event is usually followed by fireworks and laser light shows that add to its beauty.
3. Special Shape Hot Air Balloons
In this event you will not only see the teardrop shape of hot air balloons, here you will find numerous unique shapes of balloon. Those can be shaped as a milk cow, beer mugs, Star Wars character, animals, hearts, twin bees and many more. The thing to do if you visit this festival is you must not miss this event because this is the popular event for visitors and locals. This is fun to see the unique shapes, even the new shapes or the old favorites.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets may be purchased at the main entrance. They are closed during city holidays that fall on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Remember, the operation hours and tickets prices are subject to change without notice. For the prices is around $3-$6 depends on the groups age and if you bring kids 5 years old or under it don't need to buy ticket. You will get free tickets if you come at the first Friday of every month and every Sunday from 09.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.
How To Get Around?
To get around the festival you can do it by foot and you can ride a bicycle, this festival offers free valets parking for bicycle.
What Should I Wear?
When you are visit this festival, you can wear tee cotton, jeans, skirt, shirt, pants, sandals or flip flop, and sneakers.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Balloon Fiesta is during spring season on first week of October. Before you get tickets to Albuquerque, it is better if you check the website first because the schedule can be change every year.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, because is easy to access the festival and if you have question related to hot air balloons you can ask to the pilots.
How To Get There?
There are some ways that you can choose to get there. If you are from the neighbor city of Albuquerque you can use airplane, there are nine commercial airlines fly into the Albuquerque. Other public transportation that you can use is train, bus, taxi, and you can drive to there.
The hot air balloons are dependent to weather, so that why it will not go up if the conditions of wind, clouds, rain or visibility not right. If the event is cancelled the admission tickets and experience tickets can re-use for the next session or next day but you cannot get a refund.