It is a nine-day event that takes place in early October. The fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival globally, with over hundreds of balloons taking to the skies each morning till dusk. Any New Mexican will tell you that October is the most beautiful time of the year in the state, thanks in large part to the much-anticipated scene of vibrant balloons accenting the skyline, which occurs every year on the first of October. At this moment, the atmosphere is bluer, the hours are calmer, and the mornings fresher — almost as if the countryside has taken a long sigh — and the yearly Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta sails on the warm breath of the desert.
The fiesta has become an Albuquerque tradition, as well as a bucket-list event for people all around the world. If you’re visiting Albuquerque during balloon fiesta, be sure to catch a ride on one of the many hot air balloons that lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park each morning! You can also explore some of the other attractions the park has to offer for everyone. A wide variety of entertainment, food, and vendors are all available for your enjoyment. After you experience riding a hot air balloon, you will be able to see Albuquerque in a whole new light. You can join the chainsaw carving competition or enjoy some of the local live music.
During the fiesta, Albuquerque becomes a citywide celebration. You can stroll down the avenue and take in all of the lights and decorations. There’s also a special event each evening of the fiesta that you won’t want to miss. The AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show is a must-see. Every night, as the sun sets, all of the balloons are tethered to the ground and inflated. Once they are all aglow, the spectacular fireworks show they set to music begins. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! The whole city comes alive with excitement during this time of year, so be sure to make the most of it. If you’re not from Albuquerque, then this time of year might be the best opportunity for you to visit. The weather is cooling off, making it more comfortable to explore all that the city has to offer. So mark your calendars and start planning your trip today!