Your Guide to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Your Guide to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Discover the magic of Albuquerque's fall months as temperatures drop, and the vibrant hues of hot air balloons take over the skies. From October 5-13, 2024, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® promises an awe-inspiring spectacle, transforming the city into a haven for balloon enthusiasts worldwide. For the official schedule please visit Balloon Fiestas official website!

Preparing for Your Fiesta Adventure

As you embark on your Balloon Fiesta journey, be prepared for fluctuating desert temperatures. Mornings can be brisk, with temperatures around 40°F, so dress in layers and bring a jacket. Protect yourself from the high-altitude UV rays with sunscreen and sunglasses as the sun rises over the picturesque fields.

With crowds reaching up to 80,000, early arrival is key. Aim to be there by 5:00 a.m. for morning events and 4:00 p.m. for evening festivities. The park gates open at 4:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for morning and evening events, respectively. Arriving early provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, a fascinating prelude to the upcoming spectacle.

Capture the breathtaking moments with your camera or phone, as the Balloon Fiesta is renowned as the world's most photographed event. Bring water to stay hydrated and, for evening events, a flashlight to navigate the fairytale-like atmosphere.

Navigating Transportation

Choose from various transportation options to enhance your Fiesta experience:

  • Fiesta Express Park & Ride: Beat the traffic by utilizing this service from multiple locations.
  • Biking: Enjoy the free Bike Valet service, a secure option for bike storage near the park.
  • Public Parking: First-come, first-served availability. Check park maps for locations.
  • Hotel Shuttles: Some hotels offer shuttle services to the park.

Indulging in Fiesta Delights

As the Balloon Fiesta transforms into a full-on fair, satisfy your cravings with a plethora of food options along Main Street. From sweet to savory, the concessions offer a delightful culinary journey. Be entertained by flamenco and Native American dancers, adding cultural richness to your experience. Feel free to bring your snacks, excluding alcohol and glass containers.

Don't miss the chance to savor a New Mexican breakfast burrito – a culinary delight to add to your bucket list.

Dining, Drinking, and Sightseeing in Albuquerque

Embark on a culinary adventure with Albuquerque's diverse dining scene:

Where to Drink

Discover Albuquerque's craft brewing scene at Marble Brewery, Steel Bender Brewyard, and Canteen Brewhouse. Dive into the region's viticulture at wineries like D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro, Casa Rondeña Winery, and Vara Winery. Sip on Craft Cocktails at Apothecary Lounge, Safe House Distilling Co., and The Copper Lounge

Explore Beyond the Fiesta

Maximize your time in Albuquerque by exploring these attractions:

Book Your Stay at Albuquerque KOA Journey

Make your Balloon Fiesta experience unforgettable by booking a stay at Albuquerque KOA Journey, just 16 miles from Balloon Fiesta Park. Our prime location of our campground ensures you're near the action, creating lasting memories. Hurry, spaces are filling up rapidly, but we still have availability. Choose from RV sites, deluxe cabins, camping cabins or tent sites, and elevate your adventure with a comfortable retreat. Exciting news, we are now taking reservations online or you can call us at 800-562-7781 to reserve your spot today! If you're looking to camp for Balloon Fiesta - this is your place!

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