For nine days in October the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumnal mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
It's time for Albuquerque's brightest celebration. Dancing elves, prancing horses, marching knights, and of course Jolly Ol' St. Nick will be just a few of the attractions this year. This free family-friendly holiday event will roll through Historic Nob Hill featuring hundreds of floats, marching bands, fire trucks, car clubs, organizations and businesses.
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