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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta countdown is underway as we get closer to the 45th, "Desert Kaleidoscope" Balloon Fiesta, October 1-9, 2016!

Media Registration

Media Registration for the 2016 event has closed. If you have any questions, please contact our team at

If you are a member of a large production crew (a crew that will visit Balloon Fiesta over several days, with more than five crew members), please send an email to so that we may register you separately.


We hope to see you in October! 

If you have any questions in the meantime, email 

Balloon Fiesta Media Resources

For story ideas, news releases and a downloadable version of the 2016 Media Guide, please click here.

Event Information

This year will mark the 45th time that the Balloon Fiesta has filled Albuquerque’s crystal blue skies. The Balloon Fiesta is still the premier international ballooning event, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box," (a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure). To read this year's kickoff news release, please click here.

The place to be in October is at Balloon Fiesta Park. The 360 acre Park with 100 acres of grass and booths will be filled with balloons and concessions selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to balloon memorabilia. Each year balloon teams from around the world participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world.

Credentials will be provided to accredited organizations and individuals. The credentials package includes a parking pass, admission to the event, access to the media hospitality and work center and media photography towers positioned around Balloon Fiesta.

Media Coverage

Since the first Balloon Fiesta in 1972, media representing over 50 nations have covered this newsworthy event.  With coverage reaching over 57.3 million viewers, media outlets covering Balloon Fiesta have included the NBC Today Show, USA Today, The Weather Channel, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and HLN Network.

Creating an interactive experience for readers, news and travel bloggers from around the world have generated viral stories from Balloon Fiesta. Top online media include The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fodors, Rand McNally, Yahoo News and Instagram.

#BalloonFiesta on Social Media

With 53 million impressions generated over the span of nine days, social media broadcasts the experience of Balloon Fiesta across the world. The community of Balloon Fiesta fans on social media brings the visual experience to cyberspace.

Social media influencers and community managers are encouraged to apply for media credentials. For social media questions, email

The official hashtag of the event is #BalloonFiesta. Connect with us on the following social networks for event updates:

Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | YouTube | Pinterest

Media Updates

To receive updated information, register for email updates by providing your email address to

Of course if you have any questions, you can always feel free to email or call (505) 898-8689.

Balloon Fiesta Photo Requests

If you represent a media organization that would like to publish an official Balloon Fiesta image, please fill out the form here


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Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Local: (505) 821-1000