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Event News & Updates

Apr 22, 2015

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ® Celebrates 44th Event


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will take place from October 3-11, 2015 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The 44th annual event will feature 550 hot air and gas balloons, of which nearly a hundred are anticipated to be special shape balloons. Pilots from more than 22 countries have been invited to fly in the popular international event.

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will take place from October 3-11, 2015 at Balloon Fiesta Park. The 44th annual event will feature 550 hot air and gas balloons, of which nearly a hundred are anticipated to be special shape balloons. Pilots from more than 22 countries have been invited to fly in the popular international event.

The 2015 event theme is “Where Dreams Take Flight,” a title chosen by popular vote during the Balloon Fiesta theme contest. Beth Robinett of Topeka, Kansas, submitted the winning theme.

The five morning mass ascensions, launching both weekends and mid-week, are the most popular events.  Other favorite events include the Balloon Glows,  Special Shape Rodeo and Music Fiesta.

The event will initiate with the Dawn Patrol Show at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, as Dawn Patrol pilots launch in the dark.  Their flight will be followed by more than 500 hot air balloons launching in various waves in search of the famous Albuquerque Box (a wind pattern unique to Balloon Fiesta Park providing pilots the chance to take off and land from the same location).

In addition to the weekday launches at Balloon Fiesta Park the flying competition will begin on Monday, October 5 and will continue throughout the week. On Wednesday, October 7, the Flight of the Nations will launch, showcasing all countries represented at Balloon Fiesta. In addition to flying events, Thursday and Friday will feature special shape balloons launching each morning and glowing in the evening.  In all, the Balloon Fiesta has five balloon glows scheduled this year.

Guests can get a head start on planning their trip to this year’s Balloon Fiesta by registering for the following:

RV Spots: Guests who are bringing their own RVs please visit: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information for more information and registration.

Chasers’ Club: Guests who want to upgrade their Balloon Fiesta experience can purchase their Chasers’ Club tickets today by visiting: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/chasers-club.

Gondola Club: Guests who want a private seat complete with wonderful food and an amazing view can purchase their Gondola Club tickets at: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/ticketing-information.

BALLOON FIESTA TOUR: Destination Southwest is offering our guests a five-day tour that includes two sessions at the Balloon Fiesta and visits to Historic Santa Fe and Acoma "Sky City" Pueblo. For more information about the tour visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/group-tours.

For more details on event schedules visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/event-schedule.

About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world. For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit our website www.balloonfiesta.com and follow us on Twitter @BalloonFiesta and Facebook.