Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Event Date:

October 7, 2023

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Imagine the sky painted in brilliant color as over 500 hot air balloons rise up at dawn over the New Mexico horizon.

There’s really nothing else like it in the world, and whether you’re a spectator or a participant, the Fiesta is a majestic sight to behold. Starting on the first Saturday of October every year, it lasts nine days.

If that’s not exciting enough for you, this festival is the largest balloon festival in the world. It showcases some of the iconic New Mexican culture and history in the form of exhibits and attractions.

Attendees can take part in a variety of activities at the Fiesta, including watching two mass ascensions that feature hundreds of brightly colored balloons ready to take flight; exploring unique balloon shapes such as cartoon characters and animals; and enjoying live music, food vendors, arts & crafts and other entertainment throughout the days.

It features many different events held over multiple days and represents Mexican culture to the core, making it one of the best cultural festivals in America.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

October 7 – 15


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We look forward to welcoming you to Albuquerque and to the Balloon Fiesta!


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta features many wonderful experiences!
In addition to the magical spectacle of balloons, we showcase some of the most talented performers of our day – most of them local New Mexicans – representing a myriad of styles and genres. We hope you’ll plan to attend Balloon Fiesta for each and every session to enjoy this line-up of world-class talent.

If you are interested in being considered for a future Balloon Fiesta entertainment spot, please complete the Performing Artist Application. Submissions will be considered for Balloon Fiesta’s Main Street and North Main Street Stages, Main Street Strolling Performances, and internal events. Selections for performances will be made between January and March each year for that year’s Balloon Fiesta.

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  • 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • NE
  • USA

Event Schedule Details

  • October 7, 2023 10:00 am   -   October 15, 2023 10:00 pm
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