Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Events & Festivals
// 16 February 2016
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Takes Place 1-9 October

Known as the World’s Premier Balloon Event, pilots, crews and spectators from all over the world come to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico every year. For nine days during the first week of October, colorful balloons float above the city each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains. No wonder why people call this visual feast as the world’s most photographed event. Watching hundreds of glowing lanterns take off into the dark night sky and touching down shortly after the sun rises, is a feast to the eyes. Various events take place during this balloon fiesta are:

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol began at the balloon fiesta in 1978, when two balloonists in California developed position lighting systems that allowed them to fly at night. Dawn Patrol pilots take off before sunrise and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites.

Mass Ascensions

It is one of the biggest events of the balloon fiesta, where the balloons launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once. Coordinating the launch of the balloons is necessary so that they leave the field in a safe and proper manner.

Artistic Vision

Artistic Vision

Many artists take advantage of the balloons as favorite subject matter for their paintings. Balloons land in Albuquerque neighborhoods with residents watching the balloons from the comfort of their backyards.

Special Shape Rodeo

Special Shape Rodeo

Many uniquely shaped balloons are launched at the same time. Most famous shapes include a milk cow, a wagon coach, twin bees, and many others like soda pop cans and animals. Thus, making the Special Shape Rodeo it the most popular part of the event.

Balloon Glows

Balloon Glows

Enormous numbers of balloons are illuminated at night by their propane burners. They stand static and do not take off during this event.

But wait, we have more to tell you! When you visit Mexico, you will also find other festivals like the fiesta challenge, where the balloonists attempt to drop a marker closest to a target. Then you have the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race; where long gas balloons are inflated and then launched. The winner of the race is the balloon that travels the farthest and you would be surprised to hear that balloons in the race have gone as far as Canada and the U.S. East Coast. That’s not all! The Flight of the Nation Mass Ascension is not to be missed; balloonists from each nation launch balloon to their national anthem and wave their nation’s flag.

Albuquerque has so much to see that you can’t miss out! As said “it’s never too early to book” – so why not start booking your airline tickets right away with Voyages Booth. Grab best flight deals while booking with us!

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