International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico, American Culture

The Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest assembly of hot-air balloons in the world. It has been held annually during the first week of October since 1971. 


The 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place October 3 - 11, 2009.

International Balloon Fiesta

office hours
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.


Balloon Fiesta Park is located at 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Latitude N 35º 11.8'  Longitude W 106º 35.8'


Updated 05/14/09 1:31a
Temperature: 68.8 F
Wind: 8.0 mph From SW (218 Deg.)
10 Minute Avg. Wind Speed = 13.0 mph
Station Pressure: 29.598 in
3 Hour Pressure Trend: Rising Slowly
Sunrise 6:03a Sunset 8:03p


Hot Air Balloon Photos


The Gathering Crowd

A crowd gathers near the balloons prior to the mass ascent at the Albuquerque Internationl
Balloon Fiesta -- the largest event of its kind in the world.


traffic control

Traffic controllers in their striped uniforms do a superb job in launching the balloons during the mass ascent



Propane burners heat the air in the balloon, inflating it, so it can
achieve an upright attitude prior to launch. Shenzhen


mass ascent

The Mass Ascent



Balloon Lift-Off


heating air

The flame from the propane burner heats and expands the air in the balloon so it will rise.


balloon watchers

spectators get a close up view of the mass ascent


international balloons

Balloons from around the world produce a rainbow of colors that fill the morning sky


balloon stages

balloons in stages of ascent


inflating color

inflating color








Fiesta Field from above

Our balloon rises high over the Albuquerque balloon field


in flight

balloon control


hot air balloon

balloons in flight


heat control

The pilot is reaching for the propane burner to increase the air temperature within the balloon so it will rise.


axial view

balloon's gondola and central cavity


Chiquita-Sam face off

Chiquita meets Uncle Sam


stork balloon from altitude

stork balloon as seen from my balloon ride


balloons over Rio Grande

Wide-field view of hot-air balloons over the Rio Grande River near Albuquerque, New Mexico


low flight

Balloons skim the trees and waterways near Albuquerque, New Mexico


heating air

Heating the air results in balloon expansion and ascent


Tony the Tiger balloon

Tony the Tiger balloon


river reflection

Balloon river reflection                       


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