The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – World’s Largest Ballooning Event

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest ballooning event. The festival begins the first weekend of October and lasts nine days.  In addition to the popular mass ascension, which kicks off at sunrise, several other festivities occur throughout the day, including concerts, special shapes rodeos, balloon glows, and glowdeos (a display of illuminated special shape balloons followed by fireworks and a laser show). For best vies and photo opps of interesting shaped hot air balloons, try to time your visit with one of the special shape events.