Watch Hundreds of Colorful Hot-Air Balloons Fill the Sky

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 7 - 15th

By Steve Larese

Dragons, Elvis, Darth Vader, and zebras soar above the dramatic landscape of New Mexico every October during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest annual gathering of hot-air balloons. Nearly one hundred shaped balloons, ranging from animals to aliens, sail through the azure, southwestern skies among more than 550 traditional hot-air balloons, representing 22 nations during mass ascensions throughout the week. Albuquerque’s wide-open spaces, sunny skies, favorable wind currents, and 5,000-foot elevation make it a premiere ballooning destination. Read More