Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Celebrates 40th

By on September 29, 2011

Oct 1-9, 2011 and Oct 6-14, 2012


From a modest beginning in 1972 of 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to 500+ balloons and hundreds of thousands of guests atBalloonFiestaParkeach fall.This year will mark the 40th time that the Balloon Fiesta has filledAlbuquerque’s crystal blue skies. The Balloon Fiesta is the premier international ballooning event, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the “Albuquerque Box,” (a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure).

The place to be in October is atBalloonFiestaPark. The 200 acres of grass and booths will be filled with balloons and vendors selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to Balloon memorabilia. Each year balloon teams from around the world participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world. Join in the special celebration this year – media registration will begin in August.

Visit the website for details and follow on twitter for updates @BalloonFiesta.

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