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Your Visit To The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Every October, hundreds of hot air balloon pilots and their crews congregate in Albuquerque to launch their colorful hot air balloons while spectators from all over the world watch and marvel at the sight of all of those balloons rising at once over the desert metropolis. If you are planning to go, it's held during the first full week of October each year, and it spans two full weekends. There are also activities that go on during the weekdays in between, so if you tire of watching the balloon launches, you'll be able to check out chainsaw carving, a car show, and more. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to the balloon festival in New Mexico.

Consider the Weather

Keep in mind that this region of the country is a desert. While it is often scorching hot during the summer, by the beginning of October, daytime temperatures are often in the low 70s, with evening lows in the low 50s, so you'll want to dress in layers. Since the balloon launches are very early in the morning and in the evening, a jacket and closed shoes are recommended so you can avoid getting too cold.

Talk to the Crews

When the balloons are inflating in the early morning and early evening, spectators are allowed to walk around and talk to the pilots and crew. Don't neglect this opportunity! You can have your questions answered and, even more exciting, you might be asked to help with the inflation of one or more balloons. This is a great way to get involved and learn more about things like the difference between gas balloons and hot air balloons, what makes for safe flying conditions, and details about where each balloon (and pilot) is from.

Go Out at Night

There is a nighttime event called Balloon Glow, which allows visitors to witness tethered balloons that are all lit up for viewing in the dark. Some are regular balloons, but others have different shapes, like dinosaurs and flowers. This is a particularly nice way to enjoy the evening with children, as it tends to occupy them the same way that fireworks would. And speaking of fireworks, there is a fireworks show every Friday and Saturday evening of the fiesta.

Explore the Area

Lest you think that the hot air balloon festival is the only thing to do in the area, be assured that there are many other ways to spend your time in Albuquerque. Whether you prefer indoor entertainment or outdoor adventures, you'll be able to find something that fits your interests when you have had your fill of watching the spectacular balloon launches. Here are just a few activities to consider checking out:

  • Zoos and aquariums. From the Albuquerque Zoo to the Wildlife West Nature Park, this region of New Mexico is teeming with possibilities for those wanting to see wildlife. There's an aquarium and a botanical garden to explore, too.
  • Go hiking or biking. Do you prefer spending time in the great outdoors? The mild weather this time of year makes it a great time to visit the many trails along the Rio Grande or in the Sandia mountains.
  • Get in touch with history. There are also several museums that are excellent for adults and families, including the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Tinkertown Museum.
  • Check out the local cultural offerings. Albuquerque is filled to the brim with Southwestern culture, and it's the home to many different cultural and ethnic communities. Try an ethnic restaurant or visit a shop owned by someone from a different culture to learn more about the melting pot that characterizes the city.

Your visit to Albuquerque during the International Balloon Fiesta is sure to be an exciting and colorful experience that you will want to relive through photographs and video for years to come. Enjoy!