The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is a feast for the senses. A spectacle almost beyond imagination. Very few things live up to the hype, but I can honestly say that the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta not only lived up to our expectations but surpassed it. The only sore spot about the whole experience was that we thought two days would be enough. It was not. We could easily see making the Albuquerque Balloon Festival a semi-annual event for our family.
We arrived in Albuquerque Saturday afternoon. Staying just under a mile from Balloon Fiesta Park it gave us a chance to miss out on the heavy traffic by making the trek by foot to the launch area. After seeing the amount of cars and traffic we were glad we made the decision to stay close. Tickets in hand we headed to the park around five. We were looking forward to an exciting night of hot air ballooning. On deck was a tasty treat from the many food vendors, the night glow, the laser light show, and fireworks display.
Everything but the laser light show was outstanding. The night glow was very exciting as the balloonists would illuminate their hot air balloons a surreal effect would sweep over the field. It would start with a single balloon and more would join in. As the number of lighted balloons grew so did the cheers and whistles of the crowd. The two would meet in a crescendo of illumination and noise. The fireworks display was of a quality that would put many 4th of July celebrations to shame. We left the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for the night with big smiles on our faces.
After seeing what we saw the previous night we started the day with high expectations. Once again the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta blew our expectations out of the water. We did not want to miss a thing so we were there right when the morning session started at six. Getting to see the first balloons illuminate and take off while it was still dark was surreal. Then as the sun peaked over the horizen the show really got started with the mass ascension. Seeing hundreds of balloons take flight is an experience worth having. Very few things anymore can give me that childlike excitement and joy but the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was able to do just that.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Located at Balloon Fiesta Park is located north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.
Time of Year Last for 9 days during the first full week in October
Cost as of this Posting $8.00 Tickets for 12 and over and $10.00 for parking
For more information visit their website at http://www.balloonfiesta.com/