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Albuquerque’s Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque is known as the ballooning capital of the world.  Each year in early October Albuquerque hosts the largest Hot Air Balloon festival in the world.  Spectators and balloonist came from all over the world to participate in the 9-day International Balloon Fiesta.  It is spectacular – attracting 550+ balloonists from 17 different countries.  This year the fiesta is October 1 – 9.   (For info this year’s event check here.) In 2015 my family attended Balloons and Breakfast on the second day of the Fiesta.  Balloons and Breakfast is a fund-raising event put on by the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation.  The ticket price includes premium/priority parking right in front of the museum, museum access, ticket to the fiesta field, shuttle to the field, breakfast, and a souvenir pin.  The breakfast itself was not the highlight of the event.  The highlight was the amazing views of the balloons from the second floor patio of the museum building. One of the biggest events of the fiesta is the spectacular Mass Ascension.  This is where all participating balloons launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once.  Due to the weather we almost didn’t have a take-off that […]

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