Save The Date
Join us October 2-10, 2021, for the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2021 theme is "Time Flies!" Start your planning for the festivities which all start on Saturday, October 2, and include the awe-inspiring Mass Ascension! Here is a link to the 2021 event schedule:

Memorial Day Sunday
“Memorial Day Sunday” will be celebrated during the 49th Balloon Fiesta, on October 3, 2021. During this flight, balloonists will fly a ribbon from their gondolas, in honor of the loved ones they have lost. This year, some of the ribbons will honor Allen Tetreault, Balloon Fiesta’s Director of Public Safety who recently passed away after fighting a difficult battle with cancer. Allen was involved with Balloon Fiesta for more than 25 years.
Balloon Fiesta Insider
Looking for Balloon Fiesta behind-the-scenes information, as it relates to COVID-19? Look no further - we’ve started a podcast! The new podcast, “A view from Lift-Off Lane” is a
bi-weekly show hosted by Balloon Fiesta’s Media Relations Director, Tom Garrity. Tune in as he explores all that is happening, in preparation for the 49th event. In the newest episode, he delves into the status of the 49th event, sponsorships that are available and includes a sneak preview of 10 things to know about Balloon Fiesta in an easy, audio format. The episode features interviews with:

  • Matt Guthrie, President, Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors
  • Laurie Riedle, Sponsorship Sales Director, Balloon Fiesta
  • Stephanie Prendergast, Sponsorship Sales Manager, Balloon Fiesta
  • Amanda Molina, Media Relations Team, Balloon Fiesta

The next episode will be released on Monday, May 3 and will include an interview with Balloon Fiesta's Executive Director, Paul Smith and Director of Operations, Sam Parks. To listen, click here: 
10 Things to know for the 2021 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The 49th Balloon Fiesta, set to take place October 2-10, 2021 will feature more than 600 hot air balloons, making it a perfect fit for those on the hunt for a relaxed or adventurous experience. And, as the event gets closer, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things to know about this year’s event, including information on safety, accessibility and the food that’s typically featured on Main Street. Get a jump on planning, and check out our list, here:
Merchandise Update
Spring is here, which means 2021 Balloon Fiesta merchandise is almost here! We are eager to share these new items with you, but this also means that the clock to purchase 2020 items is ticking! Browse our assortment of 2020 collectible pins, sportswear and masks that commemorate the unique year that 2020 was. Shop now at before time runs out!
Inside the Basket
Matt Guthrie is the President of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Matt shares his favorite Balloon Fiesta memory, how he became involved with Balloon Fiesta and how his first Balloon Fiesta shaped his ballooning career.
April in Ballooning
On April 25, 1783, brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier conducted a successful ballooning experiment that helped shape hot-air balloons as we know them. Following the success of lifting a 3-cubic meter balloon into the air using heat, the duo experimented with an 800-cubic meter balloon. The aircraft was successfully raised 400 meters off of the ground by heat. Read more about this feat, here: 
April Photo-of-the-Month
We have received some beautiful pictures of past years' events, submitted through Balloon Fiesta's social media! Below is the photo chosen for April. Thank you to Facebook user Bailey Bignell!
Do you have a Balloon Fiesta photo that you’re proud of? Share your favorite Balloon Fiesta image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag our page for a chance to be featured in next month’s newsletter!
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Sponsor Spotlight
Abba Technologies is an IT company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that specializes in managed services, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, and hardware/software solutions. Their team is also a Balloon Fiesta sponsor and has been since 2007. Currently, Abba Technologies is a Balloon Fiesta Hospitality Evening Tent Sponsor, which provides them with an occasion to bring together co-workers, customers, vendors, family and friends in a relaxed environment as they enjoy a spectacular and fun evening. It is a cherished Abba tradition that their team looks forward to, and it provides them with the opportunity to be a part of an iconic event in their community. We thank them for their continued support!
For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.
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 Official e-newsletter of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.