Save The Date
Join us October 1-9, 2022, for the 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Start your planning for the festivities which all start on Saturday, October 1, and include the magical Mass Ascension! The 50th event schedule is now available on

Balloon Fiesta Insider
Happy February! We’re another month closer to the 50th Balloon Fiesta! As you continue to plan your Balloon Fiesta visit, make sure you’re up-to-date on this year’s Event Schedule. The schedule features a variety of activities and sessions that include:

  • Dawn Patrol (October 1-9)- During this activity, watch balloons light up the pre-dawn sky and take flight to determine the day's winds at the layers above the ground. The Dawn Patrol Show occurs on Mass Ascension Days. 
  • Mass Ascension (October 1, 2, 5, 8,9)  –Watch as all 500+ balloons take flight in a two-wave mass ascension. This weekend and Wednesday morning event is a guest favorite and can last up to two hours. 
  • Double Launch (October 3, 4, 6, 7) – Watch a beautiful display of hundreds of balloons as they take flight from Balloon Fiesta Park and and decorate the Albuquerque skies and hundreds more launching elsewhere and flying into the Park. 
  • Special Shape RodeoTM and Special Shape GlowdeoTM (October 6,7) - These unique events showcase some of the most uniquely shaped balloons at our event, such as a family of bees, a cow, and some of your favorite childhood characters. Regular shaped balloons are also in attendance at these morning events.

Read more about the variety of activities offered at Balloon Fiesta, here:
Merchandise Update
New merchandise is making its way to Balloon Fiesta’s Gift Shop and now you can be among the first to know about new items and special 50th event merchandise that’s in the works! By signing up for the Gift Shop mailing list at, you’ll be eligible to receive our new “What’s Up Wednesday” alerts.

Published on select Wednesdays, recent “What’s Up Wednesdays” emails have alerted readers that a limited number of official 2022 calendars are now available and the arrival of our brand new solar-powered balloon lantern. The glass lanterns feature a flickering light that replicates the burner of a real hot air balloons. Readers have also been alerted to new metallic notepad cases and even a great item for man’s best friend. To learn more about the lanterns and other exciting merchandise, sign up for “What’s Up Wednesday” at 

And when you’re in Albuquerque, make a stop at the Balloon Fiesta’s Gift Shop, located at 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113.
Inside the Basket
Dave Reineke is a Balloon Fiesta pilot who has participated in the event the past 28 years.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, he dives into what its like to pilot balloons with his wife Kathy Reineke, how he became involved in the event, and tips for those thinking about becoming a pilot. 
February in Ballooning
On February 17, 2010, Pierrick Duvoisin set the duration world record for AX-06 and AX-07 type balloons. Duvoisin launched from La Chaux-du-Milieu, Switzerland, flying for 27 hours, 41 minutes and 20 seconds before landing in Charleville-Mezieres, France. During this journey alone, he faced temperatures of -22.8 degrees celsius. This record still stands. More information about this accomplishment can be found, here:  
February 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 February. Thank you to Facebook user Julie Hamilton Romanski!
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
Isleta Resort & Casino is a world-class destination resort in Albuquerque that features a luxurious hotel, a spirit-reviving spa, excellent dining options, a state-of-the-art concert venue, a challenging 27-hole championship golf course, three fishing lakes and an RV park. Their organization, a Balloon Fiesta sponsor since 2013 and an Official Sponsor of the event since 2017, continues to support the growth of Balloon Fiesta because of the benefits the event provides to the local economy. It also allows their team the opportunity to share the fun with casino VIPs, tribal officials, employees and corporate partners by hosting them at Balloon Fiesta, in a hospitality tent. Isleta Resort & Casino also hosts balloon pilots, crews and Balloon Fiesta visitors at their facilities. We thank them for their continued support!
For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.
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