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 Plan ahead – Future Balloon Fiesta dates are October 7-15, 2023 and October 5-13, 2024.

Balloon Fiesta Insider
We are less than 80 days away from the 50th Balloon Fiesta! As our team continues to gear up and prepare for October’s festivities, be sure you do the same! Tickets are available for purchase ahead of the event, online at Tickets available for purchase include:

  • General Admission - $15 per person, per session (children 12 and under are free)
  • Park & Ride – tickets range from $10 for children to $22 for adults when purchased prior to the day of your visit. Each ticket includes round-trip transportation to and from Balloon Fiesta Park, a dedicated route to Balloon Fiesta to bypass heavy traffic and admission to the event.
  • Music Fiesta – a music festival with a star-studded lineup that takes place Saturday, October 8, 2022. Tickets start at $15.

To learn more, or purchase your tickets, click here.
Merchandise Update
The fifth and final poster in the series leading up to the 50th event has been released! This poster, titled “Rising to 50 years” tells the ending to the story that began in 2018 with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. After a four-poster chase, the duo is ready to enjoy Balloon Fiesta in a balloon ride of their own. But, if you look closely, things may not work out as planned for Wile E. Coyote. This poster features a number of loveable Looney Tunes characters and is now available at Balloon Fiesta’s Gift Shop, located at 4401 Alameda Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM or online at Get yours today!
Learn more about this poster and the series, here:
Inside the Basket
Nola Schrum is a first-year Balloon Fiesta Navigator.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, learn more about where you’ll find her during Balloon Fiesta and how she became involved.
July in Ballooning
On July 3, 2002, Steve Fossett became the first person to fly around the world, nonstop, by himself, in any type of aircraft. Fossett took flight in Northam, Australia on June 19, 2022 and landed in Queensland, Australia on July 3. During this trip, he flew for a total of 320 hours and 33 minutes, setting the duration world record for AM-14 type balloons and the world record for the shortest time around the world. His duration world record is still upheld today. Read more in this CNN article:  
July 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 July. Thank you to Facebook user Heather Selby Edwards.
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
Visit Albuquerque promotes Albuquerque as a top-tier destination for leisure travel, meetings and sporting events, and it provides information to help people plan their trip and enjoy their visit. In addition to serving as the Official Visitors Sponsor of the Balloon Fiesta, Visit Albuquerque also sponsors the Balloon Fiesta mobile app and the Balloon Fiesta media tent. Through its sponsorship, Visit Albuquerque has a Visitor Information Center, located on Main Street and a life-sized frame on the field for guests to take a photo with the colorful balloons in the background. 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, powered by ExxonMobil.