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:

Balloon Fiesta Insider
General admission and other hospitality program tickets for the 49th Balloon Fiesta, will go on sale July, 2, 2021. Single-session adult tickets (13 years and older) will be priced at $15, children 12 and younger are free. Details, including a specific health plan and COVID-19 safe practices will be released prior to tickets going on sale. For more information on the sale of these tickets, click here:
Merchandise Update
We’re excited to share that Joanna Gaines’ new children’s book “The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be” is now available at Balloon Fiesta’s Gift Shop! The story is inspired by her 2018 trip to Balloon Fiesta and illustrates a group of kids who come together to build a hot air balloon. As the group works to fill the sky with colorful balloons, they learn how to celebrate their differences. To purchase your copy of this book, click here:
Inside the Basket
Lynn Tillery is a Launch Director at Balloon Fiesta who has been involved with the event since 1982.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, she walks us through a typical Balloon Fiesta day and shares her favorite tips for those interested in earning their Zebra stripes.
March in Ballooning
On March 1, 2005, Andy Cayton launched in a balloon in Minot, South Dakota. After leveraging the winds of a recent storm, he traveled 1715.9 kilometers, landing in northern Mississippi. This flight set the distance world record for AX-09 type balloons and is still upheld today. Learn more about this flight, here:
March Photo-of-the-Month
We have received some beautiful pictures of years' past events, submitted through Balloon Fiesta's social media! Below is the photo chosen for March. Thank you to Facebook user Brian Judy!
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
Coronado Center was built in 1964 and is the #1 shopping center in New Mexico. It is known as the “birthplace” of Balloon Fiesta, because in 1972, balloons launched from Coronado Center’s parking lot, marking the first Balloon Fiesta ever. Their team has been a sponsor ever since. Their current sponsorship includes hosting a Park & Ride location and the sponsorship of a balloon. It allows their team the opportunity to participate in an event that highlights the beauty of New Mexico and engage with the community that surrounds it. We thank them for their continued support!
For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.
Find Us Online
 Official e-newsletter of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.