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

It's the time of year when we all think about Balloon Fiesta! And although this year's event is postponed, you can still enjoy the spirit of the event and the spectacle in a variety of ways. 
  • Balloon Fiesta Live! the live stream of all 14 sessions of Balloon Fiesta, will still be on the air each day of Balloon Fiesta week, Oct 3-11! Hosted by Glen Moyer and Art Lloyd Jr, the experienced broadcaster/balloonist duo will bring you live commentary, interviews as well as video highlights of previous Balloon Fiestas. The shows can be viewed live on, and on Balloon Fiesta's Facebook page. Login in at 7am and 7pm MDT for all the action and to chat with Glen and Art on what we're calling Balloon Fiesta Live! Siesta Edition. Morning shows will be on air each day and evening shows on October 3,4,8,9 and 10.
  • In partnership with Yelp, we will be hosting a Balloon Fiesta week with some of the restaurants and merchandise sellers that would usually be at Balloon Fiesta Park, set to take place October 3-11. Shop the select businesses for delicious food and other local products and receive collectible Balloon Fiesta and Yelp merchandise. More information can be found, here:
  • Colibri Media House will be bringing the fun of the event in a captivating, new video series, set to air October 3-11. More information on this series can be found, here: 
  • Don't forget to follow #LiftingSpirits and #LiftingSpiritsAroundtheWorld October 3 and 4, on social media where you'll get to see hot air balloon pilots from around the world document their flights. Lifting Spirits was created to not only lift spirits around the world, but also to honor front-line workers, learn more on their website
Merchandise Update
Calling all Balloon Fiesta collectors! Limited edition 2020 Balloon Fiesta Siesta merchandise will be available to purchase online, Monday, September 21 at 7:00 a.m. MDT. The pins, face masks and t-shirts are embellished with a fun, unique design to commemorate 2020. They are expected to go quickly, so grab yours before they sell out. Pro-tip: log in to before Monday morning to make sure that your account is active and to best avoid technical difficulties.


Be sure to also keep an eye out for surprise merchandise that may surface on in the coming weeks and tune in to Balloon Fiesta Live for the release of special items and discounts. You can follow @balloonfiesta on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.  
Inside the Basket
Keith Takach, Balloon Fiesta pilot
Keith Takach is a Balloon Fiesta pilot who first started competing in ballooning events in 2004. Now, Keith competes regularly because he loves the challenge of precision flying. 
In this month's Inside the Basket we learn more about Keith, how he became involved with Balloon Fiesta and his favorite tips for both guests and future pilots. 

To read other Inside the Basket interviews, click here
September in Ballooning

On September 8, 2009, Janet Folkes flew 69 hours and 22 minutes in an AA-14 gas balloon, setting a new women's world endurance record. Folkes launched in Geneve, Switzerland with Ann Rich, and flew more than 700 miles before landing in Finca La Alberca, Spain. For more on this accomplishment, check out this news article:
September Photo-of-the-Month

We have received some beautiful pictures of this year's event, submitted through Balloon Fiesta's social media! Below is the photo chosen for September. Thank you to Instagram user @urban_maze!

Do you have a favorite Balloon Fiesta photo? Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag our page for a chance to be featured in next month's newsletter! 
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Check out the latest media coverage about Balloon Fiesta
Sponsor Spotlight

KRQE Media Group is a family of local broadcast television stations serving New Mexico, southwest Colorado and northeast Arizona. Since 2012, their team has sponsored Balloon Fiesta with a balloon, secured broadcast space on Main Street during the event and in conjunction with the New Mexico State Police Department and Balloon Fiesta, sponsored the Tag Your Tots program. KRQE participates as a sponsor because the event provides them the opportunity to be a part of something unique to the state and that makes them proud to call New Mexico home. We thank them for their continued support! 

For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.
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