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Hotel Shuttles A few hotels and casinos will also have their own private shuttles taking their guests to and from Balloon Fiesta Park. So be sure to ask your hotel just in case they do. Hotel shuttles normally have a small fee and require advanced booking.
Parking Tips for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta As noted above, arrive as early as possible if you plan to drive. Traffic will be a lot heavier and some lanes and exits will be closed so expect it to take much longer than predicted to get to the field and park.
Be sure to closely follow signs as you approach the Park as if you get in the wrong lane, it can waste a lot of time trying to backtrack.
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Then once inside the Park, parking volunteers will wave you in the right direction to get you parked. Parking is first come, first serve so the earlier you get there the better your chances of getting a spot closer to the field.
Bring cash to pay for your parking. If you come too late, you may not get a spot at all as the lots do sometime fill completely. No matter how you are getting to the park, with the exception of walking, be sure to arrive early!
For morning sessions, the park generally opens at 4: But really the closer to 4: It will be busy, especially on weekends, and you do not want to risk waiting in traffic or in a line and miss some of the events.
The parking lots do fill up, especially on weekends, and if you are heading to the park late you risk not getting a spot at all. A couple of visitors recently told us that last year they left late to get to the Balloon Fiesta morning mass ascension and the parking lots were already full so they were stuck in traffic for 2 hours and they missed it.
The evening sessions are not as crowded normally as the morning sessions, but generally it is advised to be at the park about 2 hours before the evening events begin to avoid heavy traffic, On one evening, we got there and parked about an hour before the Balloon Glow started and the traffic was heavy but there was still plenty of parking available.
However, better to be safe than sorry and it is more enjoyable to be in the Park walking around and eating than sitting in traffic! Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the entrance to the park. If there is a special ticketed event happening during the Balloon Fiesta, such as Music Fiesta a special concertthese tickets are sold separately.
See website for pricing and schedules. Are there upgraded Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta experiences available? Yes, there are a few upgraded Balloon Fiesta options actually. Ticket are sold for each session and prices includes Balloon Fiesta admission. What is the Gondola Club? This is a more upgraded experience. Check the latest information but tickets to the Gondola Club also normally include parking passes, an open bar, cocktail, private toilets, music, shuttle service, and a souvenir gift.
What is the Concierge Service at the Balloon Fiesta? The Balloon Fiesta Concierge Program was started in It includes your general admission tickets, a premium parking pass, a private golf cart and driver for the duration of the session, a visit to the main tents and the Balloon Museum, and a basket full of goodies to take back home. You can also get tickets to some of the great events held at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque Balloon Museum during the Balloon Fiesta which has a viewing gallery and balconies that looks onto the Launch Field and a dedicated parking lot.
Past events have included catered breakfasts held during the morning mass ascensions, dinner during the evening balloon glows, wine and painting events, and events designed for children and families.
The Albuquerque Balloon Museum is just south and adjacent to the launch field. This large tent is an educational tent that includes information on hot air ballooning as well as a number of other related things. It is free to visit. There are plenty of vendors selling all kinds of food and drinks with an emphasis on hamburgers, burritos, hot dogs, pizza, nachos, and donuts. There are also lots of hot drinks like coffee and hot chocolate available which are very welcome in the early morning.
Whether it is true or not is hard to know, but the breakfast burrito is sort of the unofficial morning food for festival goers and a good time to try green and or red chiles if you have not done so already.
Toilets at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta? There are hundreds of port-a-potties placed around the Balloon Park that are free for guests to use. We never had a hard time finding one, although lines can be long at peak times.
If the bathrooms are busy or you want to try to find the cleanest onesconsult a map and head towards the ones furthest away from the entrances and Main Street towards 2nd Street.
These are typically much less used and have shorter lines than those just off the Main Street and around the concession stands. No, dogs are not allowed within Balloon Fiesta Park with the exception of service dogs. No pets are allowed within the park during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event is able to accommodate many people with reduced mobility and those using wheelchairs or scooters.
There is hard-surface handicap parking near the entrance gates that is the same price as the regular parking fee. There are also courtesy shuttles you can use to get from the parking lots to the entrance.
Visitors can also rent mobility scooters and wheelchairs within the park, near the Information Desk. Most toilets at the event are not wheelchair accessible. If you or someone you are traveling with has a lot of needs in terms of mobility or otherwise, you might consider booking a session with the Concierge Service. It includes a personal guide and golf cart transportation during the event. Every year, new official Balloon Fiesta merchandise is made and sold at the festival. The most popular item associated with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta are the collectible lapel pins and many people collect the new pins each year.
These pins include official event pins, commemorative pins, special events pins, individual balloon pins, race pins, etc. There is even a scheduled Trading session held each year for those who collect the pins to meet up and trade their pins during the Fiesta.
You can buy the latest pins at the Fiesta at any of the tents selling official Balloon Fiesta merchandise, but the quantities are limited each year. There is also tons of other official and unofficial merchandise from sweatshirts to earrings to posters sold at the festival.
I bought a pair of earrings at my very first Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in and have since purchased other hot air balloon related jewelry here and there. You may also see or hear people talking about Balloon Cards which are paper cards that include a photo of each individual balloon, the name of the balloon, pilot, and information about the annual balloon fiesta.
A number of kids seem to go around collecting these cards from pilots. Pilots generally carry some on them each year and will hand them out to people who ask, and you can sometimes buy packs of them in the booths. The two weeks in October around the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta are the busiest and most expensive time to be visiting Albuquerque. Hotel prices and RV rates double and even triple during the Balloon Fiesta. Prices for rental cars, flights, etc.
Compare hotel prices and book early for best prices and to guarantee getting the date and places you want. Also consider the distance from where you will be staying from either the Balloon Fiesta Park or the nearest Park and Ride parking lot, and how you plan to get to the event.
Think about lodging alternatives to what you have tried sleeping in a hostel, apartment, or motel — more ideas for lodging alternatives here.
Places near the Sunport airport are often the last to book up and offer better prices since they are further from downtown and from the Balloon Fiesta; however, there is a Park and Ride parking location now at the airport do confirm this is still the case before booking! You can also consider options just outside Albuquerque. Often if the balloons head north, they land in these cities.
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Where to Stay during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta? As noted, you have a lot of options from classic Route 66 era motels to brand-new luxury hotels. You have hundreds of options, but here are a few of our own recommendations to get you started: Lodging options within a few miles of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park: It has several restaurants and bars, a pool, a golf course, and a spa.
During the Balloon Fiesta, the hotel normally offers shuttles for guests to get to and from the Park. Be sure to check to see what packages they are offering. About a 2 mile drive from park. Courtyard by Marriott — Well-rated 3-star hotel with swimming pool, bistro, bar, and fitness center. About a 3 mile drive from park. Other recommended accommodation options throughout Albuquerque: Great neon sign out front.
Many rooms have patios. The inn sits on a historic farm and has a great restaurant and farm shop. Located in a peaceful spot just outside central Albuquerque in Los Ranchos. The house was build around and later become a popular boarding house, even Elvis Presley slept here. It has a neon sign and colonial-style architecture. Hotel Andaluz is a modern hotel with New Mexican and Mexican influenced decor. Motel 6 Albuquerque South — A no-frills budget chain motel. If you are on a tight budget, this place gets decent reviews and has some of the lowest prices in the city.
The dorm beds are some of the cheapest options in Albuquerque. Read reviews first before booking. How do I know if the Fiesta is going to be cancelled due to Weather? The hot air balloons are highly weather dependent and will not go up if conditions related to the wind, clouds, rain, or visibility are not right.
The evening balloon glows and fireworks also are weather-dependent but have fewer restrictions. Weather is perhaps the most frustrating thing about Balloon Fiesta, even more so than the traffic, as you may get up at 4am and be at the park by 5: Generally the balloon pilots learn around 6: Note that in some cases, pilots may be told they can launch at their own discretion and some will decide to go and others will not.
Generally in these cases, pilots carrying passengers will often not go given they have the safety of the passengers to consider as well as themselves.
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If an event is cancelled, the Balloon Fiesta Park will stay open unless the weather is hazardous and some balloons may even inflate but not take off. The concession stands will also stay open. I would check the weather forecast and try to plan to go on days when sun and clear skies are predicted. What happens if a Balloon Fiesta event is cancelled due to weather?
Generally, with the admission tickets and upgraded experience tickets, you can not get a refund. However, you can re-use your admission ticket for the next session or the next day. It is therefore important to keep hold of all your tickets in case an event is cancelled.
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