The festival will take place every year at the 78-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. The festival is attended by in every autumn with more than 100,000 spectators who take the advantage of visiting the fiesta to enjoy the balloon rides with the perfect pocket of balloon -riding weather known as the “Albuquerque Box.” Watching the sky fill with balloons from the ground is truly an awe-inspiring, borderline spiritual sight.
You can get up early and arrive at 5:45 am to witness the Dawn. Once balloon illumination technology became sufficiently reliable for night riding, balloon pilots began this pre-dawn ride ritual. The sensation of watching dozens of enormous glowing lanterns float up into the dark night sky, touching down shortly after the sun rises, is a peaceful and beautiful sight. It also serves a practical purpose, predicting wind speeds and directions for the remainder of the day.
You are the one who can connect-the-dots rainbow of mammoth balloons fills the sky, from the horizon to the stratosphere, while thousands of tiny-as-ants onlookers pepper the flats below. This is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place each year at the southern end of the fabled Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just east of Navajo country and an hour from 400-year-old Santa Fe. You can visit the 750 gas and hot-air balloons floating gracefully in a Technicolor ballet above the serene New Mexico landscape. This limitation emphasized a quality-over-quantity aesthetic that has upped the ante for balloon design each year, yielding exclusively elaborate and colourful balloons for what has become the biggest balloon convention in the world.
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta began in 1972 with a mere 13 balloons. This was set up at the Coronado Shopping Mall for 20,000 spectators in a roadrunner vs. coyote-style chase—one balloon in the lead as the roadrunner, while the others play the role of coyote. In 1975, the World Hot Air Balloon Championships merged with the fiesta, causing its reach and size to expand. The fiesta grew steadily in size every year until 2000, when over a thousand entrants forced officials to cap the official number of balloons participating in the race at 750.
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Festival 2016
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Is organised on Oct 1 – 9, 2016 at Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. The event takes place at the aptly named Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The tickets are available online at http://www.balloonfiesta.com/.