Albuquerque Balloon Festival
Albuquerque and its surrounding area is packed full of “must see” and “must dos”. There are enough peaks and canyons, galleries, museums and culture to explore for weeks on end! If you are planning a vacation to Albuquerque, and you want to experience it all, be sure to include the annual Balloon Festival the first week in October. Lasting for about nine days, it has become the largest hot air balloon gathering and the most photographed event in the world. October’s crisp fall climate and somewhat predictable air current allows the balloonist to better control their flights.
Assist In A Launch
The Balloon Fiesta attracts some 700 balloons from more than 50 countries and over 750,000 visitors attend this spectacular event each year. Walk among the balloons as they inflate on the launch field each morning. Visitors are welcomed to ask questions and meet the pilots or with a little pre-planning, assist with the balloon launch!
Enjoy The Culture
Diverse cultures and vibrant traditions collide to bring you the rich history of the Native American, Spanish and Western heritage. Settled in 1706 by Spanish colonists and named after the Duke of Albuquerque in Spain, the surrounding area has been occupied for many centuries by several groups of Native Americans long before the Spanish settlers ever came. You’ll even find that the old apartment-like buildings that were constructed 3,000 years ago out of stone and adobe by the Anasazi Indians are still standing.
Even Enjoy The Food
If you’re more into culinary history, you won’t be disappointed. Every meal in Albuquerque presents the opportunity to experience the exotic and addictive flavors of America’s most unique regional cuisine.
Here Are Some Great Resources For The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:
When: October 5th – 13th 2013
Where: 4401 Alameda Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87113