El Pasoans still have plenty of time to hit up the 2021 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.


Mario Kato

It's not too late to plan a family-friendly weekend getaway filled with live music and picturesque hot air balloon ascensions, twilight balloon glows, and much more colorful fun at this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Last year the annual International Balloon Fiesta was canceled due to the pandemic. However, this year it returns with plenty of hot air balloons, competition balloon flying, chainsaw carving demonstrations and auctions, skydiving, fireworks, and so much more.

Mario Kato

From its humble beginnings, starting with about 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the hot air balloon capital of the world, featuring nearly 600 balloons and 700 pilots.

Every year for nine days in October, balloon enthusiasts from all over the world converge for a sight so breathtaking you must see it live to believe the multitude of vibrant balloons roaming the tranquil New Mexico skies.

Mario Kato

And although the annual event just kicked off this weekend, there is still plenty of time to plan the 4-hour road trip because the International Balloon Fiesta continues through this Sunday, October 10.


  • Admission: Tickets range anywhere from $15 for general admission to the ultimate glamping packing will set you back $1500 for two, which of course, includes all the amenities.
  • For ticket options, Click HERE.
  • Also, tickets from 2020 will be honored at this year's event.

By the way, for anyone wondering if hot air balloon rides are available, the answer is yes. To book your reservation, click HERE.

Plus, for those of us back home who can't make it out this year, live stream episodes are available via the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Facebook page.

For full schedule details and accommodations, visit balloonfiesta.com.

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