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2020 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Come on, we’re going to see balloons! It’s the 2020 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

This dazzling event of spectacular beauty, said to be the most photographed event on earth, is the largest hot air ballooning event in the world. Each October hundreds of balloonists with their towering balloons in all shapes and sizes flock to the Land of Enchantment for nine days of spectacular hot air ballooning displays. Thousands of tourists from around the world arrive to see mass ascensions of hundreds of balloons, the gas balloon race, balloon glows, balloon competitions, and more.

Special events include:

Dawn Patrol, when pilots take off before sunrise and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites.

Mass Ascensions, where all participating balloons launch in two waves, filling the sky with hundreds of balloons at once.

Special Shape Rodeo, launching many non-traditional, uniquely shaped balloons at the same time. Some of the most famous shapes include a milk cow, a wagon coach, twin bees, and many others like soft drink cans and various animals.

Balloon Glows, when large numbers of balloons are illuminated at night by their propane burners, standing static without taking off. The “Glowdeo” is a night glow for the special shapes balloons.

Special Events and Competitions, like:

  • The Fiesta Challenge, a game where balloonists attempt to drop a marker closest to a target.
  • America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, where special long-distance gas balloons are inflated and then launched. The winner of the race is the balloon that travels the farthest. Some balloons in the race have gone as far as Canada and the U.S. East Coast.
  • The Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists from each nation launch, one at a time, to their national anthem and waving their nation’s flag.
  • Other piloting, skill, and speed competitions.

Here’s what’s in store for us.

Thursday, October 8           Arrive Albuquerque on own

                                                Welcome Reception

Friday, October 9                 6 a.m. – Depart for Fiesta Park Shuttle (or later if you prefer)

                                                7 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Chasers Club morning session

                                                5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Chasers Club evening session

Saturday, October 10          Enjoy the Balloon Fiesta at your leisure or pursue other interests.

Sunday, October 11              Train to Santa Fe for a day of shopping and sightseeing

Monday, October 12            Depart for Home

Our package includes:

  • Shared accommodations in a 6-bedroom house or a Hotel Room
  • Welcome Happy Hour on October 8th – enjoy beer, wine, appetizers with old and new friends
  • Admission to Balloon Fiesta Park for Friday and Saturday
  • Round trip shuttle from Coronado Mall to Event Entrance Drop Off on Friday and Saturday
  • Morning Session at Gondola Club Hospitality Area in Fiesta Park on Friday, October 9. 

This 4-hour reservation provides the most comfortable, convenient, and private location for  enjoying Balloon Fiesta. For those who want to escape the crowds and take in the experience  in comfort, a session at the Gondola Club includes the best viewing of the launch field  available, a gourmet buffet and an open bar, as well as complimentary shuttles to other areas  of the field.

  • Evening Session at Gondola Club Hospitality Area in Fiesta Park on Friday, October 9. 

Return to the Gondola Club for an exciting Evening Session to watch the Evening Glow and  Fireworks.  This 4-hour reservation includes the best viewing of the launch field available, a  gourmet buffet and an open bar, as well as complimentary shuttles to other areas of the field.

  • A scenic 90-minute train ride to Santa Fe on Sunday, October 11 for a day of shopping, art, local food, and museums on your own.


House – $1,275.00 per person, double occupancy (There’s only one bedroom left!)

Hotel   – $1,475.00 per person, double occupancy, if available (Hotel rooms are going fast!)

Not included: air fare, transfers to and from airport, and any meals not mentioned above.

Deposit (due at time of booking) of $250 per person.

Final payment is due June 1, 2020.

Gondola Club   
Event Admission Included 
Meal  Full hot and cold buffets
Open Bar Excluding Sunday morning
Parking Included for Private Gondola Club parking lot
Restrooms Private indoor restrooms 
Location Southwest corner of launch field
Entertainment  Live musical performances during all evening sessions 
Courtesy Shuttles  Gondola Club Courtesy Shuttles for on-site transportation

Reserve your spot now!

Call 407-399-7758 or email me at jhaven@yourtravelhaven.com now to make your reservation!