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General Information

Museum Dining Events

The Balloon Museum Foundation presents picturesque opportunities to enjoy the views of Balloon Fiesta above the crowds at the Balloon Museum. The Balloon Museum is located directly south of Balloon Fiesta Park. It is approximately a 5-7 minute walk from the entrance to the Balloon Museum to the southern entrance of the Balloon Fiesta Park.


Museum Dining Events offer private areas away from the crowds that offer guests delicious food and spectacular views of morning launches, evening glows and fireworks presented by Balloon Fiesta.

Hours of Operation

Morning Dining Events: 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Evening Dining Events: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

(Food service ends 30 minutes prior to the close of each session.)

Balloon Fiesta Sessions & Museum Dining Events

What is a Balloon Fiesta Session? 

Balloon Fiesta Sessions are the balloon flying events or balloon glows that occur at Balloon Fiesta Park during Balloon Fiesta. There are 14 Balloon Fiesta Sessions, nine morning sessions and five evening sessions. 


What is a Museum Dining Event? 

A Museum Dining Event is the ticketed viewing and dining event held at the Balloon Museum while overlooking the neighboring Balloon Fiesta Sessions, The Museum Dining Events are  presented by the Balloon Museum Foundation. The Museum Dining Events are held simultaneously as the Balloon Fiesta Sessions. Museum Dining Events Tickets are priced per event. A separate ticket is required for each event.

The Package - What's Included

Gourmet buffet meals 

Admission to Balloon Museum

Admission to Balloon Fiesta Park (Fiesta tickets will be available for pickup during your dining event. We are unable to give tickets in advance)

Elevated location for viewing the launch field

One drink coupon included with every adult ticket

Cash bar with the optional add-on of Open Bar 

Shuttle transportation to and from the Balloon Museum to Balloon Fiesta Park, when schedule allows

Dedicated bathrooms

Live entertainment on some dates

Collectible Museum lapel pin


Base pricing for individuals

  • Adults: $200
  • Youth (4-16): $75
  • Add-on: Open Bar $25

Children ages 3 and under are free. 

Note: A convenience (ticketing) fee is applied to all tickets sold,

$12.50 for Adult tickets and $5.63 for Youth tickets.


Group (14+ people) pricing is available, please inquire here

Please note that we will have limited availability this year for group reservations. Please submit your request early. 

If you experience difficulty completing your ticket purchase, 

Please call 505-880-0500 or 1 (877) 466-3404 for assistance.


You will print your tickets at home. E-tickets will be emailed after purchase.


To Purchase: 

Online through Hold My Ticket CLICK HERE

Foundation Office: (505) 880-0500

Hold My Ticket Support: 1 (877) 466-3404


In person at Balloon Museum Shoppe 

Member Information


Current Museum Members can receive a $15 discount on up to four adult tickets through June 1, 2022. Please email sam.kennedy@balloonmuseum.com to verify your membership and to receive a one-time discount code. You must request your discount code prior to purchasing tickets. We cannot refund the $15 once the tickets have been purchased. Some dates and ticket type exclusions do apply.

Parking and Transportation

Parking, Parking Passes and Balloon Museum Lot:

  • Museum Dining Events include one parking pass for every three tickets purchased. 
  • The Observation Deck tickets include a Balloon Museum lot parking pass. For sales after 9/12, Parking passes must be picked up at the Balloon Museum Shoppe prior to October 1. 
  • A hard-copy, individualized parking pass will be mailed via USPS before the event.
  • After September 12, please pick up your packet at the Balloon Museum Shoppe.
  • Lost or stolen parking passes cannot be replaced but you may purchase a replacement pass by calling 505-880-0500 or emailing contact@balloonmuseum.com
  • The parking pass is good for the Balloon Museum Lot only. Each parking pass has a map of how to drive to the Balloon Museum Lot. Please follow closely as traffic patterns are specific during Balloon Fiesta season. 


Alternate transportation options:

Alternative transportation options are highly recommended to help reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Each method has different drop-off locations and costs. But Balloon Fiesta does a fantastic job of making many options available.


  • Park and Ride is an option which is provided by Balloon Fiesta. Tickets available at balloonfiesta.com.  There are three locations around Albuquerque/Rio Rancho to park and then ride a bus to Balloon Fiesta Park. There are two east side locations (Hoffmantown & Coronado Center), these buses drop off at Balloon Fiesta Park, it is a 10 minute walk to the Balloon Museum from this drop off location. There is one west side location (Cottonwood mall), these buses drop very close to the Balloon Museum. It is a two minute walk to the Balloon Museum.


  • Bike Valet – there is a beautiful bike path to the Balloon Museum and Balloon Fiesta Park. Bike parking and valet is located on the Balloon Museum lawn.


  • Ride Shares.


  • DAY of Parking Passes – Balloon Fiesta sells day of parking passes on a first come first serve basis. There is ‘day of’ parking closer to the Balloon Museum. To access the parking lots closer to the Balloon Museum, you must approach Balloon Museum Drive from the west side (2nd street) heading east on Alameda, to turn left or right at Balloon Museum Drive. You can drive west on Alameda during ‘sessions’. If you approach from the east, you will be directed to parking lots on the northside of Balloon Fiesta Park, which is a 30 minute walk to the Balloon Museum.


Information regarding Park & Ride, Bike Valet, and Ride Shares, Day of Parking Passes can be found at www.balloonfiesta.com

ADA Information

  • The Observation Deck is indoors upstairs in the Balloon Museum. The museum and all indoor areas including the balcony are ADA accessible. Indoor museum restrooms are available.
  • The Balloon Museum and its exhibitions and gift shoppe are ADA accessible. 

Refunds & Rainchecks

Please read our cancelation policy

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