The Balloon Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Balloon Fiesta!

On a clear morning in April of 1972, thirteen hot air balloons

launched from Albuquerque’s Coronado Mall to a cheering crowd of ten thousand spectators. The event was a promotional stunt meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of local radio station KOB (now KKOB).

 

Little did organizers know, that launch would mark the first annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, which this October will celebrate its own 50th anniversary.

VIP MUSEUM DINING DURING BALLOON FIESTA OCTOBER 1-9,THE OBSERVATION DECK

Enjoy the views of the 50th anniversary of Balloon Fiesta from above the crowds at the Balloon Museum. With breathtaking and panoramic views, delicious food & drink, VIP parking, museum elegance and amenities, THE OBSERVATION DECK is a one- of -a-kind experience and a fundraiser for the Balloon Museum. Choose breakfast with morning launches or dinner with evening glows and fireworks—many patrons choose both!

 

Advance purchase tickets required.

September / October 2022 at the Balloon Museum

NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION CANOPY OF COLOR: ALBUQUERQUE’S BALLOON FIESTA®

The Balloon Museum announces its highly anticipated exhibition Canopy of Color Celebrating 50 Years of Balloon Fiesta ® opening in conjunction with the 50th Balloon Fiesta. Dig deep into the history of Balloon Fiesta and soar high above the crowd in this interactive and engaging new exhibition.

Celebrating Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta® Join the celebration for the first-ever long-term exhibition about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Step inside the exhibition and learn how it all started. Listen to pilots, crew members, vendors, and spectators talk about why they keep coming back to Balloon Fiesta. And watch as the Canopy of Color lights up like hot air balloons during an All Burn! Included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members. No reservation required.

This hands-on exhibition engages the young and young at heart in the joy of science, culture, and art of ballooning. Through interactive games with projection mapping and touch tables, hands-on activities, and immersive experiences, visitors will learn more than they expected about the exhilarating sport of ballooning.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

STEAM Night at the Balloon Museum, theme: Canopy of Color. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for hands-on fun as we explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math of Ballooning at this event for curious minds of all ages. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and beverages for the adults at this family-friendly event. Included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members. No reservation required.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4 PM–9 PM LIFT YOUR SPIRITS CRAFT COCKTAIL FESTIVAL

Book Signing for coffee table book “50 Years of Balloon Magic” with authors Dick Brown, Tom McConnell, Paul Rhetts, and Kim Vesley. Children’s book “The Best Day Ever!” by author and Illustrator Ross Van Dusen.

BEEP! BEEP! ILLUSTRATING BALLOON FIESTA

Through the Art of Chuck Jones Did someone take a left turn at Albuquerque? For a limited time, view original Warner Brothers animation cels of Road Runner and Coyote by Chuck Jones and learn about the longstanding history between the art of Chuck Jones and hot air ballooning competitions during Balloon Fiesta. “Up, Up and a Weight “ by Chuck Jones, 1996, animation cel with handpainted color. On Loan from the Bill Heeter and Kristi Correa Collection

Through the Art of Chuck Jones Gallery Talk With Craig Kausen, grandson of Chuck Jones and President of Linda Jones Enterprises. See the artwork of Chuck Jones through the eyes of his grandson, Craig Kausen. Learn about the connection between Balloon Fiesta and Roadrunner and Coyote. Included with Museum admission. Free for Museum Members. No reservation required.

Exhibits

Canopy of Color

New Permanent Exhibition

Elevation Staton

Historic

Sid Cutter: Man Above Town

Scientific and International

Sport Ballooning Hall of Fame

Art Gallery

Beep! Beep! Illustrating Balloon Fiesta

Through the Art of Chuck Jones

Events

Canopy of Color

Public Exhibition Opening

S.T.E.A.M. Nights

Book Signing

Docent-Led Museum Tours

Craft Cocktail Festival

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