Balloon Fiesta Season FAQ

Have a Question About Balloon Fiesta Season?

The Balloon Museum Foundation does not run the annual Balloon Fiesta, but we are active and excited participants year after year! Because we run many events in conjunction with the Balloon Fiesta, we regularly field questions from locals and visitors alike about how to get the most out of the Festival experience.

Below are a few of the most common questions we hear. Whether your tickets are booked or if you’re only in the planning stages, we hope the answers below are helpful and that we see you in Albuquerque in 2021!


Balloon Fiesta officials have postponed its 49th event until 2021. Therefore there will not be a Balloon Fiesta in 2020 due to global pandemic concerns.

The Balloon Museum is directly south adjacent to the massive Balloon Fiesta Park and overlooks the entire field.

When you receive a Museum Lot Parking Pass, you are allowed to park in our lot. If you are coming from the East side of the city, take either Paseo Del Norte or Osuna Blvd west to 2nd St and go North or right to Alameda and go East or right. Stay in the left lane on Alameda approaching Balloon Museum Drive from the Westside of Albuquerque/Rio Rancho. Stay in the left lane again on Balloon Museum Drive and show the parking attendants your pass. You should then be directed to our parking lot. Main streets like Alameda and Jefferson are one direction and closed to the genral public for bus use. If you do not have a Museum Lot parking pass you will be directed to park in the City lots and use our free Museum Shuttles from the transportation area at the South end of the balloon field and be delivered right to our door!

Museum Lot Parking is on site, differently-abled accessible spaces are available for those with a valid tag, and Museum Lot spaces are just steps away from your Museum experience.  If you do not have a Museum Lot parking pass, follow the parking attendant instructions to park in the Fiesta lots.  We also recommend the COA Park & Ride which will deliver you to the transportation area where you can then catch our Free Shuttle to the Museum.

Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow Dinner guests and SkyBox Rental guests will receive the passes you order via USPS Mail. If your order was placed too close to the event you will be instructed to pick up your package at a designated will call location.

The Dawn Patrol Ascension begins at 5:45am, however, we recommend trying to arrive, on site, as early as 5am. Please know that there may be very heavy traffic after 5:00am.

The evening balloon glows begin at 5:45pm, however, we recommend trying to arrive, on site, as early as 4:45pm. Please know that there is very heavy traffic after 5:00pm.

The Fiesta is all about fun and frivolity! Be casual and comfortable and if the wind moves you wear your most outrageous balloon hat covered with balloon pins! For the morning we suggest layering your clothes so you can remove them as the cool Albuquerque mornings warm up to the sunny afternoons. Bring a light jacket/coat for evening events if you plan to go down to the field or take a stroll on the grounds of the Balloon Museum under the spectacular night skies blanketed in sparkling stars.

The Museum Viewing Events are rain or shine events and no refunds will be given in the case of a cancelation on the field. All amenities will be offered and the Balloon Museum will be opened extended hours regardless of on field activities.

Between January 2019 and September 2019 you may purchase Viewing Event passes and VIP parking passes from this website and in person or by phone at our Museum Shoppe (505-880-0500). These exclusive passes for this unique event are only available here and in the Balloon Museum Shoppe. You will not be able to purchase tickets anywhere else in the world! We anticipate all passes to be sold out by September 2019. We strongly suggest purchasing your packages today, well in advance of the event.

Group rates are subject to availability and may be limited to select dates. Large groups of 50 or more will be accommodated in a Skybox. Please contact us for rates and availability.  Foundation Office 505-880-0500.

The entire Balloon Museum is fully ADA compliant for your comfort and convenience.

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