Balloon Fiesta Season FAQ

Balloon Fiesta Season FAQs

Below are a few of the most common questions about attending the Balloon Museum during Balloon Fiesta. 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!

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The Balloon Museum is directly adjacent and south to the massive Balloon Fiesta Park and overlooks the entire field. It is an approximately 5-10 minute walk from the front of the Balloon Museum to the southern entrance of Balloon Fiesta park. During Balloon Fiesta, vehicular traffic between the museum and the park is not permissible.

Click here to view Balloon Fiesta Maps & Directions

The address for the Balloon Museum is 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107.


The following instructions apply to traffic and parking during Balloon Fiesta flying events
Oct. 7-15, 4:30 am – 10:00 am
Evenings: Oct. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


The Balloon Museum parking lot is restricted to those with a designated parking pass.

You must show a Balloon Museum parking pass. The Balloon Museum does not sell parking passes on the day of the event, but Balloon Fiesta does sell limited spots in the Balloon Museum lot on the event day.

If you do not have a Museum Lot parking pass, you will be directed to park in one of the many Balloon Fiesta lots and be required to purchase parking, based on availability. General Balloon Fiesta parking is $20 per car.

The Balloon Fiesta northern parking lots may be a 20-30 minute walk to the Balloon Museum. The Balloon Fiesta southern parking lots may be a 5-15 minute walk to the Balloon Museum.


During Balloon Fiesta flying events, traffic flow and lane openings are altered. Major streets around the festival and the museum such as San Mateo, Alameda and Jefferson may be one-directional and/or portions closed to the general public for bus use.

To access the Balloon Museum traffic must approach and travel from the west, heading east on Alameda to Balloon Museum Drive. 

See traffic maps and lane closures here: Maps and Directions

Coming from the east side of Albuquerque:
Take either Paseo Del Norte or Osuna Blvd west to 2nd Street. Turn north/right on 2nd Street to Alameda.
Turn east/right on Alameda. Follow the traffic signs to Balloon Museum Drive.
Turn north/left on Balloon Museum Drive. 

Coming from the west side of Albuquerque:
Proceed to Alameda Blvd.
Travel east to Balloon Museum Drive and turn north/left.

If you wish to visit the Balloon Museum in between the flying events (from 10 am-3 pm) traffic flows regularly and the parking lot at the Balloon Museum is open and free for Museum visitors. 


  • A hard-copy, individualized parking pass will be mailed at no additional charge via USPS first-class mail for orders received through Sept. 25
Beginning Sept. 26, passes are available
  • Will-Call at the Balloon Museum Gift Shoppe (No charge) during these hours:
    • Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Oct. 7 – 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  •  USPS Priority Shipping ($11.05)
    • Sept. 26 – Oct. 3 Only
    • Allow 5 business days for Priority shipping option
  • Use a Courier Service. Please note that we cannot guarantee service by independent businesses. If you opt to hire them for delivery, you will be hiring them directly, and not through the Balloon Museum.
    • Metrolink Courier, Inc., Mark Migliaccio, (505) 271-8868, Call for pricing. 

The Balloon Museum Lot Parking is connected to the Balloon Museum.  ADA parking spaces are available for those with a valid tag.  If you do not have a Museum Lot parking pass, follow the parking attendant instructions to park in the Balloon Fiesta lots.  Please note, some Balloon Fiesta parking lots are quite a walking distance from the Balloon Museum. 


We also highly recommend the Park & Ride, Bike Valet or Ride Shares services as alternative transportation options.  All of which deliver you to the transportation area or near the Balloon Museum. 

Click here to see Maps & Directions

See also “How do I get to the Balloon Museum?” 

Anticipate 30-90 minutes of heavy traffic to the area, especially after 5:00 a.m.  Doors open to the dining events at Balloon Museum at 5:30 a.m. The Dawn Patrol Ascension begins at 5:45 a.m. Mass Ascension is at 7:00 a.m. Meal service at dining events at Balloon Museum runs 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

It is not uncommon for people to travel very early to avoid some of the heavy traffic and then wait in their cars or outside until doors opens. 

There is heavy traffic because Balloon Fiesta is one of the most popular festivals in the USA! It is worth the travel and traffic. Approach the traffic with a sense of adventure, bring your favorite podcast or music. Be generous of spirit to other travelers, traffic police and volunteers. Also sometimes travelers worry that they will ‘miss’ the event because they were stuck in traffic. The balloons flying/glowing and the dining events are ongoing, if you miss the ‘start’ time, there is still so much happening all morning or evening. Now – if you arrive at 10:00 a.m., you will have missed the morning balloons. 


OR help reduce the number of cars heading to Balloon Fiesta by trying Park and Ride or Bike Valet. 

The evening balloon glows begin at 6:00 p.m., however, we recommend trying to arrive, on site, as early as 4:45 p.m. Anticipate very heavy traffic after 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for the Balloon Museum dining events. Meal service runs from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Fireworks presented by Balloon Fiesta begin around 8pm. 

There is heavy traffic because Balloon Fiesta is one of the most popular festivals in the USA! It is worth the travel and traffic. Approach the traffic with a sense of adventure, bring your favorite podcast or music. Be generous of spirit to other travelers, traffic police and volunteers. 

OR help reduce the number of cars heading to Balloon Fiesta by trying Park and Ride or Bike Valet. 

The Balloon Museum Dining Events are held indoors with access to outdoor patios at the Balloon Museum. While the dining events at the Balloon Museum are VIP, the dress code follows the spirit and comfort of the Balloon Fiesta. Balloon Fiesta is about outdoor fun and comfort. Be casual and comfortable and if the wind moves you wear your most outrageous balloon hat covered with balloon pins! The mornings can feel like winter and the afternoons/evenings can feel more like summer. The dark pre-sunrise mornings are very cold. People often wear heavy coats, scarves, gloves, warm socks and shoes. The morning sunrise soon turns to full sun, a hat can be very helpful for the bright sun. The morning temperature warms as the sun rises, layers work well for changing temperatures. For the evenings, bring a light jacket/coat and comfortable shoes. 

Once your Balloon Museum dining event ticket has been processed, there are no refunds.

BALLOON FIESTA IS A WEATHER-DEPENDENT EVENT. While early October weather is generally ideal for hot-air ballooning, strong winds or storms may delay or cancel balloon events. 

However, even if the balloons are not able to inflate, the other programming still occurs such as vendors on Balloon Fiesta Park, fireworks in the evening and dining events at the Balloon Museum. 

Balloon Museum dining events at the Balloon Museum are rain or shine;  the meals and access to the museum are still available.


Tickets will be available online on April 7th. Between April-September you may purchase Observation Deck tickets from this website, by phone at (505) 880-0500 or in person at the Museum Shoppe. 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 tickets to be sold out by September. We strongly suggest purchasing your tickets  well in advance of the event.

The entire Balloon Museum is fully ADA compliant for your comfort and convenience. The Balloon Museum is a public building open year round with ADA integrations. 


The neighboring Balloon Fiesta, October 7-15, 2023, is outdoors and can include long distances of foot traffic, heavy crowds, portable restrooms and large grass fields. Balloon Fiesta makes every effort to be accessible. 

additional INFORMATION

The website for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a wealth of information. Important highlights include: 


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