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When you view the Balloon Fiesta Event Schedule, you’ll see different names for the morning events – Mass Ascension, Double Balloon Launch and Competition, Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, Special Shape Rodeo, and Farewell Mass Ascension. All of these morning fall into two basic launch formats:

– Mass Ascension
– Double Launch (Balloon Launch / Competitions)

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The 66th Annual Gordon Bennett Race at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Every year, the world’s finest aviators and adventurers gather to push the boundaries of human flight, traversing the heavens in search of victory, camaraderie, and the sheer thrill of the unknown. This year, the spotlight shines on the 66th annual Gordon Bennett Race, hosted amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from October 7-15, 2023.

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Soaring Gratitude: Introducing the Balloon Museum Foundation’s “Pay it Upward Patron Package”

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a breathtaking spectacle that captures the hearts and imaginations of people from all walks of life. The vivid colors of hot air balloons decorating the sky create an awe-inspiring scene that celebrates community, togetherness, and the sheer joy of being alive. As the excitement for this year’s Balloon Fiesta builds, the Balloon Museum Foundation is thrilled to announce an innovative way to spread gratitude and celebrate those who make a difference in our lives. Introducing the “Pay it Upward Patron Package,” a remarkable opportunity to recognize and appreciate the contributions of patrons, non-profits, and service providers at The Foundation’s annual Observation Deck VIP Dining Experience during Fiesta.

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Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Museum – What’s the Difference?

You’ll come across different names and terms when planning your visit to the world’s largest ballooning event. It might get confusing! To help clarify, here is a list of the primary locations and organizations you’ll hear mentioned in the hope of helping you make the best decisions for this experience of a lifetime.

Balloon Fiesta, both an event and an organization, is the common name for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is:

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Observation Deck Group Sales

As the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta approaches, it’s time to seize the opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your family or team. The Observation Deck at the Balloon Museum presents a perfect setting to elevate your experience during this breathtaking event. With group sales packages, you can reward your employees, impress potential clients, or celebrate your loved ones! Join us for a dining event from October 7-15, 2023, and elevate your celebration!

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Exclusive views of Balloon Fiesta above the crowds at the Balloon Museum

The Balloon Museum Foundation proudly hosts the Observation Deck Balloon Museum Dining Events during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on October 7-15, 2023. Offering the best views from above the crowds, delicious dining, VIP amenities, and access to the Balloon Museum and Balloon Fiesta Park, the Observation Deck is the best way to experience Balloon Fiesta. Museum Dining Events offer an indoor/outdoor area away from the crowds, with delicious food and spectacular views of morning launches, evening glows, and fireworks presented by Balloon Fiesta.

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Love Is In The Air

The Balloon museum is hosting a new, weekend-long event to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Join us Saturday, February 11th, and Sunday, February 12th, for love-filled events and take your Valentine’s to new heights!

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Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Situated just off I-25 on the southern edge of Balloon Fiesta Park sits one of Albuquerque’s most beloved cultural landmarks. In front of sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains, the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum appears as a 60,000-square-foot inflating balloon surrounded by crystal blue skies. Inside, a gleaming glass and steel high bay gallery houses a dazzling display of gondolas, canopies, blimps, dioramas, artifacts, and artwork in countless mediums.

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