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The Balloon Museum Foundation is proud to host the Observation Deck Balloon Museum Dining Events during the Albuquerque International  Balloon Fiesta October 5-13, 2024.

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.


  • Dining experience at the Museum overlooking Balloon Fiesta
  • Indoor seating in private solarium room with balcony views
  • Museum elegance and indoor amenities
  • VIP Parking* on-site at the Balloon Museum
  • Gourmet catered meals
  • Shuttle service between museum and the launch field
  • Commemorative lapel pin
  • Drink coupon for beverages, full bar, local craft beer and wine
  • Cash bar with the optional add-on of Open Bar
  • Access to Balloon Museum exhibitions & programs
  • Admission to Balloon Fiesta Park and Balloon Fiesta events

*Parking passes are issued as follow: 

1-3 tickets = 1 parking pass

4-6 tickets = 2 parking passes

7-9 tickets = 3 parking passes, etc.

 Passes are valid for the ticketed session only. 

  • Adults: (2024 Prices TBD, $150-250)
      • Add-on: Open Bar $50
  • Youth (7-16): (2024 Prices TBD, $50-85)
  • Child (0-6): Free

A service fee of 6.5% + 99¢ per ticket, and a processing fee of 3.4% is applied to all tickets sold. 

40% of the cost of all tickets are a donation to the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation.

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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.


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. Free shuttle service is available. 


Saturday, Oct. 5 – Breakfast, Dinner
Sunday, Oct. 6 – Breakfast, Dinner

Monday, Oct. 7 – No Dining Events

Tuesday, Oct. 8 – No Dining Events
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Breakfast Only

Thursday, Oct. 10 –  Breakfast, Dinner

Friday, Oct. 11 – Breakfast, Dinner 

Saturday, Oct. 12 – Breakfast, Dinner

Sunday, Oct. 13 –  Breakfast Only

Hours of Operation

Note that the hours and details below are subject to change. Final schedule will be published when tickets go on sale. 

Morning Dining Event (5:30 – 9:30 a.m.)
5:30 a.m. Check-In Begins; Museum Doors Open; Observation Deck Doors Open; Beverage Service Begins

6:00 a.m. Dining Service Opens

7:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies, Balloon Launch Begins 

9:00 a.m. Food & Beverage Service Ends 

9:30 a.m. Event Closes

Evening Dining Event (4:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

4:30 p.m. Check-In Begins; Observation Deck Doors Open; Beverage Service Begins

5:00 p.m. Dining Service Opens

6:00 p.m. Balloon Glow Begins 

7:30 p.m. Skydivers & Drone Light Show

8:00 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks; Food & Beverage Service Ends

8:30 p.m. Event Closes

Click here for the Balloon Fiesta Event Schedule

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.

There are 12 Balloon Museum Dining Events: seven morning events and five evening events.

Online: Purchase Tickets beginning April 5, 2024

By phone: (505) 537-1235


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 with ADA stalls are available. 

The entire Balloon Museum, its exhibitions and the Museum Gift Shoppe are fully ADA compliant for your comfort and convenience. The Balloon Museum is a public building open year round with ADA integrations. 

Balloon Fiesta Park 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. For more information about accessibility inside the Balloon Fiesta Park, call (505) 821-1000. 

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