Signature Events

February

Love Is In the Air

Valentine’s Weekend at the Balloon Museum
February 11-12, 2023

Friends, Family, Sweethearts and Balloons!  Celebrate all of your loves with us at a curated collection of gatherings with views of the Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally. 

Saturday, Feb. 11
    • Sunrise Valentine’s Breakfast 6AM-9PM
    • Museum Artisan Market, 9AM-4PM
    • Sunset Glow Cocktail Party, 4-7PM
Sunday, Feb. 12
    • Super Galentine Balloon Breakfast, 6-9AM

April

Balloon Museum Gala

April 28, 2023

The Balloon Museum Foundation presents an annual fundraising gala to support the exhibitions and educational efforts of the Balloon Museum. For many years, the Foundation presented the Chic-I-Boom Gala, named after the first special shape balloon, “Chic-I-Boom” in honor of the Carmen Miranda inspired historical balloon. This event was traditionally held in August of every year. During the pandemic the was postponed for two years, but returned with great fanfare and a new date in 2022. This gala is fun, vibrant, full of joy and brings together the museum’s biggest cheerleaders. Event is subject to change and cancellation.

June

Balloons in June

June 2023

June 5th is National Hot Air Balloon Day. At the Balloon Museum, we celebrate all month with loads of fun and historical markers for ballooning in June. The Balloon Museum Foundation celebrates with specials in the Shoppe and museum attendance.

July

Red, White and Balloons

Fourth of July at the Balloon Museum
July 4, 2023
Annually, the City of Albuquerque presents the city’s largest firework display from Balloon Fiesta Park on July 4. The neighboring Balloon Museum has the best view, amenities and parking for this holiday. The Balloon Museum Foundation sells lawn tickets, dinner tickets and VIP tickets for July 4. Event is subject to change and cancellation.

September

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Hall of Fame

September 2023
The Balloon Museum is the proud home of the FAI Hall of Fame, honoring balloon pilots from around the world, both contemporary and historically. Every year, the Balloon Museum, FAI and Balloon Museum Foundation present an induction ceremony and new highlights to the sport ballooning exhibition in the Balloon Museum.

October

Balloon Fiesta Season

October 2023

New Mexico boasts the world’s largest Balloon Rally which is always in Albuquerque and always in October. The Balloon Museum was built next to the enormous park which holds the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and is meant to be the host of multiple events and exhibitions which support and correlate to the Balloon Fiesta. The 51st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place Oct. 7-15, 2023.

The Observation Deck

October 7-15, 2023

The Balloon Museum Foundation hosts the Observation Deck – special ticketed dining available to the public and groups to enjoy the grandeur of Balloon Fiesta from the elegance of the Balloon Museum. The dining events are the Balloon Museum Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year. Events are subject to cancellation and change in format. 

Information about Balloon Museum Dining Events at the Observation Deck will be posted soon. Tickets on sale April, 2023. 

November

Museum Store Sunday

1st Sunday after Thanksgiving

On the 1st Sunday after Thanksgiving, more than 1,800 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, 24 countries, and five continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions.

Museum Store Sunday offers a special shopping experience in one-of-a-kind stores, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone. Shop knowing you are supporting the missions and programs of each participating museum and cultural institution.

Foundation members help us support the Balloon Museum and enjoy exclusive access and awesome discounts.

Museum Store Sunday

Balloon Museum

On the 1st Sunday after Thanksgiving, more than 1,800 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, 24 countries, and five continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions.

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