Signature Events


Love is in the Air, Valentine’s at the Balloon Museum, presented by the Balloon Museum Foundation

Coming in 2023

Three events in one weekend!

Take your love to new heights this Valentine’s at the Balloon Museum.

Maybe you love early mornings and sunrises… Love is in the morning; Sunrise breakfast
Enjoy a sit-down, gourmet sunrise breakfast at the museum with a panoramic overlook of the AAAA Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally.


Maybe you enjoy cocktail parties? Love is in the Evening; Sunset Glow
Sunset, Balloon glow, Cocktails and Food, with music, flowers and museum highlights.

Event is subject to change format and/or cancellation.


Balloon Museum Gala

April 30th, 2022

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, but in light of Covid, the event has been postponed for two years. In 2022, the goal is to hold the event on April 30th! This gala is fun, vibrant, full of joy and brings together the museum’s biggest cheerleaders. Event is subject to change and cancellation.


Balloons in June

June 2022

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


Red, White and Balloons. Fourth of July at the Balloon Museum.

July 4, 2022

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.


FAI, Hall of Fame

September 2022

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.


Balloon Fiesta Season

October 1-9, 2022

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 Balloon Museum Foundation hosts special ticketed dining events available to the public and groups to purchase tickets 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. 


Balloon Museum Market

November 2022

One weekend in November, an annual holiday pop-up festival celebrating local NM artisans, presented by the Balloon Museum Shoppe.
Museum Store Sunday

November 2022, 1st Sunday after Thanksgiving

On Sunday, November 27, 2022, 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.

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