Coming this Fall, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018

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Preparations are already underway to organize and renovate anything and everything to improve, if possible, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018 presented by Canon. The fiesta which draws a crowd of close to one million each year features at least 500 traditionally shaped balloons and 90 or more specialty shaped envelopes featuring the likeness of lovable characters and celebrities alike.

The festival, which takes place annually in New Mexico, draws fans and enthusiasts as well as pilots, owners and operators from all across the world and is intended to not only thrill and excite but to additionally promote the sport of hot air ballooning.

Last year, renovations, including the removal of towers to provide an RV park and additional car parks were added to provide a place for staff and volunteers to secure and park their vehicles. There was also a project involving the renovation of a nearby bridge.

Last year, several members of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee collaborated on a vibrantly illustrated hot air ballooning book and entered it in the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in two separate categories, Art & Photography and Sports & Recreation. Although the book was a finalist in both categories, it won in the Sports & Recreation!

This years festivities are set to commence on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and run through Sunday, October 14, 2017 at Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

According to the schedule posted on their website, there will be a series of events called “morning glows” starting on Saturday, October 6 and continuing throughout. All morning glows are scheduled for 6 a.m. Their official name is the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow.

Another event scheduled for certain mornings of the hot air balloon festival is called “Dawn Patrol.” Dawn Patrol is set to commence on at 6 a.m., and, according to the website, “pilots [will] take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see the landing sites.” Dawn Patrol is beneficial for the festival because it helps determine conditions early in the day in relation to wind speed, as well as what direction the wind is going at various altitudes. This tradition started at the festival back in 1978—two hot air balloon pilots from California created a lighting positioning system, allowing them to fly at night.

An evening balloon glow is currently scheduled on Saturday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. as well as on the 7th and the 11th through the 13th. Laser light shows will occur throughout the festival at various times. Various other events include mass ascensions, competition balloon flights, and chainsaw carving demonstrations will occur at various times throughout the entirety of the fiesta.

No events are currently scheduled for the evening sessions from October 8-10th.

Official sponsors to date include Canon as the largest contributor as well as Dell technologies, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Inc, and Krispy Kreme, plus so many more.

If you are looking to sponsor this event, use this link to contact event organizers

Tickets for this event are on sale now and can be purchased here:

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