The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is typically held in early October. The exact dates for the upcoming year’s event are available at BalloonFiesta.com, the event’s official website.
The official website also features a countdown to the next festival and a full schedule of festival events, including the annual dawn patrol and mass ascension events. On the event website, visitors can also purchase tickets and parking passes in advance of the event and view prize-winning photographs from previous festivals. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was first held in 1972. It has since grown from just 13 balloons to more than 600.