Tomorrow marks the first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.
Early each morning, hundreds of balloons begin their ascent into “the Albuquerque box,” a unique set of air currents that lets the balloons take to the sky and return to the site from which they launched. After this mass ascension, there are several other events each day during the festival. One of the most spectacular shows happens in the evening, when the sky fills with illuminated balloons as part of the Twilight Twinkle Glow event.
This Balloon Fiesta by the numbers, according to the event website:
- The first festival was in 1972, when 13 hot-air balloons took flight from a shopping mall parking lot.
- Balloon Fiesta Park has a 78-acre launch field—that’s the size of 54 football fields!
- In 1993 and 1999, the event hosted the Coupe de Gordon Bennett, the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual gas balloon race.
- More than 500 balloons will take off during the nine-day event.
Would you like to attend this colorful event in person? See it on our Albuquerque Balloon Festival & U.S. National Parks tour!