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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must-do and see when you visit the Land of Enchantment. This annual October event is a captivating sight, with hot air balloons of all colors and shapes filling the skies en masse.

From the mass ascensions at the break of dawn to the balloon glows at dusk and the special shapes rodeos, the magic of the balloon fiesta is undeniable. This year’s fiesta will begin on Saturday, October 4th with an early morning kickoff ascension, and will culminate on Sunday, October 12th with a farewell flight.

The balloon fiesta isn’t just a time to welcome in the autumn season and rise early and stay up late to ooh and ahh over the stunning sights, but it is also a full-fledged party with country music headliners, fireworks and a plethora of artisans who sell their crafts at the park tents.

This 9-day celebration is perfect for the whole family and whether you are a local or a visitor, it is not to be missed. For the 2014 events schedule, click here.

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