2013 Albuqueruque International Balloon Fiesta

"The world’s largest ballooning event takes to the Albuquerque skies October 5 - 13."

Date October 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Author Staff

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Community Culture Entertainment & Nightlife Family Festivals Outdoors & Recreation


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 42nd event with over 500 hot air balloons representing 20 countries. The 42nd event will occur October 5-13, 2013 at Balloon Fiesta Park, in Albuquerque, NM. The breathtaking Mass Ascensions features waves of hot air balloons filling Albuquerque’s morning skies with hundreds of balloons on both weekends and on Wednesday of the Balloon Fiesta. Evening events bring dusk to life with balloon glows on the opening weekend and on Thursday through the second Saturday of Balloon Fiesta.

Saturday October, 5 is opening day at Balloon Fiesta Park and will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies at 6:45 a.m. The 18th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, a cross country competition, will also help commence the opening day festivities.

The hot air balloon competitive flying starts on Monday of Balloon Fiesta week, with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 20 countries participating in the 42nd event, as each flies their nation’s flag from their balloon.

A giant Snow White, chariot, wizard and other unique objects are among the 98 special shape balloons that will take to the skies for their own mass ascension and balloon glows on Thursday and Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.

For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit the website www.balloonfiesta.com or check each day's event schedule below:

This year the City of Santa Fe has taken extra steps in anticipation of the visiting ballooners by keeping the Santa Fe Convention & Visitor Bureau’s offices open over the weekends and providing for more bus parking. Here are more details.

Both the Community Convention Center and Depot Visitor Centers will be open as noted below with multi-stall restrooms available to the public: 

Depot Visitors Center/Community Convention Center Visitors Center

Saturday, October 59am-6pm/8am-5pm

Sunday, October 68am-5pm/8am-5pm

Monday, October 7: 9am-6pm/8am-5pm

Tuesday, October 89am-6pm/8am-5pm

Wednesday, October 99am-6pm/8am-5pm

Thursday, October 109am-6pm/8am-5pm

Friday October 119am-6pm/8am-5pm

Saturday October 129am-6pm/8am-5pm

Sunday October 138am-5pm/8am-5pm

Tour Bus parking for up to 20 minutes is available at the Community Convention Center along the west side of the facility at the corner of Grant and Marcy.  The Community Convention Center has multiple sets of public restrooms located on its ground floor that can accommodate up to 40 people at once. The Community Convention Center is located only 3 blocks from the downtown historic plaza, so it is possible to make the center a main drop off and pick up location.  Due to the volume of train passengers and the limited facilities at the depot, tour busses are not recommended to visit that location.  Tour busses wishing to load and off load elsewhere are encouraged to contact the City’s parking office for exact location availability.  Tour bus parking for longer than brief loading periods is located at the city’s Cathedral lot, located off Alameda Street.

For more information on the location of the free public restrooms and visitors centers, contact the CVB 505.955.6200.  For information on tour bus parking contact the City’s Parking Division at 505.955.6611

Information compiled from www.balloonfiesta.com.