Lift Your Spirits

A craft cocktail festival during a balloon glow.

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Lift Your Spirits | Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 3-9 p.m. | Balloon Museum 

The Department of Arts and Culture has partnered with the New Mexico Distillers Guild to present Lift Your Spirits, a craft cocktail festival. Ten distilleries will be mixing up signature cocktails and educating guests about their creations and methods. Grab a drink from a distillery, some local cuisine from a food truck, shop from an assortment of handmade products, listen to a variety of bands, and enjoy the best view of Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. 


  • Rise to the Occasion Package: $50 - SOLD OUT 
    • 4 General Admission Tickets and a Parking Pass 
  • General Admission for ages 21+: $10 
  • General Admission for ages 4 to 20 and Designated Drivers: $5 
  • General Admission for Children 3 and Under: Free 

All Lift Your Spirits tickets include admission to the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Get tickets now! 

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General admission tickets will be available at the door. 


LYS - Olive - 800 Local Distillers

Members of the New Mexico Distillers Guild will be ready to mix specialty drinks using their own distilled, handcrafted spirits. 
Adults 21+ should bring valid identification. Guests can expect distillers like: 


LYS - 3 Dots - 350 Local Entertainment 

Enjoy the original music of three local bands as they perform while you drink cocktails and enjoy the view of the balloon glow and fireworks. Listen to the blues and rock tunes of The Memphis P. Tails, the soul, blues and r&b sounds of ChillHouse with Hillary Smith, and the South American and Latin World music of Baracutanga

Entertainment Schedule:

  • 4 p.m. – The Memphis P. Tails – Blues/Rock 
  • 5:20 p.m. – ChillHouse with Hillary Smith – Soul/Blues/R&B 
  • 6:50 p.m. – Baracutanga – Latin World Music/South American 

The Memphis P. Tails are a blues rock band that formed in 1993 in Albuquerque, NM. Memphis P. Tails - 800Over the course of a couple of decades of playing in town and on the road, the P-Tails have gone through it all and created music all along the way. The group has in recent years integrated a little outlaw county into the mix and continues to entertain audiences wherever they perform. 






ChillHouse with Hillary Smith began as a local gig band and has morphed into something else Chill House with Hillary Smith-800when two members decided to sit down and write some songs. The lyrics and sounds flowed and will as they bring their quality style to any stage. 







Baracutanga is a seven-piece band, representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA), that Baracutanga - 800blends South American ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, whose exciting and distinct Latin flavor keeps crowds dancing and always wanting more.




LYS - 3 Dots 2 - 350 Local Artisans 

Browse from a variety of handmade products created by local artisans. Shoppers can find jewelry, candles, kitchen ware, and home decor from businesses like Anka Jewelry Designs, Belgian Ceramics, Darryl Willison, Dawson Designs, Enchanted Sugar, Get Hooked Quality Food Inc., Half Full Designs, Super Rad Designs, Sunshine Alchemists and Soap Co., Tailwaggin Temptations, Tania's Tasty Kitchen, Two Stoned Betties, Wearable Geology, Wethington Holistic Arts, and WiseWorks

LYS - Candy - 250 Local Cuisine 

A variety of food trucks will be cooking up delicious eats to pair with cocktails. 

Craft Q - A Craft Barbecue Co. will have a scrumptious BBQ menu, warm up with a warm drink from Gnomad Coffee, Kamikaze Food Truck will be cooking up Asian-Southwestern fusion food, grab some Huli Huli Chicken Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ, and enjoy authentic Mexican food from La Sirenita ABQ

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Get tickets now! 

LYS - Pink Dot - 150 Getting There 

Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Address: 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 

Access the Balloon Museum parking lot off of Balloon Museum Dr. from Alameda Blvd. 


There is very limited parking at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and surrounding areas. Guests who purchase tickets early can ensure a parking pass with their admission to Lift Your Spirits with the Rise to the Occasion package. 

Tickets to Lift Your Spirits do not include admission to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 

Park N Ride 

Tickets to the International Balloon Fiesta are required to board a Park N Ride bus and must be purchased in advance. Admission to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is included with a Park N Ride ticket. Enjoy a Park N Ride service and imbibe in a selection of cocktails from a variety of distilleries before going down to the field. 


A free bike valet is available for those who want to avoid the traffic and pedal over. The valet is located on the northeast corner of the Balloon Museum lawn. 

Ride Share

Get a ride from your choice of ride share services. The drop-off and pick-up area is located on Alameda Blvd. and just west of Balloon Museum Dr., south of the Balloon Museum. 

Museum Hours 

The Balloon Museum will be open daily throughout the Balloon Fiesta from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. Parking passes are required to park at the Balloon Museum and are not available the day of the event. Click this link for more information about Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum exhibits and events. 

Event Details 

Tickets to Lift Your Spirits do not include drinks. Dogs are not permitted due to the hot air balloons and firework show. Lift Your Spirits is an evening event therefore canopies will not be allowed. Lift Your Spirits tickets include admission to the Balloon Museum. Parking passes are required at the Balloon Museum during Lift Your Spirits. Parking passes are not available for purchase the day of the event. General admission tickets will be available at the door. 

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