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Balloon Museum During Balloon Fiesta

The 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is October 5th - 13th.

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  • The Balloon Museum will be open daily during Fiesta, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Parking may be restricted between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. for Special Programming Events.
  • A wristband will be given to paying customers, with colors changing daily.
  • Regular museum admission rates apply.
  • Gates to the outside grounds will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Paid admission not required for outside grounds.  Guests will be cleared from the outside grounds at 5:00 p.m.
  • A Café will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to purchase hot and cold beverages and light snacks.
  • Stories in the Sky and Music in the Sky will be moved to Valle del Norte Community Center, located at 1812 Candelaria Rd. NW on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, during Balloon Fiesta week!
  • Exhibitions include our main exhibition – From First flights to Around the World – as well as Arctic Air, The Weather Lab, Solar Ballooning, First Air Voyages in America, Balloon School, Rally! From Here to There, and Above and Beyond: The International Ballooning Hall of Fame.
  • Guided tours of the main exhibition will be offered at 2 p.m. daily and as docents become available.
  • Oct 5 – 10: The 4D Theater content includes The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and My Balloon Ride. Screenings are daily every 15 minutes, starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Oct 11 – 13: Wind Riders (an additional $2.00 charge) will be shown daily at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 4:25 p.m.

    Film descriptions:
    • The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, is a four-minute, 2-D film about everyone's favorite balloon rally, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
    • My Balloon Ride, a five-minute, 4-D video filmed aboard balloons from Rainbow Ryders, Albuquerque's largest balloon ride operator. Scenes capture inflation, lift-off, flight, landing, and chase crew operations.
    • Wind Ridersa feature-length documentary, tells the poignant and inspiring stories of three American balloonists who dedicate their lives to their sport: a masterful solo hot-air balloon pilot whose quiet passion transcends generations, and a driven championship gas-balloon team competing in a high-risk quest to defend their world title.

Call for Photography of Launch Directors - aka “Zebras” at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2019

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Submit images of launch directors aka "zebras" during the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Best entries will be displayed in a special exhibit showcasing their work. 

Download the Call for Photography here

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