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Balloon Fiesta Information

Information about the Duke City's biggest celebration, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

2019 Balloon Fiesta

Official Balloon Fiesta information is provided via the Balloon Fiesta Mobile App.

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  • Schedule: Oct. 5-13
  • Gate Hours:
    • Mornings at 4:30 a.m.
    • Evenings at 3 p.m.
  • Tickets:
    • General Admission - $10
    • 12 & younger - Free
  • Parking:
    • Cars & Motorcycles - $15
    • Bicycles - Free

While You're Here

Albuquerque offers many activities for fun.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world.

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Transportation Information

Driving Park & Ride Ride Share Bike Valet

Driving to Balloon Fiesta Park

Parking is $15 CASH ONLY. In order to expedite entry into the park, Balloon Fiesta will not process credit or debit cards to pay the parking fee. Officials ask that guests have the exact cash ready, before reaching the parking fee collection areas to speed up the collection process.

  • Guests traveling from Santa Fe and areas of Albuquerque east of Interstate 25 will access the park by way of Tramway and Alameda. Drivers approaching from the east side will be parked north and east of Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Guests traveling from areas west of I-25 and the valley will access the park by way of Alameda Boulevard. Drivers will be directed to parking areas south of Balloon Fiesta Park on either side of Alameda.

Fiesta Express Park & Ride

Fiesta Park and Ride includes parking at one of several locations throughout Albuquerque, bus to and from Balloon Fiesta Park, admission for one Balloon Fiesta session, and expedited route to bypass heavy traffic. ABQ RIDE does not administer Park and Ride for the Balloon Fiesta.

You MUST purchase Park & Ride tickets online in advance. There are no walkup sales for Park & Ride this year.

Park and Ride Loading Times and Pricing

  • Morning Sessions – Each park and ride location will have two waves of shuttles to Balloon Fiesta Park loading approximately at 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. for morning sessions. Buses will start return service to the Park and Ride locations at 8 a.m.
  • Afternoon/Evening Sessions – Each Park and Ride location will have two waves of shuttles to Balloon Fiesta Park loading approximately at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions. Buses will start return service to the Park and Ride locations at 7 p.m. and will run until 10 p.m.
  • Park and Ride tickets include transportation and admission for a specific session. The pricing is:
    • Adults $15 (13-61)
    • Seniors (62 & Older) $12
    • Children (6-12) $7
    • Children 5 and younger are free
  • Pricing, locations, schedules and discounted tickets are available online at https://balloonfiesta.com/Park-Ride.
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Park & Ride Lots

Note: There is no Fiesta Express Park & Ride service on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but traffic is usually lighter those days and there will be plenty of parking.

  • Cottonwood Mall
    10000 Coors Bypass NW - View map
    Park in the northeast parking lot near Seven Bar Loop and Coors Bypass NW

  • Intel
    1600 Rio Rancho Blvd. SE - View map
    Park in the southern parking lot. Enter lot at either Westside Blvd or 21st Street

  • Coronado Center
    6600 Menaul NE - View map
    Park at the southwest corner near San Pedro Dr and Uptown Blvd NE

  • Hoffmantown Church
    8888 Harper NE - View map
    Park in the northeast parking lot only.

Other Notes about Fiesta Park and Ride Services

  • Several handicapped buses are available at Park and Ride locations.
  • Visitors can bring items on the bus except glass and alcohol. All items must fit within your seating area.
  • Cottonwood Mall and Intel Park and Ride will unload and load outside of Balloon Fiesta gates, northeast of the Balloon Museum. Guests will go through security checkpoints before entering Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Coronado Mall and Hoffmantown Church will unload inside Balloon Fiesta Park. Guests will go through security checkpoints before getting on the bus to Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Park and Ride for guests with special needs will load and unload inside of Balloon Fiesta Park and will go through security checkpoints before getting on the bus.

Weathered Out Sessions

In case of a weathered out session, retain your ticket as a raincheck for admission. You may present your used/scanned ticket for admission at the Park admission gates. In order to use Park & Ride for another session, you will need to go online to purchase a Bus Only ticket to board the bus.

Ride Share

Guests will easily be able to once again utilize ride share programs like Lyft and Uber, when accessing Balloon Fiesta Park. The drop-off and pick-up location will remain near Alameda Boulevard and Horizon, south of the Launch Field.

Bike Valet

Riding a bike to Balloon Fiesta Park is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to visit.

The Bike Valet is free and allows guests a safe place to park their bikes while visiting the Balloon Fiesta; this year there will be additional space, making room for more bikes to be parked. Pace Bike Share will again be offering its rental bike program, making more bikes available for guests to rent. Cyclists can take the bike trail that runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel that crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending just north of the Balloon Museum, in the Bike Valet parking station. The Bike Valet can accommodate more than 1,000 bicycles each session.

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