Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Photo: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

As we move closer to fall, the leaves begin to change color and the fall foliage season begins. What better way to see the amazing colors of this year’s fall foliage, than from a hot air balloon.

The world’s largest hot air balloon festival takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and runs from October 2-10. The New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Festival is a wonderful event and is set to draw thousands of travelers.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 39th year, and organizers expect more than 500 hot air balloons to soar high into the skies over New Mexico.

Although the Hot Air Balloon Festival will definitely dominate the local area, Albuquerque does have many other notable happenings during the month of October.

Several of the major events are:
– the ECHO wood carving championship
– the annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival (nationally recognized as one of the best 200 shows in the country)
– the Maize Maze Community Farm corn labyrinth
– the nightly ghost tours of Old Town, conjuring up more than 300-years of haunted history
– the balloon museum

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Photo: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the amazing balloons at this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, has put together a list of best Albuquerque bed and breakfasts for travelers seeking high-value, low overhead, delicious breakfasts, and advice from in-the-know locals on where to go, what to do, and when to do it.

Several of’s top choices for Albuquerque inns, all nearby the Albuquerque balloon festival include:

– The Bottger Mansion of Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

– The Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfast, Albuquerque, New Mexico

– Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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