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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Beat the crowds, take amazing photos, join a chase crew, and collect lapel pins like an expert. Here's everything you need to know to make the most of your experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Events & Festivals / Sep 27, 2023

Tips for Camping Out at Balloon Fiesta

Official Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta photographer Scott Hughes and his wife, Lynn Gurnee, have some advice for how to set up camp and…

By Julian Dossett

Events & Festivals / Sep 27, 2023

Join a Hot-Air Balloon Chase Crew

Balloon pilots have limited control over where they land—chase crews follow along by car and help to pack up after the landing.

By Julian Dossett

Events & Festivals / Oct 04, 2023

Balloon Fiesta First-Timer Guide

Balloon pilots Neil Jackson and Judy Nakamura, who both also serve on the Balloon Fiesta board of directors, help prime first-timers for a…

By Julian Dossett

Events & Festivals / Sep. 27, 2023

Meet This Legendary Balloon Pilot

After a 50-year career piloting for the likes of Kellogg’s and Wells Fargo, Jim Ahern still makes ballooning part of his…

Events & Festivals / Oct. 04, 2023

Balloonist Makes a Comeback

Second-generation balloonist Karen Converse stepped away to raise her children before returning to her balloon family.

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