Krispy Kreme Morning Glow
Just after the Dawn Patrol, this glow builds predawn excitement for the Mass Ascension. “It’s just so unique and wonderful to experience,” says Jennifer Garcia, Balloon Fiesta event director.
October 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 6:30 a.m.

Twilight Twinkle Glow
On average, 275 balloons participate in this massive kickoff on the first Saturday. “It’s our second-largest glow,” Garcia says.
October 7, 6 p.m.

Balloon Glow
Fiesta’s largest glow happens on the first Sunday. “It’s unique in its name,” Garcia says. “That is a tribute to the first balloon glow that happened in Albuquerque in 1979.”
October 8, 6 p.m.

Special Shapes Glowdeo
Everyone’s favorite shape balloons light up the evening on Thursday and Friday. “It’s probably kids’ most favorite,” Garcia says. 
October 12 and 13, 6 p.m.

Eclipse Glow
Timed with the annular eclipse, it features 72 balloons as an “homage to our history of starting in 1972,” Garcia says.
October 14, 9:13 a.m.–12:09 p.m.

Night Magic Glow
The final evening glow is always special—and a little bittersweet.
October 14, 6 p.m.

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