Save The Date

Join us October 7-15, 2023, for the 51st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta powered by ExxonMobil in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information will become available at in the coming weeks. Plan ahead - The 52nd Balloon Fiesta is scheduled to take place October 5-13, 2024.

Balloon Fiesta Insider

Did you know that from the 51st Balloon Fiesta, guests will be able to see the Annular Eclipse? On Saturday, October 14 at 9:13 a.m. the Annular Solar Eclipse will start becoming visible in the midst of the scheduled signature mass ascension. And, to make it even better? New Mexico is one of eight states to have a view of the “ring of fire,” a rare phenomenon where the moon does not fully cover the sun, leaving a thin outer ring visible. Learn more, here:

Merchandise Update

Merry Christmas in July! It’s one of the most cheerful times of the summer season, because this month, we have an incredible sale on Balloon Fiesta merchandise! Not only do many of our items have fantastic discounts, but with every order placed in the month of July, we’re including a free gift to express our gratitude. Those who are able to take advantage of local pickup will receive an extra special gift. This sale lasts all month long, so be sure to grab your favorite items before they’re gone!


Additionally, this month, 2024 calendars will go on sale. Keep an eye out in-store and online for the release. Balloon Fiesta calendars are a great way to keep track of time, with a specially curated collection of Balloon Fiesta photos that bring a bit of magic to your day. In addition to the monthly photos, included with the calendar is 50 minutes of video that will allow you to experience Balloon Fiesta, right from your home! Shop these and more at or in person at our Gift Shop, located at 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM.

Faces of Fiesta

Name: Shamaine Giannini

Title: VIP Hospitality Manager

Years with Balloon Fiesta: 5 years 

Shamaine Giannini oversees Balloon Fiesta’s hospitality programs including Group Tours, Concierge Service, Chasers’ Club, Gondola Club, Glamping, Camp 505, Glamping and Fiesta Sky Box. 


Rapid Fire with Shamaine:


Time your day starts during Balloon Fiesta – 3am

Favorite spot on the field to watch the balloons: On the upper deck of a Sky Box

Current favorite special shape balloon: Yoda it is 😊  

Inside the Basket

Eric Brower works for a local construction company and used Fiesta Sky Boxes to celebrate his employees.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, he shares more about his Fiesta Sky Box experience and what lead his team to book them for a second year in a row. 

July in Ballooning

On July 6, 1984, Helene Dorigny set the duration world record for AX-13-type balloons. She flew for a total of 40 hours, 12 minutes and 5 seconds. This record is no longer standing. 

July Photo-of-the-Month

We have received some beautiful pictures of past years’ events, submitted through Balloon Fiesta’s social media! Below is the photo chosen for July. Thank you to Facebook user Jeccadawn Vagabond!

Do you have a Balloon Fiesta photo that you’re proud of? Share your favorite Balloon Fiesta image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag our page for a chance to be featured in next month’s newsletter!

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Sponsor Spotlight

Did you know that Balloon Fiesta sponsorships are available to organizations, that allow you to host employees, their families, friends, clients and client prospects at the event? Hospitality tents are located in Balloon Fiesta’s Corporate Village on the south end of the launch field and include 12 tables, 72 chairs, serving tables for catering, heaters and a grassy patio that features an incredible view of the balloons. These tents make for a memorable experience and are a great way to say thank you to those who make your business a success! For more information on how to reserve your tent, email Hospitality tents too big for your small business? Be sure to check out Fiesta Sky Boxes, which are great for hosting groups of up to 20 people at Balloon Fiesta, as an intimate VIP experience. More information can be found at

For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.

 Official e-newsletter of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil.