“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Touches Down For Nine Glorious Days
By Tierna Unruh-Enos
For nine days in October, the balloon fiesta fills our skies
and has everyone looking up in wonder at
the special-shaped balloon rodeos,
twilight balloon glows, and vibrant globes in the sky.
Chilly autumn mornings in the Rio Grande Valley
create a backdrop for a spectacular show and the

the most photographed event in the world.
This year will be a little different, (at least we have a fiesta!)
and you’ll need to wear a mask,
and a few events have been canceled.
Fiesta also has stepped up t
heir game a bit and has several high-end
events planned, (glamping on the field anyone?)
This year there are 588 balloons scheduled
for the event, and at least 671 pilots ballooning
the skies from around the world.
For tickets and more information, go to :
WWW.balloonfiesta.com

Schedule of Events

October 2021

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

7:00 am Albuquerque Aloft

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

6:00 amDawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort

6:30 am Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

6:45 amOpening Ceremonies

7:00 am Mass Ascension

2:00 pm America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Inflation

6:00 pm America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch

6:00 pmTwilight Twinkle Glow™, presented by Albuquerque Journal

8:00 pm*AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3

6:00 amDawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort

6:30 am Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7:00 am Mass Ascension

7:30 – 11amRemote Control Balloons Exhibition

9:00 amFiesta of Wheels Car Show(located on the north end of Launch Field)

11:00 am Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading(Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

6:00 pmBalloon Glow, presented by XTO Energy, Inc.

8:00 pm*AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

6:00 amDawn Patrol

7:00 am Balloon Launch from Park

8:00 am Fly-In Competition

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5

COCA-COLA DAY

6:00 amDawn Patrol

7:00 am Balloon Launch from Park

8:00 am Fly-In Competition

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6

6:00 amDawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort

6:30 am Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7:00 am Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension

7:30 – 11amRemote Control Balloons Exhibition

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7

KIDS’ DAYpresented by KOB-TV

4:30 amKids’ Day Goodie Bag Distribution begins(South of Main StreetStage)

6:00 amDawn Patrol

7:00 am Special Shape Rodeo

™8:00 am Fly-In Competition

6:00 pmSpecial Shape Glowdeo

™8:00 pm*AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8

6:00 amDawn Patrol

7:00 am special Shape Rodeo

™7:30 – 11amRemote Control Balloons Exhibition

8:00 am Fly-In Competition

6:00 pmSpecial Shape Glowdeo

™8:00 pm*AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9

6:00 amDawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort

6:30 am Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7:00 am Mass Ascension, presented by XTO Energy, Inc.

11:00 am Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading(Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

6:00 pm Night Magic™ Glow

8:00 pm*AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10

6:00 amDawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort

6:30 am Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7:00 amFarewell Mass Ascension* AfterGlow™ fireworks

shows will begin as soon as the launch field is clear

of balloons, thus the starting times

are approximate and subject to change

without notice. Additionally, local police

will modify traffic flows to utilize all traffic

lanes for outbound traffic only at the conclusion

of each Glow event. So if you want to watch

the AfterGlow™ fireworks show from

the Park, plan to arrive at the Park in time for that evening’s glow even

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