Here’s how much it costs an average family to attend Balloon Fiesta

Ahead of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 50th anniversary, organizers and vendors said families should expect to pay more. From spectacular views to mouthwatering food, Balloon Fiesta is part of New Mexican culture. But making family memories will cost more this year. For more than two decades, Chile Traditions owner Ken Dewees has fed hungry spectators from near and far at this nine-day event. It’s a labor of love that he enjoys. “Giving everyone a taste of New Mexico food. Everyone is from all over the world and they want to have red pepper, green pepper,” Dewees said. But because of inflation, he is forced to raise prices. Dewees said a bag of chili went up $4. He did his best to keep things to a minimum. “Everything went up about two dollars on burritos, but we’re keeping the same size as the burrito ad we’ve always had, which is a big burrito,” Dewees said. The Chile Traditions stand isn’t the only vendor raising prices. KOAT asked Balloon Fiesta organizers if families should expect to pay more. “I anticipate so. You pay a bit more everywhere you go with supply issues, but as always at Ballon Fiesta, you can bring your own food,” said Erica Hahn, Concessions and Artisans Manager. Not everything goes up. Parking costs the same this year at $20. Admission also remained the same. It costs $15 for admission to the event for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 enjoy free entry. Park & ​​Ride tickets will include the bus pass and admission to the event. Park & ​​Ride tickets are free for children under five. It costs $10 for children ages 6-12. $22 for ages 13-61. $20 for ages 62 and over. If you want to save money, “you can bring your cooler, but no glass containers. If you want to bring your picnic with your family, you’re definitely welcome,” Hahn said.

Ahead of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 50th anniversary, organizers and vendors said families should expect to pay more.

From spectacular views to mouth-watering food, Balloon Fiesta is part of New Mexican culture.

But making family memories will cost more this year.

For more than two decades, Chile Traditions owner Ken Dewees has fed hungry spectators from near and far at this nine-day event. It’s a labor of love that he enjoys.

“Giving everyone a taste of New Mexico food. Everyone is from all over the world and they want to have red pepper, green pepper,” Dewees said.

But because of inflation, he is forced to raise prices. Dewees said a bag of chili went up $4. He did his best to keep things to a minimum.

“Everything went up about two dollars on burritos, but we’re keeping the same size as the burrito ad we’ve always had, which is a big burrito,” Dewees said.

The Chile Traditions stand isn’t the only vendor raising prices. KOAT asked Balloon Fiesta organizers if families should expect to pay more.

“I anticipate so. You pay a bit more everywhere you go with supply issues, but as always at Ballon Fiesta, you can bring your own food,” said Erica Hahn, Concessions and Artisans Manager.

Not everything goes up. Car park costs the same this year at $20. Admission also remained the same. It costs $15 for admission in the event for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 enjoy free entry.

Park & ​​Ride tickets will include the bus pass and admission to the event. Park & ​​Ride tickets are free for children under five. It costs $10 for children ages 6-12. $22 for ages 13-61. $20 for ages 62 and over.

If you want to save money, “you can bring your cooler, but no glass containers. If you want to bring your picnic with your family, you’re definitely welcome,” Hahn said.