What you need to know for this year’s Balloon Fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022. Here’s what you need to know to get there and back.

Dates and times

The 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be held October 1-9 at Balloon Fiesta Park at 9401 Balloon Museum Dr. NE. Doors open daily at 4:30 a.m. for morning events and 3:00 p.m. for afternoon events. See the full program of the event.

Ticket information

  • General admission – $15 for people 13 and over
  • 12 and under – Free

Tickets can be bought online or by calling 1-855-725-1824. Four ticket packs and single session tickets are non-refundable, however, tickets can be exchanged for another 2022 session if a session is canceled for weather or safety reasons. A “session” includes all morning activities or all evening activities. Balloon Fiesta Park’s attendance capacity is not limited.


There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place, but organizers advise:

  • If you feel ill or have a fever, please do not attend Balloon Fiesta. If you bought tickets, you can use them next year.
  • If you become ill while attending Balloon Fiesta, it is suggested that you leave the park and take a COVID-19 test.
  • Disinfect hands frequently. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the park.
  • Face masks will be available at Balloon Fiesta entry points.
  • By attending Balloon Fiesta, you confirm that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Center for Disease Control.

Enter the park

All ticket holders for events at Balloon Fiesta Park will be subject to security screening, including metal detector screening and inspection of all bags and other items carried. Refusal to consent to searches will result in a ban on entry. The security level of screening can be changed on a case-by-case basis

What you can and cannot bring

Can bring

  • Backpacks or bags (one per person). All will be inspected; transparent bags will speed up the process.
  • Blankets.
  • Folding chairs.
  • Service animals.
  • Food of any kind for guest consumption. Resale is prohibited.

can’t bring

  • Weapons (including knives with a blade longer than 4 inches) and any item that may be used as a projectile or deemed dangerous by Public Safety personnel.
  • Non-Service Animals.
  • Glass bottles and hard coolers.
  • Alcohol of any kind.
  • Religious or political accessories.


There is a NO DRONE policy in effect for Balloon Fiesta Park and surrounding areas for the duration of the party. The FAA has established a temporary flight restriction area for the safety of balloon operators and spectators. The restricted area is within a four-mile radius of the center of Balloon Fiesta Park

Courtesy of Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Party

Getting to the park

Visitors can drive and park on the lot, ride a bike, use a ride-sharing app, or take a park-and-ride shuttle from many locations around Albuquerque.

Driving and parking

Those wishing to park on the lot can either:

  • On Alameda, head west and turn north on San Mateo Blvd. From here you can take a left to San Diego or continue north to Balloon Fiesta Parkway
  • On I-25, head north and exit at the Tramway exit. Take the frontage road south and turn right onto Balloon Fiesta Parkway.
  • On Roy east, take I-25 frontage road south. Turn right onto Balloon Fiesta Parkway.
Courtesy of Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Party


For 2022, three Park & ​​Ride locations are available to travel to Balloon Fiesta Park.

  • Cottonwood Mall (10000 Coors Bypass NW) – Park in the northeast parking lot near Seven Bar Loop and Coors Bypass NW.
  • Coronado Center (6600 Menaul Blvd. NE) – Park on the southwest corner near San Pedro Dr. and Uptown Blvd.
  • Hoffmantown Church (8888 Harper Road NE) – Park only in the northeast parking lot.

Your Park & ​​Ride ticket includes round-trip transportation to and from the Balloon Fiesta Park and admission to the Balloon Fiesta session for that day and time. In case of an untimely session, keep your ticket as a voucher for admission. You can use your used scanned ticket to enter the park entrance gates. In order to use Park & ​​Ride for another session, you will need to go online to purchase a ‘bus only’ ticket to board the bus. All Park & ​​Ride tickets must be purchased online. Tickets cannot be purchased at the remote grounds. Buying Park & ​​Ride tickets on the day will be more expensive. Buy your Park & ​​Ride tickets here.


The designated drop-off and pick-up area for rideshare users is south of the park near the Alameda Boulevard intersection. and Horizon.

Bike Valet

The bike path runs along the AMAFCA North Bypass, crossing under Paseo del Norte and Alameda Boulevard, continuing north where it crosses from the west side to the east, ending just north of the Balloon Museum. There will be a bike valet, run by local volunteers.

The valet operates from 4:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for morning sessions and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for evening sessions.

Bikes that are not collected from the valet area will be removed and stored. Owner will need to call Balloon Fiesta at 505-821-1000 to arrange pick-up. The bike valet is a free service.

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