Balloon Fiesta Insider

Tuesday, February 7, 5:00 am – 10:00 pm

Balloon Fiesta Park

5500 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE Albuquerque, NM 87113, Albuquerque NM 87113


| No Cost


Phone | (505) 821-1000,

Balloon Fiesta Insider
What's Your Story? 
I will always remember my first Balloon Fiesta! It was 1993, as I stood on the field, wide-eyed, mouth open, I scanned the area to search for the next magical inflation, only to find an even bigger surprise - my then boyfriend on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand! Balloon Fiesta will always hold a special place in our family's hearts.
Ok, we made this story up. But we know it's happened before! Did you get engaged at Balloon Fiesta? Meet your future spouse during a balloon glow or have a special reunion? Discover a hidden passion for piloting balloons? 
If you have a unique story about your experience at Balloon Fiesta, we want to hear it! Each year, thousands of people gather in central New Mexico's high-altitude desert to feel the excitement and awe of standing amongst hundreds of giant aircraft as they lift off into the crisp fall air. During that time, we know there are moments, chance happenings, serendipitous instants that visitors take home with them for the rest of their lives. 
So, what's yours?  
Send us a picture and brief note to on your special story for the chance to be featured in one of our future newsletters or social media. 
Four very special members of our team recently celebrated work anniversaries. Paul Smith, executive director celebrated 20 years with Balloon Fiesta and Lynda Crispino, receptionist; Lisa Mulder, merchandise manager; and Jennifer Garcia, pilot coordinator celebrated five years. We are so grateful to have these talented and committed people helping to put on this magnificent event!
Pictured here: Lynda Cryspino, Lisa Mulder and Jennifer Garcia  

Merchandise Update
As you sit, waiting for the snow to melt outside, remind
yourself of the fun to be had at this year's Balloon Fiesta by customizing the hot-cocoa mug and blanket you're using with a Balloon Fiesta photograph. Stay warm and show off your favorite Balloon Fiesta memories at the same time!
Simply visit our online store to begin creating your product. Choose from dozens of professional shots taken during previous Balloon Fiestas, including the Mass Ascension and the Balloon Glow, or upload your own great photo! Other customizable products include computer mousepads, books, greeting cards, and canvasses. Buy it for yourself or buy it for the ballooning fanatic in your life.

Inside the Basket
Kim Vesely, Pilot and Navigator
Kim Vesely is both a pilot and a navigator for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, having dedicated her time to the event in a variety of different capacities.
Her introduction to the Balloon Fiesta came as a result of her time covering the event for KOB-TV back in the seventies. She was a young news producer assigned to cover the event because "nobody else wanted to get up that early." Her path to becoming a pilot is a whole other story that you'll want to read about in this month's Inside the Basket. 

January in Ballooning
On January 7, 1793, Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first to fly a hot air balloon in North America. George Washington was present to see the first balloon launch.

January Trivia 
Q: Which team was the first to win four America's Challenge Gas Races? 
Tweet us your answer!

Sponsor Spotlight
This month's Sponsor Spotlight is the UNM Athletic Department. Lobo Athletics takes a great deal of pride in supporting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and have done so for many years.  The Balloon Fiesta brings joy and excitement to the people of New Mexico and it is a pleasure for them to support one of the state's biggest, most famous events.