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The Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Returns in October

Like many 2020 events, the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta paused. Still, balloon aficionados are airing and gassing up for this year’s October event. If you travel to the city from October 2-10, this is a must-see event. To help prepare, this article explains some of the upcoming activities they have planned. Rent your car from New Mexico Rental Car and check out this one-of-a-kind experience.

The Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Returns in October

Albuquerque Aloft

The festivities kick off at 7:00 am on Friday, October 1st, when balloons simultaneously launch from schools all around the city. Sorry, folks. This event is limited to school children, teachers, and parents at participating schools. However, you’re sure to see them in the sky as they make their way toward the event. Things fully kick off at 6:00 am the following morning with Dawn Patrol.

Dawn Patrol

Every day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins with Dawn Patrol. This is where pilots take off while it’s dark, and maneuver the open skies until it’s light enough to spot landing sites. An annual tradition since 1978, this is a great way to start the day. Thanks to a couple of Californians who developed lighting systems that let them see at night, grounded balloonists can estimate wind speed and direction each morning as they watch the patrol. 

Mass Ascension

Mass Ascension is exactly what it sounds like. In some ways, it resembles a parade. All participating balloonists launch and fill the skies with massive colors and interesting shapes. Specifically, participants follow a lead balloon waving the American flag while the Star-Spangled Banner plays. It really is an event worth experiencing. 

AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition

You might think chainsaws and balloons don’t go together, but you would be wrong. Actually, it’s quite a feat to witness carvers shape delicate features with a massive chainsaw. Carvers hail from Indiana, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Tennessee. Even better, you can purchase the masterpieces at an auction or buy other carvings on display.

America’s Challenge

This event is a race where gas balloonists compete. Pilots from different countries race to see who travels the longest distance. There are two premier hot air balloon races in the world, and this is one of them.   

Balloon Glows

Prepare for a sensory experience like no other when you witness balloonists fire up their ballons in the light sky. A fireworks show follows the glow of the balloons, and the combined events are known to be crowd favorites. People of all ages appreciate the balloon glow events.

Special Shape Rodeo

Special shape balloons take on less traditional forms than the standard hot air balloon. Balloons could be shaped like a motorcycle, an animal, or many other alternatives. As if hot air balloons weren’t spectacular enough, the special shape rodeo takes things to a whole new level.

Make Reservations

If you are in New Mexico at the beginning of October, you really should experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Secure your car rental, SUV rental, or van rental from us, New Mexico Rental Car, by calling (505) 373-1050, or reserve online