Balloon Fiesta Discount Tickets & Free ABQ Aloft Ascension
Save $1 on Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta tickets and watch a free fiesta preview on October 1 with Albuquerque Aloft balloons launching from ABQ and Rio Rancho schools!
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2010 tickets cost $6 per session for adults – which means anyone over the age of 12. Children aged 12 and under get free Fiesta admission. However, if you buy a pack of 5 tickets in advance, you pay $25 – saving $1 a ticket or $5 in all! Go to the Balloon Fiesta ticket office (4401 Alameda Blvd. NE) for this deal, as they’re not shipping tickets in the week before the event, or call 1-888-422-7277 extension 303 for ticket information.
Update: Costco members, see the comment box below for info on Costco Balloon Fiesta discount tickets.
On Friday October 1, everyone can watch a free Balloon Fiesta preview with the Albuquerque Aloft community flights taking off from 58 Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools.
More than 100 pilots from Balloon Fiesta are taking to the skies from all points around town in a simultaneous launch coordinated by our friends over at KKOB 770 AM Radio. THAT sounds like a fun job! “OK guys, all together now, we have LIFT OFF!”
This is the only time that Fiesta balloonists launch outside Balloon Fiesta Park, so if you’re near a participating school, watch the skies overhead for up-close-and-personal views of the preview flights, before the 39th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta officially starts on Saturday October 2.
Our understanding is that schools are not open for outsiders to come on to school grounds, but some schools may invite parents to attend the launch. Everyone else has to take a perch nearby to watch the balloons.
- Where: See the list of Albuquerque Aloft schools
- When: Friday October 1, 2010
- Time: The launch is due to take place at 7:25 am
All scheduled balloon flights do of course depend on weather and safety concerns. Pilots may choose to stay on the ground if conditions are unsuitable to fly.
Find full information and schedules for the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.