Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Launches in October

For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year’s event, October6-14, 2012, marks its 41st anniversary.

The New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. The signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Balloon Fiesta Park is located north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.

Visit http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

And don’t forget other Albuquerque events, some of which are listed below and included in other areas of this newsletter:

New Mexico Wine Festival, Sept. 1-3, 2012

The state’s oldest and largest wine festival celebrates 25 years with wine tastings from several of New Mexico's wineries plus live entertainment, food and high-quality arts & crafts. Wrap up the summer at the Southwest’s premiere wine festival! Loretto Park (Located in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque), www.newmexicowinefestival.com

¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival, Sept. 21-22, 2012

Local and international performers gather at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for this multi-stage festival.This annual celebration of world music and culture features international food and crafts, educational workshops, free family fun, dance classes and much more. www.globalquerque.com

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