What started as a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the ABQ Balloon Festival now attracts more than 600 balloons and 1000 pilots.
Whether you are planning a family vacation, a couple’s getaway or a personal retreat, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) is a destination that everyone can enjoy. From hundreds of colorful balloons drifting effortlessly in a crisp blue sky, to brilliant firework displays in New Mexico’s beautiful desert landscape, it’s no wonder the AIBF is one of the most photographed events in the world. Ken Sklute, Canon’s Explorer of Light & Experienced Balloonist shares his tips to photograph the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.
Glamping at the ABQ Balloon Festival
New this year is a Glamping Experience at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Glamping tents are now available in an exclusive location in Balloon Fiesta Park. You can enjoy spectacular views of the balloons flying high against a stunning background of the Sandia Mountains from the tent village. No need to battle the traffic to get there to photograph the balloons in the sky, you’ll be within walking distance to the launch field.
Cost is $1,500 for 3 nights for 1 – 2 people
Photo tips for capturing the best shots at the festival
If you can’t make it to the Desert Kaleidoscope to see the hot air balloons dazzling in the skies at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta don’t worry ― Canon Explorer of Light Ken Sklute shared with us some stunning images from Mass Ascension and Balloon glow at the event from the previous years.
But if you are thinking about visiting the festival there is still time to plan a trip. Get those picnic blankets and cameras ready to go see the hundreds of balloons floating and glowing up the New Mexico skies. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta runs from October 5- 13, 2019 with Canon U.S.A., Inc., as the Presenting Sponsor of the festival. Check out Ken Sklute’s tips and tricks and equipment recommendations before you go, to capture your experience on camera and make your own painting with light.