There's simply no other festival like it in the world. It's the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® and it's coming up next month on October 5-13. This beautiful time of the year is only made more amazing with the sight of hundreds of colorful balloons in the air. But this fiesta is not all just a bunch of hot air. There's so much going on during these 9 days to keep everyone from around the world in amazement.

Just the opening day on Saturday brings non-stop action and fun. Starting at the crack of dawn at 6am is the Dawn Patrol Show and the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30am. The opening ceremonies at 6:45am kick off the breathtaking Mass Ascension where all of the balloons will be launched, filling the Albuquerque skies with stunning colors.

And while the balloons are aloft, there's plenty to do on the ground, with the AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition & Auction, America's Challenge Gas Balloon Inflation, Team Fastrax Sky Divers, America's Challenge Gas Balloons Launch, and capping off with the AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show. And this is all just on the opening day!

Since this event is hosted by Canon, there will be a photo contest where you can show off your balloon photography prowess. And since half the fun of balloons is all the shapes they come in, the most popular event is the Special Shape Rodeo where all sorts of characters come to life in the sky.

In all, there will be 550 balloons with 650 pilots from around the world. Over 880,000 people will be there to witness this amazing spectacle.

You can get all the details at Don't miss out on this world-famous Albuquerque event!

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