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Made Your Reservations For The 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?

Made Your Reservations For The 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?


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Have you made your reservations for the 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?  If not do not delay.  Hotel, Motel and RV Parking spaces are filling up quickly in both the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho NM areas for the 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.


The 2015 Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta will run from October 3 - October 11th.  Normally one would want to be at the event for the first weekend and kick off of the world's largest hot air balloon fiesta.  

There are both early morning mass ascensions, special shape rodeos and evening events such as balloon glows.  You will not want to miss these events!


There is always plenty to do at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta including live music, chainsaw contest and much more to see and do.  There are all types of things to entertain and delight the kids and of course food, food, food can be purchased from early morning till late night.       


Come dressed in layers as October temperatures can vary from hot to cold and cold to hot.  Be sure to wear your comfortable shoes and have your camera handy at all times.


You can bring your coolers, drinks and your own food if you wish.  Please do not bring glass containers into the Balloon Fiesta area.  You can also bring your blankets and folding chairs if you wish to simply sit and take in all the sights and sounds that the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta brings.

Albuquerque Realtor John McCormack with Albuquerque Homes Realty would welcome the opportunity to speak with you and assist you with your Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding NM real estate needs.  John will be available to accommodate you with your home buying and selling needs during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  Simply contact John directly at 505.980.4576 or


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Comment balloon 48 commentsJohn McCormack, CRS • August 05 2015 01:00PM


John McCormack - On my bucket list is to one day get to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - what fun!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Hi John - It's been years - well, actually decades now - since I've been down for the baloon festival. I do hope to get back there some day - it's a great time to visit.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 5 years ago

John, this would be such a great event to attend and a great time of the year to do so.  On my list of things to do before the bucket kicks me!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 5 years ago

Hi John... I know this balloon festival is very famous. As someone who can't quite take amusement park rides I'm not sure how I'd do in a balloon. I hear they can really "move" you around. It's not the heights that bother me, it's the movement. (I also don't go on boats!). But I'm game to try one day.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 5 years ago

We have never managed to be there at the exact time.  We're going to be about a month late this year for our "out west" family vacation.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 5 years ago

John- I hope to go some day.  We tried to go to a small one in Houston but the weather wouldn't permit.  Hope that you and Debbie go and take lots of pics. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Good Wednesday evening John. I will have to pass for this year as I have a prior engagement in FL that week. I hear that it is fun.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 5 years ago

That indeed is an event I hope to attend one of these years. The timing is perfect when it cools down here too. Hope you are having a good week

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 5 years ago

Good evening John. I always thought the Balloon festival would be great fun.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 5 years ago

I have always wanted to come out to see this but not sure if those dates are going to work for me this year its been a bit hectic lol

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

There are several balloon festivals around the country.  But, I always think of Albuquerque as having the best.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 5 years ago

It would be hard to imagine a better photo opportunity than the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. The colors and the movement will be striking. What great memories for those who are able to attend.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 5 years ago

Every few years I get some of my biker buddies together, and we'll take a ride over that way and enjoy the action for a few days. One of the best Balloon shows in the country... bar none. 

Posted by Gary Mellott, Internet Guru (PIC Internet) over 5 years ago

This is a famous event, John. I keep telling myself I have to get down there for it. I don't know if this is going to be the year, though. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 5 years ago

Good morning John. I have seen videos of this event, really something and can well imagine what it must be like in person.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

The Balloon Festival looks like an event that should not be missed.  Loved the video.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 5 years ago

Hi John.  That looks like so much fun.  I didn't remember that it was the largest in the world.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

I always enjoy your video of this event John. What an absolutely great time to be had by all!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 5 years ago

John, I will be back sometime...I heartedly recommend this trip as a MUST DO!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 5 years ago

John, bet Ginny was smiling too when she read your post!   Only fond memories of the event and spending quality time with you both! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

John, we went to Balloon Fiesta in 2013 and had a great time! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 5 years ago

The balloon festival always looks it would be one of those super unique unforgettable experiences.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 5 years ago

John, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has always looked like so much fun to me. Your videos and pictures are amazing!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

WE have heard so much about this eveet..wishing sunny skies for making many memories for all those who  attend. 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 5 years ago

Hi John,

I have never seen an air balloon up close and personal. I hope I can get to attend this event in Albuquerque one of these days.

Thanks for the video. It is full of LIFE.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 5 years ago

Hi Debbie and John -- Albuquerque will be on colorful display in October for the 2015 Balloon Festival.  Nice reminder for this always popular event.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 5 years ago

John/Debbie, this was an experience everyone should be able to see at least once, it was fabulous! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

Hello John,

What a fun event - if I were closer, I would already have my ticket.  I hope that you and Debbie are able to attend and enjoy!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 5 years ago

Good morning John McCormack ,

The Albuquerques Ballon Festival is a spectualr how it has grown since I was there visitng my folks!! Enjoy the event..its someting that only comes around once each year in the Q!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 5 years ago

Oh how I wish I could be there!  A bit of a distance to travel though. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 5 years ago

John: This will no doubt be another great event with plenty of fantastic balloons and an abundance of spectators.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 5 years ago

I would love to see the balloons. We will be watching for your blogs and your photographs.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 5 years ago

I have seen a balloon festival with a lot smaller scale, meaning only 6 or so going up. But what an amazing sight it is to see them flat on the ground and then the inflation process begins.  It is amazing!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago


Attending the Albuquerque Balloon Festival . . . . will be a great experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 5 years ago

I would love to do that one day John. When I do I will look you and Debbie up so we can have a little meetup.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 5 years ago

I wish I could be there John what a fun time.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 5 years ago

Hi John McCormack , I will be looking forward to your photos of this great event. One day, I will make it there. It is still on my bucket list.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 5 years ago

Good morning John - that Albuquerque balloon fiesta looks like a very fun event! We have a similar one here in NJ.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 5 years ago

John McCormack 

I would love to see this someday. I've so much about it from friends who have been, and have seen lots of photos and video (including yours!). Some day!!

Look forward to you sharing all the fun and festivities, and balloons!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 5 years ago

John, I always look forward to your photo's and video of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 5 years ago

Hello everyone. It's great to see everyone and a big thank you for taking time to check out the upcoming 2015 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

It's a big event and is planned year round and it's beginning to pick up some real buzz around here now. If you're planning on coming get those reservations made for your stay early. Earlier is better.

Thank you for watching the YouTube we put together. We hope you enjoyed and it will motivate you to check out the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for yourself.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 5 years ago

The balloon festival in the Q is one of the most beautiful, colorful and exciting things that the city offers!  Definitely make a visit to John McCormack Town!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 5 years ago

Hi John McCormack ,  I have seen video specials on your festival.  All the ones I've seen wouldn't light a candle or a balloon glow to yours.  It would be a great festival to see.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 5 years ago

John - that is quite a unique event.  I love all of those colored balloons.  I am sure it will be crowded.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 5 years ago


That sounds like fun...we are going to be in Denver for Ron's sister's b'day.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

How visually spectacular, John! I am a big fan of primary colors and joy and being free and all of these are encompassed in this fiesta--a perfect word for this event. 

HOw many people attend? There are parts of your video that you could use as posters with inspirational sayings on them. I just loved it. Thank you!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 5 years ago

This is such a beautiful event every year, John.  I'm just going to have to come out and see it sometime soon.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 5 years ago

I met a couple today looking to selll their home, buy a motorhome and travel the country, one of their destinations was ABQ. Maybe i should join them. Have a good day

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 5 years ago