The Dancing Hot-Air Balloons of New Mexico

A vivid time-lapse video of the world's largest hot-air balloon festival. | By NGT Staff  
Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Mexico
Hundreds of hot-air balloons bring a surreal beauty to Albuquerque's skies. Photo: Joe Ross/Flickr/Creative Commons (

The largest hot-air balloon event takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico every October. At this year’s Alburquerque International Balloon Fiesta, hot-air balloons will rise over the city between Sat October 1-Sun October 9, 2016. The festival first began in 1972, with almost 600 balloons of various shapes and sizes filling the skies in recent years. The event is ticketed ($10/₹670 per session), but kids aged 12 and younger can watch the spectacle for free. This time-lapse video documents the extent of the festival, and is probably the next best thing to seeing the balloons up close in person.

Updated in September 2016.


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