One weekend remains in the 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which ends with the morning session on Sunday, October 9.

The highlight of the event is the hundreds of balloons taking flight each morning and glowing each evening. Words can’t really describe what it is like stand in the midst of all the colors and shapes, so take a look at the photo gallery.

Other than that, the event is much like a fair. There’s a strip of food stalls - green chile stew, green chile burritos (everything green chile, really), pinion coffee by the gallon - storefronts including woven clothing and jewelry seen in many a New Mexico town, and tons of fun souvenirs. I particularly like to collect the enamel pins that sell so well.

Be sure to bring a jacket and dress in layers. Albuquerque is much like West Texas with warm, sunny days, but at roughly double the altitude it can get cold when the sun is down!

Water, collapsible camp chairs, sunscreen, and rain gear are also good items to consider.
A lot of folks choose to leave the festival after the morning flight and special shapes rodeo and branch out into Albuquerque itself for fun. Click the button below to see the top attractions in Albuquerque.