The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is not just about balloon rides and fireworks. There are many other activities during the event including the firemen chainsaw cutting fundraiser products and contests, local heritage dancing, safety and wellness displays, concerts, and lots of food and merchandise displays. And nearby, is the Anderson-Abruzzo International Hot Air Balloon Museum which offers its own long list of intriguing exhibits.

Also at Fiesta, in the Balloon Discovery Center you’ll find displays about ballooning….from fun facts & figures to space suits to an interactive display where YOU can actually practice flying and landing a hot air balloon.(shown in the picture). NASA is actually a regular exhibitor here as well. NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base is the premier center for atmospheric flight research and testing. NASA is working to make flying safer, more environmentally friendly and quieter for you and me. This year, the NASA exhibit showcases upcoming airplanes on the horizon such as the X-57 Electric Propulsion Aircraft, a low-boom supersonic aircraft, a blended winged body aircraft and more. Visitors can learn about NASA’s 747 SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy); teachers from New Mexico have actually flown on the aircraft. There are models of all these aircraft for viewing.

There is also a scientific balloon exhibit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia showing how NASA uses balloons for research. In the exhibit, visitors will find out why high altitude flying requires a high-altitude pressure suit and watch a demonstration showing how pilots wear these suits to fly aircraft. You can even walk away with a complimentary NASA photo and a souvenir penny. Exciting, fun and hands on too!

Don’t miss the amazing Fiesta 2017 which runs October 7-15. It’s fun for all ages!

Guide: Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta