October28th Annual Balloon Fiesta Show

Now Ranked #11 in the Nation! – Sunshine Artist Magazine

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Every October thousands of shoppers and collectors from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which coincides with Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This juried show features the work of 200 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.  The people of Albuquerque recognize the show by the landmark ‘Big White Tent’ – which is bigger than a football field!  In addition to a fantastic artist lineup, the festival features great entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, a culinary arts tent with samples of New Mexican fare, artist demonstrations, a Kids’ Creation Station, great eats and more!

2015 ARTIST GALLERY (2016 gallery will be posted soon!)

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Layout will be available following artist selection!


September 30 – Oct 2 & Oct 7-9, 2016


Fridays: 10am–5pm

Saturdays: 10am–5pm

Sundays: 10am–5pm


513 Louisiana Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87108

In the BIG WHITE TENT at EXPO New Mexico’s Racetrack Infield.  Enter through Gate 8, which is on Louisiana blvd., just south of the intersection of Lomas and Louisiana.  Once you get to the intersection of Lomas and Louisiana, head south on Louisiana and follow the signs into Gate 8!

Expo New Mexico Gate 8 Map


Tickets must be purchased at the door


Kids under 12 FREE


(Admission for all 6 days, includes free return parking!)


(Unlimited Admission AND RETURN PARKING to October, November & March Shows, a $47 value.)



EXPO New Mexico’s parking fee is $5.  Festival Passes and Grande Passes make this a one-time fee; if you purchase a Festival Pass or Grande Pass and return to the show again with your pass, you do not pay for parking OR admission again.  HANDICAPPED PARKING is available along the front of the tent.  The festival is on flat asphalt and astroturf and is fully accessible.  There are also parking lot shuttles!  


Shop from the works of the best artists & craftsmen from all over the country, including a great selection of artists new to the show!


Take a break from shopping and enjoy ongoing entertainment in our outdoor shaded pavilion.


This family–oriented festival features something for everyone – great shopping, dozens of ‘Artists at Work’, an outdoor food court, a large selection of specialty foods booths, beer and wine, the Kids’ Creation Station and More!