October 6, 2024

Fiesta of Wheels

at Balloon Fiesta

The 2023 Fiesta of Wheels People's Choice Winner is..

Ryan B's 1969 Ford F100

A Balloon Fiesta® Tradition. 

About the Fiesta of Wheels.

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Whimsical special shapes and Balloon Glows create a magical landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

The first Sunday of the event is special for automotive admirers, hobbyists, enthusiasts. The Rainbow Roadrunners Car Club will host a car display on the field after the balloons lift off. Hundreds of classic, vintage and special interest vehicles will parade from the West onto the field. Vehicles are from all over the state and country. All vehicles that fit into the categories will be accepted.  It is not necessary to register for this free event, however if large clubs are planning on attending together please Contact Us


As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, the requirement for masking and distancing is constantly changing. Please check with the New Mexico Department of Health at www.nmhealth.org or go to the New Mexico state website at www.newmexico.org for all the most recent updates and changes to COVID policies for the state. 


Staging for this year's event will be at the Rail Runner station at Los Ranchos/ Journal Center at 8:00 AM, MDT, October 2, 2022.  Full staging details are available here.


Restrooms are not available at the staging location.  Officials will alert us when the field is open and ready for us.  Although we anticipate this to be around 9:00 AM, the time is based on multiple factors and is ultimately out of our control. 

Drive to Balloon Fiesta park

As the field opens and we are given clearance to enter the field, we will collectively head toward the crew entrance.  For security, vehicles entering park will be subject to search.  While we make every effort to remain in one group, local traffic can cause breaks in the migration to Balloon Fiesta park.  If you are separated form the group, please continue towards the crew-members entrance gate to rejoin the group.  As we enter the park, you will be directed to parking areas.  Please follow traffic and instructions by all Balloon Fiesta personnel. 

Most importantly, Have fun!

 Staging location 

 Crew Entrance