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Posted: September 28, 2021

Balloons to Launch from Schools on Friday, Oct. 1

Albuquerque Aloft is the unofficial kickoff to the Balloon Fiesta.

Hot air balloons will inflate and perhaps fly from the playgrounds of almost all APS elementary schools on Friday, Oct. 1, for Albuquerque Aloft, the first flying event of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Students, families, and staff have the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew and experience the excitement of watching and learning how a hot air balloon inflates and flies. Albuquerque Aloft, which began in 2005, is the only Balloon Fiesta flying event that launches outside of Balloon Fiesta Park.

Balloons typically begin inflating around 6:45 a.m. with launch time around 30 minutes later, weather permitting.

Albuquerque Aloft also provides city residents and guests a visual preview of Balloon Fiesta, as balloons launch from different sites around the city simultaneously. KKOB AM Radio, the official voice of Balloon Fiesta, coordinates the launch.

2021 Participating Schools & Balloon Assignments

This list is subject to change. Please check with your school to see if they are planning to participate.