Balloon Fiesta Schedule of Events

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All events are in Mountain Time. Entertainment events will take place at The Main Street Stage. This stage will feature our National Anthem performers, local dance and music talent, and a wide variety of musical performances during Balloon Fiesta.

Saturday, October 6

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Morning Glow / Laser Light Show 
  • 6:45 am: Opening Ceremonies / National Anthem – Ymelda Erin Coriz 
  • 7:00 am: Mass Ascension 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 9:00 am: Mystic Vic – Mystic Vic plays up-tempo blues and rock n’ roll.

Evening Session

  • 1:30 – 5:00 pm: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 5:00 pm: USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country – Wild Blue Country is the United States Air Force Academy’s commercial band of active duty musicians whose mission is to support the Air Force, and its Academy, both stateside and abroad. 
  • 6:00 pm: Twilight Twinkle Glow™  
  • 7:45 pm: Laser Light Show 
  • 8:00 pm: AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show
  • 8:15 pm: Pink Freud – PINK FREUD is a band of veteran musicians who have gotten together to faithfully recreate the innovative, psychedelic sights and sounds of Pink Floyd, and take you on a time warped trip back to the space age! Pink Freud will blow your mind via a brain-bending experience through the sound effects and music of Pink Floyd, and more.

Sunday, October 7

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Morning Glow / Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Mass Ascension / National Anthem – USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 9:00 am: Fiesta of Wheels Car Show, located on north end of Launch Field / USAF Academy Band Wild Blue Country 
  • 11:00 am: Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

Evening Session

  • 1:30 – 5:00 pm: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 5:00 pm: Prime 80z – PRIME 80’Z is a 3 piece ’80s tribute band that was formed in early 2014.  
  • 6:00 pm: Balloon Glow 
  • 7:45 pm: Laser Light Show 
  • 8:00 pm: AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show / New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra – Roberto Minczuk Music Director. Celebrate the 2018 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with your NMPhil! Fabulous fireworks and pyrotechnics coupled with selections from celebratory stunners such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and the “Imperial March” from Star Wars will punctuate this joyous Sunday evening of music for all ages at New Mexico’s premier event. 

Monday, October 8

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Balloons Launch from Park / National Anthem – The 44th Army Band 
  • 8:00 am: Competition Balloon Flying Begins 
  • 8:00 – 11:00 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Evening Session

  • No Events

Tuesday, October 9

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Balloons Launch from Park / National Anthem – Debbie Brown 
  • 8:00 am: Competition Balloon Flying Begins 
  • 8:00 – 11:00 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Evening Session

  • No Events

Wednesday, October 10

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol Show
  • 6:30 am: Krispy Kreme Morning Glow Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Flight of the Nations Mass Ascensionn / National Anthem – The Albuquerque Academy’s Unaccompanied Minors 
  • 8:00 am: Competition Balloon Flying Begins 
  • 8:30 – 11:00 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations

Evening Session

  • No Events

Thursday, October 11

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Special Shape Rodeo™ / National Anthem – New Mexico Philharmonic’s Young Musician Initiative 
  • 8:00 am: Competition Balloon Flying begins 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 9:00 am: Steven Cade – Houston-born country pop artist, Steven Cade, has captivated and energized crowds across North America with his signature sound. 

Evening Session

  • 1:30 – 5:00 pm: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 6:00 pm: Special Shape Glowdeo™ 
  • 7:45 pm: Laser Light Show 
  • 8:00 pm: AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show
  • 8:15 pm:  Red Light Cameras – The Red Light Cameras are a soulful, garage pop group from Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Friday, October 12

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol 
  • 6:30 am: Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Special Shape Rodeo™  / National Anthem – Suzan Rivera Tipton 
  • 8:00 am: Competition Balloon Flying begins 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 9:00 Entourage Jazz 

Evening Session

  • 1:30 – 5:00 pm: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 6:00 pm: Special Shape Glowdeo™ 
  • 7:45 pm: Laser Light Show 
  • 8:00 pm: AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show 
  • 8:15 pm:  Tylor Brandon – Founded in early 2017, Tylor Brandon and his Band have taken the Southwestern Music Scene by storm. They were voted as Best Country Western Band in the recent Weekly Alibi “Best of Burque” reader’s poll. 

Saturday, October 13

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol Show 
  • 6:30 am: Morning Glow / Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Mass Ascension / National Anthem – Jennifer Miera 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 11:00 am: Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

Evening Session

  • 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Music Fiesta™
    • 1:00 pm The Noms
    • 2:30 pm Michael Ray 
    • 4:00 pm Old Dominion 
  • 1:30 – 5:00 pm:   AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational 
  • 6:00 pm: Night Magic™ Glow 
  • 7:45 pm: Laser Light Show 
  • 8:00 pm: AfterGlow™Fireworks Show

Sunday October 14

Morning Session

  • 6:00 am: Dawn Patrol Show 
  • 6:30 am: Morning Glow / Laser Light Show 
  • 7:00 am: Farewell Mass Ascension / National Anthem – Reanna Molinaro 
  • 8:30 – 11:00 am: AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q & A

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