fulltime families balloon fiesta

  2023 Balloon Fiesta Experience 


October 2-October 15, 2023 –Albuquerque, New Mexico


Plan now to attend the world’s largest balloon festival! In early October, the Albuquerque skies are filled with color as more than 600 balloons lift off from Balloon Fiesta Park. Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and be part of an amazing hot air balloon experience. Walk among the moving picture show of hot air balloons lifting gently through the crisp, fall air. It’ll feel like you’re in a dream.



Fulltime Families is excited to announce the 2023 Balloon Experience! We will arrive the week before the Fiesta begins to get to know other families better, have fun, participate in crew training, get up close and personal with the balloons, and learn from the balloon pilots themselves. This is an experience not to be missed!


The Fulltime Families Balloon Experience Rally will occur October 2 – October 15, 2023, which is Monday through the next Sunday.  Families will check-in on Monday, October 2nd, at Balloon Fiesta campground, and check-out Sunday, Oct 15th. Like last year, we will be there through the entire Fiesta to ensure that the lot we are in remains full of our community the whole time. This will also give the greatest chances of having all the Balloon Fiesta experiences such as Mass Assession, Glodeo, crewing, and watching the ballons come right over our campsites and land nearby.


The Schedule


Most organized rally activities will be scheduled Monday through Friday the first week, with group visits to the Fiesta on Saturday and Sunday. Rally fees will include one Balloon Fiesta admission ticket per attendee 13+, kids 12 and under are admitted to the Fiesta free of charge.


The Location


The rally will occur on the Balloon Fiesta Campground Standard lot. This is a boondocking lot within walking distance to the Balloon Field.


All Fulltime Families arriving Monday will be placed together in a gated camping area, within close access to a dumpster, portable toilet, and a shuttle stop. By arriving on Monday, we participate in half-price camping rates from Monday–Thursday.


Full-price rates will be charged beginning on Friday and through the remainder of your stay.


Other Notes


Keep in mind that by arriving Monday, there is very little delay for parking on-site, and it is a stress-free parking experience.  Arrive late however, and all bets are off!


Are you afraid to boondock? Don’t fret! We all help each other. A pumper truck can visit your site to pump your tanks and  fill your water for an additional fee. (In 2022 that fee was $30 per service per time). That said, a fellow Fulltime Families member will probably help with either for a handshake and a smile! Plus learning to dry camp is best done with friends!  The cost of one pump out is also included in your camping fee!



Your Rally Ticket gets you access to:




Rally Sticker for your RV
Rally Program Guide
Awesome Raffle Prizes!
Learn how to Crew for a Balloon with a Hands-On demonstration
Education Sessions with Balloon Pilots
Entrance Ticket for anyone 13+ to the Balloon Fiesta (Family Field Trips)
Kid Themed Arts, Crafts, and Activities
Entrance tickets to the Balloon Museum (Family Field Trip)
Kids Dance Party under the stars
Participation in the Kids Marketplace
Open and Closing Ceremonies
Name Badges and Lanyards
Shared Meal Time
Fake Campfires (The Balloon Fiesta does not allow real fires)
Mix and Mingle Games and Activities to meet new friends.




First week Monday – Sunday activities will be arranged into two daily sessions: a Morning session and an Evening session each day.  This frees up the middle of the day to do other things, like:


  • Working family members can still work and not miss out on all the fun.
  • Continue homeschooling/roadschooling, if you desire.
  • Restock your fridge with a visit to the grocery store.
  • Visit a local laundry facility.
  • Schedule time with the pump truck and water truck.
  • Help your child prepare for the kid’s marketplace.
  • Reconnect with old friends.
  • Meet new friends.
  • Relax for a few hours in between the crazy RALLY TIME!



Members Only!  If you’re not a member yet, click here to join now.


Step 1:

Add the rally tickets to your cart.  Rally Tickets are required for all family members over the age of 3 as of October 2nd 2023.

Event tickets will be $75 per person and dry camping for the duration of the event will be $600.

Fulltime Families Code of Conduct


We believe that the Fulltime Families community should be open for all families. We are committed to providing a family friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for everyone who chooses to join, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

This formal code of conduct explains our expectations for behavior of all participants, minors included, and also explains consequences for any unacceptable behavior exhibited. This behavior is expected toward all hosts, participants, leadership, campground employees or volunteers, and anyone else that you come in contact with during the duration of any type of Fulltime Families event, community gathering, or member activity.

Expected Behavior:

1. Be kind, considerate, and respectful.

2. Refrain from all discriminatory, harassing, and demeaning actions and speech.

Unacceptable Behavior:

1. Harassment, physical, mental, or emotional abuse, intimidation, using derogatory or demeaning materials or conduct.

2. Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive comments (written or verbal) related to ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation; intentional intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

3. Any physical abuse, including pushing, shoving, or use of any amount of physical force against a person.

4. Creating a disturbance that causes apprehension in a person.

5. Any boisterous or offensive language, including threats, profanity, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.

6. Assembling for the purpose of disturbing the peace or engaging in any behavior listed above.

7. Breaking listed rules of the venue or campground in which an event, community gathering, or activity takes place.

Consequences for Unacceptable Behavior:

Unacceptable behavior WILL NOT be tolerated in any form by adults or minors as this is a family friendly community. Anyone, adult or minor, that is asked to stop exhibiting unacceptable behavior will be expected to do so immediately. If a member continues to exhibit unacceptable behavior or the organizers feel that the first offense is severe, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate such as removal, suspension, or membership revocation. All of these will be done without refund.

Tickets for this event will go on sale Tuesday January 10th at Noon Central for Lifetime Members and 8pm Central for Annual Members. We do expect this event to sell out quickly.

Step 2:  Add a camping ticket to your cart.

Camping fees are for arrival on Monday 10/2/23 and departing on 10/15/23.  Camping fees also include one pump out.

Step 3:  Check out and complete your registration form



Please note your registration is not considered complete until your registration form is complete. If you are not taken to the registration form after completing your PayPal transaction, please email [email protected] to ensure your registration is completed.


General Rally Information:

Check out our Rally FAQs

Want to see Videos from past Rallies?  Check out our YouTube Channel for videos from other attendees.


Cancellation Policies

Rally Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before August 3, 2023 for a full refund of rally fees minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between August 3, 2023 – September 3, 2023 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after September 3, 2023 will not be refunded.
  • Need to cancel?  Fill out this form.  If a refund is owed, you should receive it within 7 business days.

Campground Refunds:

  • Camping fees will only be refunded if a replacement family can be found to take over your camping spot. We will work off the waitlist for this. No transfers accepted.


T-Shirt Refunds:

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.
  • After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.
  • If you want t shirts shipped, there is an additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt.