I was travelling through New Mexico a few years ago and we decided to spend the night in Albuquerque. We were on the way to my son Tyler's wedding to a quick stop and an early start the next morning to continue on our trip.

After a quick bite to eat, we were back on the road heading west to Arizona.  As we started our trip, the sky began to fill with a sight that I'd never seen before.  Hot air balloons.  Tons of them.  All sizes and colors and designs.  It was amazing.  I had timed my trip at the beginning of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

I've always thought how majestic it would be to float quietly above the ground in a beautiful balloon. And now the chance to not only get a glimpse of these extraordinary balloons is coming, but also for balloon rides!

The Apache Balloon Fest is coming up this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Apache Casino Hotel.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held outdoors on the Apache Casino Hotel property.

Event Highlights:

• 20 Hot Air Balloons
• Balloon Rides
• Balloon Glows
• Synchronized Kite Flying Shows
• Kid's Zone
• Specialty Vendor Booths
• Food Trucks
• Frozen Margarita Oasis
• Beer Tent
• Wine Bar
• Live Music

Kicking off Friday night's live music is American Idol top 50 finalist, Kourtney Smith followed by Garagemahalix, and on Saturday, American Idol contestant, Rissa Watson, and Crosswind.

For more information and a site map, check out details here!