ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Saturday is the first day of the 2022 Balloon Fiesta. This year, the event celebrates its 50th anniversary.

During a briefing early Saturday morning, pilots discussed the weather for flight safety. The weather starts out breezy, but sunny skies are on the way, a forecast predicts. After the briefing, officials raised a green flag. This means the weather is safe for balloons to head on up!

The evening glow event for Day 1 of the 2022 Balloon Fiesta has been canceled due to winds, and the flag has been changed from green to yellow.

The official Balloon Fiesta Twitter shared the information Saturday evening. They said, as of 6:35 p.m., the fireworks and drone show are still planned.

A few pilots tried to splash and dash; see in the following video:

Planned events for Saturday are listed below:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Krispy Kreme Morning Glow
  • 6:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 7 a.m. – Mass Ascension
  • 8 a.m. – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition
  • 10 a.m. – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Auction
  • 2 p.m. – America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Inflation
  • 3 p.m. – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition
  • 5 p.m. – Team Fastrax Skydiving
  • 6 p.m. – American’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch
  • 6 p.m. – Twilight Twinkle Glow
  • 7:30 p.m. – Team Fastrax Skydiving
  • 7:45 p.m. – Aerial Show
  • 8 p.m. – AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

Livestreams of the event can be found on our website. A photo gallery for the first day of the event can be found on KRQE’s website.