The Biggest Event of the Year!

The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, The White Sands Balloon Invitational Committee and the City of Alamogordo has joined forces to present the 28th Balloon Invitational. For the first time in its history, we will welcome some amazing musical artists to entertain our guests. Please join us for the 2019 White Sands Balloon and Music Festival (WSBMF)


  • Over 30 balloons from around the world to include some of the most skilled pilots in the country
  • Over 9 hours of Music
  • Over 40 Vendors – Food, Beer and More

The Event

The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, the White Sands Balloon Invitational Committee and the City of Alamogordo have partnered to present one of the most anticipated events in Southeastern New Mexico. This is the only time throughout the year that private aircraft can fly over the glistening gypsum dunes at the White Sands National Monument. This unique experience contiguous to the Music Festival has the quality to evolve into an event worthy of attracting major regional and national sponsors and a diverse audience drawn from a large geographic area in the years ahead. Naturally, we need to draw on our local businesses and community leaders for a portion of the financial resources necessary to execute an event of such caliber.

The Dates

  • Friday, September 6th
    The 2019 WSBMF will kick off with a Pilot Reception on Friday Evening. This is for the pilots, sponsors and crew ONLY.
  • Saturday, September 7th
    Balloons will launch from Ed Brabson Balloon Park and expected launch time is from 7-7:30 a.m. Entry will open at 6:00 a.m. Food vendors will be on site. Balloons are expected to stay up for approximately 3 hours. Attendees will have the option to stay and enjoy vendors or come back for The Music Festival at 2:00 p.m. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the balloons will fire their burners and light up all at the same time to illuminate the night sky. The Festival will end at midnight.
  • Sunday, September 8th
    Around 30 balloons are expected to launch from 7 – 7:30 a.m. at the White Sands National Monument. Park entry will open at 6:00 a.m. No vendors or food will be provided at the park. Please be sure to bring your own water. For park rules, please visit

***All activities are weather-permitting. All stated times are approximate.***