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Xscapers Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2024 - Two Sessions
Albuquerque, NM - SOLD OUT

It is that time of year again and we are taking TWO lucky groups of Xscapers to the 2024 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! If you haven’t been before, it is a must-see event for any RVer and it holds a special place in our hearts since it’s where the very first Xscapers Convergence took place! 

There is nothing quite as beautiful as waking up in the morning and seeing hundreds of hot air balloons fly above your RV or get up and take the walk to the launch field surrounded by balloons as they begin their ascent.   There is usually the opportunity to help crew for the balloon pilots and in the past, many Xscapers have gotten a ride as a thank you for helping out.

In an effort to include as many Xscapers as possible in this very popular event, we have divided the 10 day Balloon Fiesta into two groups- Session One and Session Two.  If there is space available, we will open it up to staying for the entire event. For now, we are limiting it to one session per SKP number.

*Are you looking for the Balloon Fiesta HOP? For registration information on this year’s Balloon Fiesta HOP, head over to escapees.com.*

Session One

Arrival: 10/4/2024
Departure: 10/9/2024

Session Two

Arrival: 10/9/2024
Departure: 10/14/2024

Schedule

Friday 10/4

Session One Arrival

Saturday 10/5

Drone Light Show
Dawn Patrol
Mass Ascension
Afterglow Fireworks

Sunday 10/6

Mass Ascension
Car Show
Live Music
Balloon Glow

Monday 10/7

Dawn Patrol
Balloon Launch
Fly In Competition

Tuesday 10/8

Dawn Patrol
Balloon Launch
Fly In Competition

Wednesday 10/9

Session One Departure
Session Two Arrival

Thursday 10/10

Special Shape Rodeo
Balloon Launch
Fly In Competition
Special Shape Glowdeo

Friday 10/11

Special Shape Rodeo
Balloon Launch
Drone Light Show
Live Music

Saturday 10/12

Drone Light Show
Morning Glow
Music Fiesta
Night Magic Glow

Sunday 10/13

Drone Light Show
Morning Glow
Dawn Patrol
Farewell Mass Ascension

Monday 10/14

Session Two Departure

FAQs & WTHs

There will be porto-johns available in the camping area.  There are no showers.

Yes!  Pets must be on leash when outside of your RV.  You must pick up after your pets.

Warning: The Balloon Fiesta field plays host to a fireworks show that is visible from our camping area.  There is some noise from the fireworks. But not as much as if you were on the balloon field where they are launched from  There are no fireworks or open fires allowed in the camping area.

Absolutely!  There are not currently any planned activities specifically for kids but our youngest Xscapers are welcome to participate in all age appropriate events.

There will be dumpsters on site.  Please break down all trash as small as possible, especially boxes!

There will be no early arrival or late departure available for this event.  

The camping sites are grass and/or gravel.

Parking is first come, first served. 

We will not be offering a ‘Solar Section’ at this event.  If you cannot stand the sound of generators, this may not be the event for you.

All sites will be first come, first served.  If you would like to park next to someone specific, you should all arrive at the same time and we will do our best to get you parked next to each other but we cannot make any guarantees.

There is no dump station available at this location. It is IMPERATIVE that you arrive with your black tanks empty and your water tank full.

There is water on site to fill jugs and containers but not whole RVs. Please arrive with your water tanks full.   There is a on-site pump out service for an extra fee.

Cell phone signal is strong for all major carriers.

There is no mailing address available for this event.

Convergences are long and can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.  It is important to practice self-care throughout the entire event.  Here are some things to remember:

PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Always be hydrating. Bring your own water wherever you go and be sure to get enough electrolytes.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy, nourishing food.
  • If you don’t know what’s in something, it’s best not to drink or eat it.
  • Drink responsibly. It is easy to overindulge when you know your RV is just a few steps away but becoming overly intoxicated can be dangerous for numerous reasons.
  • Don’t hesitate to take a day off. Check out the event schedule and consider choosing a day to sit out and allow yourself to recover.
  • Dress comfortably. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear that will keep you comfortable throughout the event. Consider the weather conditions and dress in layers if necessary.
  • Make a plan. Stick with friends throughout the event. Establish meeting points in case you get separated and keep others informed of your whereabouts.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Be observant of the people around you and any potential hazards. Report any suspicious activity to event staff or security volunteers.
  • Keep an eye on your beverage at all times. Additionally, lidded cups and bottles help keep dust and other unwanted items out of your drink.

TIPS FOR ASSESSING A POTENTIALLY UNSAFE SITUATION:

As much as we would like to believe that all attendees are good and have our best interests in mind, Xscapers are not immune to the presence of sh*tty people.  Additionally, we are not immune to the potential dangers of drug and alcohol use and misuse.

If it’s an emergency call 911!

  • If you suddenly feel like you’re becoming extremely intoxicated and/or suspect that your drink may have been tampered with, immediately inform event staff, or an event volunteer, or ask people to help you by calling the attention of one of these team members. Do not go off alone with anyone. Stay in or get to a group area if possible.
  • If you see someone who appears to be overly intoxicated, ask them if they need help. Particularly if they are being led away by someone who doesn’t appear intoxicated. Even if you are unsure of the situation, we recommend checking in. Simply walking up and saying “Hey! How’s it going?” gives you a chance to offer help if you think it’s needed.
  • If you or someone around you needs help, seek out event staff, a bash buddy, or a safety officer. They are there to ensure your safety and will assist you.

CONSENT

Consent is the cornerstone of a healthy community. It’s simple: whether it’s a potential sexual encounter, physical touch of any kind, something requiring permission that will radically alter the experience of another person, or involves recording someone’s image or voice, you are responsible for getting verbal consent before engaging. It is neither ethical nor acceptable to proceed without that person’s awareness and clear consent. An impaired person cannot give consent. Children (anyone under 18) cannot give consent, you must speak with their parent/ guardian. Be aware: Silence does not equal consent.  Coercion does not equal consent.

It is a felony to give drugs to a person without their knowledge or consent (even if it is meant in ‘good fun’). Don’t do it. Ever!

If you see someone who needs help, offer it. If you see someone being treated any way but wonderfully, step in and be an advocate or contact a staff member or safety volunteer. We are all in this together.

IT’S A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY!

The Escapees RV Club will not hesitate to involve law enforcement.  At the very least, you can kiss your club membership goodbye for any violation of our event rules and membership code of conduct.

CRISIS SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

If it’s an emergency call 911

List of non-emergency crisis numbers to call (available 24/7)

  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
    988
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    1.800.656.4673
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1.800.799.7233 or TTY 1.800.787.3224
  • Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

The main reasons for you to attend a convergence should be to have fun and meet other like-minded RVers.  Networking and making potential business leads is a natural result of being part of an awesome community.  We don’t want the Xscapers community to be bombarded or feel like they are a commodity. If the main reason you are wanting to attend an Xscapers event is to sell something, market to attendees, or simply to generate content we would ask that you contact us directly for corporate sponsorship.

If tickets for this event are sold out, you can fill out THIS FORM  to be added to the waitlist.

If we must cancel the event, or your attendance at the event for any reason, including due to local health department restrictions, such as those restricting the size of gatherings, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees.

Cancellations 60+ days prior to the event: You may cancel your registration for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee any time before 11:59pm Central on 08/05/2024. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to registration@escapees.com

Cancellations 59-30 days prior to the event: You may cancel your registration for a 50% refund of purchase price before 11:59pm Central on 09/04/2024. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to registration@escapees.com

No refunds will be given for cancellations after 11:59pm CST on 09/04/2024. All ticket sales on and after 09/05/2024 are final.

THIS CANCELLATION POLICY IS FIRM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

No problem! Just email convergences@escapees.com with your question, and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Is an Xscapers Convergence Right for Me?

Xscapers was formed to bring Escapees RV Club back to its original roots of supporting RVers who are working from the road. At Convergences, you will find a community of active and free-spirited individuals with a passion for travel and adventure.

About 80% of Xscapers have full-time jobs they do remotely or seasonally.  This means we typically don’t hold activities during standard work hours (with the exception of Annual Bash). Starting later in the day also means later nights. We have found that this can be a factor in deciding what event program people attend.

We try to give the most fun and entertainment value at an affordable price.  One way we do that is by boondocking as much as possible. Our events are also a great way for newbie boondockers to learn from experienced ones. We try to divide our camping areas into those who have solar and those who want to run generators when possible.

Xscapers is an inclusive community, connected through the bond of RVing. This means we welcome people from all walks of life, no matter race, sexual orientation, political/religious views, lifestyle or RV type. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.

Registration Includes

  • 5 Night of Camping at the South Box Lot
  • Live Music
  • One-of-a-Kind Event Swag
  • Collectors Event Sticker
  • Event Hosts

Standard Ticket Pricing

You must be a member of Escapees RV Club to attend this Convergence.

Tickets go on sale May 8th at 11:00 AM Central

*Prices are subject to change.

*Tickets must be purchased online through this website.

*Tickets are non-transferable.

After Registering

You will receive confirmation of your registration to your given email address within a few minutes of purchase.  It will include a link to the event Facebook group.  Specific arrival details will be emailed one to two weeks prior to the start of the event. Also, be on the look out for additional informational e-mails as the event draws closer.

 

By registering for this event, you are agreeing to the following:

  • As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents.
  • Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others.
  • As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation.
  • By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Convergences; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.
  • In addition to the above, you will be required during registration to agree that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees RV Club from liability should you become ill during the event.

Cancellation Policy & Fees

If we must cancel the event, or your attendance at the event for any reason, including due to local health department restrictions, such as those restricting the size of gatherings, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees.

Cancellations 60+ days prior to the event: You may cancel your registration for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee any time before 11:59pm Central on 08/05/2024. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to registration@escapees.com

Cancellations 59-30 days prior to the event: You may cancel your registration for a 50% refund of purchase price before 11:59pm Central on 09/04/2024. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to registration@escapees.com

No refunds will be given for cancellations after 11:59pm CST on 09/04/2024. All ticket sales on and after 09/05/2024 are final.

THIS CANCELLATION POLICY IS FIRM. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

EVENT DATE

October 4 - October 14

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