Watch This Time Lapse of the Int’l Balloon Fiesta, Pack Your Bags & Head to Albuquerque (VIDEO)

The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta offers one of the more extraordinary photo opportunities anywhere, and if you need a reason to attend this year’s event just watch the incredible time lapse below. The 2016 Festival runs from October 1-9, so you have plenty of time to plan a trip.

This awe-inspiring event is the largest of its kind in the world. What began as a small gathering of 13 balloonists in 1972 has grown to an international gathering with some 700 balloons and over 1000 pilots.

The famous “Dawn Ascension” occurs when all of the balloons lift off, one after another, starting just before sunrise. It’s an amazing sight, not only to behold but to photograph.

After watching the following video from Roadtrippers, read our tips on how to capture the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and then visit the official website for the event, which has everything you need to know. Then get busy!