Arguably the most iconic event in the state, Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon event every October. It is practically a rite-of-passage for all Lobos. Some are lucky enough to ride in the rising balloons, but for millions of visitors, the visual experience is enough on its own. The first and final flights of each day see the balloons glow against the dark sky while the mass ascensions during the day fill the sky with hundreds of balloons ranging from tradition designs to balloons in the shapes of various icons of pop-culture. In the growing cold of Albuquerque in October, the flames driving the balloons upward warm the hearts of the millions in attendance each year.