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Xscapers Balloon Fiesta Convergence 2022 – SOLD OUT

September 30 - October 10

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Albuquerque, NM
Balloon Fiesta (Box View Sites - South RV Lot)
Sep 30 - Oct 5 (Session 1) - SOLD OUT
Oct 5 - Oct 10 (Session 2) - SOLD OUT

We are excited to take TWO lucky groups of Xscapers to the 2022 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 many Xscapers have gotten a ride in the past 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 Xscaper or Family.

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

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Event Hosts

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Scott & Carole Pleasants

These long time Xscapers are veterans of the Balloon Fiesta. They will be there to show you the ropes and make sure you are having a great time!

Convergence Location: In the Action!

We are in the action! 

Parking is in the Box View section of the south RV lot. It is walking distance to the event (about 1 mile) or you can take one of the free shuttles offered on site (wait times can be long).  All parking will be dry camping, so please plan appropriately. There is a dump service and water fill available on grounds throughout the week for an additional fee.

You can find the FAQ’s for RV parking at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by visiting: https://www.balloonfiesta.com/RV-Information

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Live Music-The Status Crowes!

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Schedule

Session 1 (Sep 30 - Oct 5)

Session 2 (Oct 5 - Oct 11)

Friday (9/30)

2:00 pm Arrival and Check-In
5:00 pm Meet a pilot and learn how hot air balloons work and how to make the most of your time here

Saturday (10/1)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
6:00 pm Night Glow
8:00 pm Fireworks

Sunday (10/2)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
2:00 pm Xscapers Concert – The Status Crowes
6:00 pm Night Glow
8:00 pm Fireworks

Monday (10/3)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension

Tuesday (10/4)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension

Wednesday (10/5)

 

6:30 am Morning Glow
7:00 am Mass Ascension
12:00 pm Departure Session 1
1:00 pm Arrival Session 2
5:00 pm Meet a pilot and learn how hot air balloons work and how to make the most of your time here

 

Thursday (10/6)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
6:00 pm Special Shapes Balloon “Glowdeo”
8:00pm Fireworks

Friday (10/7)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
6:00 pm Special Shapes Balloon “Glowdeo”
8:00 pm Fireworks

Saturday (10/8)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
6:00 pm Night Glow
8:00 pm Fireworks

Sunday (10/9)

6:00 am Dawn Patrol
7:00 am Mass Ascension
2:00 pm Xscapers Concert – The Status Crowes

Monday (10/10)

12:00 pm Noon Departure

Balloon Fiesta Full Schedule of Events

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Check out the full Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta schedule at www.balloonfiesta.com/Event-Schedule

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 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are porta-potties in the camping area, there are no showers.  This is a dry camping event.

We welcome your furry friends!  If they are outside your rig, they must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your pets. 

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.

We will have on-site trash dumpsters.  Please break down all trash to make it as small as possible. 

Please do not plan on arriving any earlier than the time listed in the pre-event email.

If you would like to park next to someone, please arrive at the same time.  We will try our best to park you next to those you arrive with.  Remember to make new friends and invite new people to join you. 

Please arrive full of water and with empty tanks.  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.  However, there are a lot of people drawing off the same cell towers during the Balloon Fiesta.  It may be necessary to leave the camping area for data-intensive requirements.

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

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel 60+ days prior to the event: A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your full refund. (Refund requests must be in writing by 11:59 PM CDT, August 1st, 2022.)

If you cancel 59 – 30 days prior to the event: You will receive a 50% refund of your registration fee. (Refund requests must be in writing by 11:59 PM CDT, August 31st, 2022)

If you cancel within 30 days of the event: No refund will be issued.

We only accept credit or debit card payment for Convergence registration. All refunds will be credited to the card used at time of registration. No cash refunds.

To receive any kind of refund, cancellation requests must be in writing (registration@escapees.com) by 11:59 PM CST, August 31st, 2022. No refunds will be given after August 31st, 2022. 

The main reason 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, or simply to generate content we would ask that you contact us directly for corporate sponsorship.

Registration Includes

  • Dry Camping Site (No hook ups will be available. Pump out and water available on-site for an extra charge.)
  • Status Crowes Concert
  • Commemorative Sticker
  • Souvenir Swag
  • Convergence Host

Covid-19 Precautions

Modified COVID-19 Precautions for Escapees Events – Effective For all Escapees Events After March 1, 2022

Gatherings and events are considered high-risk activities. As such, Escapees recommends all attendees 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and receive a booster dose, if eligible, before attending any club event. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting organizers, staff, and attendees from getting seriously ill, getting hospitalized, and even dying.  As with vaccines for other diseases, people who are up to date are optimally protected.

In addition, we strongly recommend that all attendees wear a face covering while indoors, wash or sanitize their hands frequently and maintain social distancing where possible. Unvaccinated individuals should wear a face covering at all times while indoors, per CDC guidance. Please be aware that there may still be certain circumstances where masks will be required. Attendees who choose to not wear a mask, are expected to be respectful and mindful of other participants wearing a face mask or covering.

Escapees will follow all state and/or local policies regarding COVID-19 and as such these policies may need be adjusted to comply with state/local mandates at the time of the event.

What we strongly recommend:

  • We highly recommend all attendees be fully vaccinated and up to date with boosters.
  • We highly recommend that attendees test for COVID-19 prior and during the event to reduce the unintentional spread of COVID-19.
  • We highly recommend attendees wear masks any time they are indoors or are in close proximity of others.
  • We highly recommend that attendees sanitize or wash their hands on a regular basis.
  • We highly recommend that attendees resist hugging (even though we terribly miss those hugs!) and bump elbows or fists versus shaking hands.

What we will do:

  • As often as possible, hold activities outside or in places with good airflow.
  • Separate seating so that non-family members can distance themselves when feasible.
  • Provide backup masks for those who forget theirs.
  • Provide sanitizer or sanitation stations for good hygiene.

Escapees Event Liability Waiver

Each attendee will be required to sign an “Escapees Event Liability Waiver” at the time of event check-in and agree that they are in good health, have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 5 days, and without fever. In addition, all attendees must agree to follow precautions implemented by the Event staff and assume the inherent risks with voluntarily attending an Escapees event and associated activities.

Situations in which you may not attend an Escapees event

You may not attend this event if any of the following are true for you or anyone in your party, unless you have met CDC criteria for discontinuing self-isolation:

  • Within 5 days before attending the event you have tested positive, or
  • Within 48 hours before attending the event, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), whether or not you are vaccinated.

Attendees who have had COVID-19 within 5 days before attending the event are unfortunately not eligible to attend. Registered attendees may receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee of their registration fee by emailing a dated copy of a positive test result to the appropriate event host or registrations@escapees.com.

Cancellations

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

Cancellation Policy and Fees:

If you cancel 60+ days prior to the event: A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your full refund. (Refund requests must be in writing by 11:59 PM CDT, August 1st, 2022.)

If you cancel 59 – 30 days prior to the event: You will receive a 50% refund of your registration fee. (Refund requests must be in writing by 11:59 PM CDT, August 31st, 2022)

If you cancel within 30 days of the event: No refund will be issued.

We only accept credit or debit card payment for Convergence registration. All refunds will be credited to the card used at time of registration. No cash refunds.

To receive any kind of refund, cancellation requests must be in writing (registration@escapees.com) by 11:59 PM CST, August 31st, 2022. No refunds will be given after August 31st, 2022. 

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 or injured during the event.

Details

Start:
September 30
End:
October 10
Event Category:

Organizer

Hollie Parks

Venue

Balloon Fiesta
4401 Alameda Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 United States
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