The Montezuma Ball is one of New Mexico's magnificent traditions.

Established in 1902, the Ball has since become one of the most prestigious and noteworthy black-tie events of the year, benefiting Albuquerque's treasured non-profits and charitable organizations.

2016 Beneficiaries

YDI foundation    •    Boys & Girls clubs of central new mexico    •   New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation


Thank you for joining us in celebrating
one of New Mexico’s magnificent traditions!

The Montezuma Ball first took place as a social event in 1902 during New Mexico’s Territorial Fair and was inspired by the book The Fair God: Or, Last of the T’zins, A Tale of Conquest of Mexico written by Lew Wallace. Intended to match the caliber of annual social balls in St. Louis and Denver, the first Montezuma Balls began with a majestic parade of floats, one of which showcased a giant eagle ridden by Montezuma. Even after Montezuma stopped attending in 1904, organizers kept his name, and new themes were chosen annually. The Ball was suspended in 1917 as the U.S. entered World War I. After the war, the Montezuma Ball came back to life sporadically until 1970, when the Alvarado Hotel, where the balls had been held, was demolished. 

The Ball was officially revived in 2000 at Hotel Albuquerque as a fundraising event for local non-profit and civic organizations. The new Montezuma Ball was immensely popular at its return and sold out its first event. The Ball retains many of the same elements from the original celebration, including the selection of a special King and Queen for each event. 

The Montezuma Ball continues to be one of the most successful fundraising events in Albuquerque. Its mission is to help Albuquerque identify with its historical past while raising funds to support the many charitable organizations that give so much to our community.

2016 King & Queen

Montezuma Ball Kings and Queens have traditionally been selected from well-known local couples, such as Sheriff Thomas Hubble and Miss Mabel Hunt in 1902.  An official announcement of this year’s 2016 Montezuma Ball King & King is forthcoming.