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Hot Air Balloon Festivals USA (2021 Calendar/Map)

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Written by Town & Tourist

2021 Hot Air Balloon Festivals: USA

Hot Air balloon Festivals are a Magical Bucket list experience you have to try! They are held annually, at many times throughout the year all over the USA.

At Town&Tourist we have compiled together a State by State Guide to Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the USA! 

There will definitely be a Balloon Festival happening in a state near you!

If not, you have to take a road trip to one of these Unique US Festivals! For example, we took a  New York to Phoenix Road Trip and stopped of at Albuquerque for the worlds Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival!

Contents: 

  1. Interactive Map of Hot Air Balloon Festivals USA
  2. Top 10 Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the USA
  3. Do Hot Air Balloon Rides make good gifts??
  4. My Favourite Hot Air Balloon Tours.
  5. State By State Hot Air Balloon Festival Calendar (2021)
  6. 8 Essential Hot Air Balloon Festival Tips
  7. Hot Air Balloon Rides over the Grand Canyon
  8. Cappadocias magical hot air balloon Rides.

If your ready to lift of, Dive into our Interactive Hot Air Balloon Map Below!


Interactive Map: Hot Air Balloon Festivals USA

Dive into our interactive map below!

User Guide: Use the +/- arrows to zoom in & out of the map.

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Tip: For the Hot Air Balloon Festival dates, scroll down to the Calendar. 

  • IMPORTANT NOTE (Please Read): MANY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL DATES ARE ESTIMATES & SUBJECT to Change.

DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF EVENTS (Crowd distancing/Global health isse & weather).

Please Confirm dates with Each provider BEFORE attending or booking. Contact links are provided.  

Top 10 Balloon Festivals in the U.S.A:

1.  Albuquerque Balloon Festival – New Mexico

The Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the World!

The largest hot air balloon festival in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, takes place in October each year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 9 day long Balloon Fiesta has over 500 participating balloons each year!

Check out this terrific article on 20 Golden Reasons – Why Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta SHOULD be on your Bucket list!

Wonderful Instagrammable Balloon Photos

Whats is the balloon glow show?

The finale for many of these balloon festivals is the “night glow” or “balloon glow” event.

At predetermined signals, the pilots blast the propane burners, releasing a burst of fire into the balloon.

The balloons “glow” like huge fireflies or Chinese lanterns, often accompanied by fireworks … it is a truly magical sight.

Balloon Festival Night Glow

Ojiya Balloon Festival, Night Glow Event | Kropsoq, via Wikimedia Commons

When is Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta will be held on October 3rd-11th 2021.

Where is Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta?

Balloon Fiesta Park
4401 Alameda N.E.
Albuquerque, NM United States 87113

(888) 422-7277
Email: balloons at balloonfiesta dot com

2. Quick Chek Balloon Festival NJ 

The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America!  

It is a premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. With twice a day mass ascensions of up to 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining music concerts and non-stop family entertainment.

For sheer variety of activities this is definitely one of the best!  With hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, a spectacular fireworks show and evening balloon glow this festival is jam-packed!

QuickChek Balloon Fiesta

QuickChek Balloon Fiesta

They even have Sunrise yoga, Pilates Classes and the famous running with the balloons 5k! 

This award winning festival, has won: 

  • The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event.
  • A Top 100 Festival in North America by the American Bus Association. (6 times in a row!)

While Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is sponsored by “Canon” Photography New Jerseys Quick Check has a guy named Dave fired out of a Cannon!

David “The Bullet” Smith holds the Guinness World records for height and distance traveled while being shot out of a cannon
QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.

When is the Festival?

This year the event is held between: JULY 24-26th 2021

Where is the Festival?

QuickCheck Balloon festival is  held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey, U.S.A

3. Great Reno Balloon Race – [Nevada]

The Great Reno Balloon Race came from humble beginning in 1982 with just 20 balloons, now showcasing 115 balloons and attracting an average of 120,000 spectators each year.

This makes the great Reno balloon race, the largest free hot air ballooning event in the entire world! 

The Dawn Patrol is a classic event, but make sure your up before sunrise to catch it! Several balloons head into the dark morning sky to check the weather conditions and signal the start after the festival .

After the great “Mass Ascension” begins from Rancho San Rafael Park.During three day event you will see the Reno skies filled with a colorful rainbow of hot air balloons.

Great Reno Balloon Race – [Nevada]

Great Reno Balloon Race – [Nevada]. Photo by Great Reno Balloon Race

Fun Fact: The original event was started as a way to keep visitors in town during the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races.

These days enthusiasts travel from far and wide to attend the event making it a massive part of the community.

When is the Festival?

Annually in Early September. This year it is scheduled for: September 11-13th 2021.

Where is the Festival?

Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nevada, United States ,89510 . 

775-826-1181

4. Freedom Aloft Weekend – [South Carolina]

If you fancy some excitement next Memorial Day weekend head down to South Carolina you won’t be disappointed.

Expect to see hundreds of balloons and a great live music event all rolled into one. Past performances by Trace Adkins, David Lee Roth, and The Doobie Brothers, have attracted many to this event. 

For the kids there is a popular “kids zone” packed with amusement rides and activities. For adults there is a classic vintage car show. 

Freedom Aloft Weekend – [South Carolina]

Freedom Aloft Weekend – [South Carolina]. source: gvltoday.6amcity.com

There is even a Frisbee Dog contest, for the pets! Reminds me of WoofStock

This event is produced all in good spirits and helps to raise money for local and regional charities. So you can sleep good at night after the excitements over.

When is the Event?

Freedom Aloft Balloon Festival is held Annually in May. This year it is held, Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26 2021.

Where is the Event?

South Carolina, U.S.A.

Helpful Directions: 

  • Merge Onto SC-28 E via Exit number 19A toward Anderson.
  • Turn Right onto Civic Center Blvd
  • At first red light turn right onto Mall Road. The Civic center will be located to your right,

5. Teton Valley Balloon Rally -[U.S.A] 

Independence Day special, head down to Idaho, U.S.A. Make your way to the picturesque setting of Teton Valley, sit back relax and watch the sky be filled with a colorful shower of balloons.  

The Teton Valley Balloon Rally is a non-profit organization, committed to keeping the magic of ballooning alive in the years to come.

Teton Valley Balloon Rally -[U.S.A] 

Teton Valley Balloon Rally -[U.S.A]

The traditional event, now in it’s 39th year, features several mornings of group hot air balloon launches from the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs.

During the four-day Teton Valley Balloon Rally, event as a visitor expect to attend a classic down-home parade, dance along to the tunes of a fiddling contest! 

If your after a raw all-American experience, then head down to here. See the lush green fields and spikey peaks of the area as you float over in a balloon.

Parking & admission: $5/car or $30/RV for the weekend. Walk/bike in the event for free, or you can volunteer to get a free parking pass for the morning.

When is the Festival?

The 39th annual Teton Valley Balloon Rally will take place
July 2-5, 2021 (4th July weekend). 

Where is the Festival?

Teton County Fair Grounds
Driggs, ID United States 83422

307-413-0174
Email: info at tetonvalleyballoonrally dot com

Insider Tip:

Hot air balloons launch from the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs, Idaho
just after sunrise each morning.

6. Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, CA

The Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic  is typically held on a Saturday and Sunday, and both days get going early – really early! At 5 a.m., when the pre-dawn morning is clinging to its last bit of darkness, a few brightly-lit balloons will rise majestically into the air.

Save the Panda! At Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
Photo by: sonomacounty.com

Within moments, almost as if the balloons made it happen, the first hints of sunlight will begin to color the landscape.

And while the colorful balloons drift above, you can enjoy live music & chomp on a tasty breakfast. Afterwards pick up some event souvenirs, check out the work of local craftspeople, and watch the children have fun in the Kids PlayLand.

When is the Festival?

Annually in Mid-June. This year the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic will be held June 27th-June 28th 2021.

Where is the Festival?

Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor, California, U.S.A

7. Temecula Valley Balloon/Wine Festival, CA

Wine and ballooning??  Yes its great if your a passenger!

There is no better place then Temecula valley, sample the local wines soak up the lush southern California weather and enjoy a whole host of ballooning fun! 

For the kids, the TVBWF includes rides, inflatables, pony rides, face painting and even a petting zoo! 

 Kid-friendly food like hot dogs, pizza and ice cream will be available for hungry little ones.

A Fun packed Family Event! At Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival in California.

A Fun packed Family Event! At Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival in California.

When is the Festival?

This year the Temecula Valley Balloon festival will be held May 29th-31st 2021 (Third week of May)

Where is the Festival?

Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Southern California Temecula Valley, California, U.S.A. 

951 676-6713
Email: tammy at tvbwf dot com

How to get there?
  • The Lake Skinner address is 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester, CA 92596
  • From Interstate 15, exit EAST on Rancho California Road or Winchester Road.
  • Look out for directional signs to Lake Skinner which is approximately 10 miles east of I-15.

8. National Balloon Classic – [Iowa]

The National Balloon Classic in Iowa100+ colorful hot air balloons + 9 Days of an Iowa Summer! = One hell of an event!  

Watch as the canvas of the Iowa sky is filled with a colorful fleet of eclectic shapes.

National balloon Classic Iowa

National balloon Classic Iowa. Source; Mark Davitt/Special to the Record-Herald

This family fun and friendly event has a kid land to keep the little ones entertained and live music to give a great atmosphere to the entire event. 

 Check out the great Dawn Patrols and evening Glows.

Other great shows include skydiving and even a pilots competition!  Watch as the skilled pilots compete for points and prizes every morning and every evening while dazzling guests below.

When is the Festival?

The National Balloon Classic will be held on the: 30th July to 7th August 2021 

Where is the Festival?

The Memorial Balloon Field
Highway 92
Indianola, IA United States 50125

Greg Marchant
515-961-8415
Email: info at nationalballoonclassic dot com

The Memorial Balloon Field is located 2 miles east of Indianan on Highway 92.

9. Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 

The perfect start to a Labor Day weekend, watch more than 70 hot air ballon glide over Memorial Park. 

Started over 40 years ago,  Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off offers a large variety of events and entertainment, 

From a skilled chainsaw carving contest to doughnut eating championship!  

For those aeronautic enthusiasts out there spot the adrenaline packed sky drivings demos!

Watch this video on YouTube.

How much is Entry?

Admission to the park is FREE, so bring the whole family for a day of fun activities.

When is the Festival?

 Labor Day weekend: September 5th-7th 2021

Where is the Festival?

Memorial Park Colorado Springs
1605 E Pike Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, CO United States 80909

10. Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair – [Arizona]

This is a jam packed event with a mass ascension and tethered balloon rides to start. When thats over head to the “Walk in” Balloon to get a feel of what it’s like to be inside vast material.

Look over head and you will see captivating Air shows in the Sky above.  For kids; Carnival rides, creative balloons and a fire service display is set to keep them entertained. If your a car enthusiasts there is even an impressive classic car show. 

After a fun and busy day relax in the evening and watch the luminous balloon glow show.

Havasu Balloon Festival

Havasu Balloon Festival is great for water activities, such as Boating! Photo by: havasuballoonfest.com (8p)

When is the Festival?

 This year the Havasu Balloon Festival will be held: Jan 9th -12th 2021. (Mid January.)

Where is the Festival?

Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor 4)
171 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu, AZ United States 86403

Marquita McKnight
928.453.3232
Email: marquita at impruvit dot com

When should you take a Hot Air Balloon Ride??

Of course taking a Hot Air Balloon ride at the festival is spectacular. However, this is also the most EXPENSIVE & High demand time to take trip!!! 

If you would like to take an epic hot air balloon ride in the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the world” Albuquerque but not break the bank, then listen up to this big tip!

Insider Tip:

Take a Bucket list Hot Air Balloon Ride in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when the festival isn’t on! This is alot cheaper but still an amazing Bucket-list experience.

Hot Air Balloon Festivals USA

Hot Air Balloon Festivals USA

Do Hot Air Balloon Rides make good gifts??

Have you ever struggled to think of a birthday gift for a friend, partner or family member?

Do you find what you have bought them in the past just isn’t good enough or not what they wanted??

Studies have shown that 88% of people prefer “Bucket List Experiences” over gifts!

To book a life changing Hot Air Balloon Experience in Albuquerque, follow this link HERE

A Hot Air Balloon Ride is Bucket List Experience for everyone!

A Hot Air Balloon Ride is Bucket List Experience for everyone!

Want an Epic Balloon Ride over Orlando?

This tour is ideal for a group of friends, families or a fun couple!

Take the Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride over the picturesque orchards & waterways of central Florida!

My Kids even saw Walt Disney World! They loved it, it definitely a better gift then some toy they would play with once!

Afterwards enjoy a Champagne toast with post-flight snacks and receive a special flight certificate!

For more details on this Epic trip follow the link HERE

Fancy a Romantic Hot Air Balloon ride over Vegas? 

Bright lights? Big City?? There is no better way to experience the Las Vegas strip then by air!!!

As we lifted of the glowing below was enticing and magical! Definitely an experience i will never forget!

We took the Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride which took over the mountains as the sun swept below them majestically.

We were sceptical about the experience at first, but it really does put everything into perspective and surprisingly it actually brought me and my husband closer together!

Afterwards, we settled down for a Champagne toast and a chat with the professional balloon Pilot!

Watch this video on YouTube.

Check out this Bucket list adventure by following the link HERE

Tip: Be sure to book this trip well in advance on the FIRST 1-2 days of your trip in Vegas, as they can be in demand and also be rescheduled due to bad weather

2021 Balloon Festivals USA: Ultimate Calendar!

This is a calendar of all of the 2021 Balloon Festivals in the USA that we have been able to confirm to date.

Of course, you should still double-check their websites and social media profiles to make sure the event hasn’t been cancelled due to weather. 

The list view is sortable by balloon festival name, state, and date. If you do come across one that we missed, please email us and we will try to get it added before the 2021 balloon festival season ends.

We will be updating this calendar each year, so we hope you will link to us and share! The embed code is available at the bottom of the page.

Legend: The Days in Orange are the previous years dates, new ones tba.

Tip: Click header links to sort ascending/descending alphabetically. (You may have to click it twice.)

2021 Balloon FestivalsState, CityMonthDay(s)Follow
Adirondack Hot Air Balloon FestivalNY, Glens Falls(09) Sep17–20thFacebook
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon ClassicAL, Decatur(05) May23–24thTwitter
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta #BalloonFiestaNM, Albuquerque(10) Oct 3–11thFacebook Twitter
Ashland BalloonFestOH, Ashland(06) Jun25–27thFacebook
Bluff Balloon FestivalUT, Bluff(01) Jan17–19thFacebook
Carolina BalloonFest #CarolinaBalloonFestNC, Statesville(10) Oct16–18thFacebook Twitter
Centralia Balloon FestivalIL, Centralia(08) Aug21–23rd
Chester County Balloon FestivalPA, Toughkenamon(06) Jun26–28thFacebook Twitter
Colorado River Crossing Balloon FestivalAZ, Yuma(11) Nov22–24thFacebook
Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off #LDLOCO, Colorado Springs(09) Sep5th-7thFacebook
Eyes to the Sky Balloon FestivalUT, Salina(06) Jun19–21stFacebook
Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon FestivalMI, Battle Creek(07) Jul1–5thFacebook Twitter
Great Falls Balloon FestivalME, Lewiston/Auburn(08) Aug16–18thFacebook
Great Forest Park Balloon Race*MO, Saint Louis(09) Sep18-19thFacebook
Great Mississippi River Balloon RaceMS, Natchez(10) Oct16–18thFacebook
Great Pershing Balloon DerbyMO, Brookfield(08) Aug/Sep31–2ndFacebook
Great Prosser Balloon RallyWA, Prosser(09) Sep27–29th
Great Reno Balloon Race #RenoBalloonRaceNV, Reno(09) Sep11-13thFacebook Twitter
Great Texas Balloon RaceTX, Longview(06) Jun19–21st
Great Wellsville Balloon RallyNY, Wellsville(07) Jul17–19thFacebook Twitter
Havasu Balloon Festival & FairAZ, Lake Havasu City(01) Jan21–24thFacebook Twitter
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & FestivalGA, Helen(06) Jun4th-6thFacebook
Hot Air JubileeMI, Jackson(07) Jul23-26thFacebook
Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon FestivalNY, Poughkeepsie(08) AUG14th
Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon FestivalIN, Bloomington(09) Sep11–13th
Lakeside of the SmokiesTN, White Pine(10) Oct24–25thFacebook
Lisle Eye To The Skies FestivalIL, Lisle(07) Jul2–4thFacebook
Macomb Balloon RallyIL, Macomb(09) Sep11–12thFacebook
Michigan Challenge BalloonFestMI, Howell(06) Jun26–28thFacebook Twitter
Montpelier Bean Days Balloon FestivalOH, Montpelier(07) Jul19–20thFacebook
National Balloon ClassicIA, Indianola(07) Jul/Aug24–1stFacebook
New York State Festival of BalloonsNY, Dansville(09) Sep4th-6thFacebook
Northwest Art & Air FestivalOR, Albany(08) Aug28–30thFacebook
Plano Balloon Festival #PlanoBalloonTX, Plano(09) Sep18–20thFacebook Twitter
Quick Chek NJ Festival of BallooningNJ, Readington(07) Jul24–26thFacebook Twitter
Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft & Music FestivalVT, Quechee(06) Jun19-21stFacebook
Ravenna Balloon-A-FairOH, Ravenna(09) Sep19–20th
Spiedie Fest & Balloon RallyNY, Binghamton(08) Aug2–4thFacebook
Spirit of Boise Balloon ClassicID, Boise(09) Sep2nd-6thFacebook
Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine FestivalCA, Temecula(05) May29-31stFacebook Twitter
Thurston ClassicPA, Meadville(06) Jun19-21stFacebook
University Toyota’s Balloons Over MorgantownWV, Morgantown(10) OctTBcFacebook
US National Hot Air Balloon Championship (BFA)Varies(08) Aug10-13thFacebook
Warren County Farmers’ Fair Balloon FestivalNJ, Warren Co.(08) Aug4thUPDATED 2021
Old West Balloon FestivalNE, Three locations.(08) Aug10-15thFacebook
The Great Forest Park Balloon RaceMO, St Louis(09) Sep18-19
All Ohio Balloon FestivalOH(08) Aug13th
Red Rock Balloon RallyNM, Gallup(12) Dec6th-8th
Stoweflake Balloon FestivalVT, Woodstock(07) Jul10-12th
Americas Freedom FestivalUT, Provo(07) Jul2-4th
Angola Balloons AflotIN, Angola(07) Jul10-11th
Apache Balloon FestivalOK, Lawton(08) Aug22nd-25th
Arizona Balloon ClassicAZ, Goodyear(01) Jan24-26th
Arkansas Hot Air Balloon FestivalAR, Harrison(09) Sep6-8th
Arkansas Valley Balloon FestivalRocky Ford, CO(11) Nov2-3rdFacebook
Ascension Hot Air Balloon FestivalLA, Gonzales(09) Sep27-29th
Crown of Maine Balloon FestPresque Isle, ME(08) Aug27-30th
Chicken-Fried Steak Festival and Balloon RallyLamesa, TX(04) Apr24-26th
Winnemucca Balloons Hot Air Balloon FestivalWinnemucca, NV(05) May17-19th
New Smyrna Beach Balloon and SkyfestNew Smyrna Beach, FLtbctbc
Olympic Peninsula Air AffaireSequim, WA(08) Aug29th
Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian InnFrankenmuth, MI(05) May23-24th
Balloons Over VermilionDanville, IL(07) Jul10-11th
Hot air Affair Rising above CancerAnderson, SC(05) May3-4th
Out West Balloon Fest & Fun RunGlendale, AZ(03) MAr2-4th
Rio Grande ClassicRio Rancho, NM(05) May22-25th
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon ClassicDecatur, AL(05) May23-24th
My Waterloo DaysWaterloo, IA(06) Jun1-7th
Blueberry BalloonfestPlymouth, IN(09) Sep4-7th
Empire State Hot Air Balloon FestivalPoughquag, NY(06) Jun21-23rd
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon FestivalBattle Creek, MI(07) Jul1-5th
Plano Balloon FestivalPlano, TX(09) Sep18-20th
Hopkins County Dairy FestivalSulphur Springs, TX(06) Jun7th
Balloons and TunesArtesia, NM(11) Nov1-3rd
Preakness Celebration Balloon FestivalWest Friendship, MD(11) Nov10-12th
Dogwood FestivalPerry, GA(04) Apr18-19th
The Great American Duck RaceDeming, NM(08) Aug20-23rd
Sevier County’s Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival.Salina, UT(06) Jun19-21st
U.S. Bank Great BalloonFestLouisville, KY(04) Apr23-25th
Thunder on WaterGrenada, MS(06) Jun10-14th
Ruby Mountain Balloon FestivalSpring Creek, NV(07) Jul25-28thFacebook
Columbus Day FestivalColumbus, KS(10) Oct11-13th
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon RallyRiverton, WY(07) Jul14-22nd
Touchstone Energy Balloon FestShelbyville, IL(10) Oct11-13th Oct
Panguitch Valley Balloon RallyPanguitch, UT(06) Jun26-27th
Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon RodeoSteamboat Springs, CO(06) Jun11-12th
Fall River Hot Air Balloon FestivalHot Springs, SD(08) Aug29-30th
Spirit of Boise Balloon ClassicBoise, Idaho, ID(09) Sep2-6th
Defiance County Hot Air Balloon FestivalDefiance, OH(08) Aug3rd
Great Plains Balloon RaceSioux Falls, SD(08) Aug10-12th
Larosa’s Balloon GlowCincinnati, OH(07) Jul3rd
Balloons over BendBend, OR(07) Jul24-26th
South County Balloon FestivalKingston, RI(07) Jul23-24th
North West Georgia Hot Air Balloon and Aviation FestivalRome, GA(06) Jun28-29th
Oklahoma Festival of BallooningMuskogee, OK(08) Aug28-29thFacebook
Walla Walla Balloon StampedeWalla Walla, WA(10) Oct16-20th
Casper Balloon RoundupCasper, WY(07) Jul17-19th
Rising Above It Balloon Glow GalaBel Air, MD(09) Sep14th
Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon FestWhite Pine, TN(10) Oct24-25th
Cherry Blossom FestivalMacon, GA(03) Mar27-5th
ClovisFestClovis, CA(10) Oct24-25th
Balloons over Angel FireAngel Fire, NM(06) Jun19-21st
Color RunPagosa Springs, CO(09) Sep18-20th
Up in the Air for Family CareAmarillo, TX(07) Jul9th
Big Country Balloon FestAbilene, TX(09) Sep27-29th
Elephant Butte Balloon RegattaElephant Butte, NM(09) Sep13-15th
Jamesville Balloon FestJamesville, NY(06) June12-14th
Grand Rapids Balloon FestivalHudsonville, MI(07) July18th
Elkhart Co. 4H Balloon ChaseGoshen, IN(08) Aug24-1st
Friends and Lovers RallyAlbuquerque, NM(02) Feb8-9th
Harmony JubileeFitzgerald, GA(09) Sep27-28th
Great American Balloon RaceJunction City, KY(06) Jun9th
Quad Cities Balloon FestivalEast Moline, IL(08) Aug14-15th
Northeast Balloon FestivalNorthampton, CT(07) Jul12-14th
Green River FestivalGreenfield, MA(07) Jul10-12th
Poteau Balloon FestPoteau, OK(10) Oct16-17th
Kalamazoo Balloon FestRichland, MI(08) Aug23-25th
Hudson-Concord Elks Balloon FestivalHudson, MA(08) Aug17-18th
Page Lake Powell Ballon RegattaPage, AZ(11) Nov6-7th
Hudson Hot Air AffairHudson, WI(02) Feb7-9th
Nebraska Balloon & Wine FestivalElkhorn, NE(08) Aug7-8th
Bayou Road Balloon FestivalChalmette, LA(11) Nov1-3rd
Chesapeake Bay Balloon And Wine FestivalCordova, MD(08) Aug29-30th
White Mountains Balloon FestivalLakeside, AZ(06) Jun26-28th
Coshocton Hot Air Balloon FestivalCoshocton, OH(06) Jun4-6th
Metamora Country Days and Hot Air Balloon FestivalMetamora, MI(08) Aug28-29th
Up Up and Away FloridaLakeland, FL(02) Feb28-1st
Frederick in FlightFrederick, CO(06) June26-28th
Burger Fest Hot Air Balloon RallySeymour, WI(08) Aug7-8th
Great Galena Balloon RaceGalena, IL(06) Jun19-21st
Ogden Valley Balloon And Artist FestivalEden, UT(08) Aug16-18th
Sweetwater Float FestSweetwater, TX(04) Apr24-26th
Spokane ValleyfestSpokane Valley, WA(09) Sep25-27th
Suncook Valley Rotary Club Hot Air BalloonPittsfield, NH(08) Aug2nd-4th
Plainville Hot Air Balloon FestivalPlainville, CT(08) Augtba
Mesquite Balloon FestivalMesquite, NV(01) Jan24-26th
Wapakoneta Summer Moon FestivalWapakoneta, OH(07) Jul12-21st
Balloons Over RockbridgeLexington, VA(07) Jul3-4th
Snowdown Balloon RallyDurango, CO(01) Jan29th-2nd
Hot Air Balloons Over MarineMarine, IL(09) Sep25-26th
Taos Mountain Balloon RallyTaos, NM(10) Oct23rd-25th
The Great Balloon RaceGalesburg, IL(07) Jul26-28th
Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon FestivalCathedral City, CA(11) Nov22nd-24th
Elings Park Hot Air Balloon & Wine FestivalSanta Barbara, CA(09) Sep14th
Big Sky International Balloon RendezvousBillings, MT(07) Jul28-30th
LONG ISLAND SUMMER FESTIVALLake Grove, NY(07) Jul12-13th
Wausau Balloon and Rib FestWausau, WI(07) Jul9-12th
Dazzling Daylilies – Balloons Over The GardenOwensboro, KY(06) Jun20-29th
White Sands Balloon InvitationalAlamogordo, NM(09) Sep7-8th
Moffat County Balloon FestivalCraig, CO(08) Aug7thUPDATED 2021
Festival of BalloonsTigard, OR(06) Jun26-28th
Snowmass Balloon FestivalSnowmass Village, CO(09) Sep11-13th
Ohio ChallengeMiddletown, OH(07) Jul17-18th
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay ResortHorseshoe Bay, TX(04) Apr10-12th
Erie Town Fair and Balloon FestivalErie, CO(05) May15-17th
Huff n Puff Hot Air Balloon RallyTopeka, KS(09) Sep6-8th
Eyes to the SkiesLisle, IL(07) July2-4th
Frankton Heritage DaysFrankton, IN(09) Sep18-20
OWL-O-WEEN HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVALKennesaw, GA(10) Oct18-20
Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon FestivalFoley, AL(05) May1-2nd
Fun FestKingsport, TN(07) July12-20th
Winthrop Balloon RoundupWinthrop, WA(03) March6-8th
Pahrump BalloonFestPahrump, NV(02) Feb21-23rd
Skylight Balloon FestivalSelma, TX(10) Oct23-25th
Paris Balloon and Music FestivalParis, TX(07) Jul17-18th
FireLake Fireflight Balloon FestivalShawnee, OK(08) Aug7-8th
Flag City BalloonFestFindlay, OH(08) Aug14-16th
Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon RallyCastile, NY(05) May25-28th
Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon FestivalKyle, TX(09) Sep4-6th
Saratoga Balloon and BBQ FestivalBallston Spa, NY(06) June19-21st
Balloons over RussellvilleRussellville, AR(05) May01-3rd
Cambridge Valley Balloon FestivalCambridge, NY(06) Jun5-7th
St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon RallyeBelen, NM(03) Mar13-15th
SCI Kiwanis Indiana Balloon FestBloomington, IN(09) Sep6-8th
Salt River Fields Balloon SpooktacularScottsdale, AZ(10) Oct26-27th
Western Pennsylvania Balloon QuestNEW CASTLE, PA(07) July8-12th

Fun Fact: The Great Forest Park Balloon Race has been billed as the WORLD OLDEST & most well attended FREE Hot Air Balloon Festival in the USA.


2021 Balloon Festival Tips:

10. Budget your trip

Many Balloon festivals are usually free or very low cost; however, donations are generally accepted.

9. Plan to travel in advance

These events attract thousands of people (the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival attracts close to 80,000 a day) so expect traffic and delays getting into and out of the parking lots. Get there early – and the bigger the balloon festival, the earlier you should plan to arrive…. even as much as two hours early.

8. Bring a high quality backpack!

A high quality backpack can be really useful to carry snacks and drinks especially on a hot day. Check out: Recommended Backpacks.

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Hot Air balloon festivals usa 1

Wrap up! It’s generally colder in the morning or evening and it will be even more chilly on an open field.

7. Drones are a BIG no-no.

Don’t do it. Just don’t. If you do like drones check out: Top 20 Drone expos in the U.S.A: 2021

6. Bring a high quality camera!

If you share your photos on social media, be sure to use the official event hashtag & ours! #TownTourist.

With alot of these Hot Air Balloon Festivals being sponsored by Canon its no wonder that, bringing a high quality Travel camera is a must!

Cell Phones just won’t cut it! Check out our Travel Photography Gear Reviews

Canon Sponsors many Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the USA

Canon Sponsors many Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the USA

5. Check the weather

Balloon flights and activities are usually weather dependent. Ideal wind speeds are 3-5 mph and if winds increase beyond 8-10 mph, or if it is raining, it is unlikely that the balloons will be able to fly.

4. The festivals themselves usually do not schedule balloon rides.

Many participating pilots and balloon operators book their rides independently. Use one of the tours mentioned above to book a hot air balloon ride. 

3. Watch out for scams!

Beware of anyone trying to sell you gift certificates for hot air balloon companies. Always call the company directly to purchase a gift certificate.

2. Book Your HOTELS in advance! 

With large number of visitors (80,000 people per day for Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!) Hotel Rooms tend to sell out fast!

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Auberge-Resorts_California

Book your hotels in advance, check out this post here: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

1. Book Car Rental In advance

Due to the aforementioned reasons, car rental companies also tend to sell out quick during festival season.

car rental travel hacks

car rental travel hacks

For tips on how to get the best prices & avoid car rental “charges”.Check out: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!


Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Grand Canyon?

Check out this inspiring Article.

5 Golden Reasons – Why you should take a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Grand Canyon.

Canyon Balloon Rides, Photo by: Jennifer C, Helena, MT)

Fancy an Exotic International Balloon Ride?

One place exceptional place is Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s a true wonderland and Magical Experience…very different to anything in the U.S.

Cappadocia Balloon Experience – [Turkey]

Originally forged by a volcanic eruption, Cappadocia is beauty which is risen from the ashes like a phoenix! Although not technical a festival, this one definitely deserves to be high on our list. 

Cappadocia is a bucket list experience dreams are made of! Recently, the popularity of this area has exploded due to wonderful instagrammable images popping up showing the true magic of this rocky natural wonder.

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hot-air-balloon-tours-

Get lost in the areas vast network of tunnels and historic streets. From the air to true spectacular landscape if breath taking with ethereal “fairytale chimneys”, where the spikey limestone spires can be seen rising up.

Now a  World Heritage site, Cappadocia’s is like a fine wine, aged, rich and full of flavour!

Where?

Cappadocia Region, Central Turkey.

How to get there?

A great option is to fly to Nevsehir (NAV) airport then take a 45 min cab ride to the Cappadocia. We found this the easiest when flying from the U.S.A. 

Alternative options are too try and Fly direct to Cappadocia. There are two main airports that you can use to reach Cappadocia.

  • Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) located in Kayseri and nearly one hour drive to the center of Cappadocia region.
  •  Turkish Airlines operates several direct (nonstop) flights from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) to Kayseri Erkilet Airport.

This is hands down one of the best places to float by on a hot air balloon, popular with engagements and even weddings!

Our advice would be book tickets for a hot air balloon ride as soon as possible, before Turkeys Majestic Secret is out!

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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Rides . Source: partner.

How much does a Balloon Ride cost at Cappadocia?

The cost of a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is Between 150 euros -180 Euro, or ($170 – $200). 

This is usually a per person rate for approximately one hour.Group bookings can be a lower price depending upon size. Prices have seen an increase in recent years due to Cappadocia’s explosion in popularity!

How long should I stay in Cappadocia?

3 days or more in Cappadocia is a great amount of time. Three days allows you to see all of the big sites, do some hiking, check out the deep caves, and of course go on a hot air balloon ride.

Top Tip:

Due to weather dependency of hot air balloon rides it’s great to book one in for the first day of your trip, then you can always reschedule if the weather is bad. 

Here are some of our favourite Balloon rides in Cappadocia, they offer everything from Romantic trips, to ones for solo adventurers, groups and even plane rides from Istanbul!

Here we offer a hand picked selection of the finest hot air balloon rides based on the following Criteria:

  • Best Price
  • Best Experience
  • Most Scenic Views
  • Safety!

The Rides below have the most reliable safety record and best reviews, (backed by Viator tour) . So check them out and choose your date, the best ones tend to sell out fast these days. 

For our Recommended Hot Air Balloon Rides in Cappadocia follow the link HERE

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Rides

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Rides. Source: IG: californiakistan

Fancy an Exotic International Balloon Fiesta?

Check out our top International Balloon Festivals, From Italy, France to Japan and even the Philippines!

30 Most Extravagant Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the World!

The Awe-inspiring, Mondial Hot Air Balloon Festival Photo by: Pool Demnage via Getty Images

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