Fall Hot Air Balloon Festivals
As a child growing up in Michigan, I loved to see the sight of a hot air balloon illuminated by the sunset as my family enjoyed the view of fall foliage from the ground. It seems that I am not alone. Fall is a popular time for hot air balloon enthusiasts to get together at festivals and launch their hot air balloons. You too can enjoy the sight of these beautiful inventions that have been dotting the sky since the first flight in the 1780s in France.
September 2015 Hot Air Balloon Festivals:
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic – Boise ID, September 2-6, 2015
New York State Festival of Balloons – Dansville, NY – September 4-7, 2015
Adirondack Balloon Festival – Queensbury, NY – September 17-20, 2015
Celina Balloon Festival – Celina, TX – September 12-13, 2015
Quincy Valley Hot Air Ballon Festival – Quincy, WA – September 12-13, 2015
Great Reno Balloon Race – Reno, LV – September 11-13, 2015
Plano Balloon Festival – Plano, TX – September 18-20, 2015
Event takes place at Oak Point Park. 45 hot air balloons, sky divers, live music, fireworks, and kids fun zone. Tethered balloon rides available for $15-20 per person. 1/2 Marathon, 5K and 1K runs. General admission is $5. Parking is $5-10.
Duluth Ballon Festival Duluth, MN – September 18-20, 2015
Tethered balloon rides (free), craft brew village, helicopter rides.
Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival – Gonzales, LA – September 25-26, 2015
A combination of hot air balloons, music, food and entertainment at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.
October Hot Air Balloon Festivals:
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, NM – October 3-11, 2015
Hot air balloon launches, live music, flying competition, car show and more.
Columbus Day Festival Hot Air Balloon Regatta -Columbus, KS – October 9-11, 2015
Lots of events on the schedule here in addition to the colorful hot air balloons. BBQ cookoff, scarecrow contest, pancake breakfast, 5K, petting zoo, parade, car & motorcycle show, tractor pull, children’s corner, petting zoo, inflatables and more.
Poteau Balloon Fest – Poteau, OK – October 16-17, 2015
Held on the LeFlore County Fair Grounds. Carnival rides, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides and monster truck rides. Pageant, pet contest, mud race and mud tug of war. Free parking.
Taos Maountain Balloon Rally – Taos, NM – October 23-25, 2015
A weekend of hot air balloons amid the fall colors in New Mexico. 33rd annual event. Typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews.