If you’ve been inspired by hot air ballooning through balloon rides Las Vegas, why not celebrate the sport by attending a balloon festival? Balloon festivals are a great way to watch professional pilots show off their skills through races and competitions. Many balloon festivals also have other activities that take place on the ground, such as live music, kid’s events, and vendors selling an assortment of fresh food, drinks, and handmade specialty products. With the variety of activities offered at these festivals, it’s easy for everyone to stay entertained. Here are some great upcoming festivals in the US.
October 19-20, 2018
Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
A perfect prelude to Halloween, this one-of-a-kind balloon festival gets into the spirit of the holiday with a balloon-themed twist. With over 20 balloons convening here every year, this annual event in Kennesaw, GA features tethered balloon rides, a costume show, a beer garden, and trick-or-treating. There are multiple entertainment stages throughout the festival, so you can pick and choose the performances you want to see. With events and activities that appeal to everyone, it’s no wonder this popular festival draws over 50,000 attendees each year!
November 1-4, 2018
Page Lake Powell Balloon Regatta
Located in Page, AZ, this annual balloon festival is a highlight of the fall season for many balloon enthusiasts. After all, there’s nothing quite like seeing 60 balloons take to the early morning or evening sky at once! This is especially true in beautiful Lake Powell, where the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Along with a competition for professional pilots, there will be a lantern launch, a vendor fair, and daily balloon launches. On the first day of the event, crews will be on hand for an educational session to teach spectators about hot air ballooning.
November 16-18, 2018
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival
If you enjoy the sight of Vegas hot air balloons filling the Southwestern sky, you’ll certainly appreciate this festival in Yuma, AZ. Each morning, the day begins with a stunning mass ascension at dawn, as 35 balloons sail peacefully through the sky at once. In the evenings, tethered balloons fire their burners, glowing dramatically against the desert sky. Throughout the weekend, there are food tents, live music, a sausage-eating contest, and family activities. A spectacular fireworks show completes the weekend’s festivities.
November 16-18, 2018
Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival
In mid-November, the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival is another much-anticipated annual ballooning event. This festival takes place in Cathedral City, CA. Each year, about 35 balloonists are drawn to the event for a weekend of action-packed activities. The festival includes a variety of balloon-themed events, such as tethered balloon rides and night glows. There is plenty of action on the ground, too, including a three-day schedule of live music performances and family-friendly activities. Festival attendees need not worry about going hungry, as delicious gourmet food is offered from a variety of local vendors.