If you’ve never attended a hot air balloon festival, you are missing out. Not only are hot air balloon festivals opportunities for the ballooning community made up of enthusiasts, sponsors and pilots to meet up with one another and revel in their like-minded passion, but for attendees, it’s a thrilling spectacle as well.
Generally, these fiestas feature a parade wherein balloon pilots will walk alongside floats and characters or entertainers, attendees will have a chance to see at the festival. Attendees can experience the majesty of a mass launch. Typically commencing in the early morning hours the launch consists of a number of balloons, some brightly colored or shaped like lovable characters or emblazoned with the name of a corporate sponsor, simultaneously lift off into the air to float across the horizon.
Another special treat that can be experienced while taking part in the festivities is the night glow. A night glow is similar to the mass launch but the balloons take off after sundown and fill the sky like illuminated orbs. Balloon festival participants will also have access to live music, food courts featuring popular restaurants or booths selling local cuisine as well as craft stations, ballooning-related workshops, tethered rides and vendors to purchase fun items.
This Spring and Summer there are a number of hot air balloon festivals expected to occur within the United States as well as abroad. You may need some time to organize an excursion to see any of the amazing balloon festivals listed below.
- Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Angeles City, Philippines Feb 8 – Feb 11, 2018
- Singha Park International Balloon Fiesta, Chiang Rai, Thailand February 13 – February 17, 2018
- Balloons & Tunes Roundup, Kanab, UT February 16 – February 18, 2018
- Pahrump Balloon Fest, Pahrump, NV February 23 – February 25, 2018
- Out West Balloon Fest & Fun Run, Glendale, AZ March 02 – March 04, 2018
- 35th International Mercat Del Ram 2018, Barcelona, Spain Mar 3-25 2018
- Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Canberra, Australia March 10 – March 18, 2018
- Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand March 21 – March 25, 2018
- U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest, Louisville, KY April 27 – April 29, 2018
- Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival, West Friendship, MD May 11 – May 13, 2018
- Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-in, Mount Vernon, IL May 18 – May 19, 2018
- Magia Baloanelor, Iași, Romania May 18 – May 20, 2018
- Centralia Balloon Fest, Centralia, IL August 17 – August 19, 2018
- Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival, Quechee, VT June 15 – June 17, 2018
- Lift Off 4 Lift-Up Balloon Festival, El Jebel, CO June 23 – June 24, 2018
- SCI Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest, Bloomington, IN September 07 – September 09, 2018
These are just a sample of the numerous festivals that are expected to be announced for the years 2018-2019. Some festival organizers have decided upon venue and locale and have yet to issue dates.