Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Hot air balloon festivals are held annually in many places throughout the year, allowing hot air balloons to gather and participate in various activities. They can include races; evening "night glows", in which balloons are fired while remaining tetheted to the ground; and rides.

Festival City Country Year Started When Held Official Website
Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival Glens Falls, New York United States 1973
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic Decatur, Alabama United States 1977
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico United States 1972 First full week in October including both adjacent weekends
Arizona's SalsaFest Balloon Festival Safford, Arizona United States 2008
Ashland Ballonfest Ashland, Ohio United States 1990
Atlantic Balloon Fiesta Sussex, New Brunswick Canada 1985
Balaton Crossing International Hot Air Balloon Competition and Fiesta Siófok Hungary 2004 May
Ballonfiësta Barneveld Barneveld Netherlands 1983 (Dutch)
Ballonhappening Waregem Waregem Belgium 1999
Balloons over Waikato Hamilton, North Island New Zealand 1988
Balloons over Wairarapa Wairarapa, North Island New Zealand 1999
Blossom Time Balloon Festival Chagrin Falls, Ohio United States 1988
Bluegrass Balloon Festival Louisville, Kentucky United States 1999
Bluff Balloon Festival Bluff, Utah United States 1998
Breda Balloon Fiësta Breda Netherlands 1986
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Bristol United Kingdom 1979
Canberra Balloon Festival Canberra Australia 1985
Cedar City Sky Festival Cedar City, Utah United States 2005 3rd weekend in September
Centralia Balloon Festival Centralia, Illinois United States 1990
Colorado Balloon Classic Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 1977 Labor Day weekend in September
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival Yuma, Arizona United States 1990
Creston Hot Air Balloon Days Creston, Iowa United States 1978 3rd weekend in September
Delta Air Balloon Festival Greenville, Mississippi United States n/a
Dolomiti Balloonfestival Toblach Italy 2003
European Balloon Festival Igualada, Catalonia Spain 1997 First fortnight of July
European Hot Air Balloon Championships Varies Europe 1992
Eyes to the Skies Festival Lisle, Illinois United States 1981 to 2008
Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival Salina, Utah United States 2007 Third weekend in June
Ferrara Balloons Festival Ferrara Italy 2005 (Italian)
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival Battle Creek, Michigan United States 1980
Freedom Weekend Aloft Simpsonville, South Carolina United States 1982
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival Gatineau, Quebec Canada 1988
Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning Varies Varies 1906
Great Falls Balloon Festival Lewiston / Auburn, Maine United States 1992
Great Forest Park Balloon Race Saint Louis, Missouri United States 1973
Great Northern Balloon Festival & Air Show Greenville, New York United States 1998 to 2003
Great Pershing Balloon Derby Brookfield, Missouri United States 1977
Great Reno Balloon Race Reno, Nevada United States 1981
Great Texas Balloon Race Longview, Texas United States 1977
Guanajuato International Air Balloon Festival León, Guanajuato Mexico 2002
Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Lake Havasu City, Arizona United States 2011 The third weekend in January
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race Helen, Georgia United States 1974
High Hopes Hot Air Balloon Festival Milford, New Hampshire United States 1986 to 2006
Hot Air Jubilee Jackson, Michigan United States 1984
International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d'Oex Château-d'Œx Switzerland 1979
International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Canada 1984
International Balloon Grand Prix Todi Todi, Umbria Italy 1988
Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off Cornwall, Ontario Canada 1994
Kiwanis Balloonfest Valparaiso, Indiana United States 1991
London International Hot Air Balloon Festival London, Ontario Canada 1983 to 2007
Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons Chambley-Bussières Air Base, Lorraine France 1989 End of July. Once every 2 years.
Macomb Balloon Rally Macomb, Illinois United States 1987 Second Weekend of September
Mansfield Balloon Festival Mansfield, Victoria Australia 1995
Meetjeslandse Balloonmeeting Eeklo Belgium 1986
Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival Shirley, New York United States 2007 to 2008
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Howell, Michigan United States 1984
Mid-Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Poughkeepsie, New York United States 1992
Midwest SkyFest Kentland, Indiana United States 2010 July
National Balloon Classic Indianola, Iowa United States 1969 First week of August
National Balloon Rally (Carolina BalloonFest) Statesville, North Carolina United States 1974
New York State Festival of Balloons Dansville, New York United States 1981
Northampton Balloon Festival Northampton United Kingdom 1990
Northwest Art and Air Festival Albany, Oregon United States 2000
Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival Connecticut United States 1995 to 2004
Northwest Georgia Hot-Air Balloon Festival Summerville, Georgia United States 2008
Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee United States 2004
Pennington Balloon Championship Baton Rouge, Louisiana United States Late 1980s
Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines 1994 2nd week of February
Plano Balloon Festival Plano, Texas United States 1980
Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Putrajaya Malaysia 2009
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Readington Township, New Jersey United States Last week of July 1983
Raduno Internazionale dell'Epifania Mondovì Italy 1988 First week of January (Italian)
Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Ravenna, Ohio United States 1979
RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas United States 1993
Saga International Balloon Fiesta Saga Prefecture Japan 1980
Sandy City Balloon Festival Sandy, Utah United States 2006 First weekend in August
Sandy Valley Balloon Festival Sandy Valley, Nevada United States 1999
Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta Leipzig Germany 1995
Sierra Vista Festival of Color Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 1989
Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally Binghamton, New York United States 1985
St. Patty's Day Balloon Rallye Los Lunas, New Mexico United States 1984
Sweetheart Balloon Rally Loveland, Colorado United States 2007 Last weekend in August
Taiwan Balloon Festival Taitung Taiwan 2011 Summer (Chinese)
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Temecula, California United States 1984
Thailand International Balloon Festival Ayutthaya Thailand 2007
The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race Natchez, Mississippi United States 1986
The Great Prosser Balloon Rally Prosser, Washington United States 1988
Thunderbird Balloon Classic Glendale, Arizona United States 1975 to 2006
Thurston Classic Meadville, Pennsylvania United States 1988
Tiverton Balloon Festival Tiverton, Devon United Kingdom 1988
University Motors Mountaineer Balloon Festival Morgantown, West Virginia United States 1985
US National Hot Air Balloon Championship (BFA) Varies United States 1963
Velikie Luki International Balloon Meet Velikiye Luki Russia 1996 June
Warren County Farmers' Fair Balloon Festival New Jersey United States 2000
Warsteiner Internationale Montgolfiade Warstein Germany 1986 (German)
World Hot Air Balloon Championship Varies Varies 1973

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