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Suddenly the wind ceased. The air seemed motionless around us.  We were off, going at the speed of the air-current which we now lived and moved.  Indeed, for us there was no more wind; and this is the first great fact of spherical ballooning.  Infinitely gentle is the unfelt motion forward and upward.  The illusion is complete:  it seems to be the balloon that moves, but the earth that sinks down and away.

-Alberto Santos-Dumont

New York, 1904




Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Pageantry, Imagery, and Fun

Balloon festivals and rallies provide participants and spectators with amazing opportunities to see and photograph masses of balloons while enjoying the amenities of the host city.  We have spotlighted festivals in the Southwest which we think are quite special.  Please check the web to confirm dates.


2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule


(Dates are subject to change by the respective balloon festivals but this is a good starting point for travel planning purposes.  Check hyperlinks for best information.)





Feb 4 Snowdown Balloon Rally, Durango, Colorado  
June 1-3 Telluride Balloon Festival, Colorado  
July 2-3 Teton Valley Balloon Festival, Driggs, Idaho

Adjacent to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

July 27-29

Great Texas Balloon Race

This East Texas festival is held in Longview and typically features ~ 75 balloons.  Visitors are given field access and the post balloon show includes vintage planes, T6 trainers, Stearman Bi-Plan and hopefully a B-52D flyover.

August 4 Lake Travis Balloon Get Together, Mansfield Dam Informal get together of balloonists from Central Texas & Gulf Coast Regions of Texas

Aug 18-19

Annual Lions Balloon Festival at Highland Village

Copperas Branch Park, Highland Village, Tx

This is the only balloon festival in North Texas where spectators are permitted on the field with the balloons and balloonists, providing an excellent photo opportunity as well as opportunity to converse with pilots and crew.

Labor Day Weekend

Sept 1-3

Big Bend Balloon Bash (Alpine, Texas)

Alpine, Texas is located on the foothills of the Davis Mountains and on the Southern most part of the Rocky Mountain fault line.  The air is clean and clear.  The people are warm and friendly.  And the scenery only looks better with beautiful balloons for dramatic affect.

Sept 21-23

Plano Balloon Festival

This is the 2nd largest  balloon festival in Texas.  Held annually in North Dallas, the festival features live music, a great midway, and LOTS of balloons.

Sept 15-16

White Sands Balloon Invitational

Alamogordo, NM

If you're interested in capturing the beautiful shapes and colors of balloons dancing across a white sand dune canvas, this festival is for you.

Sept 28-30

Big Country Balloon Festival

Abilene, Texas - A charming festival in West Texas with the best of the best in balloon festival emcees (Glen Moyer)


Bluegrass Balloon Festival

Louisville, KY  - Considered by some as one of the top five balloon festivals in the country

Oct. 6-14

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is the largest balloon festival in the WORLD.  If you want to see 800+ beautiful balloons in a Southwestern setting, this is a must attend festival! 

Oct 19-21

Great Mississippi Balloon Race

A balloon race over the glorious Mississippi River.

Oct 28-30

Houston Ballunar Liftoff Festival

This festival, held annually at NASA in Clear Lake, is Texas' largest balloon festival.  The sight of 90+ balloons floating over Clear Lake is a photographer's dream.

Oct 26-28 Pirates of the Canyon, Amarillo, Tx This delightful festival features a Friday and Sunday morning flight at Palo Duro Canyon, 2nd largest canyon in the US.  The colors and imagery of this flying are amazing.

Dec 1-2

Red Rock Balloon Rally

Gallup, NM

This annual festival features some amazing photographic opportunities.


Our Cover Girl

The Houston Chronicle featured our beautiful Chameleon in Section E of the August, 23, 2006 paper. 

Link to Chronicle Story

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