Top 20 Hot Air Balloon Events in the USA
The top 20 hot air balloon events in the USA display the biggest, brightest, most unusual hot air balloons in the world.
Many of them, like the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, gaining world wide respect and admiration now attract thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Here is Top Events USA selection of the main top 20 hot air balloon festivals taking place in the USA.
Freedom Weekend Aloft
late May Memorial Day weekend
Simpsonsville, South Carolina
One of the top 20 hot air balloon events in the USA, throughout the weekend this hot air balloon festival offers one hundred beautiful hot-air balloons competing daily. Other activities include exciting concerts by the nation’s top entertainers, amusement rides, games, sponsor displays, children’s activities, skydivers, regional music stages, the US Disc Dog Freedom Weekend Nationals (Frisbee Dog Contest), and fireworks. A beach blast features a Kidzone, rides, vintage car show and live music.
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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
Showcasing more than 60 inflated hot air balloons, the free Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic main attractions include the Balloon Glow event at night and all sorts of very different hot air balloon flights during the day including tethered balloon rides before dusk, live entertainment, food and the ever popular Alabama Jubilee Fireworks Spectacular. Visitors to this event can also enjoy a tractor parade, a pedal tractor pull and all sorts of tractor demonstrations.
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Celebrating Independence Day, the Hot Air Balloon Rally features piloted and tethered hot air balloon rides, live musical entertainment, children's activities, antique appraisals, classic car show, lots of food and a dazzling firework display. A tradition for more than 12 years, this rally in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley takes place on the parade grounds at Virginia Military Institute.
For more information about the Hot Air Balloon Rally in Lexington City visit:
Teton Valley Summer Festival
The highlight of the Teton Valley Summer Festival is the four days of hot air balloon rides and the 30 hot air balloon races. Other features of the Summer Festival include the ever popular parade, all sorts of sports including rodeo, a golf tournament, and bike races, as well as a fiddler's contest and a craft and antique fair.
For more information about the Teton Valley Summer Festival visit:
Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa – Woodstock, Vermont
One of Vermont’s most popular summer events, the 3-day Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival features and offers a variety of sunrise, morning, and twilight balloon launches, as well as live entertainment including classic folk and rock music, delicious food and a beer and wine garden.
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QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Readington, New Jersey
A 6-time winner of the ABA Top 100 Event Award and named the #1 Thing to Do in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine, the annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. The three day festival features the awe-inspiring spectacle of more than 100 sport and special shaped balloons from around the world taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. The festival offers a live concert series featuring Grammy award winning artists and some of the biggest names in entertainment, a nighttime hot air balloon glow, fireworks, the Running with the Balloons 5K, hot air balloon rides, food, shopping and souvenirs. The festival attracts upwards of 165,000 people every year.
For more information about the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington visit:
Great Texas Balloon Race
A Balloon Federation of America event, and one of the most important big balloon events in Texas, and one of the main top 20 hot air balloon festivals, the Great Texas Balloon Race is considered by many competing pilots to be the best-run event on the circuit, complete with chances to watch the balloon preparations up close and to enjoy the entertainment of local, visiting and headliner bands performing all day and in the evenings too, as well as viewing arts & crafts displays and letting the children enjoy the safe Kid Land play area.
For more information about the Great Texas Balloon Race visit:
National Balloon Classic
late July – early August
A favorite ballooning event for almost half a century, the National Balloon Classic attracts highly skilled, dedicated pilots and at least 100 hot air balloons from all over the world. Highlights of this event features the hot air balloons themselves, balloon rides, competitions and amazing contests and it offers balloon rides and lots of fun and family entertainment.
For more information about the National Balloon Classic in Indianola visit:
Balloon Classic Invitational
late July - late August
North Canton, Ohio
A balloon/food/fireworks extravaganza and popular event for more than 28 years, the Balloon Classic Invitational with over 75 balloons, some in special and unique shapes, showcases a number events from the Dawn Patrols with early morning balloon take-offs, balloons lit up and on display at night, team racing, target drops, and pole grabs where pilots navigate as close to a pole as possible to grab a flag, as well as a food festival and fireworks display.
For more information about the Balloon Classic Invitational visit:
All Ohio Balloon Fest
A midwest regional attraction for 36 years, the All Ohio Balloon Fest features 35 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, a 5-10k running/walking event, sky jumpers, helicopter rides, live music, a special area for children called Kidz City complete with inflatables and jumpies, music performances and concerts, food, and beverages.
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Great Falls Balloon Festival
One of the largest hot air balloon festivals in northern New England this festival of more than 15 years attracts over 100,000 visitors and at least 30 to 40 balloons (including some special shape balloons) each year. Located on the banks of the beautiful Androscoggin River, with its backdrop of the rocky Great Falls, the festival also features 30 different food booths, craft and trade stalls, and a children’s area. Music is provided by many different entertainers, from children’s shows to blues singers, to jazz, pop, and oldies. A carnival, parade, and various demonstrations and contests round out the weekend events.
For more information about the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston/Auburn visit:
Colorado Springs Balloon Classic
end August – early September
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The largest event of its kind in Colorado, and the biggest and longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic in Memorial Park has been a popular attraction for over 36 years and features over a hundred hot-air balloons filling the skies during the day and illuminating the ground at night with warm colorful glows with the special event called Balloon Glo®. Other activities include actual balloon rides, live musical entertainment, coloring contests, a children's play area and a photo contest.
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Showcasing more than 30 hot-air balloons from various states, the free Gatesway Balloon Festival features balloon competitions, as well as family activities, live entertainment, live horse racing arts & crafts, and tempting food. Twice named Oklahoma’s top tourist attraction by former governor Frank Keating, the Gatesway Balloon Festival that has been an important and popular Oklahoma attraction for 19 years showcases the skills of top balloon pilots navigating large and specialty balloons.
For more information about the Gatesway Balloon Festival in Claremore visit:
The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the nation. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year. Attracting an average of 140,000 visitors each year, some of the special features of this balloon event include tethered balloon rides for kids and even a Balloon Blackjack competition where pilots attempt to steer the balloons over giant playing cards and throw bean bags from the basket to try to hit “21″. The Great Reno Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including 'Best Special Event in Reno' and 'Best Special Event in Northern Nevada’.
For more information about The Great Reno Balloon Race visit:
Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days
The second largest balloon event in Iowa, Hot Air Balloon Days has been around for more than 34 years and features over 55 balloonists attracting more than 10,000 enthusiasts to this annual event. Apart from the balloon races taking place at dawn and dusk, other fun at this event includes the flea market, marching band parade, crafts fair and a pet show.
For more information about Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days in Creston visit:
Adirondack Balloon Festival
Glen Falls, Queensbury, New York
Voted one of the top 100 events in the country by event goers of the American Bus Association, the Adirondack Balloon Festival features several balloon flights over four days as well as kids’ activities, art shows, kite flying, military aircraft displays, and fireworks. The event takes place in the city of Glen Falls and the town of Queensbury featuring more than 100 balloons of all shapes and sizes.
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
early - mid October
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Recognized as the largest balloon festival in the world, and one of the top 20 hot air balloon events in the USA, the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta featuring more than 750 incredible balloons originating from more than 50 countries has a number of popular special events including the Dawn Patrol showcasing balloon launches before sunrise, and the Mass Ascension when all of the participating balloons float up in two or three carefully coordinated waves. The most photographed event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a success largely because of the ideal weather patterns and geographic landscape that allow balloonists unwarranted control over their “crafts”.
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Poteau Balloon Fest
This award winning popular hot air balloon festival features not only hot air balloons but live entertainment such as America’s Best Frisbee Dogs, Muts Gone Nuts, a Magician, BMX Freestyle Team & new is Derek Cook FMX. Also happening are mud pit races, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, carnival rides, monster truck rides, arts, craft & food vendors, pet contests, Little Ms. & Mr. Balloon Fest, the KCBS State BBQ Cook-Off and much more.
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Now attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year, the increasingly popular giant balloon parade in Stamford features more than 25 massive helium-filled character balloons, including Oscar the Grouch and Paddington Bear, spectacular floats, over 60 award-winning marching bands, over 55 clowns, dancers, magicians, and even an appearance by Santa Claus himself.
For more information about the Parade Spectacular in Stamford visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.