Hot air balloon festivals are truly a treat for the entire family. Besides the spectacle offered by the balloons themselves, these kinds of festivals often have plenty of activities for kids and adults alike. Check out this article to find out more.
Hot air balloon festivals are held all across the U.S., and they offer attendees a highly enjoyable experience. These types of events offer activities for the entire family like balloon rides, concerts, comedy acts, dance routines and bouncy houses for the little ones. Not to mention the delicious and wide range of festival food – a real treat for every bon vivant out there. If we caught your interest, here is a list of five awesome hot air balloon festivals to check out this year.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The fiesta lasts ten days and attracts over 500 balloonists every year. In 2014, it will take place from October 4-12. Attendees can enjoy the beautiful picture show of hundreds of hot air balloons floating through the crisp fall air while exploring Albuquerque during the day (festival events are scheduled only in the morning and evening).
The Great Forest Park Balloon Race
The 42nd anniversary of the St. Louis Great Forest Park Balloon Race will be held on September 19 and 20, 2014. You won’t have to pay any fee to attend the event, as it’s open to the public. There will be many entertainment options available such as pony rides, food courts and fireworks.
The Colorado Balloon Classic
Colorado’s largest air show has no admission fee, and nearly 100 balloons in attendance. It will take place August 30 – September 1, 2014. Plenty of free entertainment will be provided during the event.
Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
This annual festival will be held during Father’s Day Weekend, June 13 – 15 in Quechee, Vermont. Attendees can enjoy concerts, comedy acts, and dance routines all weekend. While you’re there, you can also visit the Quechee Lakes Resort (http://www.quecheelakes.com), which is well-known for its top-notch golf courses and numerous recreational activities.
The Red Rock Balloon Rally
New Mexico offers perfect ballooning weather. This festival, held in Gallup, is square in the middle of Red Rock country, and is a great opportunity for balloon enthusiast to enjoy the rides and the wonderful spectacle of about 200 hot air balloons. The Red Rock Balloon Rally will take place during the first weekend of December.
Mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy everything that a hot air balloon festival has to offer. As an additional tip, check out the festivals’ website beforehand if you want to purchase tickets for a balloon ride – buying your ticket in advance is the best way to guarantee that you will get the chance to fly in one of those colorful balloons!