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A Guide to Ballooning and Balloon Festivals Worldwide


Balloon Festivals

Here is a round-up of spectacular hot air balloon festivals that occur annually every summer and fall.

hot air balloons over landHot Air Balloons in Albuquerque NM
The Dawn Patrol shows, America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race and the Balloon Glow events are just some of the reasons the wolrd's largest Balloon Festival, the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the most popular balloon festival in the wolrd. The festival is in October. Many of the hotels in this New Mexico city book up a year in advance but there's usually lodging available close to the date in surrounding towns.

The Reddington NJ Annual Balloon Festival has been named as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by an experienced tourism industry selection committee. The annual festival is scheduled to be held in Juley of each year at Solberg Airport in Readington. The festival, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, features more than 100 sport and special shaped balloons from around the world taking flight twice daily along with Grammy Award winning performers and the hottest teen sensations in concert throughout the weekend. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine and one of the most sought-after guides by travel professionals and the general public around the world, indicates the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning offers excellent entertainment value to those planning group tours and vacations, according to the ABA. This is the sixth time the festival has been named to the ABA’s Top 100 list, winning previously in 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2011. Other notables to be named on the list in past years include the 2010 Winter Olympics, Mardi Gras, the Texas State Fair, the Indianapolis 500, and numerous Super Bowls.

Where Are the Other Balloon Festivals? - Colorful balloon festivals are held around in many locations. Here You may find them by state or on the list below :

Alabama Arkansas California Colorado Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana
Iowa Kansas Kentucky Maine Michigan Mississippi New Jersey New Mexico
Nevada New Hampshire New York N. Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania S.Carolina
Texas Utah Vermont Washington Wisconsin Wyoming
Adirondack Balloon Festival Glens Falls, NY
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic Decatur, AL
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, NM
All Ohio Balloon Fest Marysville, OH
Amarillo Invitational Balloon Rally Pirates of the Canyon Amarillo, TX
Annual Christmas Day Balloon Rally & Picnic Tracy, CA
Annual Poorly Attended New Years Day Rally Tracy, CA
Annual Rotary BB&T Fourth of July Balloon Rally Lexington, VA
Antelope Island Balloon Stampede Layton, UT
Arizona Balloon Classic Chandler, AZ
Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Harrison, AR
Arkansas Valley Balloon Festivcal Rocky Ford, CO
Art City Days Springville, UT
Ashland Balloonfest Ashland, OH
Balloon Classic Invitational North Canton, OH
Balloon Festival of Warren County, NJ Phillipsburg, NJ
Balloons & Bluegrass Artesia, NM
Balloons & Tunes Grove City, OH
Balloons and Bounty Oneida, NY
Balloons At The Park Chillicothe, IL
Balloons Over Anderson Anderson, SC
Balloons over Bend Bend, OR
Balloons over the Mississippi Ft. Madison, IA
Ballunar Liftoff Festival Houston, TX
Blacksheep Squadron Benefit for Family Care Foundation. Amarillo, TX
Blueberry Balloonfest Plymouth, IN
Buffalo Trace Balloon Race Maysville, KY
California Balloon Invitational California, MO
Carolina BalloonFest Statesville, NC
Casper Balloon Roundup Casper, WY
Centralia Balloon Fest Centralia, IL
Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally & Music Fest Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival Santa Paula, CA
ClovisFest Clovis, CA
Color The Skies Rise Shine Give Ripon, CA
Colorado Balloon Classic Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival Yuma, AZ
Colorfest and Pagosa Balloon Rally Pagosa Springs, CO
Columbus Day Festival Columbus, KS
Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Presque Isle, ME
Deming Duck Races Balloon Rally Deming, NM
DFW Summer Balloon Classic Airfest Midlothian, TX
Dutchess County Balloon Festival Poughkeepsie, NY
Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta Elephant Butte, NM
Flag City Balloonfest, Inc. Findlay, OH
Gatesway International Balloon Festival & Oklahoma Hot Air Balloon Championship Claremore, OK
Great American Balloon Race Danville, KY
Great Falls Balloon Festival Lewiston, ME
Great Forest Park Balloon Race St. Louis, MO
Great Midwest Balloon Fest Overland Park, KS
Great Mississippi River Balloon Race Natchez, MS
Great Prosser Balloon Rally Prosser, WA
Great Reno Balloon Race Reno, NV
Great Texas Balloon Race Longview, TX
Great Wellsville Balloon Rally Wellsville, NY
Green River Festival Greenfield, MA
Hamburger Festival Balloon Rally Seymour, WI
Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair Lake Havasu City, AZ
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Classic Helen, GA
Hillsborough Balloon Festival Hillsborough, NH
Holiday Balloon Fest US Nationals & International Event Battle Creek, MI
Hudson Elks Lodge 959 Annual Balloon Festival Hudson, MA
Hudson Hot Air Affair Hudson, WI
Huff n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally Topeka, KS
Jackson Hot Air Jubilee Jackson, MI
Jamesville Balloon Fest Jamesville, NY
Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race Louisville, KY
Legends Balloon Rally Hot Springs National Park, AR
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival Lincoln, IL
Macomb Balloon Rally Macomb, IL
Mancos Valley Mesa Verde Country Balloon and Art Festival Mancos, CO
Metamora Country Days & Balloon Festival Metamora, MI
MidUSA Ohio Challenge Middletown, OH
Miners Day Hot Air Balloon Fest Frederick, CO
Moffat CountyBalloon Festival Craig, CO
National Balloon Classic Indianola, IA
Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival Omaha, NE
New York State Festival of Balloons Dansville, NY
Patterson Apricot Fiesta and Balloon Meet Patterson, CA
Pittsfield Rotary Balloon Festival Pittsfield, NH
Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival Plainville, CT
Plano Balloon Festival Plano, TX
Poteau Balloon Fest Poteau, OK
Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival Ellicott City, MD
QC Balloon Festival East Moline, IL
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Readington, NJ
Quincy Valley Balloon & wine Festival Quincy, WA
Ravenna Balloon A Fair Ravenna, OH
Red Rock Balloon Rally Gallup, NM
Riverfest Balloon Race Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally Riverton, WY
Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival Spring Creek, NV
Salt River Fields Balloon Spring Fling Scottsdale, AZ
Sandy City Balloon Festival Sandy, UT
SARC Benefit Balloon Glow and Flight Bel Air, MD
Sevier County's "Eyes to the Sky" Balloon Festival. Salina, UT
Shawnee Mountain Timber & Balloon Festival Shawnee on Delaware, PA
Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, Wine & Music Festival Millwood, VA
Snowmass Balloon Festival Snowmass Village, CO
South County Hot Air Balloon Festival Kingston, RI
Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally Binghamton, NY
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Boise, Idaho, ID
Spirit of Kentucky Balloon Festival Louisville, KY
Spokane Valleyfest Spokane Valley, WA
Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Steamboat Springs, CO
Stoweflake's Annual Balloon Festival Stowe, VT
SunKiss Balloon Festival Hudson Falls, NY
Sunrise Community Hot Air Balloon Race Tuscaloosa, AL
Sweetheart Balloon Rally Loveland, CO
Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Taos, NM
Telluride Balloon Rally Telluride, CO
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Temecula, CA
Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally Driggs, ID
The Great Balloon Race Galesburg, IL
The Great Reno Balloon Race Reno, NV
Thunder on the Lakeshore Manitowic, WI
Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival Albany, OR
Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Walla Walla, WA
Warren County Farmers' Fair Balloon Festival Phillipsburg, NJ
Wausau Balloon Rally and Glow Wausau, WI
Wellington Balloonfest Wellington, OH
Wellsville Balloon Rally Wellsville, NY
White Sands Balloon Invitational Alamogordo, NM
Wild West Balloon Fest Cody, WY
Winthrop Balloon Roundup Winthrop, WA

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Iowa Kansas Kentucky Maine Michigan Mississippi New Jersey New Mexico
Nevada New Hampshire New York N. Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania S.Carolina
Texas Utah Vermont Washington Wisconsin Wyoming

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