5 Hot Air Balloon Festivals
Check out these colorful, not-to-miss events in Colorado
It's a sight in itself to see colorful hot air balloons floating in the sky, and it's quite another to see them set against the majestic Colorado landscape. VacationRenter has rounded up 5 must-see hot air balloon festivals in our stunning state happening from August through September.
Moffat County Balloon Festival in Craig
August 3 – 4
Kicking off Colorado’s balloon festivals is the Moffat County Balloon Festival held on the first weekend of August. The event includes a 5K & fun run race on Saturday and a Colorado Cruiser Classic Car Show to follow. In the afternoon, there will be live music by Wyoming artist Randy Burdghardt and Colorado musicians, Kyle Allgood & The No Goods.
Colorado Balloon Festival in Creede
Aug 30 – Sept 1
The Creede Colorado Balloon Festival is a great trip to take on Labor Day weekend. With the city of Creede located inside the Rio Grande National Forest and close to the San Juan Mountains, you’re guaranteed a stunning backdrop surrounding the balloons lifting off at sunrise. This weekend-long event is great for families, including activities such as a children’s carnival, marathon runs, a salsa cook-off and an ATV rodeo.
Labor Day Lift Off in Colorado Springs
Aug 31 – Sept 2
Another option for a Labor Day weekend trip is the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. Of all the hot air balloon events happening in Colorado this summer, this is one of the largest and most colorful. Hundreds of locals are estimated to flock to Memorial Park, where over 70 balloons are expected to rise up overlooking Prospect Lake at 7:00 AM sharp each day. Those who want to be a part of the action can even reserve a slot to ride one of the hot air balloons at sunrise.
Snowmass Balloon Festival in Snowmass Village
Sept 6 – 8
The Snowmass Balloon Festival is a three day event, featuring roughly 30 pilots set to compete in different races and challenges while flying their inflated aircrafts. BONUS: Snowmass Village's Cidermass, a hard cider tasting event that’s back for its second run, and Septemberfest on Saturday, September 7th.
Colorfest in Pagosa Springs
Sept 20 – 22
The final balloon festival closing out the summer is Colorfest in the hidden gem of Pagosa Springs. This festival is the only one among the five that requires an entry ticket, but for $70 you’ll have full access to the Pagosa Wine & Food Festival on September 20th, the Bands & Brews Festival on September 21st, and the balloon ascension held at 8:00am on both days.