Breathtaking Hot air balloon festivals in the USA

for 2023

If you’ve never experienced a sunrise ascension or basked in the festive light of a balloon glow, it’s time to make 2023 the year to do it. Here are some ideas!

October 7-15, 2023 This is the largest international event in the USA. Not to be missed!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

July 1-4, 2023 Hot air balloons, a fiddling contest, and an Independence Day Parade in the Tetons!

Teton Valley Balloon Rally: Driggs, ID

July 28–30, 2023 Designated as one of the top 100 festivals in North America, 2023 marks the 40th year of this event!

New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning

Photo credit: New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning

July 28-August 5, 2023 This is one of the largest and longest-running hot air balloon festivals in the Midwest, with more than 100 balloons.

National Balloon Classic: Indianola, IN

Labor Day Weekend, 2023 70+ balloons in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

photo credit: Cathy Andersen

September 8-10, 2023 This entirely free hot air ballooning event is the largest free hot air balloon festival in the US, with more than 100 balloons.

The Great Reno Balloon Race

photo credit: Lita of Lita’s World

January 19-22, 2023 One of the best winter balloon festivals in the USA, with numerous special events and gorgeous Arizona scenery.

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair: Lake Havasu, AZ

September 21 – 24, 2023 This vibrant, family-friendly hot air balloon festival has been going on for more than 40 year

Plano Balloon Festival: Plano, TX

Photo credit: Priya from Outside Suburbia.

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