Hot Air Balloon Festivals
Attending a hot air balloon festival is an amazing experience for anyone interested in hot air balloons. These festivals bring together pilots, families, and groups of all kinds to celebrate this amazing tradition of flying. Festivals usually feature mass ascensions, night balloon glows, races, and other fun events. They’re also a great opportunity to fly with many other balloons and see the world from a new perspective. There are hundreds of hot air balloon festivals around the world, and no two are alike. Each festival highlights the natural environment of its location and offers different experiences and activities.
If you’re looking for an epic family outing or want to travel and see some amazing festivals, check out one of the three hot air balloon festivals in Washington!
Winthrop Balloon Roundup
Join Seattle Ballooning on our hot air balloon rides in Winthrop, Washington for the annual Winthrop Balloon Round-Up. Taking place the first weekend of March, over a dozen hot air balloonists gather in the small town for an epic flying winter flying adventure. Those lucky enough to book a spot on one of our hot air balloon rides will get to experience panoramic views of snowy rivers, North Cascades, and endless backcountry.
Each morning (weather permitting), the hot air balloon rides get set to launch around 7 a.m. Watching the balloon inflation is a magnificent sight in itself as the beautiful colors come to life. Once the hot air balloon rides lift-off they will soar above the Methow Valley creating a visual display of vibrant colors that truly pop against the glistening snow background. Typically, hot air balloon rides last around an hour and head north towards the airport. You will fly just above the treetop as you head over the river and other times climb thousands of feet before you land. Upon landing, you receive a proper champagne toast to cap off your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Winthrop has something for everyone to do during the 3-Day Balloon festival! This little mountain town with a western theme is filled with unique boutiques, wonderful restaurants, and charming overnight options. Known for their world-class winter recreational activities, you will find nearly every outdoor activity available from cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and even ice skating at the outdoor rink! It’s a four-hour drive from Seattle and a great place to stay for the entire weekend. Perfect for any outdoor enthusiast, or those looking to get away for a weekend with the family you will not be disappointed by booking a trip to take an adventure on one of the few winter hot air balloon rides.
Walla Walla Hot Air Balloon Stampede
Soaring above the vineyards and rolling hills of Walla Walla, a hot air balloon ride during the Balloon Stampede is an unforgettable experience. Happening in October, this is the best time to take a hot air balloon ride while the leaves are changing color. The view is beautiful no matter what time you fly, but the fall colors make it even more special. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the vineyards, rolling hills, and surrounding countryside while flying above the city.
If you have never been hot air ballooning, a flight during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede for the ultimate adventure. This annual festival brings together over 20 balloon pilots from around the Northwest for the whole community to enjoy. Attendees can watch the balloons inflate, experience a flight, or attend one of the many events taking place throughout the weekend such as the balloon glow. There’s something for everyone at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede!
If you are looking to fly in the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede you must be a pilot yourself, sponsor the event, or book a commercial flight with Seattle ballooning. The only company to provide commercial Balloon Flights in Walla Walla, there are two hot air balloon rides a day, sunrise or sunset with private and shared options available. Instead of launching with the private balloons from the Howard Tietan Park, Seattle Ballooning has secured multiple launch locations around the wine country resulting in better views and longer flight times. Halfway through the flight the commercial pilots join up and fly with the private balloons from the festival.
Prosser Balloon Festival
Fly high above the Prosser Valley on one of Seattle Ballooning’s commercial hot air balloon rides this summer July 25th and 26th. Each day, over 30 hot air balloon pilots are planned to launch, dotting the skyline with their Brilliant colorful balloons. You will fly along the Yakima River, with a 360-degree view of the vineyards, sweeping farmland, and surrounding mountains.
For many people, a hot air balloon ride is on their bucket list. Take it to the next level, and go on an adventure as you fly along 30 other hot air balloons.
Your flight will start in the morning at the Prosser airport, where the beautiful colors will come to life upon the balloon inflation. Typically, our hot air balloon rides last for right around an hour before you land. Once you land, we’ll celebrate you becoming an aeronaut with a champagne toast! If you are only going to go on a hot air balloon ride once, make it memorable with our luxury festival experience.
Beyond an unforgettable hot air ballooning experience, Prosser has something to do for everyone in your group. Your weekend getaway can be filled with wine tasting, fresh farmers’ markets, and exploration into the amazing trails, rivers, and outdoor activities it has to offer.
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Flight time vary based upon location, wind speed, and direction. We aim to fly for about 60 minutes. The whole experience is around 2.5 hours from pick up to drop off from the meeting location.
Hot air ballooning is completely weather-dependent. At Seattle Ballooning, we are committed to safety and do not fly in poor weather conditions. We do not fly in rain, thunderstorms, low clouds, or fast winds.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is the number one hot air balloon festival in the world. A world-renowned destination, over 750,000+ hot air balloonists head to the balloon fiesta field for the experience. Admission includes a variety of activities people of all ages enjoy including night balloon glow, special shapes, delicious food vendors/food truck, beer or wine garden, and a skydiving demonstration. Truly the greatest celebration in ballooning. Tickets are available for daily or weekly admission.
While many festivals are free some do charge for admission for festival weekend events. All the festivals we will be attending this year are free to the public to come and watch but if you want to fly you’ll need to book a ticket.
We do not offer tethered rides at our hot air balloon festivals. Feel free to contact us if you would like to schedule a tethered ride or event.
Colorado: The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off
Head over to Colorado Springs nestled in the rocky mountains to enjoy over 70 pilots take to the sky. You’ll get the most picturesque photo of colorado springs and all the balloons including special shapes.