Hot air balloon festival

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The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (held in the city of Bristol, England), is one of the biggest festivals of its type in Europe
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world.
Balloons flying above the Ancient Castle of Ferrara during the Ferrara Balloon Festival
Balloons launching at a balloon festival in Gatineau, Quebec
Starting balloons at the Warsteiner Internationale Montgolfiade in Warstein, Germany
Grand Britannia, the Great British Balloon flying at the Mondial event in Lorraine, France
Mid-Hudson Valley Balloon Festival
European Balloon Festival in Igualada, Spain
A "smiling sun" hot air balloon behind the sun during the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Pampanga, Philippines
Leon International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2012 in Leon, Mexico

Hot air balloon festivals are held annually in many places throughout the year, allowing hot air balloons operators to gather- as well as for the general public- to participate in various activities. They can include races; evening "night glows", in which balloons are fired while remaining tethered to the ground; and rides.

Festival City Country Year Started When Held Official Website
Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival Glens Falls, New York United States 1973 [1]
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic Decatur, Alabama United States 1977 [2]
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque, New Mexico United States 1972 First full week in October including both adjacent weekends [3]
Festival Internacional de Balonismo de Torres Rio grande do sul Brazil 1989
Arizona's SalsaFest Balloon Festival Safford, Arizona United States 2008 [4]
Ashland Ballonfest Ashland, Ohio United States 1990 [5]
Atlantic Balloon Fiesta Sussex, New Brunswick Canada 1985 [6]
Balaton Crossing International Hot Air Balloon Competition and Fiesta Siófok Hungary 2004 May [7]
Ballonfiësta Barneveld Barneveld Netherlands 1983 [8](Dutch)
Ballonhappening Waregem Waregem Belgium 1999 [9]
Balloons over Waikato Hamilton, North Island New Zealand 1988 [10]
Balloons over Wairarapa Wairarapa, North Island New Zealand 1999 [11]
Blossom Time Balloon Festival Chagrin Falls, Ohio United States 1988 [12]
Bluegrass Balloon Festival Louisville, Kentucky United States 1999 [13]
Bluff Balloon Festival Bluff, Utah United States 1998 [14]
Breda Balloon Fiësta Breda Netherlands 1986 [15]
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Bristol United Kingdom 1979 [16]
Canberra Balloon Spectacular Canberra Australia 1987 [17]
Cedar City Sky Festival Cedar City, Utah United States 2005 3rd weekend in September [18]
Centralia Balloon Festival Centralia, Illinois United States 1990 [19]
Colorado Balloon Classic Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 1977 Labor Day weekend in September [20]
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival Yuma, Arizona United States 1990 [21]
Creston Hot Air Balloon Days Creston, Iowa United States 1978 3rd weekend in September
Delta Air Balloon Festival Greenville, Mississippi United States n/a [22]
Dolomiti Balloonfestival Toblach Italy 2003 [23]
European Balloon Festival Igualada, Catalonia Spain 1997 First fortnight of July [24]
European Hot Air Balloon Championships Varies Europe 1992 [25]
Exclusive Cup Berkeley United Kingdom 2008 [26]
Eyes to the Skies Festival Lisle, Illinois United States 1981 to 2008 [27]
Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival Salina, Utah United States 2007 Third weekend in June [28]
Ferrara Balloons Festival Ferrara Italy 2005 [29] (Italian)
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival Battle Creek, Michigan United States 1980 [30]
Freedom Weekend Aloft Simpsonville, South Carolina United States 1982 [31]
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival Gatineau, Quebec Canada 1988 [32]
Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning Varies Varies 1906 [33]
Great Falls Balloon Festival Lewiston / Auburn, Maine United States 1992 [34]
Great Forest Park Balloon Race Saint Louis, Missouri United States 1973 [35]
Great Midwest Balloon Fest Olathe, Kansas United States 2010 [36]
Great Northern Balloon Festival & Air Show Greenville, New York United States 1998 to 2003[1]
Great Pershing Balloon Derby Brookfield, Missouri United States 1977 [37]
Great Reno Balloon Race Reno, Nevada United States 1981 [38]
Great Texas Balloon Race Longview, Texas United States 1977 [39]
Great Wellsville Balloon Rally Wellsville, New York United States 1975 [40]
Guanajuato International Air Balloon Festival León, Guanajuato Mexico 2002 In November, the weekend of the mexican revolution holiday. It is also the Buen Fin. [41]
Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair Lake Havasu City, Arizona United States 2011 The third weekend in January [42]
Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race Helen, Georgia United States 1974 [43]
High Hopes Hot Air Balloon Festival Milford, New Hampshire United States 1986 to 2006 [44]
Hot Air Jubilee Jackson, Michigan United States 1984 [45]
International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d'Oex Château-d'Œx Switzerland 1979 [46]
International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Canada 1984 [47]
International Balloon Grand Prix Todi Todi, Umbria Italy 1988
Irish National Hot Air Ballooning Championship Varies Ireland 1971 Referred to as 'The Irish Meet' the Irish Championship is the longest running ballooning event in the world. [48]
Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off Cornwall, Ontario Canada 1994 [49]
Kiwanis Balloonfest Valparaiso, Indiana United States 1991 [50]
London International Hot Air Balloon Festival London, Ontario Canada 1983 to 2007 [51]
Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons Chambley-Bussières Air Base, Lorraine France 1989 End of July. Once every 2 years. [52]
Macomb Balloon Rally Macomb, Illinois United States 1987 Second Weekend of September [53]
Mansfield Balloon Festival Mansfield, Victoria Australia 1995
Meetjeslandse Balloonmeeting Eeklo Belgium 1986 [54]
Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival Shirley, New York United States 2007 to 2008 [55]
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Howell, Michigan United States 1984 [56]
Mid-Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Poughkeepsie, New York United States 1992
Midwest SkyFest Kentland, Indiana United States 2010 July [57]
Montpelier Bean Days Balloon Festival Montpelier, Ohio United States 2014 July [58]
National Balloon Classic Indianola, Iowa United States 1969 First week of August [59]
National Balloon Rally (Carolina BalloonFest) Statesville, North Carolina United States 1974 Third weekend in October [60]
New York State Festival of Balloons Dansville, New York United States 1981 [61]
Northampton Balloon Festival Northampton United Kingdom 1990 [62]
Northwest Art and Air Festival Albany, Oregon United States 2000 [63]
Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival Connecticut United States 1995 to 2004 [64]
Northwest Georgia Hot-Air Balloon Festival Summerville, Georgia United States 2008 [65] [66]
Piscataquis Heritage Hot Air Balloon Festival Dover-Foxcroft, Maine United States 2013 [67]
Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee United States 2004 to 2010 [68]
Pennington Balloon Championship Baton Rouge, Louisiana United States Late 1980s [69]
Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines 1994 2nd week of February [70]
Plano Balloon Festival Plano, Texas United States 1980 [71]
Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Putrajaya Malaysia 2009 [72]
Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Readington Township, New Jersey United States 1983 Third week of July [73]
Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival Quechee, Vermont United States 1979 Father's Day Weekend [74]
Raduno Internazionale dell'Epifania Mondovì Italy 1988 First week of January [75] (Italian)
Ravenna Balloon A-Fair Ravenna, Ohio United States 1979 [76]
RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas United States 1993 [77]
Saga International Balloon Fiesta Saga Prefecture Japan 1980 [78]
Sandy City Balloon Festival Sandy, Utah United States 2006 First weekend in August [79]
Sandy Valley Balloon Festival Sandy Valley, Nevada United States 1999 [80]
Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta Leipzig Germany 1995 [81]
Sierra Vista Festival of Color Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 1989 [82]
Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally Binghamton, New York United States 1985 [83]
St. Patty's Day Balloon Rallye Los Lunas, New Mexico United States 1984 [84]
Sweetheart Balloon Rally Loveland, Colorado United States 2007 Last weekend in August [85]
Taiwan Balloon Festival Taitung Taiwan 2011 Summer [86] (Chinese)
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Temecula, California United States 1984 [87]
Thailand International Balloon Festival Ayutthaya Thailand 2007 [88]
The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race Natchez, Mississippi United States 1986 [89]
The Great Prosser Balloon Rally Prosser, Washington United States 1990 [90]
Thunderbird Balloon Classic Glendale, Arizona United States 1975 to 2006 [91]
Thurston Classic Meadville, Pennsylvania United States 1988 [92]
Tiverton Balloon Festival Tiverton, Devon United Kingdom 1988 [93]
University Motors Mountaineer Balloon Festival Morgantown, West Virginia United States 1985 [94]
US National Hot Air Balloon Championship (BFA) Varies United States 1963 [95]
Velikie Luki International Balloon Meet Velikiye Luki Russia 1996 June [96]
Vredefeesten Sint-Niklaas Belgium 1948 First Weekend of September [97] (Dutch)
Warren County Farmers' Fair Balloon Festival New Jersey United States 2000 [98]
Warsteiner Internationale Montgolfiade Warstein Germany 1986 [99] (German)
World Hot Air Balloon Championship Varies Varies 1973 [100]


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