Plano Balloon Festival
Plano Balloon Festival is held each September at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in the city of Plano, Texas. It is one of the city's largest celebrations, drawing in excess of 90,000 attendees. Over the thirty plus years of its existence, the festival has evolved into an important fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations.
The events at the festival vary somewhat from year to year. A typical schedule includes five hot air balloon launches (weather permitting) a large Kids Fun Zone, a stage showcasing local community acts, live bands Friday and Saturday night, sky divers, fireworks, and balloon night glows. A balloon glow takes place after dusk when balloon pilots assemble with their equipment on the balloon launch field and conduct synchronized firings of their balloon's burners. Weather may alter the performance of events, either by preventing or delaying a particular performance or by eliminating some element of the performance.