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Hot Air Balloon Festivals In Texas

There are numerous hot air balloon festivals in Texas each year, and we have compiled a list of the ones happening in 2017. If you have never witnessed a full-sized hot air balloon ascending into the air, you need to make arrangements to attend at least one of these events. Just seeing one take off is impressive, and when there are several taking off at the same time and filling the sky, it is a majestic sight to behold.  (Photos by David Peacock)

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Listed in date order, here are the 2017 festivals:

April 14-17, 2017
Horseshoe Bay, Texas
5th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort
Balloon ascension – Sat., 7 a.m.
Balloon glow – Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Live music/comedy/magic; arts & crafts vendor fair; cowboy cookout; wine tasting; rock climbing; bungee trampoline for kids; Safari Greg Animal Show; powered parachute demonstration; skydivers
For more information:

April 28-30, 2017
Lamesa, Texas
Chicken Fried Steak Festival and Balloon Rally
Forrest Park, 814 S. Houston, Lamesa
Also classic car show; pet contest; 5K walk/run; & more
For more information:

May 5-7, 2017
Marion, Texas
BaloonaPalooza Soar & Roar
San Antonio Raceway
For more information:

May 12-13, 2017
Canton, Texas
6th Annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Fest
First Monday Trade Days Park, 800 1st Monday Ln., Canton
Tethered balloon rides – Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.
Balloon Glow – Fri. & Sat., 8:30 p.m.
5K Glow Run; Half Marathon/10K; live music; car show; & more
For more information:

June 2-3, 2017
Kerrville, Texas
Festival Rio Guadalupe
Flatrock Park
For more information:

June 9-10, 2017
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Hopkins County Dairy Festival
Theme: “It’s Your Moove!”
20+ balloons
Media flight – Friday, 6/9, 6-9 a.m.
Rally & flight – Friday, 6/9, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, 6/10, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Saturday, 6/10, 6-9 p.m.
Parade; 5K race; queen contest; milking contest; ice cream freeze-off; & more
For more information:

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July 14-15, 2017
Paris, Texas
2nd Annual Paris Balloon & Music Festival
Balloon Glows – Fri. and Sat. @ dusk
Balloon Launch –  Sat. & Sun. morning
Main Stage music from 6:00 p.m. to close, 2 bands per night;
Marketplace; food trucks; Kids Fun Zone
For more information:

July 28-30, 2017
Longview, Texas
Great Texas Balloon Race
40-year anniversary
East Texas Regional Airport
Balloon Race Competition – Fri., Sat., Sun., 6:30 a.m.
Great Shapes Spectacular – Fri. & Sat., 8:15 p.m.
Opening Ceremony – Fri. & Sat., 8:45 p.m.
Balloon Glow – Fri. & Sat., 8:50 p.m.
Live concerts; Kids Land; arts/crafts/food vendors
For more information:

August 18-20, 2017
Highland Village, Texas
Highland Village Balloon Festival
Balloon mass ascension – Fri. & Sat., 7-7:30 p.m.
Balloon glow – Fri. & Sat., 8:30-9 p.m.
Balloon fly-in/take-off – Sat. & Sun., 6-8 a.m.
Bands on main stage – Sat., 7-10 p.m.
Pancake breakfast, Sun.
Kids zone; 5K and 1K races; classic car show; & more
For more information:

September 9-10, 2017
Buffalo Springs Lake Balloon Roundup
9999 High Meadow Rd.
More details to come at

September 22-24, 2017
Plano, Texas
Plano Balloon Festival
Oak Point Park
Balloon activities – Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sat. & Sun.
Balloon Glow – Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.
Live music – Fri., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:45 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks – Sat. 9 p.m.
Half marathon; relay; 5K; 1K; parachute team exhibition
For more information:

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September 29, 30 – October 1, 2017
Helotes, Texas
Helotes Festival Grounds
For more information:

September 29, 30 – October 1, 2017
Abilene, Texas
Big Country Balloon Fest
Redbud Park
More information to come at:

October 7-15, 2017
Not in Texas, but this premier international ballooning event is on our bucket list, so we are including it here for information purposes!!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
46th annual “Inflate Your Imagination” Balloon Fiesta
There are so many activities and details at this week-long event, it is best that you check out their website for information:

October 14, 2017
Celina, Texas
Celina Park Fest
12670 FM 428
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Rides; games; giant inflatables; trains; 100+ vendors; & much more
For more information:

October 27-29, 2017
Selma, Texas
1st Annual Skylight Balloon Fest
River City Community Church grounds
Carnival, food trucks, inflatables, and arts & crafts vendors
More info to come:

October 28, 2017
Anna, Texas
Anna Glowfest
Slayter Creek Park, 425 W. Rosamond Pkwy.
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Tethered balloon rides – 5 p.m.
Hot air balloon glow – 6 p.m.
Car, truck & cycle show; Kids Zone; vendor shopping; food court; music
For more information:

Mercedes, Texas
South Texas Balloon Festival
Was 1st weekend in November in 2016.
2017 date not yet confirmed

Each different festival offers lots of fun activities to enjoy. When you decide which one(s) you want to attend, then check out that individual event’s website for all the necessary details. When you make your travel plans, try to time it so that you can get up close and personal at some point. That way, you can see the flames being added to the inside of the balloon to make it lift. This gives us a thrill every time we see it, and we hope that it will do the same for you.

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Not in 2017:

Below are some balloon festivals from 2016 and previous years that will NOT be happening in 2017:

El Paso Balloon Festival
Gainesville, Texas
Granbury, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Laredo Balloon Festival
Robstown, Texas
Rockwall County Balloon Festival

If you know of any festivals that we have somehow missed, please let us know in the comments below.

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