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2017 Schedule: Balloon Festivals are a fun and unique way to get up close to hot air balloons. It's a magnificent sight to see a bunch of beautiful balloons glide into the air. Many festivals include a mass hot air balloon launch along with a night glow where balloons are tethered to the ground and lit up at night.
These are such a fun events for the whole family that many times also includes additional entertainment and activities. A few festivals even allow passengers to go for a ride. Wondering where to see a Hot Air Balloon Festival in Utah? Here's a list of balloon festivals happening around Utah this summer.
Balloon Fest (Springville) ~ June 9-10 ~ Beginning at 6:30 am, hot air balloons launch from the grass field at Cherry Creek Elementary (484 S 200 E). Balloon Fest includes the Orville Anderson Cup Competition where balloon pilots compete to show off their skills.
Eyes In The Sky (Salina) ~ June 16-18 ~ The balloon launches will be each morning at sunrise, approximately 6:30 a.m. (weather permitting), at North Sevier Middle School.
Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally ~ June 23-25 ~ The four-day festival is held the last week of June, and features hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, sky diving and parachute jumping demos, live music, food booths, and tons of fun for kids with inflatables, crafts, and a parade.
Freedom Fest Balloon Festival (Provo) ~ July 1-4 ~ Balloons fly each morning on July 1, 2 and 4 from 6:00am to 8am. Families and children may walk around the balloons as they inflate. Make sure and arrive at 6:00am to see the balloons inflate!
Sandy Balloon Festival ~ August 11-12 ~ The sunrise balloon launches happen both mornings. The first wave launch around 7:00 am and the second wave around 7:30 am (wind and weather permitting) at Storm Mountain Park, 11400 South 1000 East. On Saturday evening, 8:00- 10:00 pm, the festivities move to the South Towne Promenade in front of Sandy City Hall, 10000 South 173 west with the balloon glow beginning around 8:30 pm. Tasty food choices will be available for purchase. Also enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Autumn Aloft (Park City) ~ September 15-17 ~ last from the early morning through the evening at multiple locations around the Park City area.
Bluff International Balloon Festival ~ Look for the 2nd or 3rd Week in January 2018 ~ Includes a sunrise flight at Valley of the Gods as well as a Glow-in. Rides are available for those who sponsor a balloon.
Kanab Balloons & Tunes ~ February 2018~ See bright, beautiful hot air balloons in the red rock Vermilion Cliffs located near the scenic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The balloons will launch 3 mornings (weather permitting) and bands will compete for the title of Battle of the Bands Friday and Saturday.
This year riding in a Hot Air Balloon is on my bucket list. Has anyone been on one?
Important: Due to weather conditions, times can and do change. Please be sure to review each event hosts website prior to leaving for your adventure. Original Post date May 5, 2016.
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