Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival takes place annually in the town of Rocky Ford in the lower Arkansas Valley during the first weekend of November. The only hot air balloon festival in Southeast Colorado, Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival attracts lots of ballooning enthusiasts as well as balloon crews and pilots from around the state.
A three-day festival features mass ascensions, an art show, a photo contest, and much more. The festival usually starts with Wake Up Breakfast in downtown Rocky Ford to gather local residents and sponsors before the fun-filled weekend. The program also includes interesting demonstrations at local schools, mass balloon launches from the Rocky Ford High School, and other activities. In addition to early morning liftoffs from the Industrial Park area and tethered rides, Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival features a balloon glow and plenty of entertainment.