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Snowmass Balloon Festival 2024

A popular ballooning event in a picturesque ski resort, not far from Aspen

Dates: September, 2024 (unconfirmed)

Snowmass Balloon Festival
Snowmass Balloon Festival
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Every September, the Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the skies above Colorado with rainbow colors​. One of the highest-altitude hot air balloon festivals in the U.S. brings together over 30 balloon pilots, who compete with each other. Balloons rise at an altitude from 2,000 ft to 10,000 ft (600 m to 3,000 m), granting panoramic 360-degree views of the spectacular Colorado mountains. The festival brings thousands of spectators to Snowmass Village, one of the country’s largest winter resorts.


Snowmass Balloon Festival has a different schedule every year. One of the biggest highlights of the three-day event is The Night Glow that usually takes place on Friday evening. In addition to balloon rides, there will be plenty of food and drinks, a barbeque, and a free live music concert. There is also a Kids' Corner with plenty of family-friendly activities. Also, there are incredible hiking and mountain biking trails, and the annual Cidermass and Septemberfest events taking place during the festival.

Snowmass Town Park is located at 2835 Brush Creek Rd. in Snowmass Village. Don't miss your chance to make a perfect shot of brightly colored balloons against Snowmass’ blue sky!

As for parking, it is indeed available. However, it is quite limited because of the construction at the Town Park area. The event's organizers suggest parking at the Intercept parking lot. It is also important that visitors are not allowed to bring their dogs to the balloon launch field.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin