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Big Sky International Balloon Rally 2024, Montana

The only hot air balloon festival in the state draws the public to Billings

Dates: July 25-28, 2024

Montana Balloon Festival has changed several names and locations, yet it remains the only hot air balloon fiesta in the state. Presently, the Big Sky International Balloon Rally occurs annually in late July at Amend Park in the city of Billings. The largest balloon festival in the state of Montana is supported by local sponsors and offers completely free admission to the public.

Big Sky International Balloon Rally Events and Activities

Over a dozen balloons ascend to the sky every morning, Friday through Sunday. The flights take place at Amend Park at 6 am, weather permitting. The pilots come from across the United States, Canada, and beyond. To behold the launch, you have to get up early, but as a pleasant bonus, you can get a substantial pancake breakfast.

The highlight of the long-weekend celebration is Balloon Glow taking place at dusk on Saturday. The field at Amend Park opens for visitors at 6 pm with live music entertaining the guests while the pilots prepare their balloons. In addition to the core program, in recent years, the festivities have expanded to include food trucks, face painting, and other entertainment. Big Sky International Balloon Rally is the largest Montana ballooning event, which has become a beloved tradition for local families.

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