Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is a beautiful ballooning occasion set at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, about 40 mi (65 km) northwest of Napa. A weekend of ballooning and other family-friendly festivities is usually scheduled for June. Balloon launches take place early in the morning, followed by tethered balloon rides. So you can witness 30 hot air balloons lift into the sky and then experience the joy of a flight yourself.
Another great event at the festival is Sonoma County Strong Glow Show, held on Saturday and Sunday at 5 am. In addition, food and craft stalls and a kids' play area start operating as soon as the gates are open from 4 am through 10:30 am. For more details, check with the official website (see External Resources below).
The Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Festival tickets are non-refundable yet transferrable in case of cancelation. Also, note that you'll have to pay $10 for a 10-minute balloon ride, no matter adults or children. Lastly, the parking at the Sonoma County Fairground also charges $10.