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The Great Reno Balloon Race 2024

The world's largest free hot air balloon festival

Dates: September 6–8, 2024

The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race

The Great Reno Balloon Race takes place annually in September at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada. This massive ballooning celebration features about 100 hot air balloons. Over 120,000 people attend the four-day festival every year. Held since 1982, The Great Reno Balloon Race has become an internationally-renowned event voted ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’

In addition to hot air balloons launch, the festival offers live music and entertainment. The main highlights of the festival include Mass Ascension Launch, which starts at 7 am. Watch over 100 balloons going up from Rancho San Rafael Park, covering the sky with bright colors. After Mass Ascension, tethered rides will be available for children.

Glow Show is another must-see, taking place at dawn. Piloting a balloon in the dark is a dangerous task and requires lots of experience. It might be hard to come to the festival at 5 am on Saturday and Sunday, but the sight of over 35 balloons glowing and twinkling to music is definitely worth it!

The Great Reno Balloon Race’s Tissue Paper Balloon Launch is a community event where 2,000 school students launch colorful hand-made hot-air balloons that they made by themselves.

Tethered balloon rides are available for the public after mass ascensions, starting from 8 am. Renown Children’s Hospital will provide free tethered rides on the Reach for the Stars balloon. Also, Balloon Nevada offers a unique balloon ride opportunity to 10 visitors per day to see the festival from above.

For those who would rather stay on the ground than go up in the sky, there's plenty of things to do as well. Balloon Boulevard vendors offer crafts, arts, souvenirs, food, and drinks. There is also GRBR apparel and memorabilia.

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Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva