Most balloon festivals take place during the summer, but the Winthrop Balloon Festival is held during the colder time of the year, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. For three straight days, over a dozen of bright balloons decorate the sky over Winthrop, Washington, and the North Cascade Mountains. The event attracts thousands of visitors, especially photographers to this scenic spot located in the 60-mi (97-km) long glacial valley, called the Methow Valley.
Winthrop Balloon Roundup is usually held in early March offering the Methow Valley’s Nordic and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding in addition to an incredible ballooning experience. The family-friendly event offers a variety of food and lodging as well as the wine and cider tastings. The schedule includes hot air balloons inflate and launch on Friday and Saturday morning. It takes place behind the Winthrop Inn. Balloons will be seen in the air until about 9 am. The Nighttime Balloon Glow will take place at 6 pm on Saturday in downtown Winthrop.