Jazz up your summer schedule with one of these hot air balloon festivals.
There are few sights as beautiful as an afternoon sky decorated by colorful hot air balloons, gently rising up towards the clouds. It looks like something out of a movie.
Fortunately, it is not an experience exclusively reserved for a TV screen. The Colorado summer schedule is full of fun and adventure, which includes several recurring balloon festivals across the state. Maybe you just want to pack a picnic and take in the pretty sight. Perhaps you are feeling brave and you actually get on one and take in a completely different view from above. Whatever your level is on the adventure scale, here are five hot air balloon festivals you should add to your summer list of activities.
Moffat County Balloon Festival
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When: August 2-4, 6:30 a.m.
Where: Loudy-Simpson Park, Craig, CO
Take a road trip at sunrise towards Craig to experience the free-admission festival. The days are filled with other activities, including an adventure inflatable zone for children. You can also sign up for the 5k Fun Run on Saturday, August 3, or you can check out their Classic Car Show.
Creede Balloon Festival
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When: August 30-September 1, 7 a.m.
Where: Mineral County Memorial Airport
The Creede Balloon Festival will be celebrating its eighth annual festival in Creede. Get there at 6 a.m. to see what they called "the glow," the inflation of the balloons up close. There will also be a pancake breakfast every morning of the event and additional activities for children and parents.
Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off
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When: August 31-September 2, 7 a.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Colorado Springs
The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the end of August. Over 70 balloons will rise from the ground each day at the festival. The festival is filled with a variety of activities for everyone, including a doughnut-eating contest, a chainsaw carving competition, and paddleboard rentals.
Snowmass Balloon Festival
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When: September 6-8, 6:30 a.m.
Where: 2909 Brush Creek Road, Snowmass Village
The Snowmass Balloon Festival is known as one of the highest-altitude hot air balloon events in the country. Over the course of three days, over 30 balloons and pilots will compete in different challenges and races. There will also be additional activities, including Cidermass and Septemberfest. All events are free and open to all ages.
Courtesy of Pagosa Chamber of Commerce (website)
When: September 20-22, 8 a.m.
Where: Town Park Athletic Field, Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs will host once again the Colorfest Balloon Rally for the 33rd consecutive time. The festival's admission price is around $50 and it includes a wine and food festival, along with a hot air balloon show. There will also be a Breakfast with Balloons event on Saturday morning and 5k color Run/Walk.
Are there any other hot air balloon festivals in Colorado that we missed on our list? Will you be attending any of the above festivals? Sound off in the comments below.