One of Colorado's favorite fall festivals is still on!

The Snowmass Balloon Festival is a long-standing tradition, with colorful hot air balloons taking to the skies every year for almost half a century. And this year, despite the pandemic, the show will go on—although, it will be slightly different from the festivities of previous years.

The free festival will take place over three days, from September 11–13. Guests are being asked to watch the displays from a distance in their cars, homes, or on one of the many hiking and biking trails in the area. There won't be large gatherings in Snowmass Village Town Park where the event crowds usually gather.

Additional events include a night glow event via a drive-in style setup on Friday. Registration will be required ahead of time, so check here for more information on when that will be open. Pilot games and several of the expected balloon events will still be happening. Also, on Saturday, there will be an extended "Social Saturday" event with aerialist performers, live music, and restaurant and retail specials offered throughout Snowmass Village for the day. 

Free public parking and transportation are offered in Snowmass during the three-day event. Due to the pandemic, there will not be spots for volunteers this year.

Please note that details are subject to change quickly, so stay updated by checking out the event details before you head out. 

The Snowmass Balloon Festival is one of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country, with over 30 pilots competing in events, including a distance race over the Roaring Fork Valley, night glows, free music, and more.

While things will not be the same for the Snowmass Balloon Festival, it's wonderful that it's still going to happen this year. Seeing the skies light up with color is always uplifting and is a perfect way to kick off fall in Colorado.

What is your favorite part of the Snowmass Balloon Festival? Sound off in the comments.