Texas Hot Air Balloon Festivals are on their way!
Incredible hot air balloons are preparing for the flight across Texas skies this fall with beautiful colored balloons, and nightly balloon glows. Let’s delve into where all the hot air balloon festivals in Texas are.
Do you know who holds the Official Balloon Capital of Texas?
With weather permitting, balloon festivals are a family-friendly event and, to my amazement, happen all through the year – not just in the fall – which I thought. There have already been a few hot air balloon festivals this summer, but you’ll have to mark your calendars for those for next year. These events offer great food, live music, entertainment, special kids activities, full balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, and more!
Some events were hard to find on the internet, so don’t bother looking yourself, I found 11 of them in all parts of Texas – North Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and East Texas.
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Balloon Festivals In Texas
Bring the entire family out for a day or evening of fun and fare. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate because much depends on good weather to fly those balloons. I found most balloon festivals starting in September through the year, but keep scrolling to see a few for next year.
Please, if I missed anything, let me know in a comment. Have fun perusing this list of balloon festivals in Texas.
1. Fredericksburg Balloon Festival
September 3, 2022 – Labor Day Weekend
The heart of the Texas Hill Country – none other than Fredericksburg has many of us wanting to know why this particular area is so great. Though I love the hill country and all the small towns that make up the scenery, Fredericksburg still holds reigns over all others.
On Labor Day, Fredericksburg Balloon Festival will fill its skies with hot air balloons, and visitors will come everywhere to see it. But, the Fredericksburg website doesn’t mention the festival.
What to expect: Tethered balloon rides, VIP tickets, kid-friendly, and pet-friendly, live music, food, vendors
Tickets: $20-$110; Parking $10
2. Kyle Pie In The Sky Day Celebration
aka Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival
The 4th Annual Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held at Lake Kyle on Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 12 to 8 pm at Gregg-Clarke Park (new location).
What to expect: Tethered hot air balloon rides, market vendors
3. Paris Balloon & Music Festival (East Texas)
Paris Balloon & Music Festival will be held at the Lamar County Fairgrounds on September 9-10, 2022, evening festival.
September 11-12, 2022, early morning balloon flights.
What to expect: Hot Air Balloons, live music, market vendors, a kid’s zone, food trucks, and more fun!
Tickets: I believe it’s free
4. Plano Balloon Festival & Run
Once again, Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run is again covering Texas skies with its beautiful colorful hot air balloons.
On September 22, 2022, Plano kicks off its annual Plano Balloon Festival, starting at 5 pm, and continues its festivities for four incredible days ending with its balloon festival races. All at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
FYI: I don’t see that it’s official, but The City of Plano is the Balloon Capital of Texas.
What to expect: Half marathon race, 5k run/walk, tethered rides, kids rides, and much more.
Ticket price: $5-$10; VIP Tickets $150 – purchase all tickets online
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5. Re/Max Skylight Balloon Fest (San Antonio)
5th Annual weekend Skylight Balloon Fest will be October 21-23, 2022, at the River City Community Church Grounds in Selma, TX.
Friday night – the Austin band, The Spazmatics, will be performing.
What to expect: Market Days, food trucks, attractions, live concerts, family fun activities, and more!
6. Fredericksburg Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match
The heart of the Texas Hill Country (Fredericksburg) on November 26, 2022, from 12 pm to 6 pm, is located at Bankersmith Texas Dance Hall at 7905 Old San Antonio Road.
What to expect: Polo, of course, wine, food vendors, hot air balloon rides, kids activities,
Tickets: $10-115 plus online fees
December 2022 – January 2023
7. Fredericksburg New Year’s Eve Hot Air Balloon Event
December 31, 2022, ring in the New Year at Bankersmith Dance Hall from 6 pm to Midnight.
Festival Highlights: Helicopter rides, tethered balloon rides, live music, drink vendors, tasting room, camping opportunity,
Tickets: $10-$135; Parking $10 online or $20 at the gate
Fredericksburg New Year’s Eve Weekend Hot Air Balloon Event is a weekend event. It’s sure to be a fun time. Be sure to buy tickets online for a better deal.
8. The Balloon Festival – Horseshoe Bay Resort
The Balloon Festival at Horseshoe Bay (Marble Falls)
Check back for their 9th annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay
9. The Great Texas Balloon Race – Longview
The Great Texas Balloon Race is an annual world-class event where the best competitive pilots come together and race their hot air balloons every summer in the City of Longview, Texas. This longest-running hot-air balloon event in Texas is usually held at the East Texas Regional Airport.
According to several pilots, the Great Texas Balloon Race is the best run event in Texas.
Check back next year for this fabulous event and glow run in Longview!
10. Hot Air Balloon Flights – Terrell
If you made the July 4th Hot Air Balloon Flights in Terrell, TX, that’s great. It featured nightly balloon glows, hot air balloon rides, and many family activities. I honestly thought most festivals were in the fall.
11. Balloon Fest – Canton
Another one that I hope you had a chance to attend was in Canton (East Texas). Its Balloon Fest was on July 8-9, 2022, on the First Monday grounds.
FYI – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned hot air balloon festival that happens every fall and is the largest hot air balloon event.