Up Up & Away – Check out these Texas Hot Air Balloon Festivals 2023.
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 title? Keep scrolling to find out.
With weather permitting, balloon festivals are family-friendly 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 outdoor events offer great food, live music, entertainment, special kid’s activities, full balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, and more!
Family-Friendly Hot Air Balloon Rides In Texas
Some events were hard to find on the internet, so don’t look – rather, read what Texas Travel Talk found. All eleven are in all parts of Texas – North Texas, Central Texas, South Texas, and East Texas. And they are all family-friendly.
Some festivals allow rides, and some only offer tethered rides. Be sure to read up on each one.
2023 List of Hot Air Balloon Festivals In Texas
Bring the entire family out for a day or evening of fun and fair. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate because it depends on good weather to fly those balloons.
This list contains Texas hot air balloon festivals, but there are other top hot air balloon festivals in the United States and Canada that you may want to know about.
November Texas Hot Air Balloon Festivals 2023
• Farm-To-Table Dinner And Balloon Festival
November 25, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This event is in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country (Fredericksburg) at Grapetown Vineyard and Farm at 8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX.
What to expect: Hot air balloon rides, safari wine tours, grape stomp, farm-to-table dinner, live music, and polo.
Tickets: $10-$290 plus online fees. Pre-paid parking is $10 and $20 at the gate – so buy your parking pass online. November Balloon Fest Tickets.
December Texas Hot Air Balloon Festivals 2023
• Fredericksburg Farm to Table Dinner & Balloon Event
December 31, 2023, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Held at Grapetown Vineyard and Farm in Fredericksburg, TX.
Festival Highlights: Farm-to-table dinner, live music, Polo match, and wine tasting – followed by a Hot Air Balloon Glow and Rides.
Tickets: General Admission is $10. Other special activities are from $40-$290 (including a camping pass). Parking is $10 online or $20 at the gate. December Balloon Fest Tickets.
February Balloon Festivals For 2024
• Chocolate, Wine & Hot Air Balloon Festival – Fredricksburg
The location is Grapetown Vineyard & Farm, and pre-paid parking will be required.
Tickets: $22+ and are available online here.
2024 Balloon Festivals In Texas
April Balloon Festivals In Texas
• The Balloon Festival – Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort
April 7-9, 2023
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay (Marble Falls)
Balloon Festival in Texas Hill Country – 9th annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay
Fun Fact: 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.
May Balloon Festivals In Texas
Fredericksburg Farm-to-Table Dinner & Balloon Event
May 6, 2023, from 3-8 pm
Dinner – Hot air balloon rides – Fredericksburg Polo Club – what’s better than that! Also, check out the safari wine tours they are offering and more!
Enjoy a great day of food, drinks, vendors, and live music! A kid-friendly and pet-friendly (pets on a leash at all times) event at Grapetown Vineyard in Fredericksburg.
Be sure to read the tab Schedule as this is a 2-day affair.
June Balloon Festivals In Texas
• 2023 Hopkins County Dairy Festival
Jun 9-10, 2023
Hot Air Balloon Events are scheduled for Fri, Friday night, & Saturday
• The Great Texas Balloon Race – Longview
June 12-18, 2023
The Great Texas Balloon Race is an annual world-class event where the best competitive pilots compete 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.
Hot air balloon rides in Longview, Texas
Longview Texas Hot Air Balloon Festival
Several pilots say the Great Texas Balloon Race is the best-run event in Texas and the Balloon Race Capital of Texas. Check out this fabulous event and glow run in Longview! These balloon pilots have years of ballooning – and no, it’s not like a pilot who flies planes – totally different!
July Balloon Festivals In Texas
• Canton Balloon Fest
July 7-8, 2023
Canton Balloon Fest is held on the First Monday grounds on the west side. Activities include bounce houses, car shows, and Friday night’s 5K glow run. The festival will highlight East Texas Music with non-stop music all weekend. Be sure to check out the car show details, too.
Featuring Country Singer –
Tickets: $10 per car, $20 per van, $50 for buses
September Balloon Festivals In Texas
• Victory Cup Balloon Bash
Saturday, September 2, 2023 (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, aka Victory Cup Balloon Bash (this event is called two different names), will fill its skies with hot air balloons, and visitors will come everywhere to see it.
What to expect: Tethered balloon rides, VIP tickets, kid-friendly and pet-friendly, live music, food, vendors
Tickets: $20-$110; Parking $10
• Kyle Pie In The Sky Day Celebration
aka Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival
September 1-2, 2023
The Annual Kyle Hot Air Balloon Festival will return to Lake Kyle at 700 Lehman Road, Kyle, Texas.
What to expect: Tethered hot air balloon rides, market vendors
Tickets: $10 weekday; $15 weekend
• Paris Balloon & Music Festival
Paris, TX (East Texas)
September 8-9, 2023
September 9-10, early morning balloon flights.
The 7th Annual Paris Balloon & Music Festival will be held at the Lamar County Fairgrounds evening festival.
What to expect: Hot Air Balloons, live music, market vendors, a kid’s zone, food trucks, night glows, and more fun!
Tickets: I believe it’s free
• Plano Balloon Festival & Run
This is the last place to get hot air balloon rides in Dallas, Texas, for 2023.
September 21-24, 2023
Once again, Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run covers Texas skies with its beautiful, colorful hot air balloons and nighttime balloon glow.
Plano kicks off its annual Plano Balloon Festival, starting at 5 p.m., 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, various food options, and much more.
Ticket price: $5-$10; VIP Tickets $150 – purchase all tickets online
• Re/Max Skylight Balloon Fest
San Antonio Area
September 29-30, 2023
The 7th Annual Skylight Balloon Fest will be at the River City Community Church Grounds in Selma, TX.
Friday night headliner – Small Town Habit will be performing.
What to expect: Market Days, food trucks, attractions, live concerts, family fun activities, and more! No Pets or alcohol.
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