2023-Schedule: Balloon Festivals are a fun and unique way to get up close to hot air balloons. It's a magnificent sight to see a bunch of beautiful balloons glide into the air. Many festivals include a mass hot air balloon launch along with a night glow where balloons are tethered to the ground and lit up at night.
These are such a fun events for the whole family that many times also includes additional entertainment and activities. A few festivals even allow passengers to go for a ride. Wondering where to see a Hot Air Balloon Festival in Utah? Here's a list of balloon festivals happening around Utah.
Bluff International Balloon Festival ~ January 13-15 2023~ Includes a sunrise flight at Valley of the Gods as well as a Glow-in. Rides are available for those who sponsor a balloon.
Up and Away Hot Air Balloon & Music Festival – January 13-14 at Staheli Family Farm in Washington Utah. Includes vendors, food trucks, vendors, and more.
Sand Hollow Skyfest Balloon Festival – February 4-5 – Includes hot air balloon rides, balloon glow, food trucks and more.
Kanab Balloons & Tunes ~ February 17-19 2023~ See bright, beautiful hot air balloons in the red rock Vermilion Cliffs located near the scenic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The balloons will launch 3 mornings (weather permitting) and bands will compete for the title of Battle of the Bands.
Balloon Fest (Springville) ~ June 3-10 ~ Beginning at 6:30 am, hot air balloons launch from the grass field at Cherry Creek Elementary (484 S 200 E). Balloon Fest includes the Orville Anderson Cup Competition where balloon pilots compete to show off their skills. Free.
Eyes In The Sky (Salina) ~ June 16-18 ~ The balloon launches will be each morning at sunrise, approximately 6:00 a.m. (weather permitting), at North Sevier Middle School.
Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally ~ June 23-25 ~ The 3-day festival is held the last week of June, and features hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, sky diving and parachute jumping demos, live music, food booths, and tons of fun for kids with inflatables, crafts, and a parade.
Freedom Fest Balloon Festival (Provo) ~ July (during 4th of July celebration) ~ Balloons fly each morning from 6:00am to 8am. Families and children may walk around the balloons as they inflate. Make sure and arrive at 6:00am to see the balloons inflate!
Sandy Balloon Festival ~ August ~ Usually 1st weekend of Aug ~ The sunrise balloon launches happen both mornings. The launching starts at sunrise (wind and weather permitting) at Storm Mountain Park, 11400 South 1000 East. On Saturday evening, 8:00- 10:00 pm, the festivities move to the South Towne Promenade in front of Sandy City Hall, 10000 South 173 west with the balloon glow beginning around 8:30 pm. Tasty food choices will be available for purchase. Also enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Vernal Dinah “Soar” Days ~August – Usually end of Aug ~ Event includes Hot Air Balloons, Craft Fair, Car Show, Dino Dash, Night Glow on Main Street, Photo Contest, Chalk Art, Bounce Houses
Autumn Aloft (Park City) ~ September – Usually 3rd weekend ~ last from the early morning through the evening at multiple locations around the Park City area.
Important: Due to weather conditions, times can and do change. Please be sure to review each event hosts website prior to leaving for your adventure. Original Post date May 5, 2016.