Great Reno Balloon Races

One of my favorite events of the year is the Great Reno Balloon Races. This breath-taking event happens every September at Rancho San Rafael Park. Every September you can look up into the skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring through the sky and above buildings not knowing where they are going to land. This event is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world!

It’s always worth it to get up at 4 a.m. to see the glow show and dawn patrol. The glow show presents 35+ balloons twinkling across the night sky. Then as dawn approaches, several balloonists will float their balloons across the sky as the sun rises twinkling to soft sounds of music floating through the air.

More crowds start to pour in as it becomes light , and at 7 a.m. more than 100 balloons launch into the sky making the crowd awe struck as they watch the vibrant colors fill the early morning sky.

Bring your family and friends to this spectacular event! There are plenty of vendors for coffee to perk you up and keep your stomachs happy, as you watch an event like you’ve never seen before.


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