The Colorado Balloon Classic (a division of Colorado Springs Balloon Classic, Inc.) was organized in 1977 and has grown to be the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado. The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event - admission is free - held each Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately no pets allowed.
The event is held in Memorial Park, in Colorado Springs, off Pikes Peak Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Union Boulevard near the shores of Prospect Lake.
Mass ascensions of dozens of balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Each year a variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event.
I'm planning on going at 2 different times on Saturday 31 August...
- 6am - The Hot Air Balloons begin Mass Ascension.
I know that it's super early & a drag to get up early on the weekends but I've heard that this is a spectacular time to go and will be well worth the early morning.
Maybe we can all go for breakfast & coffee afterwards? Ideas?
The hot air balloons light up the night sky along with a concert afterwards.
This is a family friendly event so please feel free to bring with your significant others, & kiddos.
Remember to bring with your camera, a jacket in case it gets cold, & sunblock.
Closer to the time we can discuss a meetup spot and possibly going for breakfast afterwards.
The Balloon Festival will have the following attractions:
- Balloon rides
- Crewing on the balloons
- Coloring Contest
- Photo Contest
- Children's play area
- Official Souvenirs
- "Balloon Mail"
- A children's reading program
Spectator Tips for the Colorado Balloon Classic
- Come out onto the launch field to see the balloons up close and meet the pilots and crews.
- Bring sunglasses and sunscreen
- Dress in layers as the days warm quickly
- Ask lots of questions – balloonist love to talk about their sports
- Avoid stepping on the balloon material and ropes – it could damage balloon
- Beware of vehicles moving around the field, especially emergency vehicles needing to get through the crowd.
- Do not bring your dogs or other pets to the Balloon Classic - city ordinance
Do not leave your children unattended
- Do not smoke on the Launch Field – it is a safety issue due to the propane
- Do not step on or over any ropes attached to the balloons – again safety issue
- Do buy an Official Souvenir Program – shows Schedule of Event & more
- Do buy lots of Official Merchandise – fundraiser for a non-profit
- Do go visit other sites in the area between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For evening events, bring a flashlight and a jacket
- Locate the Lost and Found Tent – near the Announcer’s Stage and let everyone know to meet there if you get separated. Make sure your children have some form of identification on them.
- Please do not touch any balloon equipment without asking the pilot or crew.
- Please follow the instructions of the “Parrothead” Launch Directors as the balloons lift off
- Stay away from and clear of operating inflator fans near the balloons
- Take lots of pictures and enter the Photo Contest – forms available at Information Table in front of Announcer’s Stage
- Take note of where you have parked your car. It's more difficult to find in the dark.
- Watch where you are walking for your safety and that of the balloons.
- Please pick up any debris, litter, etc. and dispose of in trash containers. Alcohol is illegal in all city parks. You're at a mile-high altitude, which could also increase alcohol's affects.