It’s that time of the year again!
The summer is winding down, the nights have begun to creep earlier into the evening, and the sky will soon be full of bellowing giant balloons. In the Truckee Meadows it never feels like September until the Great Reno Balloon Races begin! We absolutely LOVE this event for so many reasons and we hope you and your family do to.
Did you know that the Great Reno Balloon Races is the largest FREE hot air ballooning event in the world?! This fun, family friendly event has been in Reno since 1982 and started with only 20 balloons. Now they are up to 100 beautifully colored balloons that take to the sky during the first weekend in September.
This world-renowned community tradition is hosted each year at Washoe County’s beautiful Rancho San Rafael park. It kicks off bright and early on Friday, September 5 at 5:15 in the morning with the Super Glow Show. We know, that’s early, however, this is an amazing sight…even for the sleepy spectators. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, during the Glow Show and Dawn Patrol (which starts at 5:00am), balloons glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across a darkened sky, leaving the crowd awe struck. For generations the Great Reno Balloon Races continues to be one of our family’s favorite traditions and is an unforgettable experience for spectators of all ages.
Huge Balloons Ain’t enough?
If the wonder of the hundred plus hot air balloons isn’t enough to move you, there are plenty of other things about the festival that make it worth the trip. Events continue throughout the weekend and include a pajama party, bed-head competition, and shopping along Balloon Boulevard. You can see the entire schedule here. The Great Reno Balloon races also work hard in our community benefiting charities, providing scholarships and helping those in need, which might be just the push you need to get out of your warm bed and out onto the green to experience the wonder and delight for yourself.
Be sure to get there early to get a good spot on the grass. Bundle up, bring lots of blankets, coffee, hot chocolate for the kiddos and attend this wonderful FREE event. Then, when you’re hungry, we will be waiting at all 4 of our Squeeze In locations to serve you a big breakfast or lunch. We look forward to the seeing the sky loaded with floating wonders, and to helping you make a family memory you’ll never forget. Share your favorite balloons and stories in the comments and we’ll see you at the Races!