The Great Reno Balloon Race

Every September Reno’s most colorful and exciting festival sweeps me off my feet, and I fall in love with it all over again.

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the “world’s largest free hot air ballooning event.”  For 3 days, thousands of locals drag themselves out of bed at an ungodly hour to sit bundled-up in a large open field and enjoy the festivities.  The days start at 5:00 am with the Glow Show, followed by Dawn Patrol, and finish with the Mass Ascension.

There is nothing that beats the sights, sounds, and excitement of watching a hundred hot air balloons inflate, launch, and float away into the clear blue desert sky.  It’s indescribable, really, so I’ll let some pictures that I took this morning describe it for me….










Pretty exciting stuff!  Seeing it in person is even better.  In person it’s this kind of exciting:


Rebecca Knabe


4 thoughts on “The Great Reno Balloon Race

  1. Oh my goodness…that last picture is absolutely priceless!!! My daughter and I went this morning and happened to park in the baseball field across the street and wound up having the bean bag toss right in front of us. We felt like this child with all those balloons landing so close to our heads…it was wonderful fun and it never gets old!

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