Hot Air Balloons - Top Ten Festivals and Races in the USA

1. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - October
2.
Colorado Balloon Classic - September
3.
National Balloon Classic - Iowa - July-August
4.
The New Jersey Festival of Balloning - July
5.
Adirondack Balloon Festival,  Glens Falls, NY - September
6.
Wausau Balloon Rally, Wausau, Wi - July
7.
Balloons Over Bend - Bend Oregon - June
8. Keystone International Balloon Festival - Lancaster, PA - Sept
9.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic - May - Decatur, AL
10. Greenwood (MS) Balloon Festival - Greenwood, MS - June

 

Top 10 Hot Air Balloon Races
1.
Annual Great Reno Balloon Race - September - Reno, NV

2. The Great Texas Balloon Race - July -Longview, Texas

3. Helen-to-the-Atlantic Balloon Race - June - Helen, GA

4. The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race - October - Natchez, MS

5. Baton Rouge Hot Air Balloon Championship - August - Baton Rouge, LA

6. Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic - May - Decatur, AL

7. World Honda Grand Prix Balloon Race Rally - June - Monroe, WI

8. Madison RibberFest Balloon Race - August - Madison, Indiana

9. New Haven Balloon Race - September - New Haven, Missouri

10. Senator Lloyd Spencer Memorial Balloon Race -Hope, Arkansas - June



Hot Air Balloon Forums
Hot Air Balloon Review - Discussion of hot air ballooning issues and trends. Weblog sharing the magic of hot air balloon flight.
International Aeronauts League - Global online aviation community dedicated to balloonists and those interested in ballooning. Online discussion forums.


Discussion Boards at balloontrader.com - Bulletin board newsgroups aimed at pilots, crews, rallies, competition, and general ballooning discussions.
ICQ Ballooning List - We will list the ICQ numbers of all 'ballooning people' we know about below, allowing quick contact for anyone who may visit this page.
Canadian Ballooning Forum - Online forum discussing Canadian hot air ballooning topics. Includes a section for balloon clubs in Canada.

Solar Balloons : Yahoo! Groups
- Solar balloon discussion group for learning more about solar balloons (hot-air balloons that are heated by the sun).
Yahoo! Clubs hotairballooning chat
- Hot air ballooning chat page on yahoo!. A place for all participants or fans of ballooning to meet and share information.
Yahoo! Groups : Cloudhoppers - This group is for all information relating to cloudhoppers, airchairs, duo-chariots and one man ballooning issues. Online forum for discussing solo balloons. Must join (free) to view posts.


Balloon Links

BalloonFestival.com Devoted to three events: the Quickchek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (Readington), Tedeschi and Li'l Peach Balloon Festival (Weymouth, Massachusetts), and the Big Bear Balloon Festival (Grove City, Ohio). Includes slide shows, event details, ballooning facts, and contact details.
Plano Balloon Festival Description and schedule of events, sponsors, photographs, and contact information. Held in Plano, Texas.
Ballunar Liftoff Festival - Held at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Includes schedule of events, pilot information and application, map, and area details.

Ton's O Fun Information about the High Plains Freedom Flight held in McCook, Nebraska plus photos of gas and hot air balloons.
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic - Information about the event including schedule, sign-up, and directions.

National Balloon Classic Includes event details, crew opportunities, sponsors, and pilot information. Held annually in Indianola, Iowa.
Warren County Farmers Fair - Schedule of events for the balloon festival at the fair located in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Includes FAQ, contact information, and directions.

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic - Annual event held in Colorado Springs. Includes photos, merchandise, schedule, newsletter, and previous winners.

Lift-Off Balloon Festival Includes news, program of events, photographs, and contact information. Held in Cornwall, Ontario.
New York State Festival of Balloons - Includes event schedule, pilot information, area details, and photographs from past events. Annual Labor Day weekend event in Dansville, New York.

Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival -Annual event in Denver, Colorado. Includes schedule, volunteer information, and contact details.
Northwest Connecticut Balloon Festival Held annually the last weekend of June at the Goshen Fair Grounds, Connecticut. Hot air balloon rides, carnival rides, carnival food, crafts.
Hillsboro Balloon Fest Includes news and FAQs, schedule, and photo gallery. Held in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.
Balloon Events in New England - A guide to hot air balloon rallies and festivals in and around the northeastern United States.

Adirondack Balloon Festival - Held annually in upstate New York; includes event schedule, lodging and dining information.

Adam Matthews Cheesecake Balloon Festival Held in September, this is Kentucky's largest balloon festival, with 100 balloons. All proceeds benefit local charities.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race -About the race held in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Includes schedule, history, and contest information.

Wild Rogue Balloon Festival Three-day event in Grants Pass, Oregon. Includes schedule, pilot list, and photographs from past events.
Freedom Flight Balloon Rally - Information and sign up forms for the Freedom Flight Balloon Rally held in October in McCook, Nebraska. Includes photos, crew pages, and downloadable brochures