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Great Reno Balloon Race - N. RENO

  • Friday, September 09, 2016
  • 6:45 AM
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • Rancho San Rafael, Reno NV


The mission of the Great Reno Balloon Race is to provide a premier, safe, family-oriented/tourist-attractive, visually dramatic event that celebrates the joy of flight while remaining free to the public.

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with up to 100 balloons each year. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races and 35 years later, it is known as a world-renowned, and locally, a beloved community tradition.

Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ With an average of 120,000 spectators attending the event each year, the number of lives touched by the beautiful spectacle continues to rise just like the balloons themselves.

September 9th – 11th

Thursday, September 8
6:45 a.m. –
Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and invited Media)

Friday, September 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
5:15 a.m. –
Super Glow Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                             6:45 a.m.- National Anthem
7:00 a.m. – Mass Ascension Launch/Judge Declared Target Competition begins                                                                                                                     7:00-7:30 a.m.- Biggest Little Pajama Party
9:30 a.m. – E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch                                                                                                                                                           10:00 a.m.- Competitions end                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Saturday, September 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
5 a.m.
– Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
6:45 a.m. – National Anthem                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension of balloons/Judge Declared Target Competition begins
7:00-7:30 a.m. – Biggest Little Pajama Party & Bed Head Competition
8:00 -8:30 a.m. – Bed-Head Competition Judging                                                                                                                                                                                 10:00 a.m.- Competitions end
4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Sunday, September 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
5 a.m. – Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6:00-8:00 a.m.- Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt/Sign Up to be a Girl Scout
6:45 a.m. – National Anthem                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension of balloons/Judge Declared Target Competition begins
10:00 a.m.-Competitions end
4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, Nevada

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