We featured Longview’s Great Texas Balloon Race in our July issue, but Texas boasts 10 other balloon festivals around the state. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, the sunrise flights, daily festival activities, and evening glows are sure to fill your day.
Hopkins County Dairy Festival Balloon Rally, Sulphur
June 9, www.visitsulphurspringstx.org
Take to the Skies Airfest (formerly DFW Summer Balloon Classic), Mesquite.
There’s a balloon glow this year but no flights: those will return in 2013.
May 26-27, www.summerballoonclassic.com
Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair, Highland Village.
August 17-19, www.hvballoonfest.com
Big Bend Balloon Bash, Alpine.
September 1-3, www.bigbendballoonbash.com
InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival, Plano.
September 21-23, www.planoballoonfest.org
Big Country Balloon Fest, Abilene.
September 28-30, www.bigcountryballoonfest.com
RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival, Houston/Clear Lake.
September 28-30, www.ballunarfestival.com
Celina Balloon Festival, Celina.
October 26-27, www.celinachamber.org
Pirates of the Canyon Balloon Festival, Amarillo/Palo Duro Canyon.
October 26-28, www.piratesofthecanyon.com
KLAQ International Balloon Festival, Anthony.
Memorial Day weekend, 915/544-9550