Balloon Festival Event Details
The Snowmass Balloon Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary a little differently in 2020. Instead of featuring a festival in Snowmass Town Park, guests are encouraged to watch the eclectic display of balloons from afar.
Guests can watch in their cars from parking lots and streets around Snowmass Village or to take a morning stroll to view the display from Snowmass’ hiking and biking trails, many of which offer stunning views. The long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition will still feature three days of festive balloons and pilot games with a night glow on Friday evening to be announced.
Special activities and events round out the weekend, including Cidermass and Septemberfest. All Snowmass Balloon Festival events are free and open to all ages. All daytime events take place at Snowmass Town Park, with free parking in the Town Park Station lot.
***Summer 2020 events are slated to happen in one form or another; however, changes and cancellations may still occur. Snowmass Tourism and its event partners are diligently working to reengineer each event to meet the public health orders as they are announced. Please check back frequently for any changes or updates.***
How To Get Here
The Snowmass Balloon Festival takes place in Snowmass Town Park. The Snowmass Village Shuttle provides free public transportation throughout Snowmass Village to Town Park. Routes and pick-up locations can be found here.
If you are staying outside of Snowmass Village, RFTA provides free public transportation from Aspen and the Brush Creek Intercept Lot to Town Park Station. Free parking is available at the Brush Creek Intercept Lot. Routes and schedules can be found here.
Septemberfest takes place in Snowmass Base Village while Cidermass is on the Snowmass Mall. The Village Shuttle provides free public transportation throughout Snowmass to both Base Village and the Snowmass Mall. Routes and pick-up locations can be found here.
If you are staying outside of Snowmass Village, RFTA provides free public transportation from Aspen and the Brush Creek Intercept Lot to Base Village. Free parking is available at the Brush Creek Intercept Lot and Town Park Station (Rodeo Lot), with free shuttles to Base Village. Routes and schedules can be found here.
If you are driving, free parking is available in the Base Village Parking Garage. If you park in the garage, take the elevator up to Base Village.
Volunteers Needed for Snowmass Balloon Festival, more info to come!
You’ll have the opportunity to get to know the pilots and interact with the hot air balloon. If you volunteer to crew for a pilot the entire weekend, all three days, you will get to fly with your pilot on Sunday, weather permitting. If your pilot is one of the pilots doing the glow show, dinner will be provided before the glow on Fanny Hill. And, each volunteer will receive a Snowmass Balloon Festival t-shirt.
Volunteers will be asked to crew for a balloon pilot for one or up to three days plus a night glow, arriving to the launch field by 6:30 a.m. each morning for a couple of hours and 5:00 p.m. for the night glow. Your volunteer job will be working with your pilot to help set up the balloon on the launch field. You will get to chase the balloon and help pack it up when the flight is over. Flights can last a couple of hours. You are invited to tailgate with your pilot after the flight. Your pilot will provide the tailgate food and drinks.