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Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep. 6-8, 2019 | 6:30 am - 12:00 pm

2909 Brush Creek Rd Snowmass Village, CO 81615 [ MAP ]

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Balloon Festival Event Details

The 44th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, a long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition, fills the sky with eclectic balloons, as 30 pilots launch their hot air balloons into the air, daily at 7:00am in Snowmass Town Park. The weekend features three days of festive balloons, pilot games, food trucks and vendors, kid’s activities, and more.

On Friday, September 6, the Balloon Night Glow provides an up-close-and-personal experience to these mega balloons from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Guests can chat with the balloon pilots, enjoy food & drinks from vendors from 6:00-9:00pm, enjoy music from Berkel Beats and watch as the 30+ balloons light up the sky in Snowmass Town Park.

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.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
6:30-10:00am Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race -This annual tradition features 15 of our most seasoned and daring pilots as they race to see who can fly the farthest down valley in 2 hours. The remaining 15 balloons will fly in the Valley for a spectacular show of colors beginning at 6:50am. Best viewing from Snowmass Town Park beginning at 6:30am.

7:00-9:00pm Balloon Night Glow – The Balloon Night Glow provides an up-close-and-personal experience to these mega balloons. Guests can chat with the balloon pilots, enjoy food & drinks vendors and watch 30+ balloons light up the night sky in Snowmass Town Park.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
7:00-10:00am The SnowMASS Ascension and X-Marks the Spot – Target Competition: Pilots attempt to maneuver as close as possible to two different targets above the Snowmass Golf Course. Following this competition, the balloons will float above the Snowmass Valley. Best viewing area from Snowmass Town Park beginning at 7:00am.

7:30-10:30am FREE! Kids’ Elevation Station – Lawn games, Betty Hoops, a bounce house and more at the softball field.

1:00-4:00pm Cidermass – Cidermass, a hard cider festival, features ciders from 20-30 vendors from across the country on the Snowmass Mall. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 day of. Tickets include
tastings, a commemorative glass and live music.

4:00-7:00pm Septemberfest – Join our fall celebration! Enjoy live music from the Derek Brown Band, adult beverages and food tastings from local restaurants, kids’ activities, live music, plus local vendors &
artisans in Snowmass Base Village.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
7:00-10:00am The SnowMASS Ascension – Balloons will float above the Snowmass Valley. Best viewing area from Snowmass Town Park beginning at 7:00am.
7:30-10:30am FREE! Kids’ Elevation Station – Lawn games, Betty Hoops, a bounce house and more at the softball field.

 

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!

Why Volunteer?

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. Email Colleen Johnson (colleenjohnson302@gmail.com) to sign up to volunteer.

Volunteer Duties

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.

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