The Great Reno Balloon Race 2021

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Date(s) - 09/10/2021 - 09/12/2021
All Day

Rancho San Rafael Park


Imagine the brilliant colors of the Sierra dawn meeting a rainbow of hot air balloons as they take flight for one of the most unique and jaw-dropping experiences ever.

Welcome to the annual Great Reno Balloon Race, attracting nearly 100 balloons with up to 20 special shapes and is one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events. Sure, it might be a bit earlier than you’re used to waking up, but you won’t regret it for a moment!

Activities include a Glow Show and Dawn Patrol, which are amazing pre-dawn spectacles as balloons twinkle against the dark sky. In the incredible mass ascension, the skies fill with colorful balloons. Special-shaped balloons are always a spectator favorite and some will be making their first appearance at the festival. The Super-Glow show features glowing balloons choreographed to music. Balloon Boulevard will feature a variety of food, crafts, art, and souvenirs!

The Balloon Race has won many awards over the years including “Best Special Event in Reno” and “Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.”