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Great Reno Balloon Race

Great Reno Balloon Race
1595 North Sierra Street
775-826-1181

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 four 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.


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Great Reno Balloon Race 2021

The Great Reno Balloon Race is FREE to spectators thanks to the generous support of event sponsors. The event is always scheduled to take place the first Friday through Sunday after Labor Day. Schedule of Events September 9, 2021 6:45 a.m. -…

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Great Reno Balloon Race 2019

The Great Reno Balloon Race is FREE to spectators thanks to the generous support of event sponsors. It is always scheduled for the first Friday through Sunday after Labor Day. Schedule of Events September 5, 2019 6:45 a.m. - Preview Day Launch…

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Great Reno Balloon Race 2018

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…

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Great Reno Balloon Race 2017

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…

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35th Anniversary of Great Reno Balloon Race 2016

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. The event has floated into the hearts and minds of Reno’s visitors and locals for the past 34 years. With nearly 100 balloons and 120,000+ in attendance each year,…

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Great Reno Balloon Race 2015

Schedule September 10, 2015 6:45 a.m. - Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and invited Media) September 11, 2015 5:15 a.m. - Super Glow Show 6:45 a.m. - Mass Ascension Launch 9:30 a.m. - E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch 4:30 a.m.- 10…

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Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

Schedule Thursday, September 4 6:45 a.m. – Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and invited Media) Friday, September 5 5:15 a.m. – Super Glow Show 6:45 a.m. - Mass Ascension Launch 9:30 a.m. - E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch 4:30…

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