Great Reno Balloon Race

Celebrating colorful tradition in northern Nevada

Reno, Nev. – The worldโ€™s largest free hot-air ballooning event, The Great Reno Balloon Race (GRBR), takes flight Sept. 9-11 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada. The event is a permanent fixture in Renoโ€™s September skyline and features upwards of 100 balloons and 120,000+ in attendance each year.

This internationally recognized event and beloved local tradition remains the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning festival and provides free admission to the public from sponsorship support.

“There is something about waking up early, bundling up in blankets, and staring up at these magnificent and colorful balloons.” Pete Copeland.

Pete Copeland, GRBR Executive Director

Super Glow Show

Before the sun peeks over the mountains, spectators will see the daily iconic Super Glow Show illuminating the park with a soft warm light – a signal that the event has begun. During the Show, the early morning sky will be decorated by the choreographed glow of up to 10 hot-air balloons.

Reno Balloons

Dawn Patrol

It’s not until dawn that eight hot-air balloons lift off the ground to perform Dawn Patrol. Only a few pilots in the world can perform this skilled show, and it is a must-see for all attendees. This year, Dawn Patrol will be held all three days of the event. During the daily Mass Ascension, the remaining balloons will rise and fill the park with an array of colors and shapes while the sun rises.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
Map during Reno Great Ballooon Race

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