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Join Us for the Festival

JULY 13, 2019
Open to the public | Free Admission

7/13   |   Saturday 6:00-9:30 a.m. at Bald Eagle Lake and 6:00-9:30 p.m. at Howelsen Hill
No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking is allowed at any event site.

Balloon Glow

On Saturday, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Head over to Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat and take in the colors as the balloon glow lights up the evening sky. Enjoy live music, beer garden, merchant & food vendors, kids’ activities and glowing balloons to complete the festive setting.

JULY 14, 2019
Open to the public | Free Admission

7/14   |   Sunday 6:00-9:30 a.m. at Bald Eagle Lake
No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking is allowed at any event site.

Hot Air Balloon Launch

The Yampa Valley will be dotted with color as more than two dozen balloons take to the sky Saturday and Sunday mornings. On Saturday morning, grab a shuttle to the launch site at Bald Eagle Lake.  There will also be kids activities and the experience of being surrounded by balloons as they rise to the occasion. On Sunday, hop onto a shuttle to the lake and come for a more casual balloon atmosphere with morning food and merchant vendors, kids activities and balloons galore.

Schedule & Location

2019 Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH

5:00-8:00 p.m. VIP dinner for pilots, crew and sponsors.

SATURDAY, JULY 13TH

6:00 a.m. Launch field at Bald Eagle Lake opens and shuttle transportation begins from the Meadows Parking Lot. There is no public parking at the event and no parking along Highway 40. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking at launch field.
6:30 a.m. Balloon inflation begins, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Balloon Launch, Bald Eagle Lake
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Night Glow at Howelsen Hill featuring hot-air balloons, live music, food/drink/merchandise vendors, and kids’ activities
9:30 p.m. Gates close at Night Glow

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

6:00 a.m. Launch field at Bald Eagle Lake opens and shuttle transportation begins from the Meadows Parking Lot. There is no public parking at the event and no parking along Highway 40. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking at launch field.
6:30 a.m. Balloon Inflation, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 – 9:30 a.m. Balloon Launch, Bald Eagle Lake

Location & Parking

BALLOON GLOW LOCATION:

Howelsen Hill
845 Howelsen Hill Parkway
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
 
Map and Directions
 

LAUNCH FIELD LOCATION:

Bald Eagle Lake
35565 US-40
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
NO PUBLIC PARKING
Map and Directions
 


PARKING:

Saturday and Sunday morning balloon launches: There is no public parking at Bald Eagle Lake, the balloon launch site off Highway 40. Free shuttle transportation to Bald Eagle Lake is provided from the Meadows Parking Lot on Pine Grove Road and Bangtail Way starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be a suggested parking donation of $10 per car to support the Steamboat Lions Club who donates 100% of their proceeds back to the Steamboat Springs Community.
 
Parking along Highway 40 is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards.
 
Saturday night Balloon Glow: Parking is available at Howelsen Hill and throughout downtown Steamboat. But we encourage attendees to walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation in order to minimize traffic congestion. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards.


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Lodging

 

The Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Festival is excited to partner with a variety of local lodging operators to ensure you make the best out of your visit to Steamboat Springs. They include Wyndham Destinations/Steamboat Resorts, sponsor of the Saturday Morning Launch at Bald Eagle Lake; and Lodging Partner Resort Lodging.

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Reservations: (833) 815-3718, Promo Code: BALLOON

Participation Information

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BE A VENDOR

Get your product or services in front of thousands of people by becoming part of one of Steamboat’s iconic events.
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BE A VOLUNTEER

There are many opportunities to get involved with the Steamboat community by volunteering for this signature event.
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BE A SPONSOR

Your company can be a part of this celebrated annual event. We have partnership opportunities for all budgets and marketing needs.

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Contact us to be a Volunteer

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Festival!
 
We have a variety of volunteer needs throughout our event weekend, July 13-14, 2019:
 
Balloon Crew
Do you love hot air balloons? Do you want to be an integral part of the ballooning experience? Join a balloon crew! Applicants must be 18 or older, and will assist with the inflation, launch and serve on the chase crew from the ground. Volunteers are needed beginning at 5:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake.
 
Balloon Launch site volunteer
Balloon launch site volunteer: Help our event crew with set-up, judging the balloon competitions and being a grounds helper at Bald Eagle Lake, where two dozen balloons will fill the sky above.
 
Balloon Glow
Help balloon crews inflate their balloons for the magical Night Glow at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs. Other opportunities include site set-up, greeting attendees or being a grounds helper. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Contact Us

 

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For event Information contact Krista DeHerrera, Event Director, 970-987-4214 or email directly below.

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