2017 Great Reno Balloon Race

September 6, 2017

The free Great Reno Balloon Race is a spectacular and fun event for all. This will be the 36th anniversary of the annual event held at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

The 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race will be from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. The only drawback is that you have to be there well before sunrise to enjoy some of the best sights of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Three events – the Super Glow Show, the regular Glow Show, and Dawn Patrol – all occur while it’s still dark. For the mass ascension, around 100 hot air balloons begin inflating their envelopes as the night sky gives way to early morning light. By the time daylight arrives, the sky is filled with an amazing variety of colorful balloons.

Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White

The schedule of events is in my “Enjoy the 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race” article. Be sure to read up on details about attending and enjoying the Great Reno Balloon Race, especially if this will be your first time. You will have more fun and stay safe by being familiar with parking procedures and rules for participating and watching the event.

Hot air ballooning is dependent on the weather. Adverse conditions can alter the schedule or even ground some events. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before heading out to the Great Reno Balloon Race.

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