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Enjoy the 2019 Great Reno Balloon Race

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The 2019 Great Reno Balloon Race will be from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. Come to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park to marvel at the world's largest free hot air balloon event.

It's free to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race, an event for the whole family. You do have to get up early, though, since hot air ballooning is an early morning sport and some activities start in well before the sun comes up.

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Mass ascension of hot air balloons at the Great Reno Balloon Race. Photo © Stan White

Balloons at the Great Reno Balloon Race

Around 100 hot air balloons participate in the Great Reno Balloon Race. Most of us just enjoy the spectacle as the balloons rise into the sky each morning during the early morning mass ascension. For balloon pilots and crews, there really are balloon flying competitions with cash prizes.

Specialty balloons in a variety of shapes punctuate the dozens of traditional hot air balloons floating over Reno. Specialty balloons scheduled to appear in 2019 include Jack the Pirate, Billy the Kid, Pumpkin, Darth Vader, Simba, Tic Toc, Smokey Bear, Cent'r Stage, and Elvis.

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Pre-dawn Glow Show and the big Darth Vader balloon at the Great Reno Balloon Race. Photos © Stan White

Main Events at the Great Reno Balloon Race

You have to get up before dawn to enjoy the most spectacular events like the Glow Show, Super Glow Show, and Dawn Patrol. The Super Glow Show on Friday only is an expanded, more spectacular version of this popular part of the event. The mass ascension of nearly 100 hot air balloons takes place as the sun comes up over the Virginia Range, which is still pretty early.

Balloon Boulevard of food, drink, and souvenir vendors operates during the morning activities, starting while it's still dark. Here is the schedule, but be sure to check the Great Reno Balloon Race official schedule of events for any last-minute changes.

Friday, September 6

  • 3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • 5:00 a.m. – Super Glow Show
  • 5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
  • 6:45 a.m.- National Anthem
  • 7:00 a.m. – Mass Ascension Launch
  • 9:30 a.m. – Tesla and Allstate Tissue Paper Balloon Launch
  • 4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Saturday, September 7

  • 3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • 5:00 a.m.- Glow Show
  • 5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
  • 6:45 a.m. – National Anthem
  • 7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension Launch
  • 7:00-7:30 a.m.- Biggest Little Pajama Party & Bed Head Competition
  • 8:00 -8:30 a.m.- Bed-Head Competition Judging
  • 4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.- Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Sunday, September 8

  • 3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • 5:00 a.m – Glow Show
  • 5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
  • 6:45 a.m. – National Anthem
  • 7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension Launch
  • 6:00-8:00 a.m.-Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt/Sign Up to be a Girl Scout
  • 4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.- Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

The RE/MAX balloon will be providing tethered rides for the general public after the Mass Ascension. Rides are available for a $5 donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Parking and Spectator Information for the Great Reno Balloon Race

Thousands of people converge on Rancho San Rafael Regional Park before dawn to enjoy the Great Reno Balloon Race. With so many people and cars moving about in the dark, it is imperative that you read and follow all "Parking and Transportation" information related to the event. The RTC RIDE park and ride program has pick-up points in Reno and Sparks so you can eliminate the parking hassle by riding the bus. Parking is prohibited along McCarran Boulevard due to safety hazards and parking laws will be enforced.

Be sure to read "Tips For Enjoying The Event" to learn rules and tips about how to have a safe and fun time at the Great Reno Balloon Race. Don't forget your camera to capture the colorful scenes on the ground and in the air. Do not bring dogs - pets are not allowed at Reno special events.

Source: Great Reno Balloon Race website and press releases.

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Big crowds enjoy the mass ascension at the Great Reno Balloon Race in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. Photo © Stan White

Video © Stan White

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