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Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

Where Fun Takes Flight

September 27 - October 01, 2023

Countdown with us to the Festival Opening Ceremonies!

2023 next year announcement

NEXT FLIGHT: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 PM @ 5:30pm

What an amazing Festival! Flying 5 flights in 2022, we tied last year's record for the most number of flights. Looking forward to next year.

Check out the flight schedule for information about launches and launch site map along with spectator information.

Chasing * Reminder *

Reminder when following balloons in flight, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES enter a landowner's driveway or field. You must stay on public roads. Remain at a safe distance behind chase vehicles and give them the right-of-way. Crews need to get to their pilots and balloons as safely and swiftly as possible.

Happening at the Festival

No event fee or ticket is required to watch Festival Flight launches or the Balloon Glow.

The Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival has grown into a highly anticipated fall event for High River and communities extending between Calgary and Southern Alberta.

While every year holds quirks and challenges to be addressed, 2020 and 2021 presented us with a new suite of circumstances to consider. As we continue to plan for the 2022 Balloon Festival, we do so knowing there may be uncertain times ahead on the road back to hosting our full Festival offerings.

Know that the safety of our pilots, vendors, volunteers, and visitors is a top priority. Throughout the year we continually monitor the ongoing developments of COVID-19 including the recommendations and health orders made by Alberta Health Services to use as our guidelines. This becomes increasingly relevant as the time draws nearer to launch.

Given the unprecedented times and how quickly events can change, we will continue to plan with cautious optimism and the five-day Festival of flights and competition will go ahead.

Continue supporting one another and look to the skies for balloons of inspiration. Be kind, be safe and stay healthy.

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Photo by Shane Lockyer

Passenger Rides

>> Rides On Sale September 5, 2023 <<

Balloon rides will be available to purchase Tuesday, September 5, 2023. The flight times will coincide with scheduled flights Thursday - Sunday. (September 21-24, 2023).  Check out the passenger rides section on the Event page for more details as well as the Festival Flight Schedule for times.

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