Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

Where Fun Takes Flight

September 25 - 29, 2024

The countdown is on to the next Opening Ceremonies!

Next flight announcement

NEXT FLIGHT: Wednesday, September 25, 2024 PM @ 5:30pm

We may not have enjoyed as many flights in 2023 as we did in the previous two years, but what a sight they were to see.  Lots of balloons making for lots of memories. Can't wait for 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.



Photo by Shane Lockyer

Passenger Rides

Details coming in August 2024

Details of passenger rides during the 2024 Festival will be available in mid to late August 2024. Mark your calendars with a reminder to come back for updates. Check out our Festival Flight Schedule schedule for launch dates and times.

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