Balloon Glow

A Magical Balloon Glow Evening

Friday, September 27, 2024

5pm - 9pm




There is no launch this evening. See the Festival Flight schedule for daily launch times



The Balloon Glow is an experience like no other and is difficult to put to words. While waiting for sunset to arrive, grab something to eat from our food vendors and take in the pre-Glow activities like the walk-in balloon, DJ, and dancers.

A half-hour before sunset, the balloon area of the field starts to buzz with activity as pilots and their crews inflate their envelopes. Once all the balloons are inflated and the go signal is given, your chance to get up close and personal to the balloons begins.

Wander under the gentle giants, feeling the heat and hearing the blasts from the flaring burners as the balloons light up against the dark sky. The sights, the sound, the heat, the crowd come together in a magical evening that will leave you eagerly anticipating to do it again next year. 

Balloon Glow Details

Come out and experience hot air balloons up close and personal.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2024
Location: Wallaceville Glow Site - map below (50.584738,-113.873963)
Price: Free
Tickets: Not required
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm - subject to change due to weather conditions
Check out the food vendors who will be on site

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Date | Sunrise/Sunset Times Time Activity Location Status
Friday, September 27 5:00pm Balloon Glow festivities begin Wallaceville Site UPCOMING
Sunrise: 7:29am | Sunset: 7:23pm 5:15pm -- No Scheduled Flight -- Macleod Trail Launch Site --
7:00pm Balloon inflation on field Wallaceville Site UPCOMING
7:30pm The Balloon Glow Wallaceville Site UPCOMING
8:30pm Balloon Glow ends Wallaceville Site UPCOMING
9:00pm Evening comes to a close Wallaceville Site UPCOMING

Details are subject to change on a daily basis. Please watch the website and social media for on-going updates during the Festival.

Safety for all our guests is a top priority. AHS protocols at the time will be followed.

2023 Food Vendors

Description text
  • Ladies Hospital Auxiliary

  • Ubuntu Pies

  • Happy Fish Catering Inc.

  • Fresh Choice Mini Donuts

  • Baking Betty’s

  • Happy Truck

  • The Blues Delight

  • Mumbai Bites

  • The Mini Donut Factory

  • Homemade Taste Ltd

  • Kona Ice

  • Neon Taco

  • Family Dogs

  • Family Squeezed Lemonade

  • Alberta Burgers

  • Lics Ice Cream

  • Family Cheesed

  • Canadian Bear Balls & Poutine

  • Cookie Dough YYC

  • Waffles and Chix

  • SunQueen

Balloon Glow FAQ

Please be aware this is a high sensory stimulation environment. 

Registered service animals wearing their identification may attend with their owner.

Unfortunately, pets or companion animals are not allowed at the Balloon Glow.

There is no entry fee or ticket required to attend the Balloon Glow or watch the balloon launches.

Some people choose to make a contribution to show their appreciation for the Balloon Glow. The Committee is grateful for such gestures and puts the money towards continuing Festivals in future years. 

* NEW FOR 2022 *  The Balloon Glow is held at the Wallaceville site on Centre St across the bridge north of Sobeys.

The nearest intersection is Macleod Trail and Centre St, High River

Coordinates are 50.584738,-113.873963

Parking options for those attending the Balloon Glow are:

  • Park & Ride Shuttles
    • $20 per vehicle (CASH ONLY)
    • South pick-up: beside Calgary Co-op on 12 Ave SW
    • North pick-up: NW entrance to rodeo grounds off 498 Ave / Hwy 543
    • You can ride the shuttle between your car and Wallaceville site as often as you like. NOTE: There is no guarantee on how fast the round-trip shuttle trip will take due to varying vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the area.
  • Park & Walk
    • $20 per vehicle (CASH ONLY)
    • North-end: across from Tim Horton's
  • Public Parking
    • Downtown area: street and public parking
    • Residential streets

There is designated accessible parking at the Balloon Glow site. Please bring your Service Alberta parking placard. 

  • Vehicle access is ONLY via the south end (Macleod Trail and Centre St)
  • Arrive BEFORE 5pm
  • Once on the site, expect to remain until the event ends. Opportunities to leave early are extremely limited due to heavy pedestrian traffic and road closures.
  • You may need to walk a short distance for a better view of the field.
  • All vehicles will exit the site to the north.

There is limited parking on site for the following:

  • accessible parking, your provincially issued placard is required to enter area
  • VIP area for crew, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and media, you will need a Committee issued parking card to enter the area  
  • Vehicle access is ONLY via the south end (Macleod Trail and Centre St)
  • Arrive BEFORE 5pm
  • Once on the site, expect to remain until the event ends. Opportunities to leave early are extremely limited due to heavy pedestrian traffic and road closures.
  • All vehicles will exit the site to the north.

Yes. There will be numerous portable toilets at the Balloon Glow site. 

Masks are not required and you are welcome to wear one.

Food vendors (and non-food vendors) interested in attending the event please contact for additional information.

Wallaceville Site

Wallaceville is the host site for the Balloon Glow. The Glow site pdf is best suited for printing.

Geo-coordinates: 50.584738,-113.873963

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