The skies of Central Oregon will be covered by hot air balloons this weekend.
The Balloons Over Bend Festival takes off. Spectators can gaze at, or even take a ride in, the air-powered crafts.
Friday morning starts with balloons at sunrise, launching from Jewell Elementary in Bend betwen 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. Spectators are suggested to arrive by 6:15 a.m.
Then head to Central Oregon Community College for the Night Glow Celebration from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. It features live music, food and glow in the dark balloons. Night Glow is a ticketed event, starting at $10 for adults, and $7 for kids.
Local businesses will hold an array of children’s activities, such as bounce houses, face painting, the Balloons Blast Kids Race and more.
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Here is the schedule for the kids obastacle coures races at COCC Friday:
Ages 3 to 4 — 4:30pm
Ages 5 to 6 — 4:45pm
Ages 7 to 8 — 5:00pm
Ages 9 to 10 — 5:15pm
On Saturday, there are more ballon launches at sunrise from Jewell Elementary, happening at roughly 6:45 – 7:00 a.m.
Then, head to Redmond for the Night Glow show. It runs from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Sam Johnson Park. In addition to the balloons, there’s a beer garden, vendors and bounce houses.
On Sunday, get up early one more time for balloon launches at sunrise, again happening between 6:45 and 7:00 a.m.