▶️ Balloons over Bend: When to catch all the festivities this weekend


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.


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