Look Up!

More than a dozen balloons will paint the sky as they launch daily at 7:30AM and 5:00PM (weather dependant). Conditions must be ideal for the safety of balloon pilots and the late September weather provides the most dependable conditions. On Friday, September 27th, tethered balloons aglow will dip and sway in the night for the unforgettable visual delight. Festivities will get underway at 5:00, with the glow getting underway around 7:00.

Find Your Way

The Balloon Glow Night is a very popular event. We recommend arriving early to check out the other festivities happening in High River. A Park and Ride has been set-up as marked below with a charge of $20/vehicle. Buses will be going back and forth from 5pm to 9pm. Parking in town is very limited.

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Getting Around During Balloon Festival

High River is a great place to visit any time of year. Make the most of your trip and check out some of the many Town attractions. We expect very high traffic volume and the Town has limited parking - but there are many ways to get around and experience all that High River has to offer. Plan ahead!

  • Stay the weekend and experience the full Festival

  • Park & ride for $20 (bring cash)

  • Walk the Happy Trails from downtown to the Glow (paths marked)

  • Bring your bikes and ride through Town

  • Carpool with friends

 Where To Eat During The Balloon Festival

Be sure to arrive hungry as 17 food trucks will be onsite serving-up some of your favourites. There will be mobile payments accepted, but we recommend bringing cash as wifi will be in high-demand. If you are arriving early or spending the weekend, check out our What to Eat in High River section.

Where To Stay For the Balloon Festival

 High River boasts a number of hotels, bed and breakfasts as well as a popular campsite. The festival grows every year so make your plans (and reservations) early. For a full listing of accommodations, visit our section on Where To Stay.

Other Needs During the Balloon Festival

From gas stations, to groceries to ATMs. Perhaps you stayed longer than expected, or you forgot an item at home. For a full list of basic services - visit our section on Basic Services.

In the Event of An Emergency

All events will have emergency services onsite and will be easy to identify. There is a LOST booth for lost and found items and children who have been separated from their parent or guardian. The crowds are large at this event and we recommend keeping children within arms reach. In advance of the event, let you children know that anyone wearing a high-visibility safety vest is safe to approach if they lose their way. You can also show them the location of the LOST booth when you arrive at the event.

In the event of an emergency, please alert one of the many event staff onsite, or dial 9-1-1.

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