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The Great Reno Balloon Race

For reservations, please call 800.723.6500.
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Experience the excitement of the Great Reno Balloon Race!

Location: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Experience the largest free hot-air balloon event in the world. Watch in awe as more than 100 hot-air balloons soar high into the Reno skies. This annual event includes fan favorites such as Darth Vader, Smokey Bear, rainbow-colored guppies and many more.

Attracting upwards of 120,000 spectators from all over the world, the event welcomes families and children to experience the race with its vibrant colors and inspiring music.

Event Highlights:

  • Glow Shows: Starting on Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 am, a handful of balloons light up against the dark sky
  • Dawn Patrol: Starting at 5:30 am on Saturday and Sunday only, pilots fly their hot-air balloons in the dark with choreographed music
  • Mass Ascension Launch: Beginning at 6:45 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, more than 100 hot air balloons will launch from the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • Balloon Boulevard: Enjoy food, warm drinks, as well as crafts and memorabilia dedicated to the balloon race

To learn more about The Great Reno Balloon Race, visit

Hotel Accommodations: Plan ahead for this exciting event! Atlantis Casino Resort Spa offers spacious hotel rooms conveniently located in the heart of downtown Reno. 

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