The Great Reno Balloon Race

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The Great Reno Balloon Race

2020 event is canceled due to COVID-19

The Great Reno Balloon Race, where hot air balloons of various shapes and colors decorate the Reno’s skies. It has been one of Reno’s signature events since 1982, held annually on one of the first three weekends in September.

During the festival period, the early morning hours from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., before sunrise, are the best way to get up early in the morning. The Super Glow Show starts at 5:00 a.m. and the Dawn Patrol starts at 5:30 a.m., where you’ll be mesmerized by the fantastic sight of hot air balloons in the night sky.

The Balloon Competition, which begins at dawn around 6:45 a.m. and ends around 6:45 a.m., features more than 80 colorful hot air balloons floating in the clear blue sky of a clear, sunny morning.

Official page: The Great Reno Balloon Race

Venue:Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 North Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503

Fee: Free

Parking: Parking in the park is extremely difficult on the day of the event, It is recommend using the RTC Express bus, which operates a shuttle bus to and from the venue. Please check the official event website or RTC Washoe for bus service availability, which is subject to change.

Operates every 45 minutes between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and the following ride locations;

◆Reno-Sparks Convention Center: Parking Lot B (or C) / Free parking
◆RTC 4TH STREET STATION: Reno Downtown / No Parking
◆Reed High School: 1350 Baring Blvd, Sparks (the ride is by the covered parking lot on the Baring Blvd side) / Free parking

RTC Express Shuttle Bus Fare: $2.00 one way for adults, payable at the time of boarding the bus, with no change.

Buses to the venue (RTC’s official website)