6 Reasons to Visit the Festival of Balloons

6 Reasons to Visit the Festival of Balloons


The Festival of Balloons is an expansive wonderland of hot air balloons in Tigard, Oregon. Established as a community celebration in 1987, the festivities cover the 79-acres of Cook Park, the largest park in the city. At sunrise, 20 balloons will tower over our heads and descend into the early morning sky. Tethered rides will be available after the launch and some balloons will return for the Night Glow after sunset. For any child-at-heart, foodie, and outdoor lover, seeing the Festival of Balloons is a trip worth taking. Put on your LBR Oregon Dreaming Rainbow t-shirt and check out these six reasons to visit this unforgettable celebration.

Awesome Admission Price!
The Festival of Balloons is a 3-day event. You can get your weekend pass early for just $8! Your weekend pass gets you unlimited access for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If bringing kids under 6, they get in for free! You have access to easy $8/day parking at the Tigard High School field, just a short walk to Cook Park. If biking to the event is an option, there will be an area to lock your bike for free at the main entrance! Arrive early on Friday and Saturday and you may have a chance to take a free tethered balloon ride, right after the balloon launch. The rides are available first come, first serve.

Early Bird Catches the Balloon launch!
Encourage a friend or special companion to wake up before the sun this one time a year to enjoy the beautiful sight. In the spirit of science, hot air balloons are not able to fly during the day due to unstable activity in the air. Particularly because the wind is dependent on the sun, hot air balloons can only fly when the angle of the sun creates the appropriate pockets of hot air and cool air. There are opportunities to enjoy the balloon spectacular at sunrise and approximately 2 hours prior to sunset. Bring your LBR colorful bird tote to store your camera to capture the event. Foodie Bonus: There will also be a pancake breakfast food cart for the early comers!

Live Music & Rogue Beer
The live music offering is so varied that there is something for every music lover. Blues lovers will enjoy Friday night’s performance by Norman Sylvester. Geno Michaels & SoulCity will bring soul and R&B flavor to Friday night before ending the night with country singer Chance McKinney. On Saturday afternoon, School of Rock will kick off the day, followed by Big Bad Beat, Pressure Point and 5 Guys Names Moe. For those that enjoy live music with a beer in hand, there will be 21+ access to a spacious beer garden offered from local brewery Rogue Ales. A LBR Beervana t-shirt is perfect for the occasion!

Local Craft Vendors and Food Carts
Not only a playground for foodies, the Festival of Balloons will have some of Oregon’s most beloved arts & craft vendors. A key characteristic of Oregon festivals is its untouched community support. These local businesses draw approximately 18,000 visitors over the weekend and provides an opportunity for vendors to sell their art and support the community at the same time. There are interactive stations for kids with innovative minds to create their own art. Squatch Out for the Little Bay Root booth and scoop up some of our latest designs!

Cars and Carnies!
Car lovers and carnies alike will enjoy a plethora of entertaining events. On Sunday, car enthusiasts will enjoy the Festival of Cars, presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln. Stick around for the Festival of Cars Award Ceremony. For those seeking a thrill, you can purchase a $35 unlimited carnival rides pass for the entire weekend! From games to rides, as well as an eating contest, there will be plenty of fun to go around. Other attractions include the Saturday morning youth soccer tournament and a Twilight 5k run/walk including a kid’s mile dash.

Night Glow at Dusk
At dusk, balloons will fire up on the ground of the field for an unforgettable sight.  It’s recommended that you bring chairs and blankets to relax with your loved ones surrounded by the peaceful glow of the balloons. Enjoy music, dinner, beer and wine under the stars. Grab your matching LBR Oregon is for Lovers t-shirt for men and women. Or continue through the festival, to enjoy delicious foods and ride the Ferris wheel. While our lives will constantly evolve and the people around us will change, by being an engaged community member, we can secure a positive outlook for generations ahead.

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