Visiting Durango

Downtown Balloon Glow

Downtown Balloon Glow, Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19, 2024

Come to the Downtown Durango Balloon Glow on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19, 2024 on the 500 block of Main Ave., from 6 to 7:30pm (weather permitting).

Hot air balloons will light up the sky in Downtown Durango at the balloon glow in the 500 block of Main in front of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.

Arrive around 6 pm to see the balloons inflate. The glow starts at approximately 6:30 pm, weather and wind permitting. Visitors will be able to be up close to see the balloon pilots in action. Kids will love seeing all the colorful balloons! The balloons will come down around 7:30 pm, weather ad wind permitting. Schedule subject to change.

Make sure you bring your camera for the glowing balloons. There will also be "candlesticks" which are the balloon basket and burners, without the balloon. Pilots will let kids get in the basket and pull the burner, it's really cool!

Come earlier or stay after to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants near the event: T’s Smokehouse and Grill, East by Southwest, Gazpacho’s New Mexican Restaurant, Nini’s Taqueria, Sizzling Siam, Cuckoos’, or The Roost. 

The event is weather and wind dependent, so cross your figures for a storm and wind-free evening.

Proudly sponsored by the Durango Business Improvement District and the City of Durango, in partnership with the Animas Valley Balloon Rally.

Click HERE for more information about other balloon events taking place as part of the eighth annual Animas Valley Balloon Rally, October 18-20, 2024

Photos provided by Yvonne Lashmett