The Animas Valley Balloon Rally is back with events taking place Friday, October 19 and Sunday, October 21. All events are free to the public and offer a great opportunity to get up close to the beautiful balloons.
Its back, the Downtown Balloon Blow will take place on Friday, October 19 on the 500 block of Main. The event will once again feature four balloons that will be tethered and lit up on display. One of the featured balloons will be “Humpty Dumpty” a favorite among all the kids. There will also be several “candlesticks,” which are the basket and burner without the balloon. Pilots will let you enter the basket and pull the burner! Attendees will have a chance to be up close to these spectacular balloons and to talk to the pilots. This is a fun event for the whole family and an experience the kiddos will remember forever. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take lots of pictures of the event. There will be a portable t-shirt printer that will be able to take your photos and turn them into t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and more!
We suggest you arrive around 6pm to see the balloons set up. All of the city lots offer FREE parking after 5 pm. These include three lots on E. 2nd Avenue, and the Transit Center. There are several great restaurants close to the balloon glow where you can grab a bite to eat right before or after the glow. Check out T’s Smokehouse, East by Southwest, Gazpacho’s New Mexican Restaurant, Cuckoos, The Roost, The Palace, Sizzling Siam, or Nini’s Taqueria. The glow will start at approximately 6:30pm. This event is weather permitting, so cross your fingers that the Colorado weather cooperates that night. Bathrooms are available in the Train Depot. If you share your photos on social media, be sure to tag us at #downtowndurango!
In addition to the Downtown Balloon Glow, the Animas Valley Balloon Rally added a second glow on Saturday at Hermosa Meadows. This event will take place at 6:30 pm at Hermosa Meadows Road and Highway 550. Parking will be available in the meadow. Guests are asked NOT to park on the highway for this event. Plan to arrive around 6:30 pm for this event so that you can park and watch the balloons stand. There will be eight to ten balloons that will be tethered and lit up on display. Visitors will have a great opportunity to get up close to the balloons and talk to the pilots, so don’t forget your camera! The balloons will stand up at approximately 7:30 pm, weather permitting.
Weekend Schedule of events:
Friday, October 19- Downtown Balloon Glow, 500 Block of Main Avenue, 6-7:30pm
Saturday, October 20- Mass Ascension, Hermosa Meadows Rd, 8am
Saturday, October 20, Valley Glow, Hermosa Meadows Rd, 6pm-9pm
Sunday, October 21, Mass Ascension, Hermosa Meadows Rd, 8am
For more details go to https://animasvalleyballoonrally.com/schedule-of-events
Make sure to mark your calendars for this three day event, not to be missed event!
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