Don’t Miss Balloons Over Bend, Returning Summer of 2021

Watching the colorful balloons rise into the sky at sunrise and sunset is pure magic.

Every summer people flock to Central Oregon for a magical event: as the sun rises over Bend Oregon each day from July 23rd to July 25th, dozens of colorful hot air balloons take flight.  As things slowly begin to return to normal after Covid-19, there is hope that the Balloons Over Bend event will return this summer.

The Magic Of Flight: Balloons Over Bend Festival 2021


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The Balloons Over Bend event is scheduled to take place from July 23rd to July 25th, 2021.  This year’s event will support the local nonprofit Saving Grace.  According to Balloons Over Bend, “Saving Grace offers safety, hope, and healing to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and engages Central Oregon to build life free from violence.”

A hot air balloon lifting off in Bend Oregon over the Old Mill District
Photo via the Balloons Over Bend Website.

Every year visitors turn out early in the hopes of getting to meet a pilot and help inflate one of the massive balloons.  Others stand back and watch as crews do their part to get the balloons into the air at sunrise.  As the festival nears, you can see the balloon launch schedule here, so you can plan your day and know when to head out to see the balloons lifting off.  According to the Balloons Over Bend Website, “We are hopeful that we can safely host this event in 2021.”

A hot air balloon at sunset in Bend Oregon
Balloons Over Bend. Photo via Andrew Warren via Flickr CC2.

In the evenings as the sun sets visitors head to Sam Johnson Park in Redmond to get up close and personal with the balloons and to watch as the balloons rise and light up the night sky.  As the event nears you can get more information about the Redmond Night Glow here.

Balloons Over Bend 2021 Information

Hot air balloons lit up at night in Redmond Oregon
Night Glow. Photo via the Balloons Over Bend website.

If you plan on attending this magical event it’s a good idea to get your tickets and reserve accommodations early.

Hot air balloons lifting off in Bend Oregon
Balloons Over Bend. Photo by Pete Marquess via Flickr CC2.
Have you ever been to the Balloons Over Bend event?  What’s your favorite spot to watch from?  Share your photos of the event with us in a comment and tag the friends and family you want to go with!