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Telluride Balloon Festival

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    Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2018
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Getting High in Telluride

While the Telluride Balloon Festival is one of the smaller festivals, it is arguably the most beautiful of the season. Weather permitting, dozens of hot air balloons launch from Town Park on the east end of town and sail down the valley landing about one mile out of town. The balloons launch at sunrise and bystanders often get to help with the launch. On Saturday night of the festival, the balloon pilots inflate their balloons along Main Street and fire up the propane for the "Glow". This is a beautiful and incredibly unique sight. 

All of the events are subject to weather conditions -- The box canyon is a very tricky place to fly as we are surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. But if you are lucky enough to get a chance to experience the flight of the balloons, it is an unparalleled moment. This event is entirely free; remember to bring your camera!

2018 Schedule of Events

June 1st, 2018

  • 8am - Static Display with Student Participation
    • at Telluride Intermediate School (721 W. Colorado Ave)

June 2nd, 2018

  • 6am - Sunrise Mass Ascension
    • Telluride Town Park
  • 1pm - Free Photo Workshop led by professional hot air balloon photographer Paul D. deBergeois. Learn how to take photos, even on your cell phone!
    • Christ Presbyterian Church (434 W. Columbia Ave)
  • 8pm, Main Street Glo. Hot air balloons will inflate for a spectacular show at dusk.
    • Telluride Main Street (Colorado Ave)

June 3rd, 2018

  • 6am - Sunrise Mass Ascension
    • Telluride Town Park