1. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, USA
This New Mexico balloon festival is the largest in the world. It is generally held in the first week of October, and stretches over a nine day period. During the fiesta visitors can view balloon races and other competitions involving both speed and accuracy, as well as check out the balloon educational centre. Special exhibitions of shaped balloons and balloons from the various represented nations are also on the schedule. Rides are also available for those daring and adventurous family members.
2. Astra Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, UK
Held in August in Bristol, UK, this event is not only the biggest UK balloon festival but the biggest European festival as well. The fiesta lasts four days, and admission is free. Attractions include helicopter displays and parachuting as well as balloon flights and competitions.
3. Canberra Balloon Festival, Australia
Australia is the site of a growing balloon festival in Canberra. While the festival is not as large or as established as those mentioned above, it is worth checking out! It happens in mid March, and lasts about a week. For a multinational feel, the organizers try to attract international balloons and pilots. The last event featured balloons from Hong Kong and Belgium. This event is the place to go for a more intimate festival located in a stunning venue.
4. Saga International Balloon Fiesta, Japan
This annual Japanese Fiesta is a well-respected event in the ballooning world as well as a popular tourist attraction. It occurs in the first week of November in Saga Prefecture, near Saga City. As well as highly competitive balloon races, the festival has unique features like Balloon Fantasia- an event for specially shaped balloons.
There are many other festivals around the globe, as well as a number of companies who specialise in balloon trips. Take your family and friends high above the earth and give them a new perspective on the world.