Taking to the Skies: 38th Annual Plano Balloon Festival
Each September, Plano hosts the magic and majesty of ballooning during the largest balloon festival in Texas.
Forty-five balloons will take to the sky Sept. 22-24 for the 38th annual 2017 InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park. The festival features five balloon launches at 6 p.m. Friday, and 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). You can also experience breathtaking views of the illuminated balloons against the dark sky during the evening balloon glows (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The festival celebration opens at 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and will close at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 per person. Seniors 65 years and older receive a $1 discount, and children under 36 inches are admitted free. Online ticket sales begin September 1. You may also purchase tickets at the gate.
Parking is available at Collin College Spring Creek Campus, Oak Point Recreation Center, First United Methodist Church and Community Unitarian Universalist Church for $10 per car. Offsite parking is available at Plano Event Center for $5 per car. Park & Ride shuttles are available for $10 per car at Collin Creek Church. You can also hop on the “Balloon Flyer” from the DART Parker Road Station. Buses will run continuously during festival operating hours.
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Cover photo: Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. Nighttime balloon glow photo: Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. City of Plano Balloon photo: Plano Balloon Festival, Inc. Live music photo: David Downs Balloons in the sky photo: David Downs