12 tips for attending the Plano Balloon Festival

Plano Balloon Festival

Planning a trip to the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival? Want some great insider tips? We’ve got you covered. Watch our two-part video series below with all the deets for an enjoyable visit.

Our in-house veterans love going to the balloon festival and over the years, we’ve compiled so many great tips and tricks for you.

  1. Weather is a factor! Everything depends on stable weather conditions – especially wind. Watch the forecast and stay tuned to the festival’s social media channels.
  2. Consider going on Thursday – this opening event gives you a chance to see the first Balloon Glow.
  3. Friday & Saturday night’s parachute team exhibition and fireworks are always FUN!
  4. Want to max out your balloon count? Go on Friday or Saturday evening to see the balloons take over the field.
  5. Crowds are smaller in the morning, generally.
  6. Bring chairs and blankets – and a flashlight if you are staying for fireworks.
  7. Consider Prime parking if you want to limit walking. Option two: Plano Event Center is a good offsite choice – it’s just a block from the entrance.
  8. The Kid’s Fun Zone is worthwhile, especially the inflatables and free Kids Korner.
  9. You can bring a picnic, but please support local vendors.
  10. Do not bring pets. Most dogs don’t enjoy the crowds, noise, or fireworks.
  11. Best time to arrive is 5pm – before the parachute team.
  12. Tethered rides are GREAT – bring cash, tickets are available on-site only. They are also dependent on the weather, so keep that in mind.

For more information regarding the Plano Balloon Festival, visit planoballoonfest.org.

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