UPDATE: For 2017 event information, click here.
Each September, Plano hosts the magic and majesty of ballooning during the largest balloon festival in Texas.
About 50 balloons will take to the sky Sept. 23-25 for the 37th annual 2016 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. You can also experience breathtaking views of the illuminated balloons against the dark sky during the evening balloon glows 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.
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 the Plano Centre 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.
Cover photo: Plano Balloon Festival, Inc.
Nighttime balloon glow photo: David Downs
City of Plano Balloon photo: Visit Plano
Live music photo: David Downs
Balloons in the sky photo: David Downs