Attention pilots! You are the star of our show. Registration, hotel and more information is just a click away! Apply for 2008 event!
Watch the balloons inflate and the thrill of a mass ascension.The sport of kings lifts off each morning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come to Bowman Field to watch the balloons fill and ascend into the sky in one of the largest races in the nation. Imagine the early morning glow accented by the color of balloons from all over North America. Pilots compete in multi-task races and traditional hare race for a rich prize package of $40,000. Times and type of races are shown on the balloon race schedule.
On Friday and Saturday evening, before sunset, the balloons will prepare for a spectaular night show. Come early, enjoy food and drink and get ready for a show of enormous proportion and colors! Each glow brings balloons of different shapes and colors. It’s never the same show twice.
Set sail in one of the largest races in the nation as one of only 40 very special people to ride in a Festival balloon. Enjoy the sights from the best view available! Don’t hesitate to book a ride as we will sell out.
Balloons at the Bluegrass Balloon Festival
Review a complete list of participating balloons and historical balloon race winners.
Join the balloon crew! Volunteering is fun and easy. The Bluegrass Balloon Festival is the #1 balloon event in Kentucky and #5 in the U.S. due to the generosity of over 600 volunteers. We offer community service hours and welcome the help of community groups and schools. One of the most exciting parts of volunteering in our festival is being part of a balloon team. You will experience ballooning first hand. Work with pilots from around the country to crew with the full thrill and excitement of being in a race!