Balloons Over Bend returns July 23-25, 2021

One special weekend every summer, the morning skies above Bend come alive with the entrancing rainbow colors of hot air balloons. After cancelling in 2020, we are excited to bring back this magical display! This will be a weekend to remember with balloon launches each day at dawn; watch the magic happen as support crews do their part to help the balloons rise into the sky to greet the morning sun. Head down to the Night Glow for an evening of music, food and glow-in-the-dark balloons. Take the kids to the Balloon Blast race for a chance to stack up some points in our Kid’s Rock the Races series!

Balloon launches are free to attend! Tickets are only needed for the Balloon Blast Race and the Night Glow portions of the event.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors who help us bring this unique and joyful event to our community all in support of local nonprofit Saving Grace. And thank you to our community for your continued support of festivals and events in Central Oregon. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

Meet The Pilots

  • Pat Irwin – Lori’s Colors

    I have been married to my wife Melanie since 1980 celebrating 41 years this year. We have two wonderful children and 1 grandchild. I have been part of ballooning since the 1981 when [...]

  • Robert Raper – Fallen Angels

    Robert Raper received his commercial pilot's certificate in 1996 and bought his first balloon in 1995, while learning to fly. Currently he has five balloons and manages his business, High Plains Drifter Hot Air [...]

  • Steve Wilkinson – Cosmic Crisp Apple

    Steve Wilkinson has been a full time hot air balloon pilot for over 40 years. He and his son Justin run the family balloon business Fantasy Balloon Flights in Palm Springs, CA. Steve [...]

  • Justin Wilkinson – Up Grade

    Justin Wilkinson is a 2nd generation commercial hot air balloon pilot from Southern California. He enjoys traveling with his family to ballooning events all over the USA making memories while doing what he [...]

  • Darren Kling – RE/MAX

    Darren Kling has 25 years of experience flying balloons around the country, as well as internationally, and is the owner/operator of Big Sky Balloon Co. based in Central Oregon. He offers scenic balloon [...]


Check out our social media for the latest on all of our upcoming events and festivals, including Balloons Over Bend!



The Source Weekly

Bend’s independent voice covering local news, art, music, events and outdoors in Central Oregon.


Our Sponsors

2021 Title Sponsor

Re/Max Key Properties
Chevrolet of Bend
Combined Communications
Craft Kitchen
Elixir Wine Group
Guaranteed Rate
Ida’s Cupcakes
Source Weekly