Ready for take off?
Join us for three days of family fun, including balloon launches, night glows, live music, and more. Come on out, bring your friends or family and make some great memories that will last a lifetime.
Balloon launches are free to attend! Tickets are only needed for the Balloon Blast Race and the Night Glow portions of the event.
Bend Night Glow Celebration
COCC • JULY 28 • 4 -10PM
Bring the whole family 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. Soak up the summer evening with live music, food trucks and browse our unique vendors at the marketplace. There is something for everyone!
Pack a blanket and spread out as you wait for the sky to darken so the balloons can begin their magical glow.
Check out everything happening at this year’s event below!
Balloon Blast Kid's Race
Head down early for one of Central Oregon’s favorites: a kids-only obstacle race course. The Balloon Blast combines obstacles with a colorful course, perfect for kids ages 3-10. The exciting obstacles are appropriate for all types of children with a wide range of skill levels to tackle. We encourage parents and guardians to come and cheer their little athletes on as they enjoy being part of a supportive, healthy and motivational community event!
COCC • FRIDAY, JULY 28
Race Start Times
Ages 3 to 4 — 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 6 — 5:15pm
Ages 7 to 8 — 5:30pm
Ages 9 to 10 — 5:45pm
About PacificSource Kids Rock the Races
Does your kid want to join in on the fun? Are you hoping to instill your love for running and the outdoors? Not only is this race series a chance for little ones to be a part of the “Big Kid” races, but it’s also a great way to teach children how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The races are non-competitive — everyone receives a finishers ribbon and a punch card to earn more prizes. Run multiple races, earn more prizes! Learn More >>>
Doc Ryan Trio
Doc Ryan Trio: 6-7pm
American Roots music, pure and simple. Folk, Blues, Rock, Gospel, Alt.
Major Dudes: 7:30-8:30pm
Spend the evening dancing and singing to your Steely Dan favorites! Daren McGavren on guitar and vocals, Gary Gallagher on keyboards and vocals, Rob Zipper on Drums and Rob Fincham on Bass and vocals.
COCC • JULY 28 • 4-10PM
Art, unique gifts and more await at our Marketplace! Find a fun gift, meet local favorites or just browse the makers, businesses and creators featured at this event.
Want to share your passion with the community? We are accepting applications for the 2023 Balloons Over Bend Marketplace now! Spread the word about your business, service or craft with thousands of festival goers.
Take a bite out of this apple!
The Cosmic Crisp Apple balloon returns to Bend! Watch this unique-shaped balloon float through the skies of Central Oregon and then sample the fruit itself at our Bend Night Glow!
2 Towns Ciderhouse will be providing samples of the fruit and two of their delicious ciders to attendees.
Balloon Launches & Pilots
R.E. Jewell Elementary School • FRIDAY, JULY 28 • SATURDAY, JULY 29 • SUNDAY, JULY 30 • SUNRISE
Get up early and watch the magic happen! Balloons will launch each day throughout the weekend starting just as the sun starts to rise. Don’t miss out on the chance to spot these giant balloons float through the Central Oregon sky. It’s free and fun for the whole family!
Ballooning is an exciting but unpredictable activity that is depends on ideal weather conditions. Launch times will vary! Please keep an eye out on social media pages as we approach the event for the most up-to-date info on balloon launches.
Want to learn more about ballooning? Get hands on experience with real pilots. Sign up to volunteer and join the 2023 crew!
Interested in booking a Balloon Ride? Send us an email to learn how you can take to the skies! You can reach us at email@example.com