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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 26 • 5 -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!

Full Schedule

Win a Hot Air Balloon Ride!

Win one of two hot air balloon rides during RE/MAX Key Properties Balloons Over Bend! 

$20 per raffle ticket

All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network, generously supporting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Purchase your ticket at RE/MAX Key Properties
431 NW Franklin Ave
Contact your favorite RE/MAX Key Properties broker! Browse the directory below.

Sales will close Monday, July 17th at 9am. Winners will be contacted by end of day Monday, July 17th.

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!

Race Start Times
Ages 3 to 4 — 6:00pm
Ages 5 to 6 — 6:15pm
Ages 7 to 8 — 6:30pm
Ages 9 to 10 — 6:45pm
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 >>>

Live Music

“Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band

No Brass No Ammo

No Brass No Ammo is a 9-member street band of the 234th Army Band of the Oregon National Guard. This brass band performs in a variety of settings throughout the States of Oregon and Washington including official military functions and public performances. Featuring high-energy traditional, jazz, and contemporary brass arrangements, marches, and historical literature, No Brass No Ammo tells the Army story through music. 

45 Away

The Pop/Rock group from "Oregon's Own" 234th Army Band of the Oregon Army National Guard. This high energy group’s mission is to play family friendly songs from the 70’s through today’s most popular songs in a variety of genres that everyone will want to get up and dance to, sing along with, and have a great time to. This group of 12 soldier musicians brings a big sound through a traditional rock instrumentation along with a full horn section. 



Foxhole is a 7-member country band composed of citizen Soldiers from the 234th Army Band. They perform a mix of classic and modern country and western, and popular music. They often perform for Soldiers in the field, at park concerts, and in rural settings throughout the state. Foxhole is led by SSG Shannon Michael.


COCC • JULY 26 • 5-10PM

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 2024 Balloons Over Bend Marketplace now! Spread the word about your business, service or craft with thousands of festival goers. 

2023 Vendors

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 26 • SATURDAY, JULY 27 • SUNRISE
Tetherow Golf Resort • SUNDAY, JULY 28 • 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.

Redmond Brewfest & Night Glow

American Legion Park • July 27 • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by the Redmond Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for a fun summer day as we kick off another year of Redmond Brewfest & Night Glow. Starting at 5pm with a beer garden, vendors, live music and so much more!

Title Sponsor

Re/Max Key Properties

Presenting Sponsor

Chevrolet of Bend

Our Sponsors

US Cellular
Republic Services
Emerald Cleaning
Hire A Helper
Redmond Chamber of Commerce
Co Energy
10 Barrel Wine
Source Weekly