You are probably familiar with some of the popular hot air balloon festivals in the United States, including the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Other countries host hot air balloon festivals as well, providing a fun excuse to plan your next vacation abroad!
Read on to discover our six top destinations for hot air balloon enthusiasts to visit around the world.
1. International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Canada - August
This week long event in Quebec, Canada includes musical performances, fun rides, and amazing food, not to mention the impressive array of balloons from around the world! If you want the full experience, you can even book a hot air balloon flight!
2. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, England - August
Don’t miss Europe’s largest hot air balloon event, featuring over 100 breathtaking balloons at the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol, England. Perhaps the most memorable part of this four-day event is the Nightglows and Fireworks, when the balloons take to the sky and light up the night!
3. Saga International Balloon Fiesta, Japan - November
Taking place on the scenic Kase River in Japan, this festival is one of the largest balloon events in Asia with thousands of visitors each year. It features numerous cartoon character balloons during “Balloon Fantasia,” and also offers Hot Air Balloon School for visitors to learn more about these balloons from the professionals.
4. Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Australia - March
Watch balloons from around the world drift by the Old Parliament House in Australia. If you can manage to wake up early enough, sit on the lawn at sunrise for a breathtaking view of the balloons lifting off over the water. Visitors can also book a flight in one of the balloons!
5. Mondial Air Balloons, France - July
This big festival in France only occurs every other year, but it is well worth the wait! Taking place at the Chambley-Bussieres Air Base, the event includes night shows, family-friendly events and countless photo opportunities against the stunning backdrop of France.
6. International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland - January
When it comes to background scenery, it’s hard to beat the snow-covered Swiss Alps in Switzerland. This festival features hundreds of balloons, and also offers valuable history insights at the Chateau-d’Oex Hot Air Balloon Museum.