Aug 30, Aug 31, and Sept 1, 2014
Hearing the roar of the burners as they inflate hot-air balloons, then watching the vibrant orbs float into the sky is an amazing experience and worth getting up early to see. The Big Bend Balloon Bash offers a spectacle of balloon lift-offs each morning during Labor Day weekend at the Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport.
“It is a great time of the year to be out there and close out the summer,” says Alpine Tourism Director Stewart Ramser. “The scenery is dramatic with the mountains and the colorful balloons going up.”
Organized in 1987, the event usually draws more than a dozen colorful balloons and thousands of spectators. If the conditions are just right and the winds are not too high, balloons will take off around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and fly for several hours.
On Sunday evening, enjoy the show at the Fire Concert and Balloon Glow at Buck Stadium. For the balloon glow, the burners are fired, lighting up the balloons with a brilliant display of color.