Last weekend, Colorado Springs hosted its 39th Annual Labor Day Lift Off Balloon Festival. We stumbled on this event from a photo of an air balloon on Instagram with a caption that there is no admission fee. Well, if it’s free then it’s for me! Upon arriving, we had to walk across Memorial Park to get to the event. Upon turning the corner to where the event was being held, I was astonished at the number of people present.
People of all ages and dogs were everywhere! Plenty of vendors were present with an assortment of food and drink options. We arrived around 7 and they were scheduled to start lighting up the air balloons at 8. Due to unfavorable weather conditions, only a handful of balloons were able to be inflated. Because air balloons don’t fly at night, I learned the purpose of the night show was mainly for the fire/flicker aspect of the air balloons. I don’t know what it is about fire that humans gravitate towards it, but it’s such a beautiful sight. Live bands were also present for entertainment purposes along with a beer garden, which I unfortunately could not enjoy. It was a great night for locals.
The next day, we woke up early to catch the last morning lift off of the series. If I thought the balloons were beautiful at night, I learned they were so much more stunning in flight against a bright blue sky. Again, there were so many people present. Watching the balloons inflate and lift off one by one was quite an experience.
Here’s a short video of the event: