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Plano Balloon Festival 2017

The countdown is officially on for the 2017 Plano Balloon Festival! This will mark the 38th year of the 3 day event that begins at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 22nd at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074. This is a total family-friendly event including the marathon and fun-run races.  Come learn all about what’s in store for the fun weekend ahead for the Plano Balloon Festival 2017.

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Balloon Festival Facts:

When: Doors open 4:00 pm on Friday, September 22nd at Oak Point Park

Where: 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074

Parking: Most parking will cost about $10 and check here for good places to park.  (Collin College, Oak Point, First United Methodist Church are some of the choices. Another option for $5 is to park at Plano Center but you will have a farther walk!)

Tickets: Beginning September 1st, you can pre-purchase your tickets or buy them at the door. All Plano ISD elementary students will get a complimentary ticket to get in free to the festival on Friday evening so check those backpacks! Ticket prices are $5 per person/$1 off for Seniors 65 and older, kids under 36 inches are free.

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Events/Attractions: If you have never been to the Plano Balloon Festival, you are in for a real treat! This is one of Plano’s biggest event’s and it is so much fun!

  • Plano Balloon Festival 2017The biggest attractions are the balloons of course. There will be 40 beautiful, colorful balloons lighting up and taking off into the sky 2x a day along with a fun ‘glow’ that happens each night. (This is fun for the kids!) The 12 featured Special Shapes that are participating this year include Joelly the Baby Bee, Betty Jean the Butterfly, Tomcat, Terry Mouse, Bimbo Bear, High Kitty, Peg Leg Pete the Pirate Parrot, Humpty Dumpty, Love Birds, Annie the Lady Bug, SpyderPig, and the always popular High Jack.
  • A Parachute Team will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons at 5:30 pm by jumping from their plane over the park and landing right in the middle of the launch field
  • Local Bands will perform Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night
  • FIREWORKS will go off on Saturday night!!!
  • To top it all off Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a Balloon GLOW after dark that is a must see!

Plano Balloon Festival 2017

Still looking for something for the kids to do there? Don’t worry? They have an entire area designated just for Kids, called Central Market Kids Zone Fun! This will include bounce houses, rides, and fun. Tickets and wristbands are available in the kids’ zone area for purchase. These rides and games are an additional cost to the festival.

 

Know Before You Go:

  • This event is very fun but it’s outside and is weather permitting. It can be very hot still in September so dress accordingly and plan to be hot! If it does rain the balloon events do get canceled.
  • It will be crowded. Be prepared for crowds, bring your patience.
  • You are not encouraged to bring pets!
  • Coolers are allowed but they do have tons of food trucks and food vendors set up so plan to eat some yummy food out there!
  • Bring chairs and blankets for picnic style and enjoy the evening.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you might have to park and walk far.
  • Plan to have some family fun and enjoy this amazing event!!

We’ll see you at the Plano Balloon Festival! How many days are left??

Plano Balloon Festival Runs

It’s time to break out your running shoes and participate in Plano’s most memorable and talked about yearly races at this years Plano Balloon Festival Runs! This year there will be 4 races, something for everyone! This year will include a half marathon, relay, 5K or 1K. Come read more about the races and sign up today!

What: Plano Balloon Festival Runs for the Whole Family

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 5K and 1K

  • 7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 1K Fun Run/Walk Start
  • 9:30 AM 5K Awards Ceremony

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Half Marathon and Relay

  • 7:00 AM Half Marathon & Relay Start. Relay Exchange Point Opens
  • 9:30 AM Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

If you are really adventurous there is a Sky-High Challenge where you can run in BOTH days! (The half marathon and the 5K).  There is even a 3rd metal involved!!

As you run and walk you will have the best views of the balloons taking off for their morning departures. The balloons will be launching at 7 am on both race days. You will not want to miss this!!

All participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal featuring 7 hot air balloons.  Participants will also receive two tickets to the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival plus parking on race day! That will be worth the race itself! There are so many activities lasting all day and into the night so you will definitely want to come back and bring the whole family for this special day.

Registration fees depend on your age and races you enter. Please see the Plano Festival Runs page for more info on this as well as packet pick up and FAQ’s for the Race. Sign ups are happening right now so dust off those running shoes and get ready to have so much fun!

****GIVEAWAY*****Are you interested in running in the race? Comment below with why you want to run in this race as we are giving away one FREE race registration to someone that comments!!