The 2019 Plano Balloon Festival will be Sep. 20-22 at the Oak Point Park in Plano, Texas. Sponsored by InTouch Credit Union, there will be three spectacular days celebrating 40 years of Hot Air Ballooning in Plano.
Days and Hours
The Balloon Festival will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, and run to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Hours are expected to be Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Transportation and Admission
You can hop onto the “Balloon Flyer” shuttle at the DART Parker Road Station. Buses will run continuously during all the operating hours of the festival. General admission is only $5.00, but kids get in for free!
Festival Events and Balloon Launches
The festival features over 40 incredible hot air balloons. They will launch and fill the sky with a kaleidoscope of captivating shapes and colors all weekend, as long as the weather permits. You won’t regret coming at sundown Friday or Saturday evening as you see burners ignite. The contrast against the night sky creates a thrilling effect
The multitude of events will appeal to visitors of all ages and will also include a parachute team exhibition, skydivers, a huge kid’s fun zone, concerts, live music, entertainment, lots of food and drinks, vendors and corporate exhibitors selling handmade products and business and other merchandise, and more.
There are many great hotel options in Plano, T.X. The Hyatt Place Dallas/Plano is one outstanding choice. With 24/7 dining and free breakfast for members, a lovely outdoor pool, and a 24/7 fitness facility, you’ll never lack for something to do.
Aloft Plano is another fun choice. Its loft-style rooms offer something different. With a lovely outdoor patio and pool, you can unwind after a long day of balloon watching.
Attractions in Plano or Nearby
If you want to enjoy Plano for a few days before or after the Balloon Festival, the following are some suggestions for things to do:
- Crayola Amusement Center – Close to the hotel, this family attraction is an experience that offers creative, hands-on fun activities. The magic of color becomes an adventure that explores the technology of art and lets each family member express their artistic abilities that will make lasting memories.
- Downtown Plano Arts District – This vibrant community features galleries, performing arts, event venues, historic buildings, plus unique restaurants and shops. One example is the Sweet as Sugar Children’s Boutique, with stylish clothing for boys and girls, toys, books, and gifts.
- Heritage Farmstead Museum – This premiere American Alliance of Museums accredited institution is a living and designated historic site. It collects, interprets and preserves the Texas Prairie lifestyle.