Up Up and Away at Cañon City’s Annual Balloon Festival

photo credit: canoncity.org

With so many of Colorado’s vibrant Front Range cities, mountain towns, and historic regions hosting weekend-long Memorial Day events, it can be difficult to choose where you’ll spend the holiday. However, if you’re anywhere near Colorado Springs or Southern Colorado, you might want to consider heading to Cañon City for the Create Cañon City Balloon Festival, a long-standing annual event that ignites the senses while providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere for all ages.

The Annual Create Cañon City Balloon Festival takes place on the grounds of the Holy Cross Abbey, a historic monastery-turned-winery nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains. With its pastoral and scenic grounds, the abbey perfectly complements the brightly colored balloons that fill the sky throughout the weekend.  And with acres of space for running, it’s ideal for families looking for a relaxing and care-free event.

Throughout the weekend, hot air balloons from all parts of the U.S. and Canada are launched each morning and hover above the abbey throughout the day. In the evening, when the sun begins to set, the balloons—and the abbey—are set aglow, creating a magical atmosphere unique to this spectacular event.

During the day, food, wine, and art vendors fill the grounds, and several events, like live music, skydiving demonstrations, rocket launches, military bands, Holy Cross Abbey Monetary Tours, and a host of flying-focused activities, are available for your entertainment.

Free to the public and family-friendly (no dogs, please), the Create Cañon City Balloon Festival is one the Royal Gorge Region’s most popular and favorite festivals. For more information, visit CanonCityBalloonClassic.org.

Create Cañon City Balloon Festival: May 27th – May 29th, 2017


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