Balloon Race Activities

Media Day will be Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Quad. Please join us and be part of the fun.

The 2017 Great Reno Balloon Race Schedule - September 8th - 10th

Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • 6:45 a.m. - Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and invited Media)
  • 7:15 a.m. - UNR Balloon Launch from UNR Quad

Friday, September 8, 2017

  • 3:30 a.m. - Gates open at Rancho San Rafael Park
  • 5:15 a.m. - Super Glow Show
  • 6:45 a.m. - National Anthem 
  • 7:00 a.m. - Mass Ascension Launch/Judge Declared Target Competition
  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - Biggest Little Pajama Party
  • 9:30 a.m. - E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch at Rancho San Rafael Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - Competitions End
  • 4:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • 3:30 a.m. - Gates open at Rancho San Rafael Park
  • 5:00 a.m. - Super Glow Show
  • 5:30 a.m. - Dawn Patrol
  • 6:45 a.m. - National Anthem
  • 7:00 a.m. - Mass Ascension of Balloons/Judge Declared Target Competition begins
  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - Biggest Little Pajama Party & Bed Head Competition
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Bed-Head Competition Judging
  • 10:00 a.m. - Competitions End
  • 4:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • 3:30 a.m. - Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
  • 5:00 a.m. - Super Glow Show
  • 5:30 a.m. - Dawn Patrol
  • 7:00 a.m. - Mass Ascension Launch
  • 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt/Sign Up to be a Girl Scout
  • 10:00 a.m. - Competitions End
  • 4:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Event Location
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV

Hot air balloons over manzinita lake