The York Balloon Fiesta is York's first ever meeting of hot air balloons open to the public, attracting hot air balloons and pilots from all corners of the UK. The Fiesta will be an amazing sight over our ancient city.
Held over 3 days at the end of September/beginning of October the event is completely free. Alongside the fantastic sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, we have a large number of great trade stands - food stalls, fairground rides, live music and entertainment.
Our morning balloon launch starts early at 07.15 (Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st) so why not bring your own breakfast picnic? Alternatively, you can enjoy breakfast from one of our many hot food outlets. The afternoon hot air balloon lifts at 16.30 and will be the most popular, so expect it to be busy around the launch field, as families and friends gather from around the UK to catch sight of our balloons as they take off from the Knavesmire and travel across York.
The most spectacular part of the Fiesta will be our Nightglow. At 20:30 on Saturday the 30th a handful of our balloons will tether and light up the night’s sky to our specially commissioned soundtrack. Times may vary slightly subject to weather conditions and all balloon activity is weather permitting.
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