The Great Reno Balloon Race – CANCELLED
September 11 - September 13
Safety has always been the organization’s top priority, and we will continue to uphold this philosophy in the wake of the global pandemic and its continued impacts on our community. While the organization has looked at many strategies to hold the 39th event, we cannot safely and financially do this while there is so much uncertainty. For that reason, GRBR has decided to cancel the 2020 spectator event.
This decision doesn’t come lightly, and we know that so many people await the magic of the hot-air balloons every fall. We remain committed to keeping the event safe, free and full of hope for the 40th Anniversary from September 10-12, 2021.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. During four days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with up to 100 balloons each year. The idea was to create an event that would keep visitors in town the weekend between the State Fair and the Reno Air Races and 38 years later, it is known as a world-renowned, and locally, a beloved community tradition.
Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music. The Great Reno Balloon Race has won many awards over the years, including ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ With an average of 120,000 spectators attending the event each year, the number of lives touched by the beautiful spectacle continues to rise just like the balloons themselves.