Balloons Over Bend among returning C.O. summer events


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The annual Balloons Over Bend event, a crowd-pleaser, returns later this month after a hiatus caused by COVID-19 last year.

Here is the announcement of Lay It Out Events on Thursday:

We’re excited to have events back on the agenda, including our annual ReMax / Key Properties Balloons Over Bend, which is returning from July 23-25. A whole weekend of balloon fun with a brand new, apple-shaped balloon making its way through Bend’s sky. During the entire event, a total of five balloons will be launched every day at dawn. The full calendar of events can be found below.

Balloons Over Bend Calendar of Events
Friday 23rd July
Balloon launches from High Desert Middle School at dawn
Balloon Blast Kid’s Race at the COCC at 4 p.m.
Night Glow Festival at COCC at 5 p.m.
Saturday July 24th
Balloon launches from High Desert Middle School at dawn
Sunday 25th July
Balloon launches from High Desert Middle School at dawn

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for helping us bring this unique and joyful event to our community, all in support of the local nonprofit Saving Grace. And thanks to our community for your continued support of festivals and events in Central Oregon.

Balloon launches
Balloons are launched every day throughout the weekend and can be seen by anyone. Five balloonists will bring the magic of ballooning to central Oregon. We are excited to announce that one of our balloons will be a new shaped balloon, the Cosmic Crisp Apple by Steve Wilkinson. Get up early to watch the balloons soar through the sunny skies of Bend.
Balloon Blast children’s race
Part of the Pacific Source Kids Rock the Races series. All participants receive a start number, finisher ribbons and are entitled to other cool prizes! The Balloon Blast is an obstacle course for children ages 3 to 10 with obstacles that are suitable for all types of children with a variety of skills. Register in advance at or on the day of the event.

Night Glow Festival
Balloons are set up so that they glow from within and light up the night sky while festival goers listen to music, grab a bite or a drink from our vendors and browse our mini market. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $ 10 for adults or $ 7 online at Children’s tickets are only $ 5 online and at the gate.

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