The Hot Air Balloon festival is a Labor Day tradition in Colorado Springs. Last year we almost lost it when the festival left town, but a new festival was started and it was saved. This is such a family friendly event. It happens over three days, so you have options when to view it. However, if there is any wind at all the balloons won’t launch so you need to watch the weather, and I would recommend going before the last day, so you have a chance if they don’t liftoff.
Each day the balloons lift off around 7am at Memorial Park. It’s a great park with playgrounds, food stands, bathrooms, etc. It’s a lot of fun to just go stand right in the middle of the field and watch the balloons take off all around you.
Additionally, if the wind is right, you can go to the lake, and the balloons will “dip” into the lake.
After the balloons liftoff, they often have special things like parachute events, and others. We like to walk down to Prospect Lake and watch as the pilots dip the balloons into the water.
The balloon glow is where the balloons setup at night, and when its dark and they hit the fire, the balloons glow. It’s a pretty neat site, and there is lots of food, fun and great pictures too!
Parking is hard if you don’t pay, but it can be done. There are lots of paid lots around the park.
Memorial Park is stroller friendly.