Schedule of Events

The Great Reno Balloon Race is FREE to spectators thanks to the generous support of event sponsors. It is always scheduled for the first Friday through Sunday after Labor Day.

2016 Great Reno Balloon Race

September 9th – 11th

Thursday, September 8
6:45 a.m. –
Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and invited Media)

Friday, September 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
3:30 a.m.- Gates open to 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 begins                                                                                                                     7:00-7:30 a.m.- Biggest Little Pajama Party
9:30 a.m. – E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch                                                                                                                                                           10:00 a.m.- Competitions end                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Saturday, September 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
5 a.m.
– 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
7:00-7:30 a.m. – Biggest Little Pajama Party & Bed Head Competition
8:00 -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 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Park
5 a.m. – Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6:00-8:00 a.m.- Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt/Sign Up to be a Girl Scout
6:45 a.m. – National Anthem                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension of balloons/Judge Declared Target Competition begins
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, Nevada

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