Schedule of Events

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

View the 40th Anniversary of The Great Reno Balloon Race Program.

The Great Reno Balloon Race 2023
September 8th – 10th

Thursday, September 7
6:45 a.m.- National Anthem
6:45 a.m. – Preview Day Launch (Sponsors and Invited Media)

Friday, September 8
3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
5:00 a.m. – Super Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
6:45 a.m.- National Anthem – Reno Silver Dollar Chorus
7:00 a.m. – Mass Ascension Launch
9:30 a.m. – E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Balloon Launch
4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m – Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Saturday, September 9
Paint The Park Pink 
3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
5:00 a.m.- Super Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
6:50 a.m. National Anthem
7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension Launch
4:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.- Shopping along Balloon Boulevard

Sunday, September 10
Donor Awareness Day

3:30 a.m.- Gates open to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
5:00 a.m – Super Glow Show
5:30 a.m. – Dawn Patrol
6:45 a.m. – 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
6:50 a.m. – National Anthem
7:00 a.m.- Mass Ascension Launch
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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