Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

We are getting very excited for the launch of the 2019 Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival. We're so happy to be the title sponsor for this unique event in High River, our hotel will be the official Balloon Festival Headquarters again this year!​

The five-day festival running September 25 - 29th, 2019 features the Hot Air Balloon competition and the Balloon Night Glow. Competition flights will take place twice daily at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. There will be one flight on Sunday morning at 7:30 am. As festival headquarters, the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre will host flight briefings before each flight competition.

The Balloon Night Glow is not only beautiful it offers a unique opportunity to connect with pilots, learn about the competition, and watch the memorable Balloon Night Glow. Starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 28th the Balloon Night Glow will host balloons, as well as food trucks. Balloons will glow from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The new location for the Balloon Night Glow will be held at Adams/Mercer Land located at the West end of MacLeod Trail in High River this year. 

To drive the best route will be to go west on 12th Avenue to Highwood Trail. Turn right and follow Highwood Trail as far north as you can. Parking is in the residential area and it is the individual’s responsibility to find their own parking location. 

This is private property, so we still ask for no dogs to be present at glow night! We recommend watching Facebook or Twitter for updates regarding changes due to weather.  Also, come early to find parking!

From September 25 - 29th, 2019 quote "BALLOON" when calling our hotel at 403-652-3834 to receive a discount on accommodation!

For more information about the festival, competition or the Balloon Night Glow please visit the links provided below:

http://www.heritageinninternationalballoonfestival.com

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4 Reasons to See the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

1. You can ride in a balloon.

Balloon flights are for sale and will run (weather permitting) each day of the festival. There’s no better way to enjoy the golden beauty of Alberta in the fall. When you land, ballooning tradition dictates that you enjoy a champagne toast with your crew.

Click here to see available flights for purchase. 

2. The Night Glow is magical (and photogenic).

This popular event attracts thousands of visitors each year, who gather in Adams/Mercer Land located at the West end of MacLeod Trail in High River on Friday evening to eat food truck fare and view dozens of inflated, illuminated balloons.​

To drive to Adams/Mercer Land, the best route will be to go west on 12th Avenue to Highwood Trail. Turn right and follow Highwood Trail as far north as you can. Parking is in the residential area and it is the individual’s responsibility to find their own parking location. This is private property, so we still ask for no dogs to be present at glow night!

3. Competitive ballooning is a thing. 

The festival welcomes more than 20 highly skilled balloon pilots from Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Several pilots will compete in a series of competition flights during the festival, which requires them to drop markers as near as possible to specific goals on the ground. 

It’s a great way to celebrate High River.

The first Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival was in September 2013, just three months after flooding devastated the town. Now in its sixth year, the festival has become a symbol of optimism and resilience in High River—and it’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience the spirit of this lovely town.