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Sat. July 13, 2019 - Sun. July 14, 2019

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Bald Eagle Lake, 35565 South Highway 40

38th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & 45th Annual Art in the Park

The annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park events offer artistry both on and off canvases, making this weekend a highlight of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the summertime. 

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Don’t just watch from your chalet, get to the launch grounds early to see the balloon inflation up close. Yes, it’s an early morning, (so prepare to caffeinate) but it’s well worth it. You’re not only treated to a Steamboat sunrise, but also to the unique experience of watching the pilots fire up these vibrant flying machines before they dot the Steamboat sky. 

Bring your camera! When the balloons float over Bald Eagle Lake, it’s photographic gold.  It’s not just a float and fly away kind of event. The pilots compete in contests like dipping their basket into Bald Eagle Lake, creating splashy photo opps for all the viewers.

Art in the Park

After the balloon rodeo, head on over to Art in the Park, where more colorful vistas await. This arts festival is always a favorite with 160 artist vendors, live music, food trucks and a children’s art area.

Balloon Glow

On Saturday night, head over to downtown’s Howelsen Hill for the jaw-dropping balloon glow. If the winds cooperate (and as the sun sets), a few of the hot air balloons will be inflated and tethered throughout the area, lighting up the night sky. Live music, a beer garden, and more kids’ activities round out this festive evening.

2019 Weekend Schedule

Saturday, July 13th

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot. No public parking at the event. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards.
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Farmers Market, Downtown Steamboat
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena
8:15 - 9:00 p.m.  Balloon Glow, Howelson Hill, downtown 

Sunday, July 14th

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot. No public parking at the event. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. 
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park

Launch Field Location

Approximately 9/10 of a mile south of Walton Creek Road on Highway 40. The physical address is: 35565 South Highway 40 and the property is better known as the Bald Eagle Lake.

Parking

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: There is no public parking at the event. Free transportation is provided from the Meadows Parking lot on Pine Grove Road. Parking will also be free in the Meadows Parking lot. Transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a suggested donation of $5 per car to help ensure the longevity of the most colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs!

Due to the event's convenient location on the edge of town, we encourage spectators to walk, ride their bikes or take the shuttle from the hotel or lodge. Parking along Highway 40 is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed at the event site due to balloon hazards.

Balloon Glow: There is free parking at the Howelson Hill base area and downtown is a close walk.