Winthrop Balloon Festival

The Winthrop Balloon Festival is an incredible visual display as dozens of hot air balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop and the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades.

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Winthrop Balloon Festival



March 2 - March 4, 2018 

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The skies over Winthrop brighten with the brilliant colors of over a dozen hot air balloons. This 3-day Balloon Festival, now in it's 21st year, is a photographer's dream. An incredible visual display as the balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop and with the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades.

While many balloon festivals are held in the summertime, the Winthrop Balloon Festival allows visitors to experience the Methow Valley’s world-class winter recreational pursuits of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and sledding.  Winthrop has activities for the whole family as well as large variety of food and lodging options. This event is hosted and operated by our incredible, local Morning Glory Balloon Tours.  


Friday, March 2

Hot air balloons will inflate and launch

7:00 a.m. behind the Winthrop Inn (located on Hwy 20 at the south end of Winthrop, 960 Highway 20 ). The balloons begin inflating at 7:00am. The balloons generally stay up in the air until about 9:00am. Specators are free and are welcome to come to the launch site for photos. For information about riding in the balloons please contact Morrning Glory Balloon Tours


Saturday, March 3

Balloon inflation and launching

7:00 a.m. at the Winthrop Inn. The balloons begin inflating at 7:00am. The balloons generally stay up in the air until about 9:00am. Specators are free and are welcome to come to the launch site for photos. For information about riding in the balloons please contact Morrning Glory Balloon Tours

Nighttime Balloon Glow

6:00 p.m. in downtown Winthrop. Several hot air balloons will light up the night sky as they inflate and glow like enormous lanterns. Come see the balloons up close. This is a very special experience not to be missed!  


Sunday, March 4

The final Roundup

7:00 a.m. at the Winthrop Inn:  Balloon inflation and launching. The balloons begin inflating at 7:00am. The balloons generally stay up in the air until about 9:00am. Specators are free and are welcome to come to the launch site for photos. For information about riding in the balloons please contact Morrning Glory Balloon Tours

***All events are weather permitting.  Each morning at 6:45am the balloons will make the decision to fly or not based on current weather conditions. These weather conditions cannot be predicted in advance. Winthrop has its own micro-climate being at the base of the Cascades and often the current weather is much better than predicted.  

No pets allowed at the launch site please***

Sponsors of this event include:

Morning Glory Balloons, the Winthrop Inn, KOZI Radio, Rocking Horse Bakery, Lariat Coffee Roasters,  and the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.  

 

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