SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic – 2016

June 18 - 19, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)

Keiser Community Park
700 Windsor River Rd,
Windsor, CA 95492

Celebrating its 26th year, a group of volunteers known as the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic will again launch the festivities and fill the skies of Windsor, California, with color and light! The 2016 Hot Air Balloon Classic is a two-day event at Keiser Park in Windsor that begins early Saturday, June 18th, and continues Sunday, June 19th.

One of the most spectacular sights during the Hot Air Balloon Classic is the Dawn Patrol. These early risers begin their weekend mornings before daylight to launch at 5:00 AM. Dedicated balloon pilots use heat to fill their balloons during the dark morning, making for a breathtaking sight. For those who consider 5:00 AM too early and have not yet risen, many more balloons lift off during the Main Launch at 6:30 AM. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy the festivities, which run until approximately 10:00 AM, depending on weather.

Parking is available at Keiser Park and Windsor High School. There is a $5 cash-only fee for parking at both locations. Only those with pre-sale tickets will be able to park inside Keiser Park. All others will be directed to Windsor High School, where they will be able to purchase tickets for the day.

Selected participating balloons:

Cost: $7