Watching the balloons launch is an unforgettable event for the whole family!

Weather permitting, the balloon ascension begins at 5:45 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Come early and watch the teams assemble and inflate their crafts. Depending on weather conditions, most balloons launch by 7:00 AM. Typically balloons fly south toward Tualatin and do not return to the launch field at Cook Park. We do not offer any balloon rides during the Festival; however, following the balloon launches, the Festival offers FREE tethered rides on the main event field. Tethered rides are weather permitting as long as fuel lasts (approximately 2 hours). Rides are first come first serve and all riders must sign a waiver.

Did you know that it takes lots of volunteers to supply pre-flight & chase vehicle crews for the numerous balloons launching every morning at the Festival? Click here to find out more.


A 3 day-weekend pass is available in advance online for $5 (or at the gate for $8). This ticket is good for unlimited access to the Festival for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids 6 and under are free.