There's nothing quite like the spectacle of seeing hot air balloons lighting up the west Texas night sky. The 18th annual Big Country Balloonfest is coming Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th, featuring a 'balloon glow' after dark each night and a whole lot more fun and entertainment for the whole family. The event is a benefit for the Optimist Club of Abilene.



Cost: free to enter.

Hot air balloon rides are available for $195.00 per person, and must be scheduled in advance. Call (325)795-0995 to make an appointment.

Teathered balloon rides are $10 for kids, and $15 for adults.

Children's ride armbands will be available at a cost.


Friday and Saturday, September 28-29

Live Entertainment Schedule

Friday, September 28
7-9pm  20 West
9-11pm  Three Shades Blue

Saturday, September 29
7-9pm   Brenda Kay Band
9-11pm  Happy Fat


There will be a 'park and ride' shuttle service to the event from the Mall of Abilene


Phone:  (325) 795-0995

More Information

Balloonfest is the major annual fundraiser to benefit the Optimist Club of Abilene, a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals in the community that encourage our youth to be optimistic.

This year will include plenty of activities for children, including inflatable bounce activities, gymnastics, karate and tae kwon do demonstrations and other fun things. Star Wars characters will be making an appearance, as well as the Blue Cross Blue Bear, promoting healthier practices among Texans, particularly among young children.

There will be a silent auction, and food and craft vendors on hand. Studio Z will be giving Zumba demonstrations during the day.