Balloon Festival Lifts Off in Plano

The three-day annual Plano Balloon Festival lifts off from 4 to 10 p.m., September 21, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 22 and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., September 23, at Oak Point Park, in Plano. The weekend event offers hot air balloons, live entertainment, skydivers, a half-marathon, 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk, a fireworks show, food, crafts and a kids’ activity zone.

This year, the festival will host 50 colorful hot air balloons, including shaped balloons like Pepi, the Flying Skunk; Annie, the Lady Bug; Little Bee; Betty & Jim; and High Jack.

Balloons launch each evening at 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. (weather permitting). Several of the balloons will be inflated and glow in the dark at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday evening, illuminating the night with an array of colors.

A parachute team performs each afternoon at 5:30 p.m. The fireworks show will be held at 9 p.m., Saturday, and all race events will occur on Sunday, beginning with the half-marathon at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1K at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. A concert will follow the run events at 8:30 a.m., with awards presented at 10 a.m.

Location: 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. For more information, call 972-867-7566 or visit PlanoBalloonFest.org.

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