Hot Air Balloon Race Information Center

INFORMATION CENTER:  Everything you need to know and for more information visit the official New Haven Balloon Race Website at

The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven will host its 25th annual balloon race on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the New Haven City Park at 1 p.m, featuring over 20 hot air balloons from across the Midwest.

The race is a hare and hound race, which means that the hare balloon takes flight first and marks an "X” where it lands. The hound balloons follow and try to drop a bean bag onto the X.  The balloon that drops closest to the mark wins the race.

The balloons will begin inflating for launch between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting.

The 2nd annual Balloon Glow will take place on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Balloon Glow offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated hot air balloons lighted by their burners. Get up close and walk around the balloons and meet the pilots.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

The Balloon Glow will be held at the New Haven City Park (the site of the race) and will be a walk through event only — not a drive through event. 

The Balloon Glow is co-sponsored by RE/MAX Today.


Friday Sept. 26

Balloon Glow from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

1:30pm - Parade

2:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Festival
Click here for information about this year's Balloon Race Little Mr. and Miss Pageant

3pm - Balloons Inflate

4:30pm - "Hare" Balloon Launches

5pm -"Hound" Balloon Launch begins

All events are free and held in the New Haven City Park.

Should weather force the cancellation of any events, no rain date is scheduled.

Below is an aerial view, showing where Park Drive will be closed as well as where the balloons will take off from.