One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake's 26th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, happens this weekend. This three-day event will bring more than 25 hot-air balloons to soar through the sky above beautiful Stowe, VT, and surrounding towns.

The Balloon Fest kicks off today at 6:30 p.m with a twilight balloon launch. Sunrise balloon launches follow at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8. Enjoy a second twilight launch at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Viewing the morning launches is complimentary for all visitors. Admission for the evening festival events is $10 (children 12 and under are admitted free of charge). A small fee applies for some children's activities.

Want to climb inside for your own hot air balloon ride? Bring your wallet! Private rides cost $275 per person, plus tax, and advanced reservations are recommended. Tethered rides on the hot-air balloons may be available for $10 per person.

One of our favorite past customers, Amanda Culver Gerlack, helps organize this event every year. But this is a Balloon Fest because she's doing it all 8-months pregnant!

See you there!