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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Hot Air Balloon Classic

The Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, a two-day annual tradition, shares the magic of balloons up close, from their captivating inflation to their majestic launch into the sky. Run entirely by volunteers, this event’s proceeds benefit local charities. Be dazzled by the Glow Show, where balloon pilots illuminate the pre-dawn darkness at 5 a.m., or enjoy the Main Launch at 6:30 a.m. when balloons ascend gracefully into the morning sky. An array of food, vendors, and music are showcased until 10 a.m. daily. Saturday, July 13–Sunday, July 14. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Learn more and purchase tickets: