- Admission is free, but make sure to bring money for tethered rides, souvenirs or food and drink from a variety of vendors, including a VIP breakfast catered by High Pointe Catering.
- Dress in layers. September mornings in northern Nevada tend to be chilly.
- Get the latest weather information before heading to the Great Reno Balloon Race.
- Arrive early on Saturday and Sunday, in time to watch the Glow Show at 5 a.m., to get VIP seating for a $5 donation, or prime blanket area for free.
- Please leave your pets at home. The abundance of people along with strange noises and surroundings can make animals anxious and confused.
- Smoking is always prohibited on the launch field.
- Don't forget your camera so you can catch every moment of this spectacular event.
- Please remember to recycle while at the event. You'll not only be keeping our community clean, you'll also be helping out the NorthStar District Boy Scouts Troup #168, who will use the recycling as a fundraiser. The more you recycle, the more money they'll raise.
- After the Mass Ascension, visit the kids play area in the Balloon Boulevard vendor area.
Transportation & Parking Tips
- VIP parking passes are available online for $20. These get you a spot as close to the event as possible. These sell out quickly, so don't delay if you want one.
- There is a limited amount of parking at the event so be sure to arrive early. There is free parking available at the University's north lots, but all cars must be removed by 10 a.m. Parking is also available at N. Sierra St. and McCarran Blvd. or the Coleman St. parking lot for a $10 donation to the Reno South Rotary Club children’s charities. Parking is prohibited along McCarran Blvd. and violators will be towed.
- Transportation to and from the event is provided by RTC RIDE, which offers direct, non-stop service to the entrance of the park on Saturday and Sunday, from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each of the three stops - downtown Reno, Reed High School in Sparks, and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Convention Center on S. Virginia Street - are serviced every 30 minutes. Round trip fares are $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth (ages 6 to 18) and seniors/disabled. For more information, call (775) 348-RIDE.
- Handicap parking is available at the Washington St. entrance to the park for those with a handicapped placard or license plate.
- If ride your bike to the event, you can leave it with the bike valet at the Washington St. entrance for a donation to the Reno Bike Project.
Source: Press release from Rebecca Wikler of Olsen & Associates.