Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Helen-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

Dates : 6/2/16 - 6/4/16
Private Property
663 Edelweiss St.
Helen, GA 30545

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The South's oldest balloon event and the United States' only long distance hot air balloon race will begin with a mass ascension of 30 bright and colorful hot air balloons in North Georgia's Alpine Village in Helen, Ga.

Race competitors and local flyers will take to the sky at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016. If the weather conditions are too windy or storms are forecast, the take-off will be postponed until conditions are acceptable. While the competition to the Atlantic continues, other balloonists will compete in local events beginning Thursday evening around 6 p.m. Local flying events will take place also on Friday and Saturday. The balloons will fly around 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day (weather permitting). The balloons will only fly for around 1-2 hours.

There will be many opportunities available to the public, including assisting with the inflations, being a part of a chase crew, taking a tethered ride in a balloon or a champagne flight over the mountains.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Thursday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission $0

    Tethered balloon rides $10

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking on Site

    General Information


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


    Entertainment, Family Friendly, Sports & Racing