Canton Texas Balloon Fest

The Balloon Fest started at the Thompson Airfield in 2011, and due to the popularity of the event, it moved onto the First Monday Grounds in Canton, Texas. The Canton Texas Visitor Bureau now hosts this two-day annual event each year. The festival has grown and now includes vendors of all kinds, great food, and art vendors showing off their pieces. Family fun activities are abundant with pony rides, bounce houses, a climbing wall, car show and the very popular 5K glow run on Friday night. Each year the festival highlights great East Texas Music with non-stop music all weekend.

Let’s talk balloons. The stars of the show are all the wonderful Balloons. Not only do they take off each night in a wonderful display of color, they are also here competing in a sanctioned competition by the Balloon Federation of America each morning. Our event does have tethered rides (during the event) and full Balloon rides (reserved in advance) so make sure to mark your calendar for July 9 & 10 to enjoy this fantastic festival.


Balloon glows on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM (weather permitting).

Feel the intense heat as the flames shoot into the night sky and light up the balloons during the balloon glow. It is a truly spectacular event and is a site to behold. If the weather is too intense to inflate the balloons, we may have to resort to a candlestick burn also known as a oilfield burn, which is equally impressive. You will not be disappointed to see the flames shoot up to 30 feet in the air and light up the night sky.


9:15 PM on Friday, July 9th the 5k course will run around and through the First Monday Grounds. This is an after-dark 5k that will run through the dark First Monday grounds. Bring your glow-in-the-dark stuff, or buy some from us. The run is completely free, but we will have t-shirts for sale.


The 2021 Car Show is still in the planning phase!


There will be live entertainment all weekend. Following the Balloon Glow on Saturday, we are excited to announce the Wesley Pruitt Band will be performing!

July 9 & 10
4pm – 9pm

Cars: $10
Vans (8-15): $20
Buses: $50

Physical Address
800 Flea Market Rd.
Canton, TX. 75103



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