June 17-19, 2022
Changes are coming to for the 2022 Great Texas Balloon Race. We announced in September that all flights, features and entertainment will be inside the city of Longview.
A modified 2021 event provided for three mornings of competition balloon flights over Longview along with mass ascensions and inflations on two evenings inside the city limits. The response was so overwhelmingly positive from the community, the hot air balloon pilots and sponsors that bringing the race and its associated attractions back inside Longview is clearly the best path. That’s what will happen at the Longview Convention Complex on Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2022.
We hope the community will embrace this change as we continue to bring this world-class ballooning event to Longview. 
Watch for details about the concerts and full event attractions to be released in the months leading up to the 2022 event.


Welcome to the Great Texas Balloon Race

It's a world class event attracting the very best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world.

Considered by many of the pilots that compete at the Great Texas Balloon Race to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas in 1985.

In 2013 Gregg County was proclaimed "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd Texas Legislature.

Competitive balloon flights are scheduled for the mornings of Friday through Sunday over Longview. Non-competition flights are planned for the afternoons of Friday and Saturday over Longview. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.

The Great Texas Balloon Race Story

In 1978, the Great Texas Balloon Race was born from an agreement between Dr. Bill Bussey, D.D.S., a world-record hot air balloon pilot, and Frankie Parson Riggins and Mary LeTourneau, Longview Mall managers.

Live entertainment for 2022 to be announced soon

We will be bringing back live entertainment for the 2022 event. Watch for announcements soon about who will be performing on Friday and Saturday nights and make your plans to be there in person!

Check here for ticket information


We've made a lot of changes for the 2022 event. All of the events will be in the city of Longview largely centered around the Longview Convention Complex. Watch for updates here as specifics are announced.