This annual hot air balloon event using paper lanterns has been held every September since the 1960s.
Families and businesses spend up to a couple weeks preparing hot air balloons made from colorful paper, in shapes and characters that sometimes reach several stories high. It’s a fun family event that’s highly anticipated and sometimes more than a little dangerous (watch the video below).
Food, beer, and liquor are served all afternoon at stands set up around the football.
2018 Event Information
In 2018, the regata de globos will be held Saturday, September 8. It starts at 3 p.m. and goes until the last balloons take off after dark, around 9 p.m. The balloons take off from the soccer field below the highway to the east of Plaza Bugambilias in Ajijic.
There is no cost to enter the football field to watch the event. You are encouraged to leave a small donation as you enter, so why not consider $50 or $100 pesos to support the cost of running this annual event.