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 of a globo that causes a powerline to explode).
Food, beer, and liquor are served all afternoon at stands set up around the football field.
2019 Event Information
In 2019, the Regata de Globos will be held Saturday, September 14. 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.
Located at the Football Field in Ajijic
The Regata de Globos is held at the Cruz Azul football field in Ajijic, just east of Plaza Bugambilias and west of La Floresta.
There is no cost to watch the event, which makes it open to everyone, including those who can’t afford to pay. You are encouraged to leave a small donation as you enter, so consider $50 or $100 pesos per person to support the cost of running this annual event.
Last updated September 21, 2019
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