RiseUp to great heights!

May 25 - 28, 2023

It's BACK for another uplifting year! Hot air balloon pilots from across North America are taking to the skies over Medicine Hat to raise awareness about how we can work collectively to enhance mental wellness and rise to great heights together.  

Follow @RISEUPYXH on Instagram and Facebook for up-to-date details as they unfold!

*We are not able to offer rides to the public at this year's event. Hopefully next year!!

Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival

19 balloons take flight

19 pilots from all over Canada are registered to attend the 2nd Annual Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival on May 25-28. The pilots come from all over Canada to fly their majestic balloons.
RiseUp Business Community Contest

Decorate to Win!!

To bring our business community together and to help celebrate this year's festival, we are hosting a contest with local businesses and organizations. Enter your business today!
Rise Up Market

RiseUp! Market

Join us on Saturday, May 27 for the RiseUp Market at Co-Op Place (New Location!). Register your business as a vendor, and support an incredible team working tirelessly for the wellbeing of our community.

What is "Rise Up"?

The Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival is a joint partnership between Willy and Cindy Taillon and Our Collective Journey.

After Willy’s first experience in a hot air balloon, he fell in love with the magic of the ride and decided to become a pilot. After attending his first hot air balloon festival he realized how “uplifting” it felt to be in a setting that brought such joy. After that experience he and Cindy decided to bring a similar festival to Medicine Hat so their community could feel the same joy.

With the understanding of what they wanted to accomplish, Cindy and Willy looked for the right partner. Our Collective Journey was selected to help ensure this event was uplifting in more ways than one.

Don’t miss the Balloon Glow Event!

The  Rise Up Hot Air Balloon Festival is a family-friendly event that will bring the community together at no cost to witness balloons soaring over our beautiful landscape in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. There are five flight times scheduled over the four days (weather permitting) and on Saturday, May 27, 2023 the Balloon Glow Event is scheduled to happen at CO-OP Place.

During the Balloon Glow, all the hot air balloons will be tethered to the ground at sunset. Propane burners are ignited periodically to keep them inflated, illuminating the balloons and showcasing their beauty. At this time, spectators will have a chance to mingle and see the balloons up close.

Event ScheduleVolunteer!

Contact us

If you have questions about the event or sponsorships, please contact us!

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