Experience the Magic of Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort

by Sara Aguinaga on March 7, 2024 in Travels,

Prepare for an unforgettable Easter Weekend with the 10th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort from March 29-31. Against the stunning backdrop of Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country, this dynamic event promises a weekend filled with excitement, entertainment and unforgettable moments.

From colorful hot air balloons painting the sky to live music performances by renowned artists, thrilling helicopter Easter egg drops, captivating zoofari shows and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Gather your family and friends, bring your blankets and fold-up chairs, and prepare for a weekend of fun and festivities at Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort.

The Festival Experience

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay is the resort’s largest signature event of the year. Photo Courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Experience the ultimate festival immersion with thoughtfully curated stay packages. The Balloon Festival VIP Package offers a two-night extravaganza starting at $461/night, featuring access to exclusive events like the Friday BBQ Buffet Evening Session and live performances by Craig Wayne Boyd. Dive into hot air balloon adventures and entertainment on Saturday, including the Main Stage evening show with headliners Gary Kyle and Rick Huckaby. Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch and complimentary transportation. For those opting for a short stay, the Balloon Festival 1-Night Package at $434/night includes Saturday’s morning and evening sessions, Easter Sunday Brunch, and festival transport.

Event Schedule

Experience luxury at the Tower pool, where families are welcomed amid lounge chairs, cabanas, and delicious poolside offerings. Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

The festivities kick off on Friday, from 6–9 p.m., when guests can indulge in a delectable BBQ buffet, sample fine wines, and groove to live music performances. This evening session is exclusively for VIP package guests, members of The Club at Horseshoe Bay, and sponsors, offering a taste of the excitement to come over the weekend. 

Paired with a comprehensively stocked Ship Store, Horseshoe Bay Resort Marina provides an extensive range of boating essentials alongside top-tier apparel, beach toys, an assortment of beer and wine, and various snacks for your lakefront enjoyment. Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

On Saturday morning, the excitement continues from 7–10 a.m. with the breathtaking balloon ascension at Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch. As the balloons fly, guests can partake in thrilling activities such as rock climbing, bungee trampolining and the exhilarating helicopter egg drop. The morning session promises an adrenaline-pumping start to the day for attendees of all ages.

Enjoy indoor and outdoor waterfront dining on the shores of Lake LBJ at the Waterfront Bar and Grill. Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Later on Saturday, from 5-9 p.m., the festivities resume with an array of entertainment options at Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch. Enjoy captivating magic and animal shows, watch skydivers and parachutists descend from the sky, and indulge in delicious offerings from food vendors. With face painting, a retail market, live music performances, and the mesmerizing balloon glow, the evening promises non-stop fun for the whole family.

 Accessing the constant-level Lake LBJ is a convenient 45-minute drive from Austin or a direct route up Highway 281 from San Antonio. Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a delightful Easter brunch at the Granite Ballroom in the Resort Tower, which is exclusively for VIP package guests. It’s the perfect way to conclude the festivities and bid farewell to an incredible weekend filled with joy, laughter, and cherished memories. 

Event Essentials

The Palm Presidential is the largest hotel suite with a kitchenette, dining table, stone fireplace, and balcony. Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort.

As you plan your weekend getaway, remember that times and events are subject to change, weather permitting. Blankets and fold-up chairs are encouraged so you can relax and enjoy the spectacle comfortably. Please note that outside food and beverages and smoking are prohibited on festival grounds. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort, where the sky comes alive with color, music fills the air, and laughter echoes across the horizon.


Cover Photo courtesy Horseshoe Bay Resort

Sara Aguinaga’s passions include reading, creating art, and traveling. She enjoys exploring the culinary diversity across the expansive Lone Star State. As a licensed massage therapist, she strives to bring peace to the lives of others.