Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair
A Major Event
The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair has become a major four day event since it was created by merging the former
Hillsborough Firemen's Weekend and Hillsborough Balloon Festival.
Recently, an Artist's Fair has been established during Balloon Festival weekend, sponsored by the Hillsborough Area Artisans. The Hometown Parade on Sunday has grown to include many civic groups with marching bands, floats,
military personnel and a wide assortment of fire apparatus from all over New Hampshire.
But the thrill of the weekend is the Hot Air Balloons piloted and crewed by regional balloon enthusiasts.
Balloon flights over New Hampshire's beautiful Monadnock Region are available to the general public
along with tethered flights for the more cautious.
The Saturday night fireworks extravaganza is one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire.
The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair is now sponsored by the Hillsborough Civic
Organization, comprised of the three original local groups, the Hillsborough Fire
Department, Hillsborough Lions Club, and the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds generated from the Balloon Festival provide major financial support for these organizations.
In addition, most local businesses, churches and civic groups prosper during the week leading up to
the event as well as during the weekend. When more than 30,000 people come to a town the size of
Hillsborough, their presence is a major economic impact and residents of Hillsborough, the
surrounding communities, and across New England have a weekend full of fun for the whole family.
So, bring the family, stay the weekend in one of our local charming Bed and Breakfast Inns,
enjoy Hillsborough's small town atmosphere, explore our antique shops and ancient stone
bridges, stop in at the Artist's Fair and perhaps even attend a country auction in a 17th
century barn. Sample home
made breads, an old fashioned ice cream parlor and a variety of local