Leon, Mexico, Festival Information

15th Annual Festival del Globo 2016
November 18– 21, 2016, Leon, Gto. Mexico

SPECIAL SHAPES WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION, PLEASE CONTACT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.  Openings are available for European and Latin American Pilots. 

The 14th Annual Festival del Globo (FIG) will again be held at the Parque Metropolitano this year. The lake site is like no other; the spectators are enthusiastic, the volunteer crew is friendly and helpful, and the weather is perfect.

Information about the event has been featured in Ballooning Magazine as one of the most enjoyable events ever. The atmosphere in Mexico is genuinely delightful. The staff and spectators appreciate the effort we make to share the sport with them. The Parque de Metropolitano continues to improve the facility for spectator and pilot safety.  I know you will not be disappointed as for the past 14 years this event has been a blast.  Just ask any pilot who has come to Leon.  You may view videos and photos at the Festival del Globo website http://www.festivaldelglobo.com.mx/  

The incentives to attend are many.  For US pilots, the festival will ship your balloon round trip from one of these five locations: Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ, Houston, TX, Spartanburg, SC, or St Louis, MO.  For European pilots, arrangements are made through Ultra Magic Balloons in Barcelona, Spain so contact them for details.  The pilot and crew chief will receive round trip airline tickets to Leon from the airport nearest the city where you live. The festival will provide chase trucks and local chase crew. Each Chase truck will come with an English speaking crew member.  You must bring a cell phone that works in Mexico in order to stay in touch with the event.  You will be bused from the Crowne Plaza Hotel to the launch site for each flight or glow and then bussed back to the hotel.  All pilots will stay at the Crown Plaza Hotel which provides first class accommodations.  Early in the morning, the local “Box” winds are very light and set up a really pleasant playground over the city. After about 1 ½ hours, the box winds break up and allow you to land in the place of your choice. The chases are not long or difficult.



  • The Festival de Globo is scheduled for November 18 through November 21, 2016 in Leon, Mexico.
  • All applications must be completed and accepted before JULY 31, 2016 in order to be invited to attend this event.  

Does anyone need a crew chief?  If you do, there are some qualified crews who want to join you.  Let me know, I will be glad to call you and answer any questions you may have.

This year as in past years special emphasis will be placed on safety, not only flying safety, but the safety of the spectators.  Your suggestions for improvement will be appreciated.  You will see more staff on the launch field assisting with your activities and promoting crowd control. Please refer to the Rule Book for a comprehensive review of Safety Issues.   Also, Fuel Pressure is important, so please bring your Nitrogen regulators for those using Nitrogen.  We will have ample Nitrogen bottles.  If you use Electricity to heat your tanks, we will have a new and improved Electrical facility so you will have nice and toasty tanks this year.  Bring your extension cords in the shipment. 

THE DATE TO DROP OFF YOUR BALLOONS AND FANS IS BEFORE MONDAY, October 31, 2016.  Please contact the chosen shipping point and make arrangements to drop off your equipment.  It is important that someone be there to have the facility open so you will not be delayed.  

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Hotel Front Desk: 52-477-2145600 | Hotel Fax: 52-477-2145600
Call 1-800-465-4329 FOR INFORMATION
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It is critical that you furnish your complete and exact name on all documents furnished to the festival.  THE PROBLEM IS: US CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION!  If your passport does not match your airline ticket, you WILL be denied boarding.  This is not a trivial matter.  It means I may get to fly your balloon for you!

I want to thank all of the pilots and crew who participated in the 2015 event for making last year such a success.  We had a great time....2016 promises to be even better.

Click here to go to the FIG File Download page for the Pilot application and copies of forms.


Phil Bryant
518 Texas Star Drive
Richmond, TX  77469