Canberra Balloon Spectacular is ready to launch

A giant pink unicorn will take to Canberra’s skies during the Enlighten Festival, joining over 20 balloons for the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular.

The festivities will run for nine mornings from Saturday 6 March until Sunday 14 March from the new location at Patrick White Lawns.

Allycorn the giant pink unicorn will join the event for the first time as this year’s special shaped balloon. The New York-based balloon will be flown by well-known Canberra pilot Craig Farrell. Craig has flown hot air balloons all over the world, including flying Allycorn in Malaysia in February 2020.

This year is the 36th Canberra Balloon Spectacular and while the event is still free to attend, registration is required to keep our community COVID-safe. Weather permitting, balloons will launch daily from 6.15am at the Patrick White Lawns, located between the National Library of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin.

Breakfast, courtesy of the Belconnen Lions Club, will be available each morning, with proceeds of all purchases donated back into the Canberra community. Coffee, Dutch poffertjes and sweet and savoury crepes will also be available for purchase at the launch site.

Canberra Day, Monday 8 March, will see a hive of activity in the Parliamentary Triangle. Along with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular on Patrick White lawns, the famous Skywhale and Skywhalepapa will join in the festival fun, launching at a second inflation zone at John Dunmore Lang Place during a special Canberra Day event, Breakfast at Balloons.

Make the most of the public holiday and start the day with amazing balloons and hot breakfast. Entry is free but registrations are required for the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and Breakfast at Balloons. While the registrations have been exhausted for viewing from Patrick White Lawns, there are plenty of vantage points throughout the city to view the Spectacular.

If attending any of the Enlighten Festival activities and events, remember to register if required, use the Check In CBR app and please stay home if you are unwell.

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