Annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns January 27-29, 2023

This family-friendly spectacular exceeded expectations again last year. 

Mesquite Gaming, owner of Casablanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel, will host the annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. Each morning, more than 35 hot air balloons will rise into the desert skies. Each evening the hot air balloons will launch again for the very popular Night Glow – Candlestick Show.

“Talk to anyone who attended, participated, or volunteered at last year’s Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival, and you’ll understand why this is among the most anticipated events in all of Nevada each year,” said Christian Adderson, Assistant General Manager for Mesquite Gaming. “Our organizers have found a way to make the Festival even more enjoyable by allowing visitors to get behind-the-scenes looks at balloon staging, piloting and flying.”

The Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival’s morning launches take place at 7:30 a.m. at the Oasis parking lot and the Night Glow – Candlestick Show will launch from the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino – Southwest parking lot under the resort video marquee sign. The event is family-friendly and free. All events are dependent on weather.

Volunteers are essential to the successful operation of the event, and are needed for all three days of the festival. Shifts can be booked for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. To register as an event volunteer or to learn more about volunteering, please click here.For a complete schedule of events and more information on the Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit For more information on Mesquite Gaming visit or follow Mesquite Gaming on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.