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Labor Day Lift Off: Returns for another year, here's what you need to know

Posted at 4:37 PM, Aug 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-01 17:43:54-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The annual Labor Day Lift Off returns to the city of Colorado Springs for another year of ballooning fun!

This year the Labor Day Lift Off festival will be held from Saturday, September 2 to Monday, September 4 in Memorial Park.

“There are not many places that have Pikes Peak as a backdrop and all these beautiful mountains, plus having such a welcoming community. The balloonists feel very comfortable and very welcomed in the Colorado Springs area so that’s what makes this event so successful,” said Scott Appelman, Labor Day Lift Off’s director.

The weekend is sure to be an action-packed event full of musical performances, drone shows, balloon lift offs, balloon displays, lake events, and dazzling displays from skydivers and acrobats.

“For me, after doing this for so long, to me is seeing the smiles on people's faces. The five-year-olds, the two-years-olds, and the hundred-year-olds that are all out here. And being able to provide that experience and for our ride passengers that fly, being part of that memory for people,” said Appelman.

The full schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday - Xfinity Day

Morning Session

Evening Session

Sunday - Stella Artois Day

Morning Session

Evening Session

Monday - Military Appreciation Day

Morning Session


The Labor Day Lift Off is a free event, but those wanting to attend will have to purchase a parking pass or pay for a tour bus pass.

Pre-sale parking passes are no longer available for purchase. Parking passes can still be purchased on-site with cash.


Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, but you will be able to purchase parking passes on the day of the event. See the map of specific parking lots below:

Labor Day Lift Off Parking Map


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