If you turn your eyes to the skies this August, you’ll see an Oklahoma horizon painted with dozens of hot air balloons. The Oklahoma City Balloon Festival, a four-day event, features dozens of these wonders – and you even have the chance to fly high in a balloon yourself. Visitors can enjoy tethered rides or full flights with commercial balloon pilots, meticulously screened and chosen for the safety of patrons. Morning and afternoon full flights are available to book online, and tethered flights can be purchased on site.

If heights aren’t your thing, there are several other activities to try out. Carnival rides provide an option for those wishing to keep their feet on the ground, plus a wine garden and food vendors – meaning you can stay all day. Pop-up shops will offer plenty of merchandise for purchase, or you can act as a spectator for jousting displays and dazzling performances by a parachute team. Each night will end with a bewitching balloon glow and fireworks.

The festival runs Aug. 24-27 at Chisholm Creek. Visit okcbf.com for a full schedule of events.

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