Hot Air Balloons Return to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort for Balloons Over Bellaire Event, August 28-29

Grab your camera for this picture perfect event as hot air balloons return to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort for Balloons Over Bellaire, a free two-day hot air ballooning event, August 28-29, 2020.

Sunsets over Lake Bellaire won’t be the only thing to photograph and gaze at during this late August weekend as 15+ hot air balloonists take flight from the top of the slopes of Shanty Creek’s Summit Mountain. The sky above Lake Bellaire comes alive with color.

Teams will take flight, from the Alpine Tubing Hill behind Shanty Creek’s Lakeview Hotel, on Friday evening at 6:30 pm. With Lake Bellaire as a backdrop, the sky will come alive with color and whimsy. Saturday morning, 7:30 am, the balloons take flight over Torch Lake, and return to The Lakeview Hotel on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm.

Given the nature of the event, there are plenty of locations to watch the balloonists. Be creative, find ‘your spot’ and enjoy the show responsibly. Social distancing should be top of mind. Masks are recommended, even outdoors.

Special thanks to this year’s event sponsors including The Dockside, Sarducci’s, and The Shanty. Shanty Creek Resort is proud to be a partner in the event, and base camp to visitors throughout this picture perfect weekend event. For additional information on this event and others, as well as the 5,000 acre resort, visit

Shanty Creek is a four-season destination resort spanning 5,000 acres and three distinct villages: Summit, Schuss and Cedar River, each with lodging, dining, and golf. Located in Northern Michigan’s Bellaire, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek offers a variety of vacation packages for your next Michigan getaway.