Les Montgolfiades in Chalon-sur-Saône

A getaway weekend in a hot-air balloon

07/06/2019 - 10/06/2019

Every year during Whitsun weekend, the skies over Chalon-sur-Saône are filled with streams of multi-coloured hot-air balloons. These are the ‘Montgolfiades’. The programme of events: Competitions among the free-flying balloons, introductory sessions, stunt flying, games, music…enchantment is guaranteed for both young and old!

Spectacle, sport and solidarity

The ‘Montgolfiades’ were set up in 1989 and, every Whitsun weekend, over fifty hot-air balloonists hailing from all across Europe meet at Chalon-sur-Saône.

Over a three day period and beneath the rapturous gaze of thousands of spectators, balloonists take on a series of challenges that are competitive, beut that also bring them together! The event is usually organised in partnership with charitable organisations, so a number of balloons are specially fitted out to accommodate those with reduced mobility.

Introductory sessions are also available to all spectators at the Prairie Saint-Nicolas. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views across the Chalon coast from a great height

Celebration Sunday

Various activities are provided for the public to enjoy on the Sunday afternoon, also at the Prairie Saint-Nicolas.

Stunt flights, parachute jumps, music, dance performances…not forgetting of course the magnificent flying machines taking to the skies!

Children can also enjoy free entertainment, including scaled down models of remote control hot-air balloons, inflatable castles, face painting and art workshops, clowns and magicians…


Balloonists and their machines are hosted every year by wine-growers along the Chalon coast. The wine-growers provide them with food and lodging and, of course, introduce them to the wines of their villages. How about following in their footsteps this year?

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