Background
Festival
Background
History of FIG

The Leon International Balloon Festival, started in 2002 with 27 hot air balloons.

El Keeping up a sustained growth of 1560% since its first edition, FIG has gathered over 2.5 million visitors in 13 years.

Currently, the FIG is among the top 3 Balloon events in the world.

In the 2016 edition, the FIG will feature an unique and amazing show, featuring hundreds of hot air balloons from all over the world, more than 30 special shapes and spectacular activities; music and fun for all ages.

History of Hot Air Ballooning

Brothers Joseph-Michel and Jaques-Étienne Montgolfier were the pioneers of hot air ballooning. On the 4th of June of 1783, they succeeded in elevating a spherical bag made of linen wrapped in paper of 11 m in diameter, 800 m3 and 226 kg full of hot air, travelling 2 km for 10 minutes, reaching an altitude of almost 2,000 m.

In 1783, a first manned flight was made reaching a height of 3280.84ft.

Guanajuato Ballooning tradition

In 1842, Don Benito Leon Acosta y Rubí de Celis, born in Guanajuato, managed to take off in a hot air balloon made by him. It was the first time an aircraft ever flew over Mexico.

History of FIG