This weekend as you're driving up to Aspen, don't be surprised if you see colorful balloons dotting the skies, because the 40th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival gets underway on Friday, September 18. The Balloon Festival is being held in conjunction with the Snowmass Wine Festival on Friday and Saturday in the Snowmass Town Park. Saturday's festivities include the Snowmass Ascension from 7am to 10am, a children's bouncy house and face painting, and the always-popular balloon glow from 7:45pm to 9pm. In between, enjoy the Grand Tasting at the Wine Festival from 3pm to 5pm that day. A Balloon Festival hotline has been set up for the weekend so you can check for weather and schedule changes at (970) 922-2233. More details for the weekend at www.gosnowmass.com.