Do you have questions about BalloonFest? See our FAQs below.
(If you still have questions after that, ask us on our Facebook page.)
Are there age restrictions for general admission to BalloonFest?
Nope. Anyone is welcomed to attend. All the balloon-related events are free. For festival admission, adults/teens can get in for $10; kids ages 4-12 get in for $5, and toddlers ages 3 and under get in free. Tickets available at holdmyticket.com.
Will there be food available?
Yes! We'll have several food trucks and vendors available. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted.
What events are free?
All balloon-related activities, as always, are free. The balloon rallies, balloon glows, special-shaped balloon viewings and tetherings -- all free. Thanks to our friends at TFCU, of course.
Can I leave and come back?
Yes. Make sure you keep your festival wristband on, though. If you're a full festival pass holder, you'll be able to come and go all weekend long.
What time do gates open?
Saturday's Soldier Salute will start at 7 p.m. On Sunday and Monday, gates open at 5 a.m.
When does the event end?
Saturday's event will end at around 10 p.m., and and the festival will close at 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Is it cool if I volunteer for the festival?
Um, cool? It's RECOMMENDED. Because that way, not only can you be a part of all the great balloon action, but you'll get some neat little perks, too.
- Weapons including fireworks or explosives
- Illegal substances
- Glass containers
- Outside food or drinks
- Pets (except service dogs -- trust us, it's for your pet's safety)
- No unlicensed vendors allowed. No solicitations, sampling, giveaways, etc.
What can/should I bring?
- Picnic blankets
- Cash/credit card for food, drinks, parking and ranch activities
- Tents and chairs
- Strollers and wagons for small children
What should/can I bring for the Glow events outside the festival grounds?
Umbrella, lawn chairs, cooler, wagons, strollers, blankets, sunglasses, light jacket (cool weather in the morning), cash, credit card
What should I wear to this hootenanny?
There will be the following things to consider when dressing for the festival: lots of sunlight, possibly lots of wind, might get a little warm, and at night it might get a little cool. You may also be around farm animals. We recommend closed toed shoes or boots, sunscreen, warm weather attire, hat, sunglasses.
Where can I buy tickets?
Buy tickets at HoldMyTicket.com.
Can I ride in a balloon?
Unfortunately, no. We cannot allow the public to ride in balloons for insurance reasons. Sorry.
Where should I park?
Parking will be available south of the festival of the festival grounds for $5 (or free with your Casa Nissan parking pass).
I can't go. Do you offer refunds?
No. We'll be there rain or shine and hope to see you. If you can't attend, you can always give your tickets to a friend. No refunds will be issued.
What's different this year?
Balloon Festival is changing to a 100% family-friendly festival, and is changing locations to Bowen Ranch, just 10 minutes north of the city on Highway 54, outside of hectic downtown traffic. This year's balloon theme with be "America," taking on a patriotic theme to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend in America's most patriotic city.
What kind of activities are going to be featured?
Festivalgoers will never be bored. FREE balloon launches in the morning, opening into the festival. Ranch activities like hay rides, pony rides for children, trail rides for everyone else. There will be a petting zoo -- but not your typical petting zoo. You'll encounter real ranch livestock. For the adults, we'll have champagne tastings, as well as beer and wine in the Western saloon area.
Will there be live music?
Of course. We'll be featuring a lineup of folk, Americana and country performers. Bands announced soon.
Can I tailgate at the Balloon Festival?
Why, yes you can -- thanks for asking! We'll even let you park on the launch field. Our Launch Field Tailgating pass is only $30 and gets you a 20’ X 20’ reserved space on the launch field that offers prime viewing of hot-air balloon launches. The space fits one vehicle and an area for your family/friends during the launches (5A - 8A). Pass is good for one day (Sunday OR Monday). No grills allowed.
Hey -- where are all the rock bands?
No worries, man. While the Balloon Festival is taking flight in a different direction, our sister station KLAQ will still be providing all the rock music you want at Rock on the Water at Wet-N-Wild Waterworld on Saturday, May 28. All the details are here -- you can go rock out and still make it to the balloon glow Soldier Salute and Balloon Glow Saturday night.