The hugely popular 42nd Annual Carolina Balloon Fest returns to the Statesville Regional Airport on October 16-18, 2015. This event is such a great time for everyone to take in not only the beautiful sights of fall, but look to look up in awe as 50+ balloons are released and ascend into the Carolina blue skies several times each day!
This event draws thousands of visitors each year, so be sure to come early to avoid long lines!
This is a charity event with several local organizations benefiting from the proceeds. The main beneficiary is the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Statesville. For additional information, please see below!
Activities for Everyone!!!
50+ Hot Air Balloons Special Shapes 3 Mass Ascensions 2 Fly Overs Sanctioned Competitions Hot Air Balloon Flights Tethered Balloon Rides Main Stage Entertainment 2nd Stage Entertainment Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Saturday Balloon Glow Sunday 5K & Kids Fun Run Kids Zone Walk In Balloon Pilot Meet & Greet Balloon Learning Center Artisan Village & MarketPlace Eat Street & Beer Tent Sunday Canine Agility Exhibition Sunday Kite Make & Fly
Admission Prices - CASH ONLY Note: Vendors DO NOT TAKE DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS !!
Friday $5 Saturday $15 Sunday $10 Children under 12 - Free
Note from Carolina Ballonfest website:
Historically, the festival attracts tens of thousands of people on Saturday & Sunday. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Carolina BalloonFest, attendees should plan travel time & ticket options accordingly. This event is expected to sell out!
~ NEW IN 2015 ~ On Site Advantage Festival Parking is currently offered to Advance Daily Ticket holders while space is available. This is a grass field next to our festival venue! Directions provided on print-at-home tickets.
~ PLAN TO PURCHASE ADVANCE DAILY TICKETS & ARRIVE EARLY to PARK by 1:00 PM ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY. We cannot guarantee entry to festival for guests who attempt to park later than 1:30 PM due to limited access to festival & guest capacity at festival field. On Site Advantage Festival Parking is reserved for Advance Ticket holders ONLY while space is available. Carolina BalloonFest TICKETS are NON-REFUNDABLE.
~ Guests who opt to purchase Day of Event (cash) Tickets are advised to PARK & RIDE with FREE shuttle to festival between 11 AM - 4 PM. On Site Advantage Parking is reserved for Advance Ticket holders. PARK & RIDE DIRECTIONS >
~ BRING CASH. Most vendors and beer tickets are cash purchases only. Limited ATM locations; wait times for guest access to cash may occur.
~ HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS / ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT. All ballooning activities including static display, tethered rides and balloon flights are weather dependent. The decision to inflate hot air balloons is made just prior to a scheduled ballooning activity. (Winds & weather may seem calm for ground dwellers while unsafe for air travelers.) Learn About Ballooning >
~ HOT AIR BALLOONS LAUNCH TWICE DAILY ~ EARLY MORNING & LATE AFTERNOON. Many attractions and family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the day for your enjoyment between scheduled launch times!
~ CAROLINA BALLOONFEST IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Carolina BalloonFest TICKETS are NON-REFUNDABLE.
~ PERMITTED ITEMS. Blankets, chairs, cameras.
~ ITEMS NOT ALLOWED. Pets, coolers, weapons, drones, pop-up canopies. Search activities will be in progress.
~ LIMITED FIELD CAPACITY FOR GUESTS... Carolina BalloonFest is expected to sell out!
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