Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Friday, September 4, 2015 to Sunday, September 6, 2015

Soar into September at our 17th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. The weekend kicks off with the extraordinary Friday Night Balloon Glow and continues all weekend long. Watch beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for your own tethered balloon ride. Saturday is filled with family-friendly events, including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone and much more. There's something for everyone with a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration, as well as a 5K Race and Triathlon event. If you're a photography buff, you can sign up for our hands-on "Mastering Night Photography" course. Plus, you'll find drink specials and sports on the televisions at the Beach Bar as well as some of Atlanta's top-rated food trucks throughout the festival. Cap off the weekend with a final balloon glow Sunday night on Robin Lake Beach. With this exciting line-up of events, surrounded by the natural beauty of Callaway Gardens, there's no better way to say "farewell" to Summer 2015.

See below for tentative schedule of events.  Please note that hot air ballooning is 100% dependent on calm winds and good weather.  Balloon flights and tethered rides typically take place one hour after sunrise and two hours before sunset.  Our pilots will do their best to make flights and rides available while maintaining safety as our first priority.

Enjoy a Labor Day Weekend getaway with our Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival overnight package!  For details, call 1.800.852.3810.

TENTATIVE 2015 PRICING
Admission is per person, per day and is based on age.  Tethered Balloon Rides are additional. For detailed pricing chart, CLICK HERE.

Friday, Sept. 4
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General Admission
After 5 p.m. Half-Price Special Event Admission - available same-day only at the gate

Saturday, Sept. 4 & Sunday, Sept. 6
Before 9 a.m. Half-Price Special Event Admission - available same-day only at the gate
After 9 a.m. Full Special Event Admission

Monday, Sept. 7
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free Admission for All - Happy End of Summer after a season of "Laboring!"

TENTATIVE 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Please Note: Wind turbulence, direction and conditions for balloons are based on weather in the sky, not on the ground.

Friday, Sept. 4
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.          First Qualifying Heats for the 2015 USA Wakesurf National Championships
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.       Swimming, Miniature Golf, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard, Giant Chess and Checkers
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.         Beach Activities: Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Rock Climbing Wall*, Spider Jump*,
                                     Xcelerator  Water Slide*, Roadster Pedal Karts*, Chickadee Choo Choo Train*
Noon to 10 p.m.        Sports on TV at the Beach Bar
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.         Balloon Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.         Beach Concessions and Food Trucks
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.         Friday Night Seafood Buffet at The Plant Room Restaurant
7 p.m.                          Live Music: TBD
Dusk                            Balloon Glow on Robin Lake Beach (Wind and weather conditions permitting)

Saturday, Sept. 5
6 a.m.                          Beach Gate Opens
6 a.m. to 9 a.m.         Exchange Club of Columbus Pancake Breakfast ($5 per person), while supplies last
7:15 a.m.                    Balloon Launch and Tethered Rides (wind and weather conditions permitting)
                                       Cash-only:  $10/adult; $5/child (12 and younger)
    **Due to the heat of the day, it is highly unlikely to see balloons in the middle of the day.
       Especially around 11 a.m. and until 4 p.m.
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Second Qualifying Heats for the 2015 Wakesurf National Championships
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.         Saturday-Only Classic Car Show at the Beach Dome. 
                                          To enter a car in the show, click here for details.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.         Beach Activities: Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Rock Climbing Wall*, Spider Jump*,
                                        Xcelerator  Water Slide*, Roadster Pedal Karts*, Chickadee Choo Choo Train*
                                        (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Swimming, Miniature Golf, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard,
                                        Giant Chess and Checkers
11 a.m.                       Disc Dog Demonstrations
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.      Kids Zone: Face Painting*, Trampoline Extreme* and more
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.      Beach Concessions and Food Trucks
Noon to 10 p.m.       College Football on TV at the Beach Bar
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.        DJ Mikey J
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.        Balloon Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
3:30 p.m.                   Disc Dog Demonstrations
When Weather         Late Afternoon Balloon Launch and Tethered Rides (wind and weather conditions permitting)
   Permits                       $10/adult; $5/child (12 and younger)
7 p.m.                         Live Music: TBD
Dusk                           Performance by the On Target Pyrotechnic Skydiving Team (wind and weather conditions permitting)

Tethered balloon rides* available, wind turbulance and weather conditions permitting.

Sunday, Sept. 6
6 a.m.                            Beach Gate Open
6 a.m. to 9 a.m.           Exchange Club of Columbus Pancake Breakfast ($5 per person), while supplies last
7:15 a.m.                      Balloon Launch and Tethered Rides (wind and weather conditions permitting)
                                          Cash-only:  $10/adult; $5/child (12 and younger)
    **Due to the heat of the day, it is highly unlikely to see balloons in the middle of the day.
       Especially around 11 a.m. and until 4 p.m.
7:50 a.m.                      Callaway Gardens Fitness Series 5K Run*
8 a.m.                            Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Triathlon*
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.         Pro Division Finals for the 2015 USA Wakesurf National Championships  
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.          Beach Activities: Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Rock Climbing Wall*, Spider Jump*,
                                        Xcelerator  Water Slide*, Roadster Pedal Karts*, Chickadee Choo Choo Train*
                                        (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Swimming, Miniature Golf, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard,
                                        Giant Chess and Checkers
11 a.m.                           Disc Dog Demonstration
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.          Kids Zone: Face Painting*, Trampoline Extreme* and more
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.          Concessions and Food Trucks
12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sports on TV at the Beach Bar
1p.m. to 5 p.m.             DJ Mikey J
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.           Balloon Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
3:30 p.m.                      Bonus Birds of Prey Show at Callaway Discovery Center
3:30 p.m.                      Disc Dog Demonstration
When Weather           Late Afternoon Balloon Launch and Tethered Rides (wind and weather conditions permitting)
   Permits                       $10/adult; $5/child (12 and younger)
7 p.m.                           Live Music: TBD
Dusk                             Balloon Glow on Robin Lake Beach (wind and weather conditions permitting)

Tethered balloon rides* available, wind turbulence and weather conditions permitting.

Monday, Sept. 7
(Free Gardens Admission)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming, Miniature Golf, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard, Giant Chess and Checkers, Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*
Noon to 6 p.m.     Sports on TV at the Beach Bar
 

Please note:
-Activities marked * require an additional fee each day.
-Events and activities are subject to change without notice or in case of wind or inclement weather. No rain checks.
-Guests will be issued wristbands, which should be worn at all times and will be required for re-entry should a guest choose to leave.