Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Friday, September 2, 2016 to Sunday, September 4, 2016

Soar into September at our 18th 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. 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 2016.

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.

2016 PRICING
Admission is per person, per day and is based on age. For detailed pricing chart, CLICK HERE.

2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Please Note**: Wind turbulence, direction and conditions for balloons are based on weather in the sky, not on the ground.

Friday, September 2
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Activities: Swimming, Miniature Golf, Basketball, Shuffleboard, Giant Chess
4p.m. to 10 p.m. Sports on Big-Screen TVs at the Beach Bar
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Square 1 Activity Center Open (Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Roadster Pedal Karts*,
Xcelerator Water Slide*)
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Balloon Artist and Caricature Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Special Labor Day Weekend Buffets, The Plant Room (located inside the Mountain Creek Inn)
7 p.m. Live Music: Secret Sauce
Dusk Balloon Glow on Robin Lake Beach (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
Tethered balloon rides* available, wind turbulence and weather conditions permitting.

Saturday, September 3
6 a.m. Beach Gate Opens
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Exchange Club of Columbus Pancake Breakfast ($8 per person)
7:15 a.m. Balloon Launch** (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
7:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tethered Rides* (Weather conditions permitting) $10/adult: $5/child. Limited availability
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classic Car Show at the Beach Dome (Weather conditions permitting).   For car registration form, CLICK HERE.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Square One and Beach Activities (See Friday’s Listing)
11 a.m. Disc Dog Demonstration (Beach lawn)
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kids Zone: Face Painting*, Trampoline Extreme* and More
Noon to 10 p.m. College Football on Big-Screen TVs at the Beach Bar
12:30 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live Entertainment: Beach Games and live DJ
2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Balloon Artist and Caricature Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
3:30 p.m. Disc Dog Demonstration (Beach lawn)
5 p.m. Balloon Launch** (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tethered Rides* (Weather conditions permitting) Limited availability
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Special Labor Day Weekend Buffets, The Plant Room (located inside the Mountain Creek Inn)
7 p.m. Live Music: Kyle Wilson
8 p.m. Firework Extravaganza with Special Balloon Glow (larger-than-life Eagle Balloon )
Tethered balloon rides* available, wind turbulence and weather conditions permitting.

Sunday, September 4
6 a.m. Beach Gate Opens
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Exchange Club of Columbus Pancake Breakfast ($8 per person)
7:15 a.m. Balloon Launch** (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
7:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tethered Rides* (weather conditions permitting) $10/adult: $5/child. Limited availability
7:50 a.m. Callaway Gardens Fitness Series 5K Run*/Triathlon*
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Square One and Beach Activities (See Friday’s Listing)
11 a.m. Disc Dog Demonstration (Beach lawn)
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kids Zone: Face Painting*, Trampoline Extreme* and More
12:30 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sports on Big-Screen TVs at the Beach Bar
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live Entertainment: Beach Games and Live DJ
2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Balloon Artist and Caricature Artist in the Beach Pavilion Area
3:30 p.m. Disc Dog Demonstration (Beach Lawn)
5 p.m. Balloon Launch** (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tethered Rides* (Weather conditions permitting) Limited Availability
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Special Labor Day Weekend Buffets, The Plant Room (located inside the Mountain Creek Inn)
7 p.m. Live Music: The Regulars
Dusk Balloon Glow on Robin Lake Beach (Wind and weather conditions permitting)
Monday, September 5
(Half Price Special Event Admission, Free with Annual Pass)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beach Activities (See Friday’s listing)
Noon to 6 p.m. Sports on Big-Screen TVs at the Beach Bar
12:30, 2 & 3 Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
Tethered balloon rides* available, wind turbulence and weather conditions permitting.

Monday, September 5
Half-Price Special Event Admission and Free for Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders
10  a.m.  to 6 p.m.  Beach Activities (See Friday’s listing)
Noon to 6 p.m.       Sports on Big-Screen TVs 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.