Hot Air Balloon Festival Tickets – Buy in Advance to Save Time & Money!

August 31 – September 2, 2018

Join us at Robin Lake Beach this Labor Day Weekend for a Fantasy In Flight! We’ll be celebrating the 20th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival with a ton of activities for everyone in the family.

Purchase your tickets in advance now, and receive discounted admission as well as express entry upon arrival!

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2018 Festival Schedule

We have many exciting happenings for our Hot Air Balloon Festival for Labor Day Weekend.  Don’t forget to bring your Beach gear and stay tuned for more details!

Friday, August 31, 2018 – Regular Admission Pricing
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Activities
11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Square 1 Recreation Center Open (Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Roadster Pedal Karts*)
7 p.m. Live Music: Lucky Town
Dusk Balloon Glow^

Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Special Event Admission Pricing
6 a.m. Beach Gate Opens
6 a.m to 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast ($8 per ticket)
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tethered Balloon Rides*^ $10/person Cash Only
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Annual Classic Car Show – Beach Dome
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blue Morpho Month at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Square 1 Recreation Center Open (Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Roadster Pedal Karts*)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Activities
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kids Zone*: Face Painting*, Spider Jump*, Bounce House*
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides*^ $10/person Cash Only
7 p.m. Live Music: Groove Merchants
8 p.m. Specialty Balloon Glow on Beach
Dusk Fireworks^


Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Special Event Admission Pricing
6 a.m. Beach Gate Opens
7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tethered Balloon Rides*^ $10/person Cash Only
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blue Morpho Month at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Square 1 Recreation Center Open (Aqua Island*, Paddle Boats*, Roadster Pedal Karts*)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Activities
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kids Zone*: Face Painting*, Spider Jump*, Bounce House*
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Birds of Prey Show at the Callaway Discovery Center
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides*^ $10/person Cash Only
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Live Music: Spencer Daniels & the Rogue Tones
Dusk Balloon Glow^

*Additional Fee
^Weather Dependent. Balloons are wind and weather dependent and will be determined by the event’s certified Balloon Meister if conditions are permitting.

No Rainchecks or Refunds on Ticket Purchase. Events and Activities are subject to change without notice.

Tethered Balloon Rides are not available for advanced purchase.

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