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Mar 4-6, 2016

Welcome to the Out West Balloon Fest!

Join us March 4th, 5th and 6th for the second edition of the balloon festival at University of Phoenix Stadium.
There is something for everyone at this family fun event including music, vendors, food, Kidszone and, of course

Balloons, Balloons, Balloons!

Come see these gentle giants float above Glendale in a majestic mass ascension
and watch as pilots compete for the Arizona State Championship.

Enjoy the Balloon Ride Experience!

Get a taste of the balloon ride experience on site with a tethered ride each evening of the festival or go for the full experience of a passenger balloon ride on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
We have something for everyone, you won’t want to miss it!!

Tickets/Location

Tickets available on Eventbrite

Kid zone tickets not included
with event admission.

Event Info and Schedule

LIST OF PROHIBITED ITEMS

FRIDAY

MORNING

5:30 am

Gates Open

6:00 am

Dawn patrol launch begins (weather dependent)

7:00 am

National Anthem, Mass Ascension launch begins (weather dependent)

8:00 am

Live music, food, kidszone
End of Mass Ascension

8:30 am

Old West show by the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

11:00 am

Gates Close

EVENING

4:00 pm

Gates open

4:00 pm

Live music, food, kidszone, vendor market

5:00 pm

Tethered balloon rides begin (weather dependent)

6:30 pm

Balloon Glow (weather dependent)

9:00 pm

Gates Close

SATURDAY

MORNING

5:30 am

Gates Open

6:00 am

Dawn patrol launch begins (weather dependent)

6:00 am

Fun Run Packet Pick Up

7:00 am

National Anthem, Mass Ascension launch begins (weather dependent)

7:00 am

G1GABLAST Fun Run begins

8:00 am

Live music, food, kidszone
End of Mass Ascension

8:30 am

Old West show by the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

11:00 am

Gates Close

EVENING

4:00 pm

Gates open

4:00 pm

Live music, food, kidszone, vendor market

5:00 pm

Tethered balloon rides begin (weather dependent)

6:30 pm

Balloon Glow (weather dependent)

9:00 pm

Gates Close

SUNDAY

MORNING

5:30 am

Gates Open

6:00 am

Dawn patrol launch begins (weather dependent)

7:00 am

National Anthem, Mass Ascension launch begins (weather dependent)

8:00 am

Live music, food, kidszone
End of Mass Ascension

 8:30 am

Old West show by the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

10:00 am

Pilot award ceremony, Arizona State Champion named

11:00 am

Gates Close

Tethered Balloon Rides Ballon Ride Ticket

G1GABLAST Fun Run - Saturday, March 5, 2016

Start Time 7:00 am, Packet Pick Up Starts at 6:00 am

“Take off” on the this one-of-a-kind 5k route around the beautiful University of Phoenix Stadium property on March 5th for the G1GABLAST Fun Run Benefiting Cox Charities.

Runners are encouraged to arrive early to register for the Fun Run and bear witness to the majesty of as many as 50 hot air balloons lifting gently into the crisp morning air, painting the sky with brilliant color around the course and the stadium.

This family friendly 5k fun run provides each participant with an inaugural running shirt, finisher medal, custom bib, and entry into the Balloon Fest (Saturday only).

Cox Charities will be giving away an iPad Pro to one lucky race registrant drawn at random, need not be present to win.

Cox Charities was established in Phoenix in 1996 as a fundraising and grant-awarding arm of Cox to support non-profit agencies in the communities we serve over and above our corporate contributions.

Expanded in 2004 to include Southern Arizona and other areas Cox Arizona serves, Cox Charities has awarded nearly $6 million in grants over the past decade to worthwhile non-profit organizations that share Cox’s commitment to youth education and building our next generation of community leaders.

Funds for Cox Charities are raised through employee contributions, fundraising events such as golf tournaments, and fundraising partnerships with other events in the community. For more information please visit www.cox.com/community.

Sponsors

Official Catering Partner

FAQ's

What is a "Hare and Hound" race?

A single balloon launches and is declared the "Hare" balloon. The rest of the balloons are the "Hounds" and chase the "Hare" balloon. The "Hare" balloon lands and sets up a target that the "Hound" balloons attempt to hit with a bean bag dropped from their balloon. The balloonist who hits closest to the center of the target wins a prize.

What is a "Declared" competition:

The BalloonMeister selects 3 landing zones based on the wind and weather conditions for the morning, that is marked with a target. Each pilot then has to "declare" which landing zone they intend to fly to. The pilot who is closest to the target of their declared landing zone wins a prize.

How much are the kid zone tickets:

1$ each or 25 for 20$.

What time will the balloons be on display for the glow?

The balloons begin to inflate at sunset and glow as long as their fuel allows. This means balloons are usually up from about 6:30 to approximately 8:30pm, conditional on weather. Come out early to watch the pilots and crew set up equipment, and enjoy the other activities going on.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes, general admission tickets are available for purchase at the door.

Can I pre-purchase tethered rides?

No, tethered rides are sold on-site only and are given on a first come, first serve basis. A waiver must be signed.

What does my general admission ticket get me?

General admission includes admission into the event, live music, access to glowing balloons.

What activities cost extra?

Activities with additional cost are the Kidszone, tethered balloon rides, food and beverage, and retail items available for purchase from vendors.

Is there a charge for parking?

Yes parking is $5 per event.

Is the event handicap/wheelchair accessible?

Definitely! We have handicapped parking and the event is held on a grass field and in a portion of the parking area. In fact, one of our balloon pilots is Michael Glen, the worlds first paraplegic hot air balloon pilot. He operates his balloon from a specially designed seated basket.

Can I bring a camera?

Absolutely! Balloon events are a blast to photograph and produce some stunning photos. We encourage you to share them on our Facebook page!

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