Join us March 10th, 11th and 12th for the third 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
Come see these gentle giants float above Glendale in a majestic mass ascension
and watch as pilots compete for the Arizona State Championship.
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 Saturday and Sunday morning.
We have something for everyone, you won’t want to miss it!!
“Take off” on the this one-of-a-kind 5k route around the beautiful University of Phoenix Stadium property on March 11th for the Fun Run.
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).
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.
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.
1$ each or 25 for 20$.
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.
Yes, general admission tickets are available for purchase at the door.
No, tethered rides are sold on-site only and are given on a first come, first serve basis. A waiver must be signed.
General admission includes admission into the event, live music, access to glowing balloons.
Activities with additional cost are the Kidszone, tethered balloon rides, food and beverage, and retail items available for purchase from vendors.
Yes parking is $5 per event.
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.
Absolutely! Balloon events are a blast to photograph and produce some stunning photos. We encourage you to share them on our Facebook page!