Carolina BalloonFest set to color the sky


The 44th annual Carolina BalloonFest takes flight October 20-22 at the Statesville Regional Airport. See over 50 breath-taking hot air balloons and special shapes decorate the skies of Iredell County.

Hot air balloon flights are scheduled twice daily; early morning and late afternoon. The traditional Balloon Glow will light up Saturday evening to thrill festival guests. Between scheduled flights, many attractions and family-friendly activities will offer three days of lofty, magical fun for the entire family.

In addition, there will be live music and a N.C. wine and craft beer garden.

Hot air balloon rides may be purchased directly with participating pilots in advance or throughout the weekend. Tethered balloons offer an abbreviated sensation of flight for kids and adults. Rides are available to purchase the day of event, weather permitting.

Festival hours are 3 - 8:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.  

The festival is expected to sell out.

As one of the area’s largest events, roads to Carolina BalloonFest traditionally experience heavy traffic on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. On-site festival parking is reserved for guests holding prepaid tickets.

Guests are encouraged to purchase advance tickets and plan to park by 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to arrive inside the festival for scheduled launches and activities.

Advance tickets range from $15-$35 and children age 12 and younger are admitted free. You can purchase advance tickets online at

For ticket and parking information, click here.

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