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Out West Balloon Fest & Fun Run

Our West Balloon Fest & Fun Run

We couldn’t be more excited that the West Valley will be getting its very own hot air balloon festival! More than 35 hot air balloons will decorate the sky at the first annual Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on March 6-8.

This fun-filled event will kick off on Friday night with a balloon glow. From bumblebees, to butterflies and even Smokey the Bear, there will be a special shaped balloon to please every member of the family. Come see these gentle giants as they light up the night sky and enjoy tethered balloon rides.

Bring your appetite because on the ground attendees will find dozens of food and novelty vendors, hours of live music, wine and craft beer tastings and opportunities to mingle with the balloon pilots. For the kids, there’s a special area with a slew of inflatable attractions a climbing wall and much more.

Out West Balloon Fest & Fun Run

Saturday morning will begin with a family-friendly 5K fun run, proceeds benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona. A second balloon glow will follow that evening. Also enjoy the “Hare and Hound” balloon competition. Grand Marshall Bill Cutter will start off the race by launching his own balloon. He will land his balloon and lay out the target where the other balloon will then launch and race to the finish line. Each balloon pilot (or hounds) tries to drop a bean bag closest to the center of the target to win a variety of prizes.

Sunday morning will round off the weekend with a competitive balloon race. Our hot air balloon pilots will show off their skills by competing in a race to launch and land at one of three declared spots to win a prize. It’s a fun spectator event for the whole family. 

Tickets range from $10 to $20 per person. Kids ages 12 and younger are free.

EVENT INFO & SCHEUDLE

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

Friday Evening Balloon Glow 4-9 p.m.

4 p.m.
Gates Open

4-9 p.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone

5:30 p.m.
Tethered Balloon Rides

5-9 p.m.
Live music on the main stage

6:30-8:30 p.m.
25 hot air balloon glow

8:30 p.m.
Night skydiving demo by the Arizona Skyhawks

9 p.m.
Gates close

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Saturday Morning Balloon Launch 6-11 a.m.

6 a.m.
Gates Open

6-11 a.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone

7 a.m.
Morning Passenger Flights

7 a.m.
5K Fun Run

7 a.m.
Balloon launch, Hare and Hound competition

11 a.m.
Gates close

Saturday Evening Balloon Glow 4-9 p.m.

4 p.m.
Gates Open

4-9 p.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone

5:30 p.m.
Tethered Balloon Rides

5-9 p.m.
Live music on the mainstage

6:30-8:30 p.m.
25 hot air balloon glow

8:30 p.m.
Night skydiving demo by the Arizona Skyhawks

9 p.m.
Gates close

SUNDAY, MARCH 8

Sunday Morning Balloon Launch 6-11 a.m.

6 a.m.
Gates Open

6-11 a.m.
Vendor Market, Food vendors, Kidszone

7 a.m.
Morning Passenger Flights

7 a.m.
Balloon Launch, Declared balloon race competition

11 a.m.
Gates Close

*Events subject to change based on weather. Some activities require an additional fee. Please visit the website at www.outwestballoonfest.com for more information.

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