The 8th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic is excited to be hosted by Mayor Georgia Lord and the City of Goodyear.

January 25-27, 2019.

Press Release

Hot Air Balloon Racing and Street Foodfest 

BACK in Goodyear for the 2019 festival.

Phoenix, AZ – July 9th, 2018: Temps are above 110 in this Phoenix summer heat. But not in January 2019 when the hot air balloon races and Street Foodfest come back to the Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. For the second year, the Goodyear Ballpark will play host to the 8th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic featuring the Street Foodfest and will benefit Valley of the Sun United Way as a Community Partner. Valley of the Sun United Way’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families. “We fight to end hunger in the classroom, to end homelessness, and to put a stop to financial instability.” A portion of ticket sales will go directly back to Valley of the Sun United Way programs.

The Arizona Balloon Classic is Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race & festival and the only race in town, will attract over 20,000 fans and consumers. In 2019, the Arizona Balloon Classic will consist of multiple “Hare and Hound” Hot Air Balloon races.

Actual hot air balloon racing consists of multiple competitions in order to get the closest to the center of a target, which will determine who the winner of the “Race” is. The “Hare” balloon leaves first to place the “Target” and the rest of the balloons; the “Hounds” chase the “Hare” to the target. The “Hound” balloons are subjected to dropping markers onto a large target on the ground. The closer the marker is to the center of the target; the better chances of qualifying for the $2,500 cash purse. Sort of like darts from the sky, except you’re moving where the winds take you.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, up to 30 hot air balloons will participate and partake in the competitions that are set up. Spectators and fans are encouraged to watch the hot air balloons as they participate in the “Hare and Hound” races.

Races will be open to the public on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th. Evening “Glows” on Friday night, January 25th and Saturday night, January 26th. *Weather permitting and all events are subject to change.

The event will be held at the Goodyear Ballpark (1933 S. Ballpark Way – NE corner of Estrella Parkway & Goodyear Blvd. in Goodyear, Arizona). In addition, there will be hot air balloon rides, hot air balloon tether rides, live music, food tasting, beer garden, family fun zone, stunt bike riders, cooking demos and more. Advance ticket sales start on “Black Friday”, November 23rd at Visit – or for additional details and updates.

If you would like additional information about this topic, please contact Tim Matykiewicz, (480)560-9095 or

About Valley of the Sun United Way

Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way and its 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers fight to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness, and increasing the financial stability of families. Join the fight, visit

Within 8 years, the Arizona Balloon Classic has grown to attract more than 90,000 families and consumers within the Phoenix Metro communities.

We are happy to be hosted by the City of Goodyear at the Goodyear Ballpark in 2019 and beyond.

The ABC8 team is truly honored to be bringing hot air balloons to the community of Goodyear.

Are you ready for lift off?