Frequently Asked Questions

When do hot air balloons fly? FLYING/GLOWING TIMES – Early in the morning. Just when the sun is up. The Hare & Hound Races at or around 7:30am on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Afternoon flights happen around 4pm determined by the weather. Hot air balloons DO NOT FLY in the middle of a breezy Arizona winter day (between the hours of 10am – 4pm NO BALLOON ACTIVITY).

Can you buy a hot air balloon ride at the Arizona Balloon Classic site? Absolutely, go to the Aerogelic Ballooning tent and purchase a ride for $220 per person. Purchase ahead of time by visiting the link: YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THE EXPERIENCE!!!

What about a tethered hot air balloon ride? A tethered hot air balloon ride is a hot air balloon tied down and only goes up to 75’. You can purchase a tethered hot air balloon ride at the ABC8 event site for $30 per person – adults and kids 12 and under.

What is a hot air balloon “Glow”? Hot air balloons generally DO NOT FLY at night. So, hot air balloons STATIC display on the ground around sunset and called a “Glow”. It’s the coolest thing you’ll ever see. Giant hot air balloons lit up at night to music. You can walk around the hot air balloons and visit with the pilot and crew. The Arizona Balloon Classic “Glows” are on Friday & Saturday nights and start around 6:30pm (sunset).

What should I bring to the Arizona Balloon Classic? Bring a camera. Practice your photography. We’ll be having contests for the best hot air balloon pix!

Who’s the Arizona Balloon Classic Charity this year? The HOME Foundation is our charity for the 2019 Arizona Balloon Classic. Valley of the Sun United Way – 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. Join the fight, visit

What should I wear? Dress warm and in layers. It’s cold in the morning but heats up as the sun comes up. It’s just the opposite during the “Glow”. Bring warm clothes. When the sun goes down, it gets cold.

Can I bring lawn chairs and blankets? Absolutely… Make yourself at home, get comfortable and stay awhile.

What about food and drinks? No food or drinks can be brought into the Arizona Balloon Classic. Our 2nd Annual Street Foodfest is set to expend with a culinary experience including; the Saddle Mountain Brewery “Beer Garden”, Food tasting, Cooking demonstrations & Cooking Demos, Food eating contests, Live music stage and more. Come hungry and stay for a while…

How does parking work? There is parking at the event and its $5. ACE Parking will direct you right to a parking space. ACE Parking staff will manage of all the parking. Saturday night though (1/26), parking gets full very fast. Stay all day or get to the Saturday night “Glow” by or around 4pm. GET TO THE SATURDAY NIGHT “GLOW” EARLY!!!

What if there is bad weather? This is a “Rain or Shine” event. All ballooning events are dependent on the weather. Wind could affect the ballooning events as well. In the case of bad weather, you’ll be able to use your ticket for the next ballooning event the same weekend. There are no refunds.

Can I re-enter the event? There will be a re-entry BLUE wristband offered for FREE after the Saturday morning races to the Saturday night “Glow” events.

How can I get a ticket? Discount tickets are available NOW by going to the site until Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. It’s a GREAT DEAL!!! Tickets at the ABC8 Box Offices are $15 per person, $7 for Seniors (55), Kids 12 and under, Veterans and Active Military are always FREE!!! Group tickets of 10 or more are $10. NOTE: Parking is $5 and managed by ACE Parking.

Is the Arizona Balloon Classic Handicap Accessible? Yes, there is handicap parking up close to the gate and the Arizona Balloon Classic event site is handicap accessible as well with both grass and blacktop surfaces.

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AEG Infoline – 602.884.0389 Up to date event details.

What’s the best way to ask additional questions? Send us additional questions to Send questions to the Arizona Balloon Classic social media links as well on Face book, Twitter or Instagram.