Frequently Asked Questions

– PEAK FLYING/GLOWING TIMES – Early in the morning, just when the sun is up. The Hare & Hound Races at or around 6:00am on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Hot air balloons DO NOT FLY in the middle of a breezy Arizona Spring day (between the hours of 9am – 4pm NO BALLOON ACTIVITY).

Absolutely, at the event head to the Aerogelic Ballooning tent and purchase a ride for $220 per

Yep, 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.

Well, 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 7:30pm (sunset).

Bring a camera. Practice your photography. Lawn chairs, Sunscreen, sun umbrellas, a hat, blankets and/or a pop-up tent for shade. Make yourself at home, get comfortable and stay awhile.

Valley of the Sun United Way is our charity for the 2021 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

It’s cool in the morning but heats up as the sun comes up. Our Spring weather gets warm. Afternoons are the warmest. Shorts & tee shirts in the daytime. Don’t forget your hat & sunglasses!!!

No food or drinks can be brought into the Arizona Balloon Classic. Our 4th Annual Street FoodFest is a culinary experience including “Beer Gardens”, Food Trucks with festival food favorites, Live music stage and more. Come hungry…

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 (5/1), 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!!!

This is a “Wind, 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.

There will be a re-entry wristband offered for FREE after the Saturday morning races to the Saturday night “Glow” events. However, General Admission tickets will only let you in for one day (either Friday or Saturday).

Discount tickets are available NOW by going to the site until Friday, April 30 th , 2021. It’s a GREAT DEAL!!! Tickets at the ABC10 Box Offices are $25 per person, $15 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.

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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