Waterford Balloonfest

Annual Waterford Balloonfest

This year (2022) marks the comeback of the previously annual Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival, one of about 100 hot air balloon festivals around the country that balloon enthusiast come to visit each year. Waterford Union High School, in collaboration with Explore Waterford and the Village of Waterford, are excited to bring back Waterford Balloonfest. The event, which takes place on the grounds next to Waterford Union High School will be on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Featuring hot air balloon ascensions at dawn and early evening, as well as “glows” at dusk (all weather permitting), this is an event not to miss! Family friendly, we feature live music, food, beverages, outdoor movie, crafters, Rotocross drones, helicopter rides, kids area and more! Admission is free; parking and select activities do have a fee.

2022 AnnuAL Waterford Balloonfest SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

12:00pm – 3:00pm Kid’s Frenzy
12:00pm – 6:00pm Craft Fair
12:00pm – 6:00pm Helicopter Rides
12:00pm – 8:00pm Drone Races (Soccer Field)
2:30pm – 4:00pm Car Show
2:00pm – 4:00pm Bring Your Dog Event
4:00pm – 4:20pm Kid’s Bubble Launch
3:00pm – 6:00pm LIVE Music from Depot Express
6:00pm – 7:30pm Balloon Launch Window
8:30pm – 9:15pm Balloon Night Glow

Times for hot air balloon launches & glows are approximate; all events are weather-permitting.

On the grounds next to Waterford Union High School in Waterford, WI 53185

Smoking, bikes, skateboards, animals or drones on festival grounds. Alcohol is ONLY ALLOWED within the beer garden and may not be brought in or out of that enclosed space (ages 21 and over).

This event will take place on the grounds of Waterford Union High School. The event is free but parking is $10 cash.

General Information
This year marks the 8th annual Waterford Balloonfest, one of about 100 hot air balloon festivals around the country that balloon enthusiast come to visit each year. The event, which takes place on the school grounds of Evergreen Elementary in Waterford, WI, features hot air balloon activities (including competitions, launches and night glows), food, craft & business vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment stages for kids & adults, helicopter rides, tethered balloon rides, an outdoor movie, kids activities & more. Admission is free!

The festival will bring back the classic evening balloon glows for Friday and Saturday evenings.  These evening balloon glows are a visitor favorite!  Weather permitting, the balloonists will highlight their amazing flying skills at a flight competition Saturday morning.

Balloon Information

Those interested in scheduling a hot air balloon ride should contact balloonist coordinator Ken Walter with WindDancer Balloon Promotions, aballoonride@gmail.com prior to the event. Find more information HERE.

* All balloon events are weather dependent. * Ballooning is a fair weather sport. Assuming visibility is good, the key consideration is the wind speed. Generally, a launch is not feasible when the wind exceeds 8 miles per hour. The preferred flying times are just after sunrise and just before sunset, when the winds are lighter and more stable. The pilots make a determination concerning the weather.

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