Hot-air-balloon rides shatter the stork community's monopoly on carrying humans in baskets. Democratize the skies with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $5 for admission for two (a $10 value)
- $10 for admission for four (a $20 value)
- $15 for admission for six (a $30 value)
The event takes place at Old Celina Park, Friday–Sunday, September 13–15, with specific events held each day. Rides, games, and vendor items are not included; prices vary by vendor. Parking fees ($5/car) are not included with this Groupon. Children 5 and under are free.
Celina Balloon Festival
Whether grounded or airborne, balloons dominate the festivities at Old Celina Park. On the ground, the vibrantly patterned balloons glow and undulate as propane burners pump them with hot air. These bright shapes slowly diminish to colorful specks in the sky as the balloons ascend, leaving the fairgrounds far behind.
With this canopy of colored dots overhead, the festival’s entertainment comes alive as musical acts such as the Emerald City Band performing on Friday and Eleven Hundred Springs performing on Saturday take the stage. Pristine cars and trucks made as early as the 1930s shine at the classic-car show, inflatables promote adrenaline rushes along with helicopter rides, human hamster balls, a 200 ft. zip line, a western show, more than 100 vendors, and carnival rides and dog adoptions in Adoption Alley tug on heartstrings. In the evening, when the balloons that have served as a backdrop all day finally land, each pilot contributes to the balloon glow, punctuating the dusk with jets of flame from their burners to illuminate their vessels.