Arizona Balloon Classic


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Guests experience all aspects of hot-air balloon culture during festival with morning races, tethered rides, fireworks, and exhibits

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Promotional value expires Dec 16, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per day per event for number of people. Valid only for option purchased. All events subject to change without notice. Subject to weather; rain checks issued in event of cancellation. Pets and outside food or drink not permitted. Re-entry not permitted except on Saturday 12/14 only. Not valid with other offers. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $11 for two to attend one day of the 2013 Arizona Balloon Classic (a $20 value)
  • $20 for four to attend one day of the 2013 Arizona Balloon Classic (a $40 value)

At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, or Sunday, December 15, festival attendees witness the hot-air balloon fleet compete in morning hare-and-hound races. They also gather at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 13, or Saturday, December 14, to see a field of tethered balloons glow for a one-hour Desert Glows show. On Saturday, attendees also witness a fireworks show. Throughout the weekend, they inspect balloon-centric exhibits, zip line at the Family Fun Zone, sample treats from some of the area's best food trucks, or shop at the Holiday Marketplace. Gates are open Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Single-event ticket holders receive free parking, and children under 12 are admitted free.

Arizona Balloon Classic

It begins with a flurry of activity. Balloon operators prepare for lift-off, checking equipment and tossing ropes as spectators wander the grounds, observing the action. And then it reaches a new level: dozens of balloons take flight at once, filling the crisp January dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds that rival the colors around them. The Arizona Balloon Classic's orbs then set off on an aerial hare-and-hound race, drawing cheers from below as onlookers snap pictures.

For one weekend each year, visitors gather on the grounds to snap pictures and watch the balloons inflate and lift-off outside the Fear Farm Entertainment & Sports Complex for the Classic––a three-day festival celebrating hot-air balloon flight and culture. But the fun doesn't end with the descent to earth. After sunset the tethered balloons begin to glow, lighting up for the DESERT GLOWS portion of the festivities. Attendees browse exhibits and feast on treats from a variety of vendors, and children play in the Family Fun Zone. Last, on Saturday evening, sparks give balloons a run for their money, springing through the sky in a stunning fireworks display.

Customer Reviews

It was lots of fun! My kids loved it, already making plans to go back next year! Only negative, loading money on to the card and using that with vendors. Did not like that system at all!
Lila G. · December 29, 2013
An am amazing experience! To see a hot air balloon be inflated and take off was a pretty amaizng experience
Jessica R. · December 20, 2013
Great family outing, loved it will be going back next year for sure!
Marilyn F. · December 20, 2013
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