Your Guide to North Carolina BalloonFest 2017

North Carolina Balloonfest
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The North Carolina BalloonFest will take to the skies once again this October. A beautiful showcase of colorful hot-air balloons that float in the sky above North Carolina, the festival draws in a crowd of 40,000 people.

(Read: North Carolina BalloonFest Pro Tips)

North Carolina BalloonFest Dates and Location

North Carolina BalloonFest is held near Statesville Regional Airport at 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC, from October 20-22, 2017.

Festival hours are 3 pm-8:30 pm on Friday, October 20, 7am-8:30 pm on Saturday, October 21, and 7 am-6:30 pm on Sunday, October 22.

North Carolina Balloonfest
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What Is There To Do at NC BaloonFest?

The BalloonFest happens come rain or shine. Hot-air balloons are sent into the sky twice during the day, once early in the morning and once late in the afternoon.

The festival also features other fun activities including street food, beer and wine tasting, arts and crafts, a chance to walk inside a hot air balloon — and if you’re feeling flush you can book a ride in a hot air balloon.

North Carolina BalloonFest Tickets

Advance tickets are available beginning August 15th.

North Carolina Balloonfest
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Getting To and From North Carolina BalloonFest

Air – The nearest airport is Statesville Regional Airport, which is right next to the festival site.

Taxi/Car – Parking is plentiful, but make sure you arrive early to get a spot near to the site.

Where to Stay for North Carolina BalloonFest

There is no onsite camping at the festival, however, some great nearby options include a 2- bed RV from $56 a night, a stunning lake-front house from $278 a night, which can sleep up to 7 people, or the nearby Sleep-Inn from $75 a night.

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