Make sure to take a few minutes to look to the sky the weekend of October 14th-16th. You may just see some hot air balloons. That’s because the Carolina Balloon Festival is returning for the first time in two years. The festival takes place near the Satesville Regional Airport (260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC 28677). The weekend festivities include live music on the main stage, tethered balloon rides, an Artisan Village, Kids Zone, NC wine & craft beer garden, festival food, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the picturesque views of the balloon launches which take place in the early morning and late afternoon.
Tickets for the festival are $20 in advance or $25 at the event. You can also choose to purchase a weekend pass which is $40 in advance or $45 at the event and valid for all three days of the festival. Children under the age of 12 receive free admission. Balloon rides are available to be booked and cost $325 per person.
The Carolina Balloon Festival is part of the National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. They have donated over $787,000 to local nonprofits thanks to the festival, which continues their mission of preserving the heritage of hot air ballooning in Iredell County. You can get more info on the event here.