September 17-19, 2021

Bird-in-Hand, PA

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2021 Festival Highlights

See the most anticipated events at this year’s festival!

Hot Air Ballon Glow

Hot Air Ballon Glow

Fri. & Sat. Night starting at 8pm

Saturday Night Fireworks (after Glow)

Saturday Night Fireworks (after Glow)

Sat. Night starting at approx. 9pm

Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival

Friday thru Sunday

Magic Show & Live Entertainment

Magic Show & Live Entertainment

Friday thru Saturday

Bounce House, Reptiles, and Family Entertainment

Bounce House, Reptiles, and Family Entertainment

Friday Thru Saturday

5 Acre Corn Maze

5 Acre Corn Maze

Friday thru Saturday

Car Show

Car Show

Saturday from 11-2

Amish Market

Amish Market

Enjoy local Amish-made food and goods

Buggy Rides

Buggy Rides

Explore the Lancaster County in a real Amish Buggy

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2021 Schedule of Events

Friday Night: Sept. 17, 2021

  • 3:00 PM — Gates open for Tethered Balloon Rides, Sponsors, Food, Vendors, Musical Stage, Corn Maze, Carnival, and More
  • 6:00 PM — 40+ Balloon Mass Ascension
  • 8:30 PM — Balloon Glow and Music Show


Saturday: Sept. 18, 2021

  • 6:00 AM — Gate Opens for Tethered Balloon Rides, Sponsors, Food, Vendors and Corn Maze
  • 7:00 AM — 40+ Mass Ascension and Balloon Competition
  • 11:00 AM – Car Show
  • 12:00 PM — Musical Stage opens for Local Musicians, Magicians, and other Family Shows
  • 6:00 PM — 40+ Balloon Mass Ascension
  • 8:30 PM — Balloon Glow and Music Show
  • 9:00 PM — Fireworks! (Sponsorship Available)


Sunday: Sept. 19, 2021

  • 6:00 AM — Gate Opens for Tethered Balloon Rides, Sponsors, Food, Vendors and Corn Maze
  • 7:00 AM — 40+ Mass Ascension and Balloon Competition
  • 12:00 PM — Musical Stage opens for Local Musicians, Magicians, and other Family Shows
  • 6:00 PM — 40+ Balloon Mass Ascension


I had a lovely experience as a birthday present from all of my girlfriends for my 50th!! It was simply BREATHTAKING!

We do not live that far but decided to stay overnight in Lancaster to see the Saturday morning launch and so glad my family and I did. What a wonderful display!! We were thankful for the free parking this morning and my grandson kept saying how awesome it was!! I do not know if we will be able to make it back for the rest of the event but what a wonderful start for the day and we look forward to coming back next year!!!

Highly recommend this festival. The best way to enjoy the beautiful lancaster country side with a very talented group of pilots. You wont find a more scenic balloon ride anywhere on the east coast.

We had a great experience for the Saturday morning launch. We expected traffic and gave ourselves plenty of time to arrive early and park. The balloons started to launch around 6:30 and continued for over 1/2 hours. It was awesome.

Awesome time with awesome friends!!! Only festival I’ve been to that you can get that up close and personal with the balloons!! Highly recommend!

The selection and variety of balloon designs are amazing, and I’ve seen them both during the day and at night when they lit up and it is extremely spectacular!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do balloons go up all day or is it only at the scheduled times?

Balloon Launches will be at 7 AM and 6:00 PM.

Are there things to do all day or should we just come at the launch times?

There will be music and shows all weekend long! Please see our schedule of events here.

What are the weather requirements for a balloon to be able to fly?

Balloons are of course very weather dependent and generally there can be no rain or thunderstorms in the area and the winds have to be stable and calm.

How do we know if flights are canceled?

Announcements will be made over the PA system at the festival, on our website and on Facebook.

Where is the parking?

Parking is on site as well as back up parking within walking distance of the event.

Does parking cost anything

For the 2021 festival there is no parking fee.

Is this a dog-friendly event?

The event does not allow pets except for service animals.

Is there an age requirement?

To fly in the balloons the age requirement is 6 and up but there is none to attend the event!

How long do tethered rides last?

25 to 50 feet depending on the weather

Is there a fee to get in?

Yes, general admission tickets will need to be purchased for the event. If you book a balloon ride, your general admission ticket is including in your balloon ticket.

Should we bring lawn chairs/blankets?

No lawn chairs or coolers, blankets are allowed.

What is the address of the event?

2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird In Hand PA

What is a balloon glow?

A balloon glow is a spectacular sight where the pilots set up their balloons after dark and use the burners and fire to make the balloons glow in the dark!

What is a Hound and Hare race?

A hound and hare race is a competition for the pilots to show off their skills! First one balloon launches, flys for about 15 minutes then lands and places an “X” on the ground. Then all the other balloons on the field launch and try to drop a sand bag on the “X” and the pilot the closest is the winner!

Are there handicapped accessible balloons?

Yes! we do have some handicap accessible balloons available.

How many balloons will there be?

40+ balloons at this event.

A Brief History of the Lancaster Balloon Festival

The Lancaster Balloon Festival began in 2010 as a partnership with the Bird-in-Hand Marathon in an event called Run, Ride, and Soar. Fortunately, both events have grown to a point where they can no longer be held at the same time at the Bird-in-Hand location. So, we are partnering with the Smucker Corporation and the local community to make this year’s Lancaster Balloon Festival better than ever.

As a result of separating the events into their own, it opens up some great possibilities for sponsorship from businesses looking to get their brand in front of an engaged audience both online and in-person at the event. In the past, we had not done much marketing for the event but for the 2019 event, we created a Facebook page and did a minimal amount of promotion and the event exceeded all expectations. We admittedly were overwhelmed by the response and this year is going to have much more infrastructure and entertainment in place.

Located in Bird-in-Hand, PA:
The Heart of PA Dutch Country

2727 Old Phila Pike,
Bird in Hand, PA 17505

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