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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 Lancaster Balloon Festival!
It was a beautiful weekend!

“I was there for all 3 days. Had such a great time, can’t wait for next year. I made my reservations for where I stayed for next year.”
Helen K., Facebook

“The balloon ride was an amazing experience and would definitely pay to do it again. That was one experience off of my bucket list. Now I am planning a trip in the future to another balloon festival.”
Danelle C.., Facebook

“The best 2 weeks this summer spent in Lancaster. We attended the balloon festival, went to Sight and Sound, rode the back roads seeing Amish farms, did a few tours, and shopped. We love the area. Already made my reservations for next year’s 2 weeks around the festival dates.”
Pamela W., Facebook

“Best weekend ever from seeing the mass ascensions to the glows to our ride! We loved every minute of it.”
Leah P., Facebook

“I was there with my family all three days and enjoyed the morning show and night show with the fireworks. Beautiful!”
Tina T., Facebook

“I had a great time. We got there at noon on Saturday, did the tethered ride, got something to eat then set up our chairs and waited to see the balloon launch and the glow ones.”
Jen S., Facebook

Thank you for a great time! Looking forward to next year!”
Jon R., Facebook



Festival Highlights

Mass Ascension Balloon & Balloon Flights

Come to Fly or Just to Watch!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday AM & PM Flights*

Join us from the air OR the ground!
Enjoy this amazing spectacle as dozens of colorful balloons take flight together at sunrise & sunset. *Balloon flights and ascensions weather permitting.

Want to fly in one of the Balloons?
$350/person | Flight Time: 30-60 min

Mass Hot Air Balloon Glow

Friday & Saturday Night starting at 8pm
Free w/ General Admission

Watch a spectacular show of balloons igniting their to illuminate the evening sky with dazzling colors!

Walk among the balloons as we acknowledge each attending pilot during our Balloon Pilot Round up.

General Admission Required

Have questions? See our FAQs section >

Tethered Rides

Friday Through Sunday
3-5min flight | Purchase at Festival

Purchase tickets on-site ($20 Adults / $10 Children) for a short, gentle float up to about 40 feet for one of the best views in Lancaster County

Hare & Hound Race

Friday, Saturday, Sunday AM

The First balloon in flight will drop a marker right before landing. The following balloons will “race” to be the closest to land near the marker!

Saturday Night Fireworks (after Glow)

Saturday Night at 9pm
Free w/ General Admission

After the Saturday night balloon glow, we’ll really light up the night sky with a professional fireworks display. General admission required.

Niels Duinker,
Comedy Juggler

Friday thru Sunday

World-class juggling, high-energy comedy, and enough charisma to charm any audience to their feet.

Live Music

Friday through Sunday

Featuring local artists — Garret Shultz, Tyler Short, Bobby Law, and the Trey Alexander Band.

Bounce Houses, Corn Maze, Hay Rides & Balloon Walk

Friday Through Sunday

$5 wristbands for purchase on-site. 12-15 bounce houses, 5-acre corn maze, hayrides, and balloon walk.

Reptiles, Music, and Family Entertainment

Friday through Sunday
Free w/ General Admission

Featuring: Silly Joe Signs Kids Show & Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary

PA Dutch Food & Food Truck Festival

Friday thru Sunday

Featuring home-style food from Bird-in-Hand Restaurant and local food trucks.

Buggy Rides

Friday through Sunday

Rides sold on-site — Loop around country roads in an authentic Amish buggy

From The Air | From the Ground

Fly on a Balloon

Book a ticket for a ride on one of the festival balloons and lift off with the dozens of balloons that will dot the Lancaster County horizon. Morning and evening flights are available Friday-Sunday.

Fun on the Ground

Not flying in a balloon? No problem! With a general admission pass you can watch the majestic scene of mass balloon launch and balloon glows while enjoying lots of food and entertainment.

Have questions? See our FAQs section >

Balloon Festival Map

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I see balloons and do balloons go up all day or is it only at the scheduled times?

Wind and weather permitting, Balloons will launch at 7:00AM and 5:30PM.

During the day, again, if the wind and weather cooperates there will be tethered rides available for a fee.

There will also be a walkthrough balloon for attendees to go inside and explore (walk through is included with admission)

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.


There will also be:

  • bounce houses, sliding boards
  • Additional sliding boards
  • Brand New obstacle courses
  • Trampolines
  • Corn maze
  • Tractor hayride
  • Large lawn games – jenga, checkers, etc. 
  • Balloon walk through 
Is there a cost for the corn maze, bounce houses, hay rides and other on-site activities?

Music stage, food truck area, fireworks, corn maze, bounce houses, hay rides, and other activities are included in the price of a general admission pass.

Tethered balloon rides are available for purchase at the festival.

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

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

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.

See weather updates

Where is the parking?

Free on-site parking will be available Thursday – Saturday in the field next to the festival grounds with additional parking available at two nearby parking lots. Parking on Sunday will be $10 per vehicle.

Does parking cost anything

Free on-site parking is available Thurs-Sat. Parking will be $10 per vehicle on Sunday. Back-up parking is also available and will be within walking distance of the event.

Is this a dog-friendly event?

No pets, but service animals are welcome

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 and how high are the tethered rides?

3-5 minutes and fly up to 25 to 50 feet depending on the weather.

Is there a fee to get in?

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

What is the refund policy for general admission tickets?

General admissions pass purchases are non-refundable and all sales are final.

Should we bring lawn chairs/blankets?

Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted.

What is the address of the event?

2727 Old Philadelphia Pike Bird in Hand, PA 17505

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!

Are there handicapped accessible balloons?

Yes! We do have some handicap accessible balloons available.

How many balloons will there be?

20+ balloons at this event.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed at the festival?

No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the festival.

Are coolers allowed at the festival?

No coolers will be allowed.

When should I arrive at the Festival?

As early as possible, there will be a lot to do for all ages and you’ll want to claim your spot on the field for the best view of the stage and the launch field. Gates open at 3PM on Thursday and Friday, 1PM on Saturday and 3PM on Sunday. See our schedule for more info

What types of entertainment are happening at the Lancaster Balloon Festival?

The stage is going to be filled with local bands, kids’ shows, reptile shows, and more. There will also be bounce houses,  sliding boards, obstacle coures, balloon walkthrough, hayrides and more for kids and adults all included with a general admission ticket. And of course, if the weather cooperates there will be balloon launches, tethers, glows, and displays!

How can I purchase tickets for the Lancaster Balloon Festival?

Balloon Flight Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, until sold out!

General Admission passes can be bought here.

Can I purchase flight tickets or general admission passes at the gate on the day of the event?

Flight Tickets will most likely sell out a week or two in before the festival. So book your flight now. You can ask at the gate if there are any open capacity for flights.

General admission passes will be available at the gate but we anticipate selling out so purchase ahead of time online!

About the 2021 Balloon Festival Overview

The Lancaster Balloon Festival was a one-of-a-kind event in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Hosted in the village of Bird-in-Hand, PA the festival features the mass launch of dozens of big, beautiful balloons, family entertainment, fireworks, delicious food, Amish goods, and even buggy rides! This was a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages with good food and music in the heart of Lancaster Amish Country.

Festival Dates & Location:

Festival Dates:
Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 — 3 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 — 12 pm to 10 pm
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 — 12 pm to 6 pm

View the Detailed Schedule of Events

Festival Address (directions)
2727 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird in Hand, PA 17505

How much do general admission passes cost?
Daily Passes – $10-$20 (buy here)
Weekend Passes – $20-$140 (buy here)

Balloon Ascensions:

Friday: 6:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am and 6:00 pm
Sunday: 6:00 am and 6:00 pm 
*ascensions are wind and weather permitting

Want to fly in a balloon?
Pre-purchased flight tickets required – Book A Balloon Flight Ticket

Do you have fly to enjoy the balloon ascensions? No! Spectating from the ground is just as magical.

How much does a flight ticket cost?
Flight Tickets – $350/person (buy here)

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