What is General Admission?

General admission to the Lancaster Balloon Festival grounds includes:

  • Experience to walk among the balloons as they prepare the mass ascension (many hot air balloons taking off at the same time).
  • Entry into food tent featuring soft pretzels, chicken bbq, cheesesteaks, vegan, funnel cake, ice cream, and more!
  • Up-front view of the balloon glows (Fri-Sat) and fireworks (Sat)
  • Audience to the main stage featuring magic shows, live music, reptile shows, family entertainment, and more!
The following activities are INCLUDED in general admission and are available for purchase at the event.
  • Bounce Houses
  • Corn Maze
  • Tethered Balloon Ride
  • Amish Buggy Rides
  • Brand New obstacle courses
  • Rock wall & trampolines
  • Euro bungee
  • Corn maze
  • Tractor hayride
  • Large lawn games – Jenga, checkers, etc. 
  • Balloon walkthrough 
  • Zipline
Festival Admission Ticket Refund Policy

General admissions pass purchases are non-refundable and all sales are final. If any festival days are canceled due to weather, unused tickets will be honored for the following year.

General Admission Passes

Select one of the festival days below

Sep 16 Friday
3pm-10pm
$7.50-$15 Single Pass
General Admission
Sep 17 Saturday
7am-10pm
$12.50-$25 Single Pass
General Admission
Sep 18 Sunday
7am-7pm
$7.50-$15 Single Pass
or Family Pass
General Admission
Festival Admission Ticket Refund Policy

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

If any festival days are canceled due to weather, unused tickets will be honored for the following year.

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Plan Ahead for a Successful Trip to the Festival

Rule #1 — Arrive Early. As we get closer to our morning and evening ascensions (but especially the evening), traffic will greatly increase and road congestion around the festival is common. Remember — To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is… disappointing.

Rule #2 — Pack only what you need. Keep your valuables at home – The festival organizers are not responsible for personal items.

Rule #3 — Dress for success by wearing light-colored clothing, baseball caps/wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.

Rule #4 — Obey the no-no list:

  • No Drones
  • No Outside food/beverages
  • No Pets (except service animals)
  • No Lawn chairs/blankets on the field*

*Lawn chairs and blankets are tripping hazards for balloon crew and attendees, therefore they cannot be used on the field. Lawn chairs and blanks may be used in the Stage area. Please contact us with further questions.

Enjoy The Festival!

2022 Schedule of Events

Friday Night: Sept. 16, 2022


  • 7:00 AM — Media Flight – 5-10 Hot Air Balloons with local media to promote the event.
  • 3:00 PM — Gate Opens – Stage begins, hayrides, bounce houses, kids tent, food, and drinks, tethered rides “WEATHER DEPENDENT
  • 5:30 PM — Mass Ascension Balloon Launch – Hot Air Balloons launch and fly away from the event field.
  • 8:00 PM — Balloon Glow – Hot Air Balloons Return to the launch field and set up in the dark to “glow”

Saturday: Sept. 17, 2022


  • 7:00 AM — Mass Ascension Balloon Launch
  • 12:00 PM Gate Opens – Stage begins, hayrides, bounce houses, kids tent, food, and drinks, tethered rides “WEATHER DEPENDENT
  • 5:30 PM — Mass Ascension Balloon Launch – Hot Air Balloons launch and fly away from the event field
  • 8:00 PM — Balloon Glow – Hot Air Balloons return to the launch field and set up in the dark to “glow”
  • 9:00 PM — Fireworks

Sunday: Sept. 18, 2022


  • 7:00 AM — Mass Ascension Balloon Launch
  • 12:00 PM Gate Opens- Stage begins, hayrides, bounce houses, kids tent, food, and drinks, tethered rides “WEATHER DEPENDENT
  • 5:30 PM — Mass Ascension Balloon Launch – Hot Air Balloons launch and fly away from the event field
  • 7:00 PM — Event Closes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Balloons will launch at 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM. During the day, if the weather cooperates there will be tethered rides available for a fee and a walk through balloon for attendees to go inside (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.

Is there a cost for the corn maze, bounce houses, hay rides and other on-site activities?

Yes, we will have wristbands for sale at the gate that will provide unlimited access to the 5-acre corn maze, 10-12 bounce houses, hay rides, and balloon walk-thru.  Wristbands are $5 for ages 3 years and up. Children under 3 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Tethered balloon rides are available for purchase at the festival. $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 13 and under.

Amish Buggy Rides will be available at an additional cost.

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 is available as well as back up parking within walking distance of the event.

Does parking cost anything

For the 2022 festival there is no parking fee.

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 tickets 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 Friday and 12PM on Saturday and Sunday.

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, hayrides, rock walls games 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?

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

Can I purchase tickets at the gate on the day of the event?

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

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