11th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival
New Garden Flying Field
June 23rd, 24th, 25th 2017

The Chester County Balloon Festival is the must attend event at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon PA. Filled with activities on–the-ground and in-the-air, the festival provides family fun for all ages.

  • 100+ Vendors
  • Live Bands
  • Balloons & Glows
  • Kid Activities
  • Fireworks
Free Admission for Morning Balloon Launches

On Saturday and Sunday morning during the Chester County Balloon Festival we plan on launching balloons starting at 5:30AM. Admission and parking is free. Be sure to arrive early so that you don’t miss the launch. Updates will begin at 5AM on Facebook.

Chester County Balloon Festival

Celebrating our 11th year, the Chester County Balloon Festival is a must attend event providing family fun for all ages. Experience Chester County and the unique and historic Del Val Region from the ground up! The Chester County Balloon Festival is a non-profit organization with portions of the proceeds going to the Chester County Hero Fund and other local youth community groups.

The popularity of the Chester County Balloon Festival has experienced incredible growth the past few years. We will be returning to our new home at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA on June 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2017. The airport is located at 1235 Newark Road just off Highway 1, allowing visitors from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York convenient access.

The expanded 3-day (Friday-Sunday) schedule highlights over 20+ hot air balloon taking flight twice per day, balloon glow featuring Special Shaped Balloon Rodeo, untethered and tethered balloon rides, and a walk-thru balloon. For a complete schedule of events, see the Festival Information page.

The ever popular Saturday Night Fireworks are back! Historically this is a crowd pleaser and we are very excited to have them back!

Read More : Welcome to the 11th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival at New Garden Flying Field!

Schedule is subject to change, please come back to this page regularly for updated info.

Friday

  • Free admission to aircraft until 5PM
  • 8:00 am-3:30 pm Vendor Set-up (Can arrive anytime)
  • 12:00 pm
    • Volunteer Meeting
  • 4:00 pm
    • Gates open to the public, drive in or fly in
    • Vendors Open
  • 4:30pm
    • Monster Truck rides start
  • 5:00 pm
    • Tethered Balloon Rides Start, weather and safety permitting. Tickets sold on the field only.
    • Remote Control Plane Demo
    • Balloon Pilot Briefing
    • Airport Runway Closed (5:00-10:00 pm)
  • 5:30-6:30 pm Balloon Setup begins
  • 6:00 pm Band begins
  • 6:30 pm Balloon launch, weather and safety permitting
  • 8:30 pm Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting

Saturday

  • Airport runway is closed 5am to 8am
  • Free admission to aircraft until 12 Noon
  • 5:15 am Balloon Pilot Briefing
  • 5:30-6:30 am Balloons launch, weather and safety permitting, spectators are welcome (no gate) Airport runway open at 8AM spectators cleared.
  • 12:00 pm
    • Kite demo 12-3pm
    • Airport Runway Closed (12:00-3:15 pm)
    • Gates open to public, drive in or fly in
    • Vendors open for lunch
    • Walk Through balloon begins, weather and safety permitting
    • Helicopter Rides (1:00-4:00 pm)
    • Kid Zone Open (12:30-9:00 pm)
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm Hops & Grapes Wine and Beer Garden Opens
  • 5:00 pm
    • Remote Control Plane Demo
    • Band begins
    • Balloon Pilot Briefing
    • Airport runway closed (5:00 pm-10:00 pm)
  • 6:30 pm Balloons launch, weather and safety permitting
  • 8:30 pm Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting
  • 9:30 pm Fireworks (rain date Sunday)

Sunday

  • Airport runway is closed 5am to 8am
  • Free admission to aircraft until 12 Noon
  • 5:15 am Balloon Pilot Briefing
  • 5:30-6:30 am Balloons launch, weather permitting, spectators are welcome (no gate) Airport runway open at 8AM spectators cleared.
  • 12:00 pm
  • 12:30 pm
    • Monster Truck rides start
    • Fire Truck Parade
  • 1:00 pm
    • Fireman Rescue Demos 1:00pm and 2:30pm
    • Tethered Balloon Rides 1:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 1:00 pm Band begins
  • 3:00 pm Band begins
  • 3:00-6:00 pm Tethered balloon Rides, weather and safety permitting
  • 5:00 pm
    • Remote Control Plane Demo
    • Pilot briefing
    • Airport runway closed (5:00-8:00 pm)
  • 6:30 pm Balloon Launch, weather and safety permitting

Rain Date from Saturday Night events, if applicable:

  • Airport runway closed (5:00 pm-10:00 pm)
  • 6:30-8:30 pm Tethered balloon rides, weather and safety permitting
  • 8:30 pm Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting
  • 9:30 pm Fireworks
Victory Beer Garden

Stop by the Wine and Beer Garden for an opportunity to try some of the craft beer industry’s best beer. The beer garden is located near the main stage and opens Friday at 4:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday at 11:00 am. Drinking age is 21. Must show Proof.

Read More : Hops & Grapes Wine and Beer Garden

This just in the R/C airplane show announced new for this year during the R/C show they will have a candy drop for the kids. Always something new at this years event. Thank you - Malchione Family.

Read More : RC Airplane Show + Candy Drop!
Future Aviators Kid Zone

Sponsored by the Future Aviator Camp instructor again this year, the Kids Zone is an interactive experience exhibit including flight simulators, remote control airplane simulators, aircraft riveting, fabric covering stations, paper airplane contests, and more.

Read More : Future Aviators Kid Zone
Area Attractions and Accommodations

Experience Chester County and the unique and historic Delaware Valley Region from the ground up!

Whether you are local or a visitor, we welcome you to be a tourist in our town – let the Festival show you around from a different angle. See the area from above floating with the wind in a hot air balloon; feel the wind on your face in an open cockpit plane; or do a fly by over a local attraction or historic town. Then plan a visit from the ground and discover the natural beauty, history, arts, antiques, mansions, and gardens of Southern Chester County. Explore the many tastes in the surrounding towns and dine at our farm to table restaurants and local craft breweries. Check out our many wineries by exploring the wine trail and come to rest at an historic Inn, farm stay or one of many elegantly appointed hotels

Featured Hotel of the Chester County Balloon Festival
Featured Hotel of the Chester County Balloon Festival, Courtyard Marriott Coatesville Pennsylvania

All three days at the festival we have bands play to keep you entertained. This year's entertainment includes Half Past Seven, Kelsey Coan, & Boy in Black.

Band Schedule

See Festival Events Schedule for times and days.

Read More : Festival Bands
Be A Diver – Learn to Dive for Free!

Try SCUBA in a heated pool! During the past fifteen years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at a DEMA “Be a Diver Pool”. Now it’s your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool (10 and 11 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult in the pool).

Read More : Be A Diver – Learn to Dive for Free!
Firefighter's Rescue Demo

On Sunday the Chester County Rescue Task Force will join us at the 10th Annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Chester County Rescue Task Force (CCRTF) was organized in 2009 at the direction of the Chester County Fire Chief’s Association to provide an organized technical rescue effort throughout Chester County. What is a “technical rescue”? A technical rescue is any situation that requires special tools or equipment, special techniques and special people with special training and experience. These situations may include heavy vehicle and machinery rescue, confined space rescue incidents, trench and excavation collapse or cave-in incidents, building collapses, swiftwater, ice and flood rescue scenes, mass transportation accidents, like train crashes or any man-made or natural disaster like tornadoes, hurricanes or explosions.

Read More : Firefighter's Rescue Task Force
KnockerBall

KnockerBall is coming to the Chester County Balloon Festival! Knockerball™ is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps.  Knockerballs™ range from 1.2 Meters to 1.5 Meters and the size or fit is predicated on your height.  Knockerballs™ can be used singularly to perfect your rolls, flips, and wheels.

Read More : KnockerBall
Monster Truck Rides

This year at the Chester County Balloon Festival you will be able to take a Monster Truck Ride around the Flying Field!

WGK Glass Art’s aim is to combine art and functionality to reach a wide spectrum of customers worldwide.  The exceptional craftsmanship and the wonderful details in its work make the pieces of this collection come of the most desirable in the glass world.

WGK Glass Art Studio is located at 1255 Newark Road, Toughkenamon, PA 19374

After this description, please include a link to their website, www.wgkglass.com.

Helicopter Rides

We fly and instruct in Robinson Helicopters, one of the most popular manufacturers of training helicopters in the world! We offer tours of the New Jersey shore points, as well as tours of Philadelphia, The Brandywine River Valley, and The Lancaster area.  We offer flight training for the soon to be available FAA Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilot Rating.

Helicopters Available For Photography, Site Seeing, Instruction & Special Events.

What is the Chester County Balloon Festival?

The Chester County Balloon Festival is a non-profit event with the proceeds going to the Chester County Hero Fund and several other local community groups. This hot air balloon festival is designed for families and kids of all ages featuring more than 20 balloons, including Special Shape Balloons. The Festival is located at New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Road, Toughkenamon PA.

I bought tickets online, when will I receive them?

Your tickets will be emailed to you within one hour of purchase. Please PRINT THIS EMAIL and show it at the gate. Check your spam box just in case, sometimes your spam settings are set very high which can mark our emails as spam accidentally. IF YOU ARE MISSING THE EMAIL HAVE IT RESENT HERE http://ccballoonfest.com/ticket/resend-my-tickets.html

What does it cost to go to the Festival?

Admission to the Festival is $15 per adult, $5 per child 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Advanced adult tickets can be purchased at a discount on our website.

Attendees can purchase tickets for hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, and helicopter rides for an additional fee.

Advance Online Ticket Sales will be available from Feb 15-Jun 12 (or until sold out) for all special events requiring advanced tickets. See ticket sales page for more details.

Multiple ATMs will be available onsite.

Are pets allowed at the festival?

NO pets are allowed at the Festival except Service Dogs (proper documentation required). This event attracts a large crowd which is not a good environment for pets.

Read More : Festival Facts

The Chester County Balloon Festival pilots and their crews, want everyone at the festival to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Here is some important information and safety tips for spectators.

Safety First

Hot Air Balloons are an aircraft, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), annually inspected, and operations are regulated. Balloon pilots hold an FAA Lighter-than-Air certificate limited to airborne heater. The pilots must have a current certificate, completed biannual flight reviews, and annual safety courses.

Read More : Festival Safety

Map to Chester County Balloon Festival