12th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival
June 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2018

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. Benefiting Chester County Hero Fund

  • 100+ Vendors
  • Live Bands
  • Balloons & Glows
  • Kid Activities
  • Fireworks
Chester County Balloon Festival

Celebrating our 12th 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 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2018. 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 12th 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 June 22nd

  • 4:00PM Gates Open, hay wagon shuttle begins, Vendors open for lunch
  • 4:30PM Skydive Flag Jump and National Anthem sung by Kevin Pierce, Chief of Police, City of Coatesville, PA
  • 4:45PM Jet Car Demonstration
  • 5:00PM
    • Tethered Balloon Rides Start, weather and safety permitting. Tickets sold on the field only.
    • Remote Control Plane Demo
    • Balloon Pilot Briefing
    • 5:45PM Paragliding Show
    • 5:30-6:30PM Balloon Setup begins
    • 6:30PM (close) – Music by The Rose Project
      • Balloon launch, weather and safety permitting
    • 8:30PM Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting
    • 9:00PM Festival closes

Saturday June 23rd

  • 5:15AM Balloon Pilot Briefing
  • 5:30AM-7:00AM Balloons launch, weather and safety permitting, spectators are welcome with free admission and parking. Spectators will be cleared and expected to leave the airport before gates open or pay at the gate at 2pm.
  • 1:30PM to 10:30PM Airport Runway closed
  • 2:00PM
  • 2:30PM – 2:45PM Jet Car Demo
  • 3:00PM
  • 3:30PM Kids ballooning workshop in Aviation Center
  • 4:30PM
  • 4:45PM – 5:00pm Jet Car Demonstration
  • 5:00PM Remote Control Plane Demo
    • Balloon Pilot Briefing
  • 5:45PM - Paragliding Show
  • 6:00PM Music by The Rose Project
  • 6:30PM Balloons launch, weather and safety permitting
  • 8:00PM – 10:00PM (close) Music by Half Past Seven
    • 8:30PM Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting
    • 9:30PM Fireworks (rain date Sunday)

Sunday June 24th

  • 5:00AM to 8:00AM Airport Runway closed
  • 5:15AM Balloon Pilot Briefing
  • 5:30-6:30AM Balloons launch, weather and safety permitting, spectators are welcome with free admission and parking. Spectators will be cleared and expected to leave the airport before gates open or pay at the gate at noon         
  • 12:00PM Gates Open, hay wagon shuttle begins, Vendors open for lunch
  • 1:00PM Fire Truck Parade
  • 2:00PM Victory Beer Garden open for beer and wine – until 7:00PM (close)
    • Music by the Tommy Froelich Band – until 4:00PM
  • 2:30PM Jet Car Demonstration
  • 3:30PM Kids ballooning workshop in Aviation Center
  • 4:00PM Tethered Balloon Rides Start, weather and safety permitting
  • Music by Half Past Seven – until 7:00PM (close)
  • 4:45PM Jet Car Demonstration
  • 5:00PM Remote Control Plane Demo
  • Pilot briefing
  • 5:00-8:00PM Airport runway closed
  • 5:45PM Paragliding Show – until 6:00PM
  • 6:30PM Balloon Launch, weather and safety permitting

Rain Date from Saturday Night events, if applicable

  • 5:00PM-10:00PM Airport runway closed
  • 6:30-8:30PM Tethered balloon rides, weather and safety permitting
  • 8:30PM Balloon glow, weather and safety permitting
  • 9:30PM Fireworks
Presented By Victory Beer

Stop by the Victory Beer Garden for an opportunity to try some of the craft beer industry’s best beer. The beer garden is located near the food trucks. Please refer to the festival schedule for wine and beer open times. Drinking age is 21. Must show Proof.

Victory Brewing Company is proud to present this year’s Victory Beer Garden at the Chester County Balloon Festival! Stop by the Beer Garden to #TasteVictory with a cold, refreshing Summer Love. The Victory Brewpub on Wheels will also be serving up taproom favorites!

Read More : Victory Beer Garden
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.

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.

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Victory is changing ballooning traditions we hope forever in Chester County! Share Victory not champagne!

Welcome a balloon to your land in your yard. Lay white sheets in form of an “X” to let the pilots know they have your permission to land on your property. As a thank you, you will be entered into a raffle to win entrance tickets to local attractions, local restaurants gift certificates, or gift cards just to name a few.

Read More : Landowner Appreciation Raffle by Victory Brewing! A Thank You To Our Landowners
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
Festival Bands

All three days at the festival we have bands play to keep you entertained. This year's entertainment includes Half Past Seven, Brian McConnell & Tommy Froelich Trio.

Band Schedule

See Festival Events Schedule for times and days.

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Special Personalties

CEO and Family Man Ken Cage to join us at Chester County Balloon Festival

Ken Cage is IRG's president and co-owner. He has completed over 2,000 repossessions of all asset types including: boats, airplanes, construction equipment, trucks, buses, RV's and even racehorses.

His repossessions have exceeded $400,000,000 and have been completed in 44 states and over a dozen countries. Needless to say, banks love Ken. Not only does IRG secure the unpaid for assets, they also remarket them. This means IRG turns these repossessed assets into cash for the bank. "That's money that can be loaned again," says Cage, "so, in a way, I'm giving money back to the people."

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