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

Festival Events Schedule

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