The sky will glow with amazing colors when about 15 hot air balloons are inflated for the Cave Creek Balloon Festival. Come to Cave Creek for an evening of family fun and entertainment.
When is the Cave Creek Balloon Festival?
Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where is it?
This year it's back at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course, on the driving range. It is next to the Tonto Bar & Grill, 5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek. You can't park there, though. Parking will be in downtown Cave Creek at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. Parking cost is $5, and proceeds will go to Cave Creek Unified School District. Shuttles will make stops to bring people to and from the event.
What will happen?
Before it gets dark there will be live music, a local vendor market, food vendors and a Kidszone, with inflatable slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses. At about 5 p.m. Rainbow Ryders begin offering tethered hot air balloon rides. At sunset the hot air balloons begin inflating. Balloons will glow from approximately 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. After the balloon glow there will be a demo jump by the AZ Skyhawks skydiving team.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?
You may purchase your tickets in advance (extra fees may apply) online or at the gate. Ticket prices are $10 for each adult, $5 for each child age 12 and under, with children age 2 and under admitted free. Bring cash. VIP tickets are available in advance only.
Are there any single ticket discounts available?
Not that I know of.
What else should I know about the Cave Creek Balloon Festival?
While there are tethered balloon rides until dark, this isn't a balloon race like the big Albuquerque show. The hot air balloons are inflated but do not take off for this event. It's a smaller scale balloon glow event, with entertainment for the kids, live bands, fireworks, food and beverage, and lots of photo opportunities. No pets, no lawn chairs, no outside food or beverage.
See the next page for my tips about attending this event.
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What if I have more questions?
For more information, visit the Cave Creek Balloon Festival online.
Page 1: Cave Creek Balloon Festival: Schedule, Prices, Location
Page 2: Cave Creek Balloon Festival: Ten Things To Know Before You Go
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.