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Harvard Balloon Festival

September 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - September 3, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

Wepa Cuisine will be serving up fresh, authentic Puerto Rican food at the Harvard Balloon Festival this year!

From the Harvard Balloon Festival

2nd Annual Harvard Balloon Fest will host over 20 hot air balloons over Labor Day Weekend.

Friday 4PM-11PM
Saturday 6AM-11PM
Sunday 6AM-11PM

Activities for the entire family. Scheduled this year: More spots available for purchase of Hot Air Balloon Rides during one of the 5 scheduled ascensions $320/person. Children must be accompanied by adult. Other restrictions may apply. (Must pre-register with our Vendor Lake Geneva Balloon Company – LGBC will start booking flights August 1st. Watch FB and Website for link when available), $20 tethered balloon rides and NEW THIS YEAR – Handicapped wheel chair acessible tethered balloon rides on Saturday and Sunday evenings), $40 helicopter rides, 5K Run/Walk &10K Run With the Balloons 7AM Saturday Morning (preregister online at www.raceentry.com), 16 different live bands on 2 musical stages (FREE), Movie in the Park after each Night Glow (FREE) [Fri-Disney’s Balloon Farm, Sat-Around the World in 80 Days, Sun-Classic Wizard of Oz] , Photo Contest with Prizes (Fee) (3 levels: Student, Amateur, and Pro) , Unlimited Inflatable and extreme rides with wrist band purchase (Fee) (NO individual ride tickets will be sold), Pony Rides (Fee), Knockerball (Fee), Carnival Games (Fee), Magic Show(FREE), Yard Games (FREE) – Cornhole AKA Bags, other yard games, Open Air Market, Business Expo, 30 different food vendors, 2 Beer Tents.

NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, even cooler. Outside food ok.


ATTENDANCE IS FREE. HOWEVER, there is a PARKING FEE. Remote parking is $10 with free shuttle service. Parking at the Festival is considered premium parking and will be $20. Handicapped Parking with handicapped placards/license plates available at the festival grounds for $10. Some businesses near the park may offer parking for a fee. Avoid parking fee by taking NW Metra Rail. Free shuttle from Metra station to the festival.

IF YOU TRY TO COME TO THE FESTIVAL AFTER 3PM, BE PREPARED FOR TRAFFIC CONGESTION!!!!!!! Arrive before 3PM for less stress. When near Harvard Tune to 101.3FM WHIW for Balloon related information during the festival.

Decisions to launch or glow are usually made within an hour of the scheduled event. WINDS GREATER THAN 8MPH may restrict balloon activities. Balloons only operate near sunrise and sunset. Balloon Launch windows are 5pm-6pm in the evening and 6:30am-7:30am in the mornings. Night Glows will start near dusk ~7:15PM.

BALLOONS ARE NOT PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL BETWEEN THE MORNING LAUNCHES AND EVENING LAUNCHES except for tethered balloons.Tethered Rides operate for a few hours after sunrise and a few hours prior to Sunset and may cease when wind/weather conditions change.

TO BE CLEAR, THERE ARE NO BALLOONS AT THE FESTIVAL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. It is unsafe for balloons to operate in the middle of the day, which is why there are so many other activities to enjoy: rides, live music, games, shopping, food, and beer.


September 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
September 3, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
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Harvard Balloon Festival


Harvard Balloon Festival
City of Harvard Milky Way Park 300 Lawrence Road
Harvard, IL 60033 United States
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