Festival Schedule

Time EventsPlace

Friday July 30th

2:00 PMGates OpenMain Gate
2:00 PMVendors and Kids Areas OpenVendor Area
2:00 PMBeer and Wine Tents Opens3C Beer and Wine Tent
3:00 PM to 5:00 PMLive BandThe BonedaddiesMain Stage
4:00 PM to 9:00 PMTethered RidesTethered Balloon Rides (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
5:30 PM to 8:30 PMLive BandBand #2 To be announcedMain Stage
5:30 PMFlight BriefingPilot's Tent
6:00 PMBalloon LaunchEvening Flight #1 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
8:00 PMBeer and Wine Tent Closes3C Beer and Wine Tent
8:30 PMVendors CloseVendor Area
8:16 PMSunset
8:30 PM to 9:00 PMBalloon Glow #1 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
10:00 PMFestival Grounds Close

Saturday, July 31st

5:45 AMFlight BriefingPilot's Tent
6:00 AMFree Admission for Morning FlightMain Gate
6:05 AMSunrise
7:10 AMBalloon LaunchMorning Flight #1 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
2:00 PMGates OpenMain Gate
2:00 PMVendors and Kids Areas OpenVendor Area
2:00 PMBeer and Wine Tents Opens3C Beer and Wine Tent
3:00 PM to 5:00 PMLive BandSaved by ZeroMain Stage
4:00 PM to 9:00 PMTethered RidesTethered Balloon Rides (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
5:30 PM to 8:30 PMLive BandBand #2 To be announcedMain Stage
5:30 PMFlight BriefingPilot's Tent
6:00 PMBalloon LaunchEvening Flight #2 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
8:15 PMSunset
8:30 PM to 9:00 PMBalloon Glow #2 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
10:00 PMFestival Grounds Close

Sunday, August 1st

5:45 AMMorning Flight BriefingPilot's Tent
6:00 AMFree Admission for Morning FlightMain Gate
6:06 AMSunrise
7:10 AMBalloon LaunchMorning Flight #2 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
2:00 PMGates OpenMain Gate
2:00 PMVendors and Kids Areas OpenVendor Area
2:00 PMBeer and Wine Tents Opens3C Beer and Wine Tent
3:00 PM to 5:00 PMLive BandThe Mayo BrothersMain Stage
4:00 PM to 9:00 PMTethered RidesTethered Balloon Rides (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
5:30 PM to 8:30 PMLive BandBand #2 To be announcedMain Stage
5:30 PMFlight BriefingPilot's Tent
6:00 PMBalloon LaunchEvening Flight #3 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
8:00 PMBeer and Wine Tent Closes3C Beer and Wine Tent
8:30 PMVendors CloseVendor Area
8:14 PMSunset
8:30 PM to 9:00 PMBalloon Glow #3 (Weather Permitting)Balloon Launch Area
10:00 PMFestival Ends

Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival is July 30th, 31st and August 1st!

All ballooning activities including static display, tethered rides and balloon flights are weather-dependent.  The decision to inflate hot air balloons is made just prior to the scheduled ballooning activity.  Please note that due to the popularity of our festival, our admissions booths will close when we reach maximum capacity. This is a decision out of our control and made by local law enforcement.  Tickets are non-refundable.