Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning


 
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AUGUST 23-25, 2024 | HATBOX FIELD, MUSKOGEE
 
                                                         2023 Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning Highlight Video

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GENERAL ADMISSION ENTRANCE:    4000 Border Ave  Muskogee, OK
$20 per vehicle.  No public access through Love-Hatbox Sports Complex. Please have your money ready at the gate to hand to the parking attendant.  Event staff will be on the grounds should you have questions.  
FAQs:
What should I bring?  Lawn chairs and blankets.  There will be bleachers along the perimeter of the spectator field and picnic tables in the food vendor area with a tent. Shade structures are only allowed along the perimeter of the spectator field. 
Are pets allowed?  NO.  Pets (small or large) are not allowed. 
Is there handicap parking?  Yes, parking attendants will direct you to the designated handicap parking area.   
Is Premium Parking available? 
Yes, $40 (see map) passes must be purchased in advance. No Premium Parking Passes sold onsite. 
Can I bring my RV?  Yes. This is a great way to enjoy the Festival! Hot Air Balloons begin flying on Thursday evening for media flights and fly morning and evening throughout the 3-day event.  Weekend Rate - Thursday-Sunday -  BOOK YOUR STAY!
Are there admission fees to enter the event or concert?
 No, only the $20 parking fee.  There will be inflatables, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, food trucks, and vendors.  
Can I bring my cooler?  No coolers or outside food/drinks allowed inside the event.  Please support the food trucks and drink vendors on-site. 
Can I bring my drone?  No, drones are not allowed.  Cameras are welcome.
Event Activities available:  Visit the Food Trucks and Merchant Vendors!!
Kids Zone - Inflatables and activity booths -  FREE  (Kids area geared for age 10 and under.  We will have a giant slide for the "big' kids!) 
Tethered Rides: $20 per person, first come first serve.  Riders must be physically able to climb into the basket and stand unassisted.  It is the Balloon pilot’s discretion regarding number of riders and appropriate weight inside the basket.  Family/friends may be separated to ensure safety of each ride.  
Helicopter Rides: Pricing starting at $40 per person (flights up to 8 minutes). 2-3 person per flight.     
Event Schedule: Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm - August 23rd and 24th.  
Saturday and Sunday Competition Flights at sunrise are open to the public (no parking fee for entry). Live Broadcast of the competition flights will be available on our Facebook page.
 
2024 Schedule of Events
Reminder:
Balloons fly at sunrise and glow at sunset,
and are extremely limited to wind and weather permitting. 
General Admission Parking - $20 per car (4000 Border Ave).  Free entry into concert and midway/vendor area. 
Premium Parking - $40 per car (40th & Denver St). MUST pre-purchase pass for premium parking.   
Family Activities:  Kids Zone - Free (inflatables for age 10 and younger/activity booths); $20/person - tethered balloon rides; $40+/person helicopter rides;
Fun Zone - Axe Throwing and Escape Room provided by Show It Off (individual and group pricing available at event)
Friday August 23 
5:00 PM Festival opens to the Public - Food truck & beverage, Kids Zone, Helicopter Rides, Vendors  
6:00 PM National Anthem and Flag Jump presented by Love Bottling Co.
6:15 PM Tethered balloon rides begin
6:30 PM Live Music by Amber & Friends
7:30 PM Live Music by Lance Roark
8:00 PM Balloon Glow presented by Georgia Pacific
9:00 PM Fireworks Finale presented by Georgia Pacific
Saturday August 24
7:00 AM Balloon Activities begin - Competition Flying
7:30 AM Up, Up, and Away 5K Run

                9:00AM – 5:00PM Hatbox Field CLOSED
5:00 PM Festival opens to the Public -  Food Trucks & beverage, Kids Zone, Helicopter Rides, Vendors
6:00 PM National Anthem and Flag Jump presented by Love Bottling Co.
6:15 PM Tethered balloon rides begin
6:15 PM Live Music by John Fullbright
7:45 PM Live Music by King Cabbage Brass Band
8:00 PM Balloon Glow presented by Georgia Pacific
9:00 PM Fireworks Finale presented by Georgia Pacific
Sunday, August 25
7:00 AM  Balloon Activities begin - Competition Flying
 
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