Ticket price includes parking and gate admission. Passes are for a set carload of people who will be issued a wristband for the day or weekend. If you purchase a weekend pass, you can come and go as you like over the course of the three days. If you return to the fairgrounds, your car should only include members of that original party, still wearing their weekend wristbands.
Ticket price includes parking and gate admission for a single person.
To access the fair grounds, you will need to present a paper pass obtained at the BCT Box Office at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. or a printout of the receipt you will receive via email after purchase. You can also show your receipt on your smartphone.
Day passes will also be available at the gate for cash-only sales but the price increases to $20. Weekend passes are not available at the gate.
Join us for the 4th annual Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Fest
at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Our Kiwanis Club will support Riley Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, and other club projects with the funds generated by this festival. Come out to have fun and support important causes.
Festival highlights include balloon launches each evening (weather permitting). We will host 20 colorful, enormous hot air balloons and there is nothing more beautiful than to see these multicolored balloons ascend into the sky at dusk.
Another popular event of the Balloon Fest is the Night Glow. Following Friday and Saturday’s launch, the balloons return to the festival to conduct a Night Glow. The balloons are tethered to the ground and they use their propane heaters to light up the multicolored balloons. It is one of the most fascinating sights imaginable.
Food vendors will entice the taste buds and all types of entertainment will round out the weekend, including Kiwanis Idol, Cornhole Tournament, and our annual Health & Safety Family FUN! Fair. Enjoy a special appearance by Lee Greenwood on Friday night during the opening ceremony and fireworks on Saturday night.
Although the balloons are weather dependent, the event features many activities that are not affected by the weather. We ask for your support throughout the weekend so that we are to bring this awesome event back every year.
Balloon rides are not included in the purchase of your pass. Limited un-tethered balloon rides will be available for $250 per person. Tethered balloon rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 per person. All balloon activity is weather-dependent. You can enter to win a hot air balloon ride by donating non-perishable food to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
Oliver Winery, Cook Medical, IBEW Local #725, IU Health Riley Physicians, Monroe County Fairgrounds, & Midwest Color Printing
Some portion of the event will be held regardless of weather. Balloons will not fly if weather conditions are unfavorable. Refunds are not available. The festival will welcome hundreds of visitors over the weekend and the traffic accessing the fair grounds can get backed up. Please allow extra time to access parking.
Check the festival website
for a complete schedule of events.
Gates will be open:
3pm-10pm Friday, September 9th
6am-10pm Saturday, September 10th
6am-6pm Sunday, September 11th