FAQ - General Frequently Asked Questions about the Festival


Can I bring my pets?

NO! Please leave your pets at home, regardless of size, training or leash. Visitors with pets may be asked to leave the park with no refunds available.

Service animals are welcome.


How much is Parking?

Parking at the Remote Lot is $10/day with a Free Shuttle to and from the Fairgrounds. Parking at the Fairgrounds is $20/day. You will receive a ticket upon entry. Please keep your ticket on your dash. The ticket gives you in and out privileges all day. You can see locations of the parking on the Parking page.

The Harvard Balloon Fest encourages the use of the UPNW Metra train line if you are coming from the Chicagoland area. You can find maps and train times on the Metra website. There will be Free Shuttle service to and from the Fairgrounds from the Metra station.

Can I use the ticket the next day?

No. The ticket each day will be a different color. 

Inflatable Rides and Extreme Rides

5 ride tickets for $20 OR Unlimited rides with Wrist band on day of purchase (Friday-$20. Saturday -$30. Sunday – $30)

Wristbands are good for the DAY PURCHASED ONLY.

FRIDAY WRISTBANDS ($20) give you unlimited rides/access to all inflatables,  inflatable interactive activities AND all Extreme rides (Rock Wall, Euro Bungy, and Zip Line) on Friday from 4PM-11PM.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY WRISTBANDS ($30) gives you unlimited rides/access to all inflatables, inflatable interactive activities, AND all Extreme rides (Rock Wall, Euro Bungy, and Zip Line) from 12PM-11PM on Saturday or Sunday. 

Can I pay with a credit card at the festival?

NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED at the Festival. Individual Vendors may accept Credit Cards at their discretion. 

What if I lose my wristband?

Sorry, we cannot replace wristbands which are lost.

I only rode one ride and have to leave, can I get a refund?

Sorry, no refunds.

I have a toddler, can I go in the inflatable with them and do I need a wristband?

Toddlers are restricted by height/weight (see Height/Weight Restrictions). Parents can go into a bouncer if needed without a wristband. Interactive games and Extreme Rides will require a wristband for each participant. Toddler playlands are not designed to hold up a parent’s weight, but parents can reach over the side walls to scoop up a little one if required.

Where can I buy my wristbands?

Wristbands are sold at the Balloonfest Fairgrounds ONLY.

Outside Food and Drinks

Can I bring a picnic lunch?

Yes. You may bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and lawn chairs and pick a spot on the Spectator Field.

NO GLASS. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL is permitted.   Alcohol may only be purchased and consumed in the beer garden/tent.


Will there be ATMs available?

Yes, we will have ATMs available.


When near Harvard Tune to 101.3FM WHIW for Balloon Festival related information during the event.

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