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 Fairgrounds is free.
The Harvard Balloon Fest encourages the use of the UPNW Metra train line if you are coming from the Chicago 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.
INFLATABLES AND EXTREME RIDES
WHERE DO I PAY FOR INFLATABLE AND EXTREME RIDES?
Sold at Balloon Fest Fairgrounds
Five ride tickets for $20 OR
With Wristband, unlimited rides on day of purchase ($20)
CAN I GO IN THE INFLATABLE WITH MY TODDLER, 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 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 Balloon Fest Fairgrounds ONLY.
Good ONLY for the day purchased.
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 4 PM – 11 PM.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY WRISTBANDS ($20) gives you unlimited rides/access to all inflatables, inflatable interactive activities, AND all Extreme Rides (Rock Wall, Euro Bungy, and Zip Line) from 12 Noon – 11 PM on Saturday or Sunday.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY WRISTBAND?
Sorry, but we cannot replace lost wristbands.
I ONLY RODE ONE RIDE AND HAVE TO LEAVE; CAN I GET A REFUND?
Sorry, but there are no refunds.
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.
ATMs will be available at the park.
OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK
CAN I BRING A PICNIC LUNCH?
Yes. You may bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and lawn chairs, and then pick a spot on the Spectator Field.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRINKS?
NO GLASS OR OUTSIDE ALCOHOL permitted.
Alcohol may only be purchased and consumed within the fenced boundaries of the festival.
WILL THERE BE ATMs AVAILABLE?
Yes, we will have ATMs available.