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

 No Entry Fee. No tickets are required to attend as the event is free to attend.

Only a parking fee if you choose to use one of the Festival lots.


Decisions to launch or glow are usually made within an hour of the scheduled event. WINDS GREATER THAN 8MPH may restrict balloon activities. Balloons only operate and will only be in the park to view near sunrise and sunset.

Balloon Launch windows are 5 PM-6 PM in the evening and 6:30 AM-7:30 AM in the mornings. Night Glows will start near dusk ~7:15 PM.

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.

Maps and Directions

The Balloon Fest encourages using the Metra UPNW line. A free shuttle will be available from the Train Station to the Fairgrounds.

Maps, including an interactive Google map for directions, is available here.


REMOTE PARKING $10 (open at 4PM on Friday and after Noon on Sat/Sun) Includes shuttle service.

HANDICAPPED PARKING at the Festival $10. (Must have displayed Handicapped Placard or License Plate) 

EARLY BIRD PREMIUM PARKING at the Festival $10. (Before Noon on Sat/Sun only – NO in/out privileges)

PREMIUM PARKING at the Festival $20 (After Noon – in/out privileges)

Some businesses not associated with the Harvard Balloon Fest near the Festival may offer parking for a fee.  Details are available here.

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