Schedule of Events
In 2023, organizers are excited to bring a hot air balloon festival back to Collierville, TN, a suburb just east of Memphis, TN.
The weekend of events include a mass ascension of balloons at sunrise each day and then in the afternoon the festival grounds will be opened at 3:00 pm as a ticketed event to enjoy carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, live music and later in the afternoon (after 6:00pm) tethered balloon rides (for additional fees) and then a balloon glow at dark. (Weather Permitting)
The afternoon will be a ticketed event. Festival hours are 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
The Collierville Balloon Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to raise money for educational needs in the community.
Please consider making a donation to the organization or sponsoring a family for our Friday Night Lights event for children and adults with special needs.
Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th – FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
On Friday, September 15th we will host a PRIVATE event from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm for children and adults with special needs and their families.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th
Collierville Balloon Festival will be open to the public September 16th & 17th.
MASS ASCENSION AROUND SUNRISE
Come super early in the morning to see the balloons launch from the field just before sunrise each morning and take flight in the sky.
For morning sessions, the grounds will be open at 6:00 am and will be open until approximately 9:00 am.
(Actual times may vary. Weather permitting)
The Mass Ascension in the early mornings are a FREE event.
For Ticketed Event
Gates open at 3:00 pm and close at 10:00 pm
Purchase tickets to enjoy:
• Live music featuring David Morris, Almost Famous and more
• Arts and crafts vendors
• Food Trucks and food vendors
• Kids' Zone sponsored by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
• Carnival rides and midway games*
• Tethered balloon rides**
• Evening balloon glow**
*Additional fees for carnival rides and midway games.
** Tethered Balloon Rides are $20 per person and will begin after 6:00 pm but are dependent on the weather. Evening Balloon Glow will begin after sunset and dependent on the weather. Times may vary.
We have an amazing kids' zone with Ninja Gym, 901 Goats and four inflatables thanks to Bounce in the South Party Rentals. Plus between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday we will have special characters to meet and greet and photo opportunities.
Schedule a Balloon Flight – $300 per person
The Collierville Balloon Festival will have a LIMITED number of balloon flights available for sale for Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th in the early morning around sunrise and early evening. Flights typically occur about an hour before sunset but vary depending on weather conditions and wind speeds. These balloons will take off from the field on Maynard Way. A ticket to the balloon festival must also be purchased to do a balloon flight. Balloon flights are 100% weather permitting.
The cost for a balloon ride is $300 per person plus booking fees. Click here to book your balloon ride.
Weather conditions for ballooning are best just after sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset. Light, ideal winds (4-6 mph) often occur during these times. During the day, when the sun is high, thermals (large bubbles of hot air that rise from the sun-heated earth) make ballooning hazardous. All balloon activities are dependent on the weather - if the winds are too high, they may not fly, tether or glow.
Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent,
taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.