Arizona Balloon Classic 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona

A Balloon Festival in Northwest Phoenix

Arizona Balloon Classic

Judy Hedding 

About 25 balloon teams are expected to take part in the Arizona Balloon Classic at the 6th annual event in January 2019. Over the three day festival, thousands people will enjoy early evening balloon glows, morning balloon launches and landings, plus The Hare and Hound, a traditional hot air ballooning race. As one might expect, there will more than that going on — music, food, a family fun zone, and fireworks.

Dates & Times

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location

Arizona Balloon Classic activities will take place at Goodyear Ballpark – 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, Arizona 85338.

Price of Admission

For any one day – $15 at the gate. DISCOUNT ticket promotion starts Friday, November 23rd 2018 (Black Friday). Active Military and Children 12 & under are always FREE. Group ticket packages available. General parking $5.

Discount Ticket Info

Pair of tickets $22   This 25% discount expires December 24th, 2018

ABC8 CLASSIC PASS $65

$125 Value Includes:

  • 1 – All weekend/all event pass
  • 1 – Event t-shirt
  • 2 – Beer garden beverages (beer/wine)
  • 2 – Refreshments (soda/water)
  • 4 – Food sampling Offered Saturday January 26th, 10 am to 4 pm

Schedule of Events

The Arizona Balloon Classic – On Saturday & Sunday morning, January 26th & 27th .The sky will be filled with colorful hot-air Balloons participating in the thrilling “Hare & Hound” race from the grassy fields of the Goodyear Ballpark for a spectacular sight of mass and color. Spectators can walks on the field and experience the balloons inflation and lift off. Photo taking is invited!

Desert Glows: On Friday and Saturday evenings, January 25th & 26th are our most popular attended activities. A field full of illuminated, tethered hot-air Balloons will glow in time to Music.

Other Attractions: “Pre-booked” Hot-Air Balloon Rides, Family Fun Zone, Hot-Air Balloon “Tethered” Rides, Fireworks (Saturday ONLY) Live entertainment, Lunch at the Food Fest and many other exciting activities. Retail shopping and commercial exhibits for purchase or browsing.

StreetFoodfest: The 2nd Annual Street Foodfest is set to expand with some of the Valley’s best culinary teams including a “Beer Garden”, Food tasting, West Valley Chef demonstrations and Cooking School, Food eating contests, Live Music stage and more. Come hungry and stay awhile.”

Arizona Balloon Classic Tips

A balloon festival spans a lot of area and quite a bit of time during the day, so here are some tips that I have gathered that hopefully will prepare you for a memorable weekend of balloon activity and fun at the Arizona Balloon Classic.

  1. Balloon liftoffs, competitions and glows are always dependent upon weather conditions. Safety is the first priority. No rain checks or refunds are given if the balloons can't go up.
  2. When about thousands of your friends get together at one place, traffic and parking are likely to be annoying. Be early, be patient.
  3. Each day is considered a separate event and a separate ticket is required for each day.
  4. In an open field at 6:30 in the morning in December, it's pretty cold! Wear layers that you can remove as the day warms up.
  1. I like to walk, walk, walk at a balloon festival, but I recommend bringing those portable folding chairs so you can rest and enjoy the balloons (and your fry bread or hot dog) comfortably.
  2. Leave Fido home, since no pets are allowed.
  3. Re-entry will be permitted on Saturday evening, after the morning races, for those that purchased tickets for Saturday.
  4. Bring cash for food, it's easiest.
  5. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
  6. Don't forget the camera! There are no restrictions on photography.

More Info

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.