Bask In The Glow: Annual Balloon Festival

BalloonFest1The Seventh Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will light the night skies at Rancho Mañana Golf Course Saturday, May 28. Presented by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions, this year’s event promises to be the best yet with a larger kids’ zone, no-line pre-paid tickets and a designated lawn chair-friendly concert viewing area.

The Cave Creek Balloon Festival has been a huge success in previous years, but the frustration of long lines and a limited kids’ zone have dimmed the fun for some attendees. “You’ve talked. We’ve listened,” says Eric Flatt, Tonto Bar & Grill. “This year’s balloon festival will be more family friendly and fun than ever before!”

The balloon glow itself will begin at 7:30pm when this year’s massive hot air balloons begin to inflate. The scene becomes magical as they come to life – whether young in years or young at heart, there is nothing quite like the enchanting atmosphere that awakens in the excitement of the night air.BalloonFest2

From free face painting to free balloon twisting and a kids’ zone, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as beer from Arizona’s own Four Peaks Brewery and sample scrumptious food from food trucks, vendors and restaurants, including The Buffalo Chip, Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread, Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Firehouse Kettlecorn, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee & Gelato and Frosted Frenzy Cup Cakes.

Adults and children alike will love the live music on the Sanderson Ford Main Stage from 5:30-10pm. This year’s performers are Arizona favorite Junction 10 and Eagles’ tribute band, South of Winslow. This year’s band viewing area will accommodate low-profile lawn chairs. (Lawn chairs must remain in designated area.)

VIP Buffet

VIP Buffet

Also new this year is a separate entrance for all pre-paid and Valerie’s Furniture VIP ticket holders for quick and easy access. VIP tickets include entrance fee, tax, gratuity, VIP parking pass (one per four guests), gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill (6:30-8:30pm), private cash bar and private restrooms.

Parking is available at the center of Cave Creek, 38406 North Schoolhouse Road, and costs $5. The proceeds will go to Cave Creek Unified School District. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar & Grill.

The Seventh Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival runs from 5:30-9pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

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