Annual Balloon Festival Celebrates The Red, White And Blue

The Eighth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival, presented by Tonto Bar and Grill and Aerial Solutions, is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, form 5:30-10pm, at Rancho Mañana Golf Course’s driving range.

The event includes great live bands, massive glowing balloons, everyone’s favorite fireworks show and a celebration of a red, white and blue Memorial Day weekend. Gone are the days of purchasing food, beverage script tickets and waiting in double long lines. Head straight for tasty eats and enjoy. Want to see the timeline or surf the food truck menus? Just hop online and find the information on a new, user-friendly website.
The balloons start to inflate and glow around 7:30pm, but guests will want to be there way before then to see the Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation, a flyover by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, and to hear the National Anthem performed by Madison Holmes. Later, the powerhouse vocals of The Anglim Sisters will perform from 6:45-8pm and don’t miss a beat as the entertainment flows right into, Native Arizona headliner, Harry Luge and his Country band. Relax and lay back to cap off the evening with fireworks in an explosive array of red, white and blue. Also, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Featured at the event are free face painting and free balloon twisting, or let kids burn energy in fun thrilled kids’ zone.

Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as craft beer flowing from the taps of Four Peaks Brewery. Splurge on scrumptious food from local food trucks and vendors including Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, Cheese Love and Happiness, The Buffalo Chip, Firehouse Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee and Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes.

Gates open at 5:30pm. Discounted pre-paid tickets are available online for $12, adults and $7 children 12 and under; children 2 and under free. Online ticket prices increase the day of the event. VIP tickets are also available. Visit for complete event details.

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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