FESTIVAL DETAILS


Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in joining a team of volunteers that will make the 2018 Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival a safe, enjoyable, and successful event for all who attend?

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Now is the time to sign up to volunteer at the 2018 Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival. There are a variety of roles that need to be filled to ensure the event is a success and we can't wait to hear from you about how you'd like to participate.

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Grants Pass launches it’s Balloon & Kite Festival with a spectacular aerial show that features morning balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, a 10,000 sf American Flag kite, colorful giant kites in special shapes, food vendors and other kid-friendly activities, music and entertainment for all ages. Come at dawn and stay until dark. It’s the Southern Oregon community event of 2018 you won’t want to miss!

Locations and Costs

Balloons launch from PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. No charge to attend. All other activities take place off Lower River Road — 1.7 miles past Lincoln Road. Parking is $7 per vehicle.

NO ENTRY ALLOWED from Upper River Road. All traffic will be routed to Lower River Road for entrance into the festival.

Attention: Please Read

VEHICLES PARKED ALONG UPPER OR LOWER RIVER ROADS WILL BE TOWED

BALLOONING AND KITE FLYING ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT ACTIVITIES. Balloon flights are not available during the festival. Pets are prohibited, as balloons and kites can cause animals to be alarmed. This is a NON smoking event. Violators will be asked to leave. NO alcohol is permitted in premises. Golf cart shuttles are available for disabled individuals, from the parking area to the performance area. Limited seating is available. Unauthorized drones are NOT allowed in the area during balloon and kite activities.

Friday June 1st

5:30 am Balloon Launch (to 6:30 am)
4:00 pm Gates Open
4:00 pm Kids Activities, Food, Kites
6:30 pm Band: Soundstage Revue
9:15 pm Balloon Night Glow

Saturday June 2nd

5:30 am Balloon Launch (to 6:30 am)
7:00 am Gates Open
8:00 am Tethered Rides (to 10:30 am)
11:00 am MegaFlag and Kite Show
6:30 pm Rachael Sandeen and the Band of Brothers
9:15 pm Balloon Night Glow

Sunday June 3rd

5:30 am Balloon Launch (to 6:30 am)
7:00 am Gates Open
8:00 am Tethered Rides (to 10:30am)
11:00 am MegaFlag and Kite Show
5:00 pm Festival Ends

NOTE: Balloon flights are not available during the festival.

Kids Activities

Face Painting ($5 average)
Kite Making ($5 per kite kit)
Cow Train ($5 per ride)
Hay Bale Castle (free)
Hand Pump Duck Races (free)
Bounce House (free)


Food Vendors

The following vendors will be on site Friday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Just Perfect Food
Sandie’s Candies
Heavenly Nutz
Tasty Treasures
Snoball Shaved Ice
Linds Concessions
Si Casa Express

NOTE: retail or informational vendor booth space is not available.

Band Performance

Soundstage Revue! An upbeat, fun and BIG sound from this local group, voted “Best Performance” in the Concerts in The Park series. A funky horn line, a trio of singers, and more. Come for the band and stay for the balloons at dark!

Rachael Sandeen has been pleasing audiences with her incredible acoustic sound for many years at community events around Southern Oregon. Now she is “getting the band back together” in what will surely be a rocking good time! Joining Rachael are musicians who have played professionally in many major music hubs. Together, they are Rachael Sandeen and the Band of Brothers.

Balloon Tethering

Tethered balloon rides are offered Saturday and Sunday, as long as wind and rain conditions allow. Gates will open at 7:30 am and tethering begins at 8:00 am. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, see below for the waiver of liability form and additional terms.

Kite Flying

The kites that will fly during the Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival will be flown by individuals who are experienced operating their equipment at large open-to-the-public events. Outside kites are prohibited in the performance area. However! We are pleased to announce a new Public Kite Flying area one 5+ acre grassy field immediately adjacent to the Kite Performance area. Bring your own kite, or buy one at the festival.

MegaFlag – Largest Kite in the World!

Guinness record certified as the largest kite in the world, the American MegaFlag kite appears only at the Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival, and nowhere else in the world. You won’t want to miss this experience.

Morning Balloon Launches

A truly magical moment. Hot air balloons are inspiring and uplifting… that is if you can make it out of bed at the break of dawn!

NOTE: Balloon launches are subject to weather conditions. If wind is not ideal, the launch will be moved to an alternate location, which will be posted on Facebook.

Balloon Tethered Rides

Tethered ride customers must sign a Liability Waiver the day of flight. The following terms and conditions also apply: Standing, walking, and sitting assistance devices, such as walkers, crutches, or wheel chairs (list is not complete), are not permitted. Passenger weight may not exceed 250lbs. Passengers above this weight will be handled on a case by case basis. Passengers must be able to see over the edge of the basket (approximately 36 inches high). No toddlers or infants.

Balloon Night Glow

Balloons lighting up the dark skies… photo-worthy, to say the least. Night glows will be held both Friday and Saturday. Gates will be open all evening. Performances begins at dusk, and end by 11:00 pm.