6th Annual ARIZONA BALLOON CLASSIC
Arizona’s Premier Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2017 (NEW UPDATED SCHEDULED DATES)
Gates Open & Close: Friday 4:00PM – 8PM; Saturday 7:00AM – 8PM; Sunday 7:00AM – 10AM (subject to change)
Balloon Event Times: Morning “Hare & Hound” competition (Saturday and Sunday): 7:45AM – 8:45AM; Evening Glows (Friday & Saturday): 6:00PM – 7:00PM (times subject to change) *PLEASE NOTE: Balloon Liftoffs & Glows times are always dependent upon weather conditions.
Location: Phoenix Event & Sports Complex (Fear Farm) – 2209 N. 99th Ave. (I-10 West & Loop 101), Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: Up to 20,000 spectators are expected to enjoy this signature event.
Balloons: Up to 25 hot-air balloons, including special shapes, will participate.
Beneficiary: Ryan House is a world class facility that provides care to Arizona's most medically fragile children and their families as they navigate life limiting or end of life diagnosis. One of only two in the country and the only one in the southwest. Ryan House provides five main services: respite, hospice, life enhancing therapies, palliative care and grief and bereavement support. Ryanhouse.org
Events: The Arizona Balloon Classic” – On Saturday and Sunday mornings, March 4th & 5th, the sky will be filled with colorful hot-air balloons participate in thrilling “Hare & Hound” races from the grassy fields of the West Valley’s Phoenix Event & Sports Complex (Fear Farm) for a spectacular sight of mass and color. Spectators can walk on the field and experience the balloons inflation and lift off. Photo taking is invited.
DESERT GLOWS on Friday and Saturday evenings, March 3rd & 4th are our most popular attended events. A field full of illuminated, tethered, hot air balloons will glow in time to music.
Other Events: Hot Air Balloon rides, Family Fun Zone, Hot Air Balloon Tether rides, sampling, and many other exciting events. Retail shopping, as well as a variety of “Marketplace” vendors and commercial exhibits for purchases or browsing. Bring your appetite, as there will be a HUGE variety of foods available to purchase.
Admission: For any one day - $15 at the gate. Active Military and Children 12 & under are always FREE. Group ticket packages available. General parking $10. PLEASE NOTE, NO PETS ALLOWED. ALL BALLOONING EVENTS ARE DEPENDENT UPON WEATHER CONDITIONS. NO REFUNDS. RAIN CHECKS OFFERED TO OTHER BALLOON EVENTS DUE TO CANCELLATION.