Festival Schedule

Festival Hours:
August 8th - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
August 9th - 6:30 a.m to 11 p.m.
August 10th - 5:30 a.m to 3 p.m.

All Kidz Zone activities will be open during festival hours. All Vendors will be open during festival hours.

KC Symphony Instrumental Petting Zoo

Friday, August 8


4:00pm - Festival GATES OPEN
4:00pm - 4:15pm Intro of Judges - Main Stage
4:00pm - 6:00pm Battle of the Bands - Main Stage
4:00pm - 9:00pm Taste at Kansas Speedway - BBQ tasting
4:00pm - 10:00pm KIDZ ZONE
Kidz Zone Tents, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Performance, Bouncy Houses and Slides
4:00pm - 10:30pm Carnival - Arcade and Rides
5:00pm - Doughnut Eating Contest, sponsored by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
5:30pm - Pie Eating Contest, sponsored by Hy-Vee Grocers
6:00pm - 6:30pm Balloon Tutorial
6:00pm - 10:00pm Tethered Balloon Rides - tethered balloon area behind kid’s area
6:30pm - 7:00pm Balloon Fly-Over - Skies overhead
6:30pm - 7:00pm Band Winner Award
7:00pm - 7:30pm Special Shape Balloons Inflation - Balloon Field
7:30pm - 8:00pm All Balloon Inflation - Balloon Field
8:00pm - 9:00pm All Balloon Glow - Balloon Field
9:00pm - 10:30pm Winning Band Performs - Main Stage
9:15pm - Fireworks
11:00pm - Festival Closes


Saturday, August 9


6:30am - Festival GATES OPEN
6:30am - 9:00am Breakfast with the Balloons - Festival Site
6:30am - 9:00am Balloon Fly-In Competitions - Balloon Field
7:00am - 5k Race with Balloons - Legends Site
9:30am - Kid’s BBQ Competition
11:30am - 12:30pm KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Teams Turn-Ins
12:00pm - all vendors open
12:00pm - 10:30pm Carnival - Arcade and Rides
1:00pm - 10:00pm KIDZ ZONE
Kidz Zone Tents, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Performance, Bouncy Houses and Slides
4:00pm - KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Awards Ceremony
4:00pm - 6:00pm battle of the bands - Main Stage
6:00pm - Balloon Tutorial - Balloon Field
6:00pm - 10:00pm Tethered Balloon Rides - tethered balloon area behind kid’s area
6:30pm - 7:15pm Charity Challenge Balloon Race - Balloon Field
7:15pm - 7:45pm Special Shapes Inflate - Balloon Field
7:45pm - 8:15pm All Balloons Inflate - Balloon Field
8:15pm - 9:15pm All Balloon Glow - Balloon Field
9:15pm - Fireworks - Festival Field
9:15pm - 10:30pm Winning Band Performs - Main Stage
11:00pm - Festival Closes


Sunday, August 10


5:30am - Festival GATES OPEN
5:45am - Mini Balloon Glow - Balloon Field
5:45am - 8:30am Breakfast with the Balloons - Festival Site
6:00am - Sunrise Balloon Competitions - Balloon Field
9:00am - 3:00pm Carnival - Festival Site
9:00am - 3:00pm Kidz Zone - Festival Site
10:00am - 12:00pm Giant Kites - Balloon Field
11:00am - 2:00pm Chef's Competition - Chef's Tent
12:30pm - 1:30pm Elvis Tribute - Balloon Field
1:30pm - Entertainment - Main Stage
3:00pm - Festival Closes