Frequently Asked Questions


What is the U.S. Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest?

The U.S. Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest is a hot air balloon festival designed for kids of all ages launching August 8-10, 2014. This year the festival will feature over 50 balloons including the Darth Vader balloon and the Elvis Presley balloon. These balloons will come from all over the country and as far away as Belgium.

Balloon competitions early Saturday and Sunday morning, and a mini-glow right before sunrise on Sunday morning will delight one and all. Balloons flying in the evening and glowing both Friday and Saturday nights will make fantastic photo ops and memories. All this and more take place at our new site - Kansas Speedway!

What does it cost to go to the Festival?

Admission prices for the 2014 balloon festival for either Friday, August 8 or Saturday, August 9, are $15 for advance adult tickets; $7.50 for advance kids tickets (ages 4-14) and kids 3 and under are FREE. Admission prices for Sunday are $10 for advance adult tickets; $5 for advance kids tickets (ages 4-14); kids 3 and under are FREE. Save dollars by buying ahead! Prices are higher at the Gate. Parking is FREE. Premium close-up parking is offered for an additional price of $10 per car.

Starting Monday, May 26, 2014, tickets may be purchased either online at our website, or at all area Hy-Vee stores.

All balloon activities are subject to weather permitting. Tickets are non-refundable and festival happens rain or shine.

Are pets allowed at the Great Midwest Balloon Fest?

No pets are allowed at the Festival except Service Dogs.

Is smoking allowed at the Festival?

There is no smoking on the festival grounds. Smokers are welcome to go outside either festival gate and return. Just flash your wristband!

Is there seating available at the Festival?

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking.

What about parking?

The Kansas Speedway site has plenty of FREE parking for thousands of cars. If you want close-up Premium Parking, you must purchase ahead either online or at Hy-Vee stores for $10 per car.

What is the best time to arrive at the festival?

Come early and stay late! So much to see and do—check out the festival schedule under Guest Info to see what happens and when.

Hints for Fun in the Sun

Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and comfortable shoes are musts for a fun summer festival experience.

How Do I Buy a Ticket Online?

The process is very straight forward. Click on Tickets, choose the ticket type and quantity of tickets, then enter your billing information, click pay, and print the tickets from home. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, May 26, 2014 online and at all Kansas and Missouri Hy-Vee Stores.