Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Great Midwest Balloon Fest

We are a family-friendly hot air balloon festival for the region. We are a 501 (c)3 organization that provides a vehicle for area charities to raise money through our participatory donations

Where is the Balloon Fest?

This year the location for the Great Midwest Balloon Fest will be at the Ag Hall of Fame at 633 NORTH 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012. Adjacent to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater & Renaissance Festival. Click here for more detailed directions.

What activities will there be at the festival?

  • Balloons glow in the evenings 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
  • Tethered rides 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday & 7:45 -9:45 a.m. Saturday & Sunday.
  • Balloon Competitions are FREE--8:00-9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Balloon fly-overs will occur both Friday and Saturday prior to the glows.

All balloon activities are weather permitting. Check out all the activities schedules - Festival, Kidz Zone and Beer Garden - for more information.

What are the festival hours?

OCTOBER 23—4-10 P.M.; OCTOBER 24—2-10 P.M. Ticketed Event

Where do you purchase tickets?

Tickets will be available soon online for the 2015 Great Midwest Balloon Fest. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at area Hy-Vee stores September 25, 2015. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate throughout the Festival weekend.

No Pets, No Bottles, No Coolers, No Firearms, No Smoking (except designated areas)

What do I do about seating?

You are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. There is also seating in the Beer Garden, Dining Tent, Kid’s Performing Arts Tent.

FUN FEATURES FOR 2015

  • BALLOON GLOWS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS FREE BALLOON COMPETITIONS FRIDAY and SATURDAY mornings at 8 a.m.
  • OCTOBERFEST BEER GARDEN with LIVE BANDS, ENTERTAINERS, CRAFT BEERS, BRAUTS, WURST, GIANT PRETZELS and so much more
  • SEVEN SPECIAL SHAPE GIANT HOT AIR BALLOONS? KID’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
  • GIANT KITE EXHIBITION
  • BIGGER & BETTER CARNIVAL*
  • KIDZ ZONE with ARTS & CRAFTS TENT, PERFORMING ARTS TENT with GREAT PERFORMERS, BOUNCY HOUSES and ACTIVITY TENT.
  • HAY RIDES MINIATURE TRAIN RIDES? STILT WALKER, BALLOON ARTISTS, HULA HOOP ARTIST, JUGGLERS and more

Festival Features