NJ Balloon Festival Comes to Hunterdon County This Month
Every year, the rolling hills of Central New Jersey play host to a colossal balloon festival that sparks something magical for spectators of all ages. The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest hot air balloon festival in North America, featuring over 100 hot air balloons which take flight five times throughout the weekend-long festival and also create a “Balloon Glow”, a signature hot air balloon festival event during which the balloons “glow” like huge fireflies. It is a magical sight not to be missed! Now in its 35th year, the NJ balloon festival begins on Friday, July 28th and continues through Sunday, July 30th.
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While the awe-inspiring scenes of the balloon flights and balloon glow of the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning are impressive, there’s so much more to this amazing NJ festival that holds the dual distinction of being a recipient of The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event, as well as being designated – for the sixth time – as a Top 100 Festival in North America by the American Bus Association. The NJ balloon festival will feature more than a dozen concerts, sunrise yoga, the “Running with the Balloons” 5K race, amusement rides, non-stop family entertainment and activities, an aerial acrobat spectacular, the opportunity to soar through the sky in a hot air balloon, the VIP Balloon Sunrise Breakfast, Friday night fireworks, and much more!
Speaking of concerts, this year’s headliners at the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning offer top-notch talent from a diverse spectrum of musical genres. Balloon festival concerts on Friday include a kid’s concert by the “queen of children’s music”, Laurie Berkner, and a Friday night concert by George Thorogood and the Destroyers following the mass hot air balloon ascension. Saturday’s NJ balloon festival entertainment will feature an afternoon concert by pop and internet sensation Jake Miller, as well as a featured performance by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo during the evening hot air balloon glow. Sunday’s QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning featured performance is not to be missed as the Plain White T’s – the American rock band best known for their number one hit song Hey There Delilah (the 18th most downloaded song of all time) – headlines the Progressive Insurance Main Stage.
Tickets for the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and its special events are now on sale. This NJ balloon festival is expected to attract over 175,000 visitors, so beat the crowds and purchase advanced tickets now (you’ll save 33% too)!
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