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Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival 2024

The biggest hot air balloon festival in the state

Dates: August 23–25, 2024 (unconfirmed)

Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival
Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival
Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival
Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival

Each year, the spectacular Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival illuminates the sky over the region, drawing a huge crowd of enthusiasts and families, eager to witness the magnificence of hot air balloons. This festival, which combines the thrill of aerial acts and the beauty of the seashore, has become one of Maryland's most anticipated events. Now, let's see what's so special about it!

What to expect

Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival is held every summer at Triple Creek Vineyards in Cordova, Maryland. The three-day event in the picturesque Talbot County features over 20 hot air balloons, over 75 crafts and art vendors as well as over 20 food vendors that offer a wide array of meals, from TexMex to ice cream. Triple Creek wines are also available. Live entertainment includes numerous bands and DJs. Children can enjoy a Kids Zone with six inflatables for all ages, a petting zoo, face painting, hayrides, and slide.

Balloon rides

Every day of the Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival ends with a balloon glow display with 12 balloons lighting up the night. The festival also offers regular balloon rides as well as tethered balloon rides, weather permitting. Another option is the Walk About Balloon, when a giant balloon is partially inflated, so children can get in and enjoy the experience on the ground.


The festival hosts a free Balloon Training Demonstration Camp for children and adults, which holds hands-on demonstrations on a hot air balloon and flying basics under the supervision of experienced pilots and instructors.

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