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The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning 2025

The biggest summer hot air balloon and music festival in North America

Dates: canceled in 2024 (will take place in July of 2025)

The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

New Jersey Baloon Festival is a popular family-friendly event that takes place every July at Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey. The sight of 100 hot air balloons being launched in the sky is going to leave you in awe. Kids particularly love specially shaped hot air balloons. So, let's see what else there is besides the balloons!


The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is an annual celebration of soaring adventure set against the gorgeous scenery of the Garden State. It has grown into a beloved annual event, which combines the cheer of balloon rides with a celebration of communal spirit and the delight of group celebrations. In addition to the balloons, there are also live concerts, amusement rides, fireworks, Running with the Balloons 5K, and an enchanting nighttime glow. Hundreds of vendors offer crafts and great food, so no wonder the festival annually attracts more than 175,000 people.

A bit of history

The New Jersey Baloon Festival has been held since 1983, when Bill Lewis, who worked with USA Today, brought ten hot air balloons to the Union 76 Truck Stop on Interstate 78 in New Jersey. In 1985, the festival moved to Solberg Airport. In 2000, it started hosting major bands, like The Beach Boys, Styx, Foreigner, America, Jonas Brothers, and others.


Massive balloon launch takes place at 6:30 pm, with rides available. You can also enjoy several music concerts, scheduled at various times of the day, so be sure to check the event's official website for more details. General admission tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for children aged 4-12. Remember to book your accommodation in the area in advance!

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