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The 2017 WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest presented by Lane & Associates Family Dentistry will be held May 26-29 in Fuquay-Varina. The event will include balloon activities, live music, performances, a vendor village, beer garden and more.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest map 2017

Daily Schedule

Here are the highlights of festival activities. Please remember, all times, performances, and programming are approximate and subject to change. Balloon activities are wind/weather dependent.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2:00pm - Festival Grounds Open to the Public. Food Vendors and Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
2:00pm - Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens - courtesy of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce
2:00pm - Fun Zone Opens: Children's Area featuring Games & Rides
3:00pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
5:00pm - Opening Ceremonies, Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, Commissioning of Field of Flags
6:00pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
6:300pm - Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension*
6:45pm - Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
8:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Glow*
9:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
10:30pm - Festival Grounds Close
*All times and programming are approximate and subject to change. Balloon activities are wind/weather dependent.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

6:00am - Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am - Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
7:00am - Breakfast Food Vendors Open - Beignets, Biscuits, Strudel, Juice, Coffee & More!
8:30am - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
9:00am - Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
10:00 - Fun Zone Amusements & Military Displays Open
10:30am - Food Vendors Are Open for Lunch
11:30am - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
12:00pm - Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
2:30pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
3:30pm - Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
4:30pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
6:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension*
6:45pm - Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Glow*
8:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
9:30pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close
*All times and programming are approximate and subject to change. Balloon activities are wind/weather dependent.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

6:00am - Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am - Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
​7:00am - Breakfast Food Vendors Open
8:30am - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
9:00am - Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
10:00am - Non-Denominational Church Service on RE/MAX Stage
10:00am-2:oopm - American Legion Car Show & Competition
​11:00 - Fun Zone Amusements & Military Displays Open
11:00am - Food Vendors Are Open for Lunch
11:15am - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
11:30am - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
12:00pm - Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
12:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
2:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
2:30pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
3:30pm - Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
5:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm - Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs presented by your Central Carolina Chevy Dealers
6:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension*
6:45pm - Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm - Hot Air Balloon Glow*
9:00pm - Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close
*All times and programming are approximate and subject to change. Balloon activities are wind/weather dependent.

Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day Events at Fleming Park

6:00am - Festival Grounds Open
6:15am - Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
11:00am - Closing Ceremony and De-Commissioning of Field of Flags
11:30am - Field of Flags Honor Caravan Departs with Flags for Area Military Cemeteries to Decorate Gravesites
12:00pm - Festival Closes
12:01pm - Planning Begins for 2017 Freedom Balloon Fest
*All times and programming are approximate and subject to change. Balloon activities are wind/weather dependent.

Click here for a full list and schedule of musical acts playing during the festival

Items not allowed at Balloon Fest

  • No Coolers
  • No Drones. Only FAA and festival registered operators are permitted. (None permitted.)
  • No Pets (except service animals)
  • No Tents or Canopies
  • No Weapons

Click for a list of acceptable items you should pack

Parking

There is no parking at the park. There are a variety of public and private parking lots (including handicap accessible options) within a short distance from the entrance on Judd Parkway. Plan for distances from parking to the event site similar to going to other major events, such as large concerts, football games, sporting events or the state fair, where even the closest parking can be a 1/2 mile from the main entrance.

All parking is operated independently at public and private lots near the festival grounds. Festival organizers provide the following list of parking lots only for informational purposes and attendees seeking convenient parking for their individual needs. The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest receives no funding from parking or from the listing shown here.


Free public parking lots and on-street parking as listed by the Town of Fuquay-Varina are shown in blue. Orange listings are Paid lots. Yellow lots require a permit in advance. Other details can be found on the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest website. Provided for information purposes only. Accurate at time of publishing.

Food vendors on-site

  • Taste of Manna
  • D and J Concessions
  • Daddy Bob's BBQ
  • Grandma Funnel Cakes
  • Hook and Cleaver
  • Mason Jar Tavern
  • Olde Style Foods
  • Rafaela's
  • Same Power Ministries and Catering
  • Diniz Hot Dog Carts/Heavenly Hot Dogs
  • Acme Pizza
  • Dr. Spuds
  • G and T Concessions
  • JM Changs
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream
  • Party in a Pita
  • Pelican SnoBalls
  • Texas Pit BBQ
  • Dusty Donuts
  • Funnel Queens
  • Kona Ice
  • Tropical Delights
  • Baguetteaboutit
  • Buddhalicious Food Truck
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Joyce and Family
  • Mixed Korean Food Truck
  • 13th Taco
  • Adobo Joe Food Truck
  • Aloha Shaved Ice
  • Beaver Food Service Funnel Cakes


Merchant, Arts & Crafts Village Vendors

  • Bee Bee Kids
  • The Melody Maker
  • LuLaRoe
  • Willow Creek Soaps
  • American Shaman Store
  • Aura Photography
  • Vintage Follies
  • Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce
  • Destiny Handbags
  • King Canopy
  • Softub
  • Life Expressions Decor
  • Backyard Etc.
  • Vision Matrial Arts
  • Real Time Pain Relief
  • Lemon Squeezy
  • Paparazzi Jewelry & Hair Accessories
  • Amourable Art
  • Damsel in Defense
  • Made by Mice
  • doTerra Essential Oils
  • Blue Creations
  • SoCal
  • Shine Essentials
  • Younique
  • Rainbow Cleaning Systems
  • Brent McGuirt Photography
  • lilla rose
  • Four Legs Barking
  • Bionic Knits
  • Birth to Bride and Beyond
  • Kitchen Craft
  • Center Ground
  • K's Designs, Beads & Baubles
  • Foxy Henna Tattoo
  • Mary Kay

New App

The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will be providing real-time updates on the schedule via its Project Uplift USA app. The app is free and available on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play - just search for "Project Uplift USA".

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Upcoming Places

Fleming Loop Park
Mon, May 29 at 6am-12pm

WRAL & Yelp Reviews

christyslikas May 27, 2017
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Outside of food trucks and military/veteran awareness tables, most of the vendors sold made-in-China goods or were "independent consultants" for Avon, etc. There was a lot o'preaching, especially by a man dressed as Captain America -- but the Cap'n wouldn't approve of his image used that way. Overall, waste of time & gas.

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