JULY 29-31, 2022

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 800-HOT-AIR-9

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2020
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



Balloon Rides

What better way to experience the thrill of hot air ballooning than taking a ride at the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning?
Join the other 100 balloons ascending into the sky and experience "Love at First Flight!"
You can take a balloon ride (and go up, up and away) during any of our mass ascensions
"For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards,
for there you have been and there you will long to return." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Friday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 24th at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 25th at 6:30 am  and 6:30 pm
Click play below to learn more about what ballooning at the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is like!
Balloon rides are $240 per person in the morning, $275 per person in the evening on Friday and Sunday,
and $295 per person in the evening on Saturday.
Your balloon ride ticket does NOT include admission to the festival. You will need to also purchase a seperate general admission or VIP admission ticket in order to
get on the festival grounds.
Balloon ride tickets are on sale now! 

Important: Each passenger taking a flight at the Festival must print, read, sign, and email back a waiver.

Please return signed waivers to:
The Festival of Ballooning, Inc.
Attn: Balloon Ride Operations
363 Rt. 46 West, Suite 200
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(See our Balloon FAQ page for info on why balloons don't fly during the day.) 
Your flight will begin when you check in with our ride tent and are assigned to a pilot.  From there, you will be escorted onto the launch field and be surrounded by over 100 hot air balloons all preparing for lift-off.  Once your balloon is inflated and ready to go, you will be lifted off the ground to fly among the clouds.  Your flight will last approximately 20-45 minutes depending on conditions.  Your pilot and crew will pack up the balloon and you will then be driven back to the festival grounds in the balloon chase vehicle.  The whole experience can take anywhere from two to three hours, but it will be an experience that you will never forget! Reminder, if you have concert tickets, be aware that you could get back after the start of the concert. Also, children under 42 inches tall will not be permitted to ride the balloons due to safety concerns.
“20 years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain
IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A BALLOON RIDE - Click here for instructions on where to go and what to bring etc.

Find more information about balloon rides including our cancellation policy here.

Reserve your balloon ride now!
Tethered Balloon Rides
When winds are calm enough during the day, we offer tethered rides allowing you to get a small taste of ballooning. These balloons are tied to the ground with tether ropes about 75 feet in length. This is a great way to float peacefully above Solberg Airport and see the entire festival grounds! Tethered rides last about 5 minutes and are a good way to experience ballooning while staying close to the ground. Tethered rides cost $20 and can only be purchased on site at the event.
  • Balloon ride waivers are not required for tethered rides.
  • There are no specific times when we tether balloons.  It is at the total discretion of our tether pilots and they will inflate and give tethered rides whenever wind and weather permit throughout the day.