QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – Hot Air Balloon

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – Hot Air Balloon

July 27, 28 & 29, 2018

The Largest Summertime Hot Air Balloon & Music Festival in North America: 100 balloons, 165,000 attendees

For further information call toll free 1-800-HOT-AIR9 or 973-882-5464 www.balloonfestival.com

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Friday Night, July 28th after that evening’s concert

Balloon Ascensions:

Friday, July 27th, 6:30 – 6:45 pm
Saturday July 28th at 6:30 – 6:45 am & 6:30 – 6:45 pm
Sunday, July 29th at 6:30 – 6:45 am & 6:30 – 6:45 pm
Remember Folks, the balloons won’t go up if the weather’s not good enough. In 2013 one evening there was no balloon ascension due to winds despite it being a gorgeous day…and last year in 2017 oncoming storms had halted at least one evening’s liftoff.

Visit as well our Balloon Photo Gallery to see the huge collection of photos taken over the years!

2018 Music Performances / Concerts:

Headlining Friday Night Concert
Friday, July 28 at 8:00 pm
PNC Bank presents Andy Grammer in association with Magic 98.3 FM

Headlining Saturday Night Concert
Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 pm
The New Jersey Lottery presents LifeHouse

Sunday Concert
Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm
Creedence Clearwater Revisited in association wtih WCBS FM 101.1


Solberg Airport, Readington, NJ Easily accessible from Routes 78, 22, 287, 1, 202, 206, Garden State Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike


Friday, July 27, 2018
1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018
6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018
6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Adult General Admission Tickets:

$20 :: Until June 24 at midnight
$30 ::  June 25 – July 25 at midnight
$35 :: at the Gate :: July 26 – July 29

Child General Admission Tickets:

Children ages 4-12:

$12 ::  June 25 – July 25 at midnight
$15 :: at the Gate :: July 26 – July 29

Children ages 3 and under: free

Visit this page to learn more about ticket sales and prices

BALLOON RIDES (weather permitting): Morning rides, 6:45 a.m., $225 per person. Evening rides, 6:45 p.m., $250 per person. Rides sell out early, reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR-9 or through the Festival’s website at www.balloonfestival.com. All balloon rides are wind and weather permitting.

PARKING: $10 on-site; there is also a FREE express shuttle from Raritan Valley Community College

Quick Chek Food Stores In Association with PNC Bank

1-800-HOT-AIR9 or 973-882-5464 www.balloonfestival.com

~~~ All balloon activity is wind and weather permitting
Up to 100 Hot Air Balloons Mass ascension twice daily at 6:35 am & 6:30 pm
Special shaped balloons are the superstars of the balloon festival. They secure the most popular and sought after balloons in the nation year after year. New Yorkled has been there for ascensions in the morning and the evening. Note: Balloon Activity will depend upon weather and wind permitting.

Fireworks; a nighttime balloon glow where balloons are inflated and lit up like giant lanterns; Human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith; interactive exhibits include the New Jersey Hall of Fame and PlayStation’s Road to Greatness Tour; children’s amusement rides; and hundreds of crafters and food vendors, many of whom give out free samples.

General admission into the Festival includes concert lawn seating Advance tickets

Available at all QuickChek store locations, by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR9 or online at www.balloonfestival.com.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network


Available on site all 3 days; Free Express Shuttle Bus from Raritan Valley Community College starting at 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.


1-800-HOT-AIR9 or www.balloonfestival.com

The Festival is the premier family entertainment event in the Northeastern United States and features 39 hours of affordable, non-stop, morning-through-night attractions including 5 scheduled mass hot air balloon ascensions with up to 100 sport and special shaped balloons from around the world; live concerts; a fireworks extravaganza; a nighttime hot air balloon glow where balloons are lit up like lanterns; the Quick Chek Hospitality Tent with age-appropriate children’s activities and entertainment; ‘and plenty more.

Last Year’s Press Release:

35th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning being Celebrated in a Big Way

READINGTON, NJ — The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank celebrates its 35th anniversary with its biggest lineup of special shaped balloons and its biggest live concert series ever when the three-day festival takes off July 28-29-30, 2017 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.

The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America will launch 11 special shaped hot air balloons among the 100 balloons that will take to the skies twice each day in mass ascensions over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. This year’s live concert series features five headliners headed by the legendary Pat Benatar.

Tickets go on sale at all 149 QuickChek fresh convenience market store locations throughout New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Long Island starting Friday, May 26. Festival-goers can purchase advance tickets in stores and save 43% off the gate price for adults, save 47% on children’s tickets ages 4-12, and no matter what time you go into a store you can enjoy additional savings during QuickChek’s “All Day Lunch” as all 6-inch subs are just $3 all day long.

Download the QuickChek mobile app to find the nearest store where you can receive an additional $2 savings on festival tickets through July 26.

This year’s awe-inspiring spectacle of 100 sport and special shaped balloons features the 61-foot tall QuickChek Flying Farmhouse; the PNC American Flag, the world’s largest free-flying American flag; a family of 110-foot-tall bumblebees; a lion king, the Unique Photo panda and an Angry Bird; a superhero from Canada; the Pepsi football and an 80-foot tall, 807-pound anniversary cake-shaped balloon.

And there’s a lot of excitement about the Festival’s biggest concert lineup ever with two concerts Friday, July 28; two Saturday, July 29 and one on Sunday, July 30 on the Progressive Main Stage.

“Whether you have come in the past or you’ve always wanted to but haven’t made it out, this is the year to be here with our greatest lineup of special shaped balloons and our biggest concert series ever,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman.

PNC Bank presents George Thorogood & The Destroyers Rock Party in association with 105.5 WDHA on Friday, July 28. The New Jersey Lottery presents Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo in association with Q104.3FM on Saturday, July 29. The Plain White T’s perform Sunday, July 30 in association with Magic 98.3FM. Hackensack Meridian Health presents best-selling children’s recording artist Laurier Berkner on Friday afternoon, July 28, and pop and Internet sensation Jake Miller performs Saturday afternoon July 29.

“We are thrilled to continue to sponsor this great family festival and the biggest party of the summer,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose Whitehouse Station, NJ-based company has been the Festival’s title sponsor for 25 years and is the exclusive retail outlet for the event.

Festival admission includes access to the daily mass hot air balloon ascensions; lawn seating for concerts; a fireworks display; a nighttime hot air balloon glow; the acrobatic AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show from NBC’s America’s Got Talent; age-appropriate children’s entertainment and activities; exciting interactive exhibits and hundreds of crafters and food vendors.

As part of the Festival’s and QuickChek’s ongoing commitment to giving back to its communities, the Festival has raised more than $2.6 million for local charities and non-profit groups including the Children’s Miracle Network in the past 24 years.

To locate the nearest QuickChek store visit www.quickchek.com; to learn more about this year’s Festival visit www.balloonfestival.com.