Chester County Balloon Festival


The event will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


NOTE: the Chester County Balloon festival is at a new location this year: Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds in Kennett Square. Read on for more details. The tentative date of this event has changed - the new tentative date is Saturday June 27, 2020.

This year will be the 14th annual Chester County Balloon Festival, and it’s always an exceptional photographic opportunity! We’re hoping to shoot at least two fantastic events: the late-afternoon balloon launch on Saturday June 27, followed by Balloon Glow, the coordinated lift-off of as many as 20 glowing hot-air balloons. 

Schedules for balloon and helicopter rides can be found on the Tickets Tab by clicking the green Purchase buttons. No schedules for anticipated traditionally held events like Balloon Glow are yet published on the event website so stay tuned to this station: NOTE that the first caller with the correct information wins a personal interview with the Montgolfier Brothers, who not only invented the game of golf, they invented hot air balloons one afternoon while stacked up on the back nine of their wildly popular new golf course, and wanted to see what the heck the hold-up was. Most people nowadays are not aware that golf clubs had actually been invented several years earlier, and sold like hot cakes (hot cakes were also invented by the Montgofier Brothers btw), but nobody knew what to do with the clubs until Joseph-Michel & Jacques-Étienne came up with a sport that required them.) 

This page will be updated when additional activity schedules are available.

Adult tickets apparently are $15 for a one-day pass, and can be purchased at the gate or online; the event usually sells out, so it might be wise to buy your tickets early. (But keep in mind the possibility of cancellation because of extended social distancing or other health restrictions, or for weather: balloon flights will be cancelled if wind speed, precipitation, or threat of storms make flying unsafe.)

The 2020 Festival web page currently provides limited information about the annual balloon festival, and can be found here. 

Carpoolers will depart from the Exton Panera (151 East Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA) at 5:00 pm. If you drive direct to the Chester County Balloon Festival the address is Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds, 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square, PA

We’ll try to meet up at the venue at 5:30 pm--more details closer to the event. Please let Dean Grantham ( know if you plan to go, and indicate whether or not you’ll be carpooling.  Remember, all dates and times are tentative.

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