Fly into Summer at Cary Freedom Balloon Fest

An annual Spring tradition, falling on Memorial Day weekend, just minutes from your new home in the luxury new home neighborhood that is changing the standards in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat, is the Freedom Balloon Fest. This year taking place on Friday, May 25- Monday May 28, the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest offers a little something for family members of all ages, whether their preference be music, great food and fun, or the obvious…balloons!

The Cary Freedom Balloon Fest is one of the nation’s premier hot air balloon festivals. Many events are planned at Fleming Loop Recreational Park with other activities included throughout our town’s vibrant downtown district over the Memorial Day weekend. The schedule of the events fot the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest according to the official Town of Cary website is as follows:

Friday, May 25, 2018

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
5:00pm – Opening Ceremonies, Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, Commissioning of Field of Flags performance by Danny Perdieu
6:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:300pm – 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*
9:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
10:00pm – Festival Grounds Close

 Saturday, May 26, 2018

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:00am – Breakfast Food Vendors Open – Biscuits,  Juice, Coffee & More!
8:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
9:00am – Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
9:00am – Community Stage Opens in the Heart of the Merchant, Arts & Crafts Village
10:00 – Fun Zone Amusements & Displays Open
10:30am – Food Vendors Are Open for Lunch
11:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
12:00pm – Craft Beer & Wine Garden Open
2:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
3:30pm – Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
3:30pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension* or Fly-in Event
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow*
8:30-10:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close

 Sunday, May 27, 2018

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
​6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
​6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*​
7:00am – Breakfast Food Vendors Open – Biscuits,  Juice, Coffee & More!
8:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
9:00am – Merchant, Arts & Crafts Vendor Village Opens
9:00am – Community Stage Opens in the Heart of the Merchant, Arts & Crafts Village
10:00am – Non-Denominational Church Service on RE/MAX Stage
10:00am-3:30pm – Statewide American Legion Car Show & Competition (Awards at 3:00pm)
​11:00 – Fun Zone Amusements & Military Displays Open
11:00am – Food Vendors Area Open for Lunch
11:30am – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
12:00pm – Craft Beer Open
2:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
3:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
3:30pm – Pilot Meet & Greet courtesy of members of Carolinas Balloon Association
4:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
5:30pm – Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs
6:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
6:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension* or Fly-in.
6:45pm – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
7:15pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
8:30pm – Hot Air Balloon Glow*
8:30-10:00pm – Live Music on the RE/MAX Stage
​10:30pm Festival Grounds Close

 Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day Events at Fleming Park

6:00am – Festival Grounds Open
6:15am – Hot Air Balloon Competition Flights*
6:30am – Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides*
11:00am – Closing Ceremony and DeCommissioning 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

For further information on the events and actually participating in the Cary Freedom Balloon Fest in any way, visit the Town of Cary’s official website for full details.