New Jersey Festival of Ballooning July 26-27-28

At the 37th annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and the premier family entertainment attraction in New Jersey, there’s plenty to see and do.

And with a headlining concert by The Beach Boys, it’s sure to be fun, fun, fun.

The three-day Festival, July 26-27-28, 2019 at Solberg Airport in Readington in Hunterdon County, features the rare opportunity to see the awe-inspiring spectacle of up to 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons from around the world taking to the skies twice each day in mass ascensions over the scenic Central New Jersey countryside.

The balloon inflations and ascensions take place in the early morning and early evening. In between, the Festival offers hours of affordable family entertainment including a live concert series; a fireworks display; a nighttime balloon glow where the balloons are inflated and lit up like giant lanterns; an extreme trampoline show; children’s amusement rides and age-appropriate entertainment; exciting experiential attractions and exhibits and hundreds of crafters and food vendors.

“Whether you come every year, you’ve been in here in the past or have never come out before, this is the year you should be here,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “We’re very proud to present our greatest lineup of special shaped balloons and a great concert lineup with music for all ages. There is something for everyone and we’re looking forward to launching the biggest party of the summer.”

Perhaps no special shape balloon better represents summer in New Jersey than the 115-foot-tall QuickChek flying lighthouse.  

New special shaped balloons include a pair of 86-foot-tall cops and robbers balloons; a 98-foot-tall Kermie the Frog; and a 100-foot-tall pink High Kitty.

Returning favorite shaped balloons include a 92-foot-tall Simba the Lion, the 110-foot-tall Unique Photo panda, the 105-foot-tall Bimbo Bakeries bear, and an 80-foot-tall Pepsi football.  

The Festival will once again honor America with the 5-story tall PNC American Flag balloon; created following 9/11, it is the world’s largest free-flying American flag and has become an annual crowd favorite.

Hot air balloon rides and tethered rides are available with advance purchase strongly suggested for a balloon flight. Wheelchair accessible tethered rides also will be available. Visit for details.

Grammy-award winning children’s recording artists Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza perform in concert Friday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. with ABBA The Concert Friday night at 8:00 p.m. followed by a fireworks display.

Country-pop sensations The Band Perry performs Saturday night, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the nighttime hot air balloon glow.

The legendary Beach Boys headline Sunday afternoon, July 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Advance tickets offering great savings are available at all QuickChek stores, by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR9 or online at

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