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30th Annual Centralia Balloon Fest

August 16-17-18, 2019 - Centralia Foundation Park

ADMISSION: $3 per day (Free for kids 6 and younger!)

PARKING: $3 per day at "North Gate". Enter off Gragg Street via Route 51, or from Highway 161 turn north on Country Club Road to Gragg Street.

Additional parking is available at the old Centralia High School at 1000 E. Second Street. It is free to park in this lot. South Central Transit (SCT) Shuttle is $1 per person - to and from the park - Friday and Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00pm.

No pets. No alcohol. No coolers. No unauthorized vehicles, including bicycles, skateboards, skates, etc.

2019 Major Event Sponsors

  • Over 35 Hot Air Balloons (special shapes below)

  • Balloon Glow both Friday and Saturday!

  • Main Stage Entertainment Concerts

    • Friday Night “Ben Nation Band” (Country)

    • Saturday Night “Head East” (Classic Rock)

  • Musicians / Entertainment all day

  • Friday night Fireworks sponsored by Bayer Crop Science!

  • 60+ Craft Fair Booths

  • 18+ Food / Concessions Vendors

  • Classic Car Show on Saturday

  • Car Clubs Show on Sunday

  • Cardboard Boat Races on Sunday

  • Free Children's Activity Area on Saturday and Sunday

Featuring Special Shapes: Owlbert Eyenstein, Lindy, Puddy Cat and Yellow Bird!   Download brochure. (PDF)

Featuring Special Shapes: Owlbert Eyenstein, Lindy, Puddy Cat and Yellow Bird!

Download brochure. (PDF)

We are looking for Craft Vendors! (Deadline is Friday, August 9, 2019.)

Join us for the three-day Hot Air Craft Fair at Balloon Fest. All booths are to display HANDMADE arts and crafts, or CRAFT-TYPE items. All items sold must be pre-approved by the Balloon Fest Craft Committee, which reserves the right to refuse the sale of a product or item that is not deemed to be of craft nature and/or quality. Click to download the Craft Vendor Form below. 

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This is the official site for CENTRALIA BALLOON FEST which is an event of The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce (,,

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Centralia, Illinois, Balloon Festival is held at Centralia Foundation Park. Family activities are scheduled throughout the weekend: craft fair, food vendors, free kids games and bounce houses, car shows, cardboard boat races, musical entertainment, and main stage bands. All times and events are subject to change. Adverse weather may prevent hot air balloons from flying. "Balloon Glow" is a registered trademark of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, used with permission.