Schedule of Events

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • 3:00 pm Gates Open
    • Opening Ceremony - Centralia High School Marching Showcase and Choir
    • Craft Fair & Food Concessions Open
  • 4:30-7:00 pm Entertainment (Family Picnic Tent)
  • 5:00 pm Balloonist Enter Park*
  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*
  • 6:00-9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES*
  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW*
  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment
  • 10:00 pm Fireworks

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • 6:00 am Gates Open
  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*
  • 10:00 am
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Concessions Open
    • Children's Area Opens (Free w/ paid admission)
  • 10:30 am-7:30 pm Entertainment (Family Picnic Tent)
  • 12:00-4:00 pm Car Show
  • 12:00-4:00 pm Inflatables in the Children's Area
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES*
  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW *
  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • 6:00 am Gates Open
  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*
  • 11:00 am
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Concessions Open
    • Children's Area Opens w/ Inflatables (Free w/ paid admission)
    • Cardboard Boat Races - Boat Building and Registration (West of Catfish Pond)
  • 11:30 am - 6:00 pm Entertainment Under the Picnic Tent 
  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Corvette Club Car Display
  • 2:30-3:15 pm Cardboard Boat Races (Catfish Pond)
  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*

 

* ALL HOT AIR BALLOON EVENTS ARE WEATHER PERMITTING. The best times for calm winds is early in the morning and early in the evening. We strongly recommend arrival at the park 30 minutes to one hour prior to scheduled times.

Balloon Fest in Centralia, Illinois, is held at Centralia Foundation Park. Family activities are scheduled throughout the weekend: craft fair, food vendors, free kids games and bounce houses, corvette club and antique car show, 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 Festival, used with permission.