Schedule of Events

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

PARKING: $3 per day at "North Gate". Enter off Gragg Street via Route 51. (Follow signs.)

Additional parking is available at City Hope Church (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 on Friday and Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00pm. SCT Shuttle is handicap accessible.

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

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Friday, August 16, 2019 (3:00pm-10:30pm)

  • 3:00 pm Gates Open

    • Opening Ceremony - Centralia High School Marching Showcase and Choir - National Anthem and Centralia American Legion Honor Guard Display

    • Craft Fair Opens

    • Food Concessions Open

  • 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Entertainment under the Family Picnic Tent

    • “The Epics”

  • 5:00 pm Balloonist Enter Park*

  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES* ($10 per person)

  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW*

  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment

    • “Ben Nation Band” (Country)

  • 10:00 pm Friday Night Fireworks sponsored by Bayer Crop Science

 
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Saturday, August 17, 2019 (6:00am-10:00pm)

  • 6:00 am Gates Open

  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*

  • 7:00 am Yoga in the Park (East of Catfish Pond)

  • 10:00 am

    • Craft Fair Opens

    • Food Concessions Open

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Children's Activity Area - FREE FAMILY ACTIVITY

    • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bounce Houses

  • 10:30 am-7:30 pm Entertainment under the Family Picnic Tent

    • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm - Local Artist Showcase

    • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - “Supe Granda” (Folk)

    • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - “The Classic 3” (Classic Top 40)

    • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - “The Presswoods” (Top 40)

  • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Classic Car Show

  • 1:00pm Karate Demonstrations (East of Catfish Pond)

  • 5:00 pm Balloonists Enter Park*

  • 6:00 pm National Anthem sung by Centralia High School Choir - Centralia American Legion Honor Guard Display

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES* ($10 per person)

  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW *

  • 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment

    • “Head East” (Rock)

 
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 (6:00 am - 6:30 pm)

  • 6:00 am Gates Open

  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*

  • 7:00 am Yoga in the Park (East of Catfish Pond)

  • 8:00 am CrossFit in the Park (East of Catfish Pond)

  • 10:00 am Centralia Free Methodist Church Service in the Park (Children’s Activity Tent)

  • 10:00 am

    • Craft Fair Opens

    • Food Concessions Open

  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Cardboard Boat Races - Boat Building and Registration (West of Catfish Pond)

  • 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Entertainment Under the Family Picnic Tent

    • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - “Jamie Nattier” (Country)

    • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - “Burma Shavers” (Folk)

    • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - “Administration Band” (70s/80s/90s)

  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Children's Activity Area - FREE FAMILY ACTIVITY

    • Selfie Scavenger Hunt

    • Bounce Houses

    • Meet ‘Super WHY!’ from the PBS Animated Series!

    • WSIU PBS/NPR Literacy Van

    • SSM Health Illinois and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon sponsored Kids’s Activities (North of Catfish Pond and Concessions)

      • Helicopter Display

      • Safety Town Learning Activity

      • Autism Information Tent

      • Poison Center - Plinko

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Remote Controlled Boats (Catfish Pond) - FREE FAMILY ACTIVITY

  • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Car Clubs Display

  • 2:00pm Southern Illinois Elite Tumble and Cheer (East of Catfish Pond)

  • 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Cardboard Boat Races (Catfish Pond)

  • 5:00 pm Balloonists Enter Park*

  • 6:00 pm BALLOON RACE*

 
Meet SuperWhy! from the PBS Animated Series!

Meet SuperWhy! from the PBS Animated Series!

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* 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.