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, 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. Shuttle is $1 per person - to and from the park on Friday and Saturday 3:00pm to 11:00pm.

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


Friday, August 17, 2018 (3:00pm-10:30pm)

Saturday, August 18, 2018 (6:00am-10:00pm)

  • 6:00 am Gates Open
  • 6:30 am BALLOON RACE*
  • 10:00 am
    • Craft Fair Opens
    • Food Concessions Open
  • 10:00am-4:00pm Children's Activity Area (FREE w/ paid admission)
    • 12:00pm-4:00pm Bounce Houses
  • 10:30 am-7:30 pm Entertainment under the Family Picnic Tent
  • 12:30-4:00 pm Car Show
  • 1:00pm "Centralia Martial Arts Academy" Demonstrations (East of Catfish Pond)
  • 5:00pm Balloonists Enter Park*
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TETHERED BALLOON RIDES*
  • 7:30 pm BALLOON GLOW *
  • 8:30-10:00 pm Main Stage Entertainment sponsored by Centralia Dairy Queen

Sunday, August 19, 2018 (6:00am-6:30pm)

* 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.