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Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest

Presented by: Kiwanis

Where: Monroe County Fairgrounds

Carload (single day): $USD 18.00

Carload (weekend): $USD 30.00

Individual : $USD 10.00


No showtimes available.


Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8. Click the Buy Tickets link above to choose from the following Advance Purchase Options:

$18 – Carload (single day): Ticket price includes parking, gate admission, and a wristband for each person in the vehicle, good for that day.

$30 – Carload (weekend): Ticket price includes parking, gate admission, and a weekend wristband for each person in the vehicle. Each person with a weekend wristband may come and go as they like over the course of the three days. NOTE: If you return to the fairgrounds, your car should only include members of that original party, still wearing their weekend wristbands. You will not be able to get additional wristbands for more people except by making a cash purchase of additional day passes. Weekend passes will not be available at the gate.

$10 Individual: Ticket price includes parking and gate admission (wristband) for a single person for one day.

Children under the age of 1 do not require a pass.

$20 Single-day carload passes will be available at the gate for cash only. Weekend passes are not available at the gate.

HOW TO GET IN: To access the fairgrounds, you will need to present the receipt, which you will receive via email after purchase. You may show it either printed or on your electronic device. You do not need to pick up any physical tickets.

Gates will be open:
3pm-10pm Friday, September 6th
7am-10pm Saturday, September 7th
7am-7pm Sunday, September 8th

Join us for the 7th annual Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Fest at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Our Kiwanis Club will support charities with the funds generated by this festival. Come out to have fun and support important causes.

Festival highlights include balloon launches each morning and evening (weather permitting). We will host colorful, enormous hot air balloons and there is nothing more beautiful than to see these multicolored balloons ascend into the sky.

Another popular event of the Balloon Fest is the Night Glow. Following Friday and Saturday evening’s launch the balloons return to the festival to conduct a Night Glow. At this event, the multicolored balloons are tethered to the ground and illuminated with propane heaters. It is one of the most fascinating sights imaginable.

Food vendors will entice the taste buds and all types of live entertainment will round out the weekend, including:

  • Kiwanis Idol
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Giant Kites
  • LCW 5K Run/Walk
  • Kaboom Bumper Cars
  • Car/Bike Show
  • a special appearance by pyrotechnic skydivers to kick off the IBEW Local 725 Fireworks on Saturday night
  • and so much more!

Please check the website schedule for events and times.

Policies: Weather: Some portion of the event will be held regardless of weather. Balloons will not fly if weather conditions are unfavorable. This festival is dependent on the weather and we encourage you to arrive with a flexible attitude about your planned activities. With so much happening at the fairgrounds, you are sure to find something fun to do even when the balloons aren’t available! Refunds: Refunds are not available. Traffic The festival will welcome thousands of visitors over the weekend and the traffic accessing the fairgrounds can get backed up. Please allow extra time to access parking.  Helicopter Rides: Helicopter Rides are not included in the purchase of your pass. There will be a first come first serve line inside the festival for helicopter rides. The rides will cost $20 a person.  Balloon Rides: Balloon rides are not included in the purchase of your pass. Limited un-tethered balloon rides will be available for $250 per person. The phone number to arrange un-tethered rides is available on the festival website and Facebook page. Tethered balloon rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per person. All balloon activity is weather-dependent. You can enter to win a hot air balloon ride by donating non-perishable food at the event for Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Sponsors: Oliver Winery, Visit Bloomington, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #725, Shelby County Co-op, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Old National Bank, Midwest Color Printing, Perfect Parties Tents & Events


The Venue

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5700 W Airport Rd
Bloomington, Indiana 47403

The Monroe County Fairgrounds is available year round for personal and business events. Hosted events include the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Book Sale, Kiwanis Balloonfest,  Fireworks at the Fairgrounds, and Royal Toyota Tent Sale.  The fairgrounds also host family reunions, weddings, and parties, as well business meetings and sale events. The fairgrounds include outdoor spaces, enclosed buildings,  and commercial spaces.  The fairgrounds are located just west of Bloomington near the Monroe County Airport and Karst Farm Park.

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The Promoter

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The Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at time.

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