The Arizona Balloon Classic will return to Goodyear from Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30.
This 11th annual outdoor event draws visitors from across the Valley as it is one of the only such shows in Arizona. Additional activities are organized throughout the weekend for the whole family.
“I know everyone has heard of a hot air balloon, but not everyone has actually experienced a hot air balloon, either alongside a hot air balloon or on board a hot air balloon,” said Tim Matykiewicz, founder of the Arizona Balloon Classic.
“Something we have that no one else has is hot air balloons. We are a truly unique experience that you will never forget. We have hot air balloons that no one else has. If you don’t you’ve ever experienced one, standing next to one, talking to a pilot, it’s going to be unforgettable for you.
Doors will open at the Goodyear Ballpark from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, January 28; From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday January 29 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday January 30.
The 2022 festival is special for Matykiewicz, as he said last year’s event drew fewer people and fewer hot air balloons due to the pandemic.
“We are delighted to bring our balls back. That’s of course the main entertainment,” Matykiewicz said, adding that the balloons couldn’t even fly at last year’s event due to the weather.
“We had fewer vendors and we only had 15 balls. This year, we’re back to our numbers. We are going to have over 25 balloons. We shoot for 100 retail sellers. Our sponsors are responding really well for 2022, and our number of volunteers is around 225 volunteers. »
Of all the activities the festival will feature, Matykiewicz said he’s excited about the Taste of the Classic, where guests can sample a variety of beers, wines, festival favorites and a live music stage.
“This year’s vendor, they’re the food supplier to all NASCAR and state fairs, so we have some really cool dining experiences coming up at Taste of the Classic,” he said. “So if you don’t see any balloons or haven’t seen anything else this weekend, you’ll want to come here and eat because it’s going to be a great experience.”
Taste of the Classic is open to the public when the festival doors are open.
Matykiewicz said the Desert Winds Kite Festival has also been added to the weekend itinerary.
“They’re promising to release these giant, massive kites that fly and float through the air, so we’re very excited about that,” he said.
The daytime exhibit will feature kites larger than tractor-trailers, windsocks larger than RVs and a 50-foot mega kite that will fly high in the sky on Saturday, January 29. and Sunday, January 30.
There will also be candy cannons, paper rocket making and launching, and parachute races. Kites for all ages and abilities will be on sale, including single-line, double-line and four-line stunt kites.
“We just want to be able to provide a very, very good quality of life,” he said. “I think the community is going to really love and really fall in love with this event. And we just want everyone to go out and have fun. Be comfortable. You are going to be safe and having a good time and just enjoying life.
The Arizona Hot Air Balloon Classic
Goodyear Baseball Stadium,
1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
7:35 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.
Saturday January 28
and Sunday January 30
Watch the Arizona dawn sky as hot air balloons compete in Hare & Hound races from the grassy fields of Goodyear Ballpark for a sight of mass and color. Spectators can walk on the field next to the balloons and experience inflation and take-off.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28
Hot air balloons, attached and illuminated, shine to the rhythm of the music.
6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 29
Parade of pilots with a constant burning of purple, green, red and yellow flames from the balloons. Fireworks and the Desert Glow will follow.
Family fun area
4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 28; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday January 29; and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday January 30
An assortment of activities including hot air balloon rides and tethered rides, inflatable games, BMX stunt bike shows, Desert Winds Kite Festival, fireworks, shows and tastings. Retail stores and trade exhibits will also be available for purchase or browsing.
Tickets for the Arizona Balloon Festival are on sale. Early bird pricing is available for general admission adult one-day tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at abcfest.com for a limited time price of $18 for adults. Ticket prices will increase after the first 250 tickets are sold.
Children 12 and under, active duty military, first responders and veterans are free. Seniors 55 and over are $12 and group passes are $10 per adult. General parking is $5.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit abcfest.com.