WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

  • Dates: May 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Presenting Organization: Hot Air Marketing
  • Venue: Fleming Loop Park
  • Location: Fuquay-Varina
  • Address: 503 Fleming Loop Rd., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
  • Phone: 984.212.6448
  • Times: Fri., 2-10:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 6am-10:30pm; Mon., 6am-noon
  • Admission: Free


A truly unique, admission-free, family oriented event is coming to Fuquay-Varina this coming Memorial Day Weekend - the Third Annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. Gather with friends and family for outdoor fun as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. More than 30 balloon pilots and teams will compete.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will invite the public to a mass ascension of all participating balloons, followed by a balloon "glow" just after sunset on Friday at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. Events continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with competition balloon flights. Each afternoon/evening spectators will enjoy a mass ascension and a balloon glow with a few of the balloons providing tethered rides benefiting charities.

When the balloons aren't flying, you're invited to enjoy a wide variety of N.C.-based foods along with N.C. State Fair inspired foods as well (40+ different food lines and vendors are planned). Take in live local and regional musicians, enjoy field games for all ages, visit a Merchant, Arts and Craft Village presented by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, watch a Chef's Challenge and more.