4 MUST-SEE Hot Air Balloon Festivals in Philadelphia

Photo by Morgan Von Gunten


When you think of Philadelphia, you likely think of the Eagles, the Liberty Bell, or the cheesesteaks. But you may want to add hot air balloons to that list.

Philly is home to a surprising number of hot air balloon festivals that draw in spectators by the thousands each summer and fall. From the rolling hills of Lancaster County to the charming streets of Chester County, these festivals offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t forget. 

Take a look at these top four must-see hot air balloons in Philadelphia.

Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival and Country Fair

Dates: September 12-15, 2024

Location: 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-In-Hand, PA

Price: Ticket info coming soon

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Lancaster County, the Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival and Country Fair is an incredibly popular hot air balloon event in the Philadelphia area that will run from September 12th to 15th, 2024. This vibrant display of hot air balloons is located at 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike in Bird-In-Hand, PA.

This incredible multi-day festival offers not only breathtaking balloon displays but also a charming atmosphere that celebrates local culture and the true spirit of the community. 

Photo by Mal Collins

Chester County Balloon Festival

Dates: June 14th, 15th and 16th 2024

Location: Willowdale Steeplechase 101 E Street Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Price: Ticket info coming soon

Witness the beauty of hot air balloons against the scenic backdrop of the Chester County landscape at the Chester County Balloon Festival on June 14th to 16th, 2024, at 101 E Street Rd in Kennett Square, PA.

This balloon festival promises excitement and entertainment for all ages. Whether you're admiring the vibrant, colorful balloons or enjoying the rest of the festivities available to you on the ground, including live music, local food vendors, and family-friendly activities, there's a little bit of something for everyone. 

Make sure that you keep an eye out for ticket details while we get closer to June– we have a feeling that you won’t want to miss this one.

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival

Dates: September 27–29, 2024

Location: Slatington Airport, Lehigh Valley

Price: General Admissions Ticket - US$20.00; 12 & Under Child’s admission - US$15.00

Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival brings a dark and unique twist on the traditional hot air balloon festival experience. This event takes place from September 27th to 29th, 2024, at Slatington Airport in Lehigh Valley.

As you may have guessed from the name, this event combines the excitement of hot air balloons with the spooky, festive spirit of Halloween. Attendees can soak in the festive sight of creatively-themed balloons shining bright against the night sky, creating a magical energy that's perfect for the spooky season. 

With general admission tickets priced at US$20.00 and child admission at US$15.00 for those aged 12 and under, this festival offers affordable fun for the whole family. Be sure to secure your tickets in advance for a hauntingly good time!

Photo by Joonyeop Baek

Philly Balloon & Music Festival 

Dates: Cancelled for 2023; 2024 pending

Location: Glenmoore, PA

Price: Ticket info coming soon

Unfortunately, the Philly Balloon & Music Festival, which used to offer spectators colorful hot air balloons and entertaining musical performances, was canceled for 2023, and doesn’t show signs of coming back in 2024. 

We wanted to include this event in our roundup because it had such a history of delighting crowds, and we await its possible return. Keep an eye out for updates on ticket information just in case this once popular Philly event makes its way back to the scene.


At such affordable prices (some of them FREE,) a hot air balloon festival is a great way to spend the weekend this summer or fall in Philadelphia.

These festivals have it all; from tethered hot air balloon rides to live entertainment and music, tasty food from local vendors, and even a spooky Halloween festival, you’re sure to find at least one festival that you and your family will love.

From the natural beauty of Lancaster County to the frightening thrills of the Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival, each event promises a blend of jaw-dropping sights, community spirit, and family-friendly fun. 

While the fate of the beloved Philly Balloon & Music Festival is unclear, the enduring popularity of hot air balloons among committed enthusiasts and casual observers alike means that there will be more celebrations to come.

As we look forward to the upcoming festivals, it's clear that the skies above Philadelphia will continue to be a canvas for hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, drawing crowds of enthusiasts from near and far.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the largest hot air balloon festival located?

The biggest hot air balloon festival in the world is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Where is the balloon festival in Chester County?

The Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival is at Willowdale Steeplechase.

How long have hot air balloons been around?

The first hot air balloon flight was on 19 September, 1783, meaning hot air balloons have been around for over 240 years.